Since its beginning, LAAD’s mission has been the promotion of economic and social development in Latin America, through financing agricultural exports to private enterprises. LAAD’s current environmental and social policy seeks the establishment of an operational framework that integrates social, environmental and financial sustainability principles in its institutional strategy, promoting sustainable development in Latin America, with an emphasis in rural Small and Medium Enterprises.
To this end, LAAD has established processes and tools that identify current best practices in social and environmental management for the identification and analysis of risks and impacts in its credit operations and thus facilitate the decision-making process in awarding loans. Likewise, LAAD promotes sustainable initiatives that involve environmental protection and conservation through different types of environmental and social certifications currently on the market and that are required by the main international markets and consumers. Staff training and capacity building in environmental and social management is also an integral part of our policy.
To achieve the sustainability goals, LAAD has implemented a Social and Environmental Management System (SEMS). The SEMS offers an appropriate and efficient evaluation and monitoring procedure of social and environmental risks associated with activities financed by LAAD, over the duration of the loan period.
In Fiscal Year 2017, 96.3% of the loans approved and committed by LAAD were granted to Small and Medium Enterprises, of which 36.2% have at least one environmental or social certification or are in the process of obtaining it. The most common certification held by our clients are Global GAP, Rainforest Alliance, Organic, Fair Trade and UTZ. The loans provided by LAAD during this period generated over 10,000 new jobs - 36% held by women - and US$170 million per year in exports for the region.
LAAD is aware of the importance of providing communication tools that will make us aware of any complaints or concerns in regards of the care of Social Environment in our projects.
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