Financial Support and Company Volunteers Benefitting Local Villages throughout the Country
Corporación Dinant’s expanded community engagement program recently completed major projects that will have a significantly positive impact on local people in some of the poorest parts of Honduras.
Dinant has donated 160 thousand lempiras (nearly US$7,000) to the “Juntos Podemos” Foundation at the Southern General Hospital in Choluteca, Southern Honduras, to help fund a range of operations including plastic surgery for children born with cleft lip or cleft palate.
In San Pedro Sula – home to Dinant’s high-tech snacks factory – members of the company’s Human Resources and Volunteering team, together with the city’s Environmental Management department, planted 300 Mahogany, Cedar and other native trees to boost a local reforestation project at the Merendón Reserve.
In Comayagua – where Dinant’s facilities include vegetable greenhouses, a soap factory and a food processing plant – company volunteers joined pupils, parents and teachers to paint and clean three local schools in need of refurbishment.
Together, Dinant and Kerry Ingredients donated over 350 thousand lempiras (US$15,000) to build toilets and washrooms and undertake general repairs that will benefit the 1,500 students and 54 teachers at the Alfonso Hernández Córdova Institute in the city of La Lima near San Pedro Sula.
Company Spokesman, Roger Pineda, commented, “I am extremely proud of the support that Dinant and its staff volunteers provide to local people throughout Honduras. We’re making a real difference to the lives of so many people in some of the poorest parts of the country.”
With a greatly expanded social engagement program, Dinant is building on its local relationships and reaching out to new communities.
Mr. Pineda continued, “The projects announced today are the tip of the iceberg; Dinant is providing financial and volunteer support to communities throughout Honduras, including investing US$120,000 since 2009 to support the sustainable production of Corozo palm nuts by local Pech and Garifuna communities. Crucially, Dinant continues to recruit people from local communities to work at our plantations, factories and mills.”
Dinant’s donation to the “Juntos Podemos” Foundation will help fund a range of operations, including plastic surgery for children born with cleft lip or cleft palate.
About Corporación Dinant
Dinant is a family-owned consumer products manufacturer founded in Honduras in 1960. Its products are sold across Central America and the Dominican Republic, and exported to global markets. The companyemploys 7,200 people worldwide, supports a further 22,000 livelihoods, generates millions of US dollars in exports for Honduras, and contributes significantly to the economies of all countries in which it operates. Dinant rigorously benchmarks its operations against stringent international standards regarding economic, environmental and social impacts.