The Session Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Sustainable Development pertaining to the second day of activities of the Peace Integration Summit (CUMIPAZ), taking place in the Jade y Plata room of the Westin Camino Real Hotel in Guatemala City, as a space of awareness aimed at companies so that they are agencies of contribution to the well-being and improvement of all human beings.
The event began with the participation of Gloria Esperanza del Carmen Zarazúa, Vice Minister of the Development of the MIPYME from the Ministry of Economy of Guatemala, William Soto, executive president of the GEAP (through a video conference), and Gabriela Lara, general director of the GEAP.
Authorities of the economic and social field, CEO of international companies, managers of organizations, foundations and business associations, CSR and sustainability experts, environmentalists, academics, students, EMAP activists and the general public attended the event.
CSR in favor of society
The Vice Minister Gloria Esperanza Zarazúa exposed the initiatives and efforts of the Guatemalan government in relation to CSR. In her speech she expressed:
"Social responsibility is the task of everyone, not just for the business sector; and I begin by commenting that from the Government the Katún 2032 Plan (...) Its main purpose is to direct efforts in the search for economic, social and environmental sustainability for the development of the country ".
William Soto, executive president of the GEAP, mentioned the purpose of the CSR session:
since 2016 "The Peace Integration Summit has provided a space for dialogue among institutions, companies and individuals that generate initiatives aimed at strengthening integral peace, the happiness of the human being and the environmental care".
The general director of the GEAP, Gabriela Lara, emphasized on the importance of involving the business sector as a fundamental social agent that can transform its environment, transform societies. She also mentioned the importance of focusing responsibility on respect to human dignity.
Lara said: "From the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace we understand corporate social responsibility as a vision of doing business, but based on respect - above all - based on human dignity, of the rights of the Earth, and with the commitment of entrepreneurs to actively transform their environment."