Ficohsa promotes a strategy that connects social, environmental and management criteria

Tegucigalpa (EFE) – The Ficohs financial group is committed to a strategy of sustainability, with the application of environmental, social and corporate governance criteria in projects that seek to promote economic and social development in Central America, where it operates in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama.

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“Ficohsa is committed to continuing to develop its sustainability strategy by linking environmental, social and management criteria,” Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability and Executive Director of the Ficohsa Foundation, Karla Simón, told EFE.

“But also, he added, achieving resilience, adapting to change and continuing that continuous evolution that has characterized the organization.”

To this end, the financial group, founded in Honduras in 1994, has supported the education of more than 157,000 boys and girls in the region since 1998 through its Ficohsa Foundation, he recalled.

Developmental education

Education is a “fundamental pillar for the country’s development” and foundations like Ficohsa have a “commitment” to society to achieve goals Goals of sustainable developmentmajor goals of the so-called Agenda 2030, Simón pointed out.

The bank, which in addition to the United States operates in Central America, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama, supports the education and development of children between the ages of 3 and 6 through the “Educating Our Future” program, which aims to be “agents of change”.

The program aims to “transform” the lives of thousands of children with “quality education”, so that they can “develop and be competitive” at a young age, noted the executive director of the Ficohsa Foundation.

The foundation will turn 25 in October, during which it has supported 151 educational centers in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama by supplying food, school materials and building, renovating and maintaining infrastructure.

Support for women and local producers

Ficohsa also has a program “My country“, which supports producers by financing, training and purchasing their products through an alliance between the bank, La Colonia supermarket and the Foundation for the Development of Rural Business (Funder), explained for the vice president of the financial group Luis Átala. EFE..

Another initiative launched by the bank in 2013 is “Hecho en Casa”, a program that promotes the consumption of domestic products and aims to “transform” the lives of entrepreneurs and promote the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, according to Ficohsa.

“I’ve always believed that we have to support the national product and that’s why we help entrepreneurs in different initiatives so that they can progress and for consumers to consume Honduran products,” emphasized Átala.

In addition to education and support projects for farmers and entrepreneurs, the bank offers the “Mujeres Adelante” program, which includes savings products, loans, insurance and pensions so that they “get out of business much faster,” said the bank’s vice president. of the Ficohsa group, which employs 5,000 workers, of which 57% are women.

Las alliances between companieshe pointed out, they are essential for “having greater influence”, because “we are not looking for the common good, only for our organization, but for the whole society”.

The executive director of Ficohsa stressed the importance of improving financial education so that citizens know “how to manage their finances” and have “sustainable development as a person, family and company”.

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