ESG Reporting to Address Causes of Migration in Northern Central American Countries

  • The ESG initiative for Northern Central American countries aims to work with local and international business leaders to build awareness and discuss the benefits and opportunities of adopting structured ESG metrics and reporting
  • The framework will enable the expansion of high-quality jobs and enhances trade and investment opportunities
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Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 25 May 2022 – The Partnership for Central America was launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 to address the root causes of migration by promoting economic opportunities in the region.

The new initiative to make new significant commitments with businesses and social enterprises responds to US Vice-President Kamala Harris’ call to action for companies and social enterprises to help send a signal of hope to the people of Northern Central American countries.

The ESG initiative aims to enable the private sector’s contributions to improve the region’s socioeconomic conditions and environmental resilience. The World Economic Forum, through the adoption of ESG principles and the Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics (SCM), has brought together 150 CEOs to align their strategy and corporate reporting to better serve society under four pillars aligned with the UN’s Sustainable development Goals and principal ESG domains: Principles of Governance, Planet, People and Prosperity.

Implementing such a framework enables the expansion of high-quality jobs and enhances trade and investment opportunities. Many companies in the region are part of broad value chains increasingly demanding these corporate standards and practices.

Jonathan Fantini-Porter, Executive Director of the Partnership for Central America, said: “The World Economic Forum’s framework bridges ESG opportunities with investor needs to drive greater economic development. Creating an enabling environment to attract new businesses and investors is critical in creating jobs for communities across the region.”

“We will bring together local business leaders to drive change and create opportunities to improve the socioeconomic and environmental conditions in their societies,” said Marisol Argueta, Head of Latin America, World Economic Forum.

As part of the broad work of the Forum’s SCM deployment in Latin America, the ESG initiative for the Northern Central American countries seeks to motivate a corporate cultural adjustment to adopt the global SCM. It will build awareness and discuss the benefits and opportunities of implementing structured ESG reporting metrics and practices according to global trends in the Central American context.

The World Economic Forum and the Partnership for Central America will work with professional services companies and national business associations. CentraRSE in Guatemala, Fundharse in Guatemala and Fundemas in El Salvador will convene the private sector to facilitate roundtable discussions with three objectives:

  • Raising awareness and understanding of the global momentum and need for the adoption of ESG frameworks
  • Introducing the ESG framework as a tool for socioeconomic development and climate resilience
  • Showcasing national and regional efforts and best practices

The outcomes will provide a mapping of the ESG context in the region. It will highlight the findings and provide practical recommendations and best practices for adopting the ESG framework in the Northern Central American countries.

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