EcoPlanet Bamboo Awarded for Contribution to Eradicating Child Labor in Nicaragua
29th October 2015
EcoPlanet Bamboo has been recognized with a national award for the company's adherence to the highest social standards, and the contribution made to ensuring that children in Nicaragua are kept out of the workplace and in schools.
On October 27th in the City of Rama, on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, the Commission for the Eradication of Child Labor carried out an award ceremony and presented Francisco Ferreira, General Manager of EcoPlanet Bamboo's Central American operations with this award. EcoPlanet Bamboo was the only private sector company to be recognized.
The United States Department of Labor states that "children in Nicaragua are engaged in the worst forms of child labor, including in agriculture and in commercial sexual exploitation sometimes as a result of human trafficking." And it is only as recently as 2014 that serious attempts to reduce this issue, through increased policies, education and more stringent charges against offenders, has come into play. Agricultural and forestry companies have regularly been found to be among the worst players.
EcoPlanet Bamboo is proud to be recognized for its strict policies and the work the company has done over the past five years to prove that a sound business model and associated financial bottom line does not have to come at the expense of people or the environment. "We don't see our way of operation as anything special" says CEO Troy Wiseman "it's part of our company culture, and who we are. We truly believe that by promoting and supporting people, building them up and providing them with opportunities to change their own lives, we are building a generation that doesn't want to leave their villages and communities, but instead form a critical part of a sustainable bioeconomy".
Since taking over as General Manager in early 2014, Francisco Ferreira has developed EcoPlanet Bamboo's 350 person Nicaraguan team into one that continuously receives the highest accolades for their solid and tangible contribution to Nicaragua's economy, its people, and its environmment.< Back to news < Download article