Well-being of our collaborators
Since its beginnings, Grupo Pellas has believed that social commitment is consubstantial to business success. Francisco Alfredo Pellas Canessa, decades before Social Corporate Responsibility was formally a trending topic, had already marked a milestone in this regard.
In 1911, under his leadership, surgeon Santiago Jiménez was hired to medically assist free of charge, the inhabitants at Ingenio San Antonio, in Chichigalpa.
49 years later, in 1960, Alfredo Pellas Chamorro brought for the first time Social Security to the fields and built a hospital at the sugar mill, that presently is named after him. Only in 2014 60,029 medical attentions were provided, including all the specialties, in an innovative and modern structure.
Grupo Pellas’ social commitment also covers education. For example, in 1913 the first school for the children of San Antonio’s employees was established. In 1965, ISA Model School was founded, which is known today as SER San Antonio Model School. It has a Computer and a Language Lab and recently, the CSR Team at GBM Nicaragua, as part of its initiative Digital Breach, installed Smarty Ants, an educational tool to learn English in the early years of elementary school, aiming to strengthen the goal that all students become bilingual.
Seguros América with its program “Escribe Tu Futuro” (Write your own future) provides school supplies to low-income students all over Nicaragua.
For seven years, Casa Pellas invested more than two millions dollars in its successful program “Educando para el Futuro” (Educating for the future), thanks to which school desertion was reduced and retention rates between 95 and 98 percent were reached.
Presently, as part of its campaign “Conduce tu Vida” (Drive your life), the company provides thousands driver-education manuals to elementary and high schools of Managua, its municipalities, and other departments in the country. This testifies Casa Pellas’ interest in implementing road safety education as a public good, based on values that defend and protect life.
For Grupo Pellas it is also relevant to positively impact the areas where the companies are present.
Every year, Guacalito de la Isla allocates hundreds of thousands of dollars to impulse its social projects. In health, they support programs like Nica Agua, which has allowed to reduce illnesses like diarrhea and kidney infections in more than 60% in surrounding communities.
Together with the Ministry of Health, Guacalito promotes medical visits and fairs that have provided clinical attention to more than 4,000 residents in nearby areas. The resort also contributes to renovate health posts, distribute water filters and build latrines and school kitchens.
The Reforestation and Environmental Education project, which started in 2005 in uncultivated areas and riverbanks in western municipalities, is one of the initiatives implemented as part of SER San Antonio and SER Licorera’s environmental commitment. To this day, more than 450,000 native species from San Antonio’s nursery have been planted, equivalent to twice the area of Central Park in New York.
To be energy self-sufficient, to eliminate bunker consumption and to generate clean energy from sugarcane bagasse and eucalyptus chips are some other actions undertaken. Thus, San Antonio sugar mill stopped using 21,953,606.16 gallons of bunker (the annual fuel of 44,000 cars), reducing more than 95 thousand tons of greenhouse gases per year.
On its part, Guacalito de la Isla has developed the Sea Turtle Conservation and Care project. In 2013 for example, 8,738 hatchlings of Torita and Olive Ridley species were released on the shores of Manzanillo and Guacalito, where 152 nestings of these specimens occurred.
This initiative also has a nursery in which the incubation of turtle eggs is monitored until hatching, once born they are placed in a pile with seawater for 24 or 48 hours to develop their lungs in order to have a better displacement to reach the sea
Grupo Pellas has extended its social commitment to proposals such as the one of GBM Nicaragua, which collects electronic waste to reduce its impact on the environment. Efforts like these are relevant given the proliferation of these devices and hence the increased need for recycling once they are considered obsolete.