Dinant Executive President Delivers Awards To Local Families
The Miguel Facusse Foundation, established by the former Executive President of Corporación Dinant, has
awarded land titles to 80 families living in Zacate Grande, located in the Gulf of Fonseca in southern Honduras.
Miguel Mauricio Facusse, Executive President of Dinant, said, “I am delighted to be continuing the important work
of my late father, Miguel Facusse Barjum, in providing families in Zacate Grande with formal legal titles to their
land. These families – many of them farmers and fishermen – have been living and working here for decades. By
awarding formal legal titles, the Miguel Facusse Foundation is enabling local people to develop their communities
as they wish, for example, by constructing schools, health centers, sports fields and churches, and by ensuring food
security and quality of life for themselves and their children.”
Since 1994, the Facusse family and Corporación Dinant have given over 600 land titles to low-income families,
schools and societies in the Langues, Huatales, Earth Cheles, La Negra, Puerto Grande, La Flor, El Golfo and Punta
Novillo communities. The Foundation has now provided peasant families and communities with titles for over 800
hectares of land.
Mr. Facusse continued, “Zacate Grande has been hugely important to the Facusse family and Corporación Dinant
for many years. By awarding these formal land titles, we are honoring the legacy of my late father, Miguel Facusse Barjum, who envisaged that local families here must be able to control their own lands and invest in their own futures for generations to come.”
For many years, the Miguel Facusse Foundation has worked with Zacate Grande communities to develop school
programs, medical teams, food supplies, sports tournaments, recreation areas, forest conservation, and the
breeding and releasing of endangered species, such as green iguanas and red macaws.
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. Dinant employs 8,000
people, supports over 22,000 livelihoods, generates millions of US dollars in exports for the Honduran economy,
and contributes significantly to all communities in which it operates.
Dinant rigorously benchmarks its operations against stringent international standards regarding the economic,
environmental and social impact of its African Palm oil business. All Dinant facilities in Honduras have been
awarded ISO 14000 and OHSAS 18001 status as a mark of their progress in environmental management and
occupational health & safety. As part of its adherence to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, Dinant has removed all firearms from security men and women at its plantations, extraction mills and
manufacturing plants. Dinant has invested significantly in building better relations with local communities through
such initiatives as formal grievance mechanisms and the employment of local social workers.
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