Sustainability in business, whether directly or indirectly, affect what happens to employees, workers in the value chain, customers and local communities, so it is important to proactively manage impacts.
Corporación Multi Inversiones (CMI) aims to position itself as a relevant player in the country's food security through sustainability.
Through its food group, CMI seeks to promote sustainable development with an impact on individuals, families, and communities.
Being a socially sustainable company requires, at a minimum, that they act diligently to avoid harming human rights and address any adverse impacts on communities that may be related to their activities.
CMI Alimentos' Communication and Reputation manager, Jaime García Oriani, says: "Every action we take at CMI Alimentos seeks to leave a positive footprint in the countries where we operate. As key players in the industry, we are committed to the food security of the country, promoting sustainable development with an impact on people, families and communities".
To be a sustainable company, CMI, inspired by its purpose of "Feeding your world to fill it with well-being", has a sustainability strategy that acts in 3 main areas.
The first is the welfare of people, that is, CMI seeks to take care of occupational health and industrial safety, with these actions has won certifications and awards for these efforts and to fulfill its responsibility has trained more than 2,300 brigadistas for the care of people and has created 360 committees of Occupational Health and Industrial Safety.
The second is to ensure the welfare of the communities, promoting community development projects that provide the opportunity to grow with its value chain, thus seeking to have a positive impact on the places where it operates.
Sustainability for companies is essential and CMI is clear about this, which is why, through its projects, it provides support to entrepreneurs, accompaniment and advice for the growth of the businesses in its value chain, among others.
One of these projects is CoCreo, a platform and training center that is present in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, which supports entrepreneurs in the bakery sector to develop skills to manage their own businesses and make them grow.
It also supports nutrition initiatives to strengthen this area, particularly the nutrition program developed by the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation, CMI's social arm, in Guatemala.
In El Salvador, CMI has donated around 12,000 pounds of poultry feed and sausages to the Food Bank in 2023 and has carried out community development projects: through infrastructure works and initiatives in sites near our operations.
The preservation of human life and the planet they inhabit depends on environmental sustainability and the strategies derived from it to make a conscious and responsible use of resources, allowing future generations to have access to them.
CMI is aware of the above and therefore the third area of sustainability in which it works is the welfare of the planet, as a responsible, upright and transparent citizen.
One of CMI's greatest achievements is to avoid the emission of 366,000 tons of CO2 in almost 10 years, which is equivalent to planting 6 million trees. This has been achieved through different actions, in large part by implementing innovative nutritional solutions in its poultry farms and poultry feed, thus reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. As a result of these innovations, the corporation has been recognized by international companies committed to sustainability, such as dsm-firmenich.
It also has two certified carbon neutral mills, in El Salvador and Costa Rica; the implementation of 11,000 solar panels in its food operations throughout the region; as well as having 5 certifications in energy efficiency.
CMI is also committed to recycling; it has sorted 6 million pounds of waste, mainly from restaurants in El Salvador, and is committed to the production of packaging made with organic components such as corn starch and coconut-based additives. In the poultry industry, composting or transformation of organic waste into fertilizer has been promoted.
Translated by: A.M