Founded in 1997, Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo (United Way Costa Rica) promotes sustainable development in Costa Rica through direct participation and partnerships. The organization promotes corporate social responsibility as a business imperative, partnering with companies and their stakeholders to cooperatively create a better Costa Rica and Central America for all people. AED works with over 90 national and multinational companies with operations in Costa Rica, on two main focus areas: Business Development and Social Investment. The business development area provides guidance, tools and methodologies to facilitate incorporation of best practices throughout a number of business areas such as governance, employee relations, environment, marketing, suppliers, community and public policies. The social investment area promotes Public-Private Partnerships (PPP’s), both at a local and national level, to address some of the country’s most pressing challenges, including: quality education and health systems, early childhood development, entrepreneurship and job creation, among others.
HOW WE WORK
AED's main mode of operation is alliances. AED has partnered with different public institutions and non-governmental organizations to promote projects that allow sustainable development.
Businesses should know that to achieve this they need the stakeholders they interact with to survive and grow over time and to do so with their help.
Sustainability is only achievable if organizations recognize and take responsibility for their impacts, carry out responsible business practices with all their stakeholders - internal public, environment, community, suppliers, customers, government - establish win-win relationships and they are committed to and are part of the sustainable development of the society where they are located.
Sustainability is only possible if companies work under principles of social responsibility. In this way, sustainability is a business model that seeks to guarantee the existence of the organization in the long term through responsible actions that generate value in the three dimensions of Sustainable Development: social, environmental and economic.
And Social Responsibility is that attitude and that way of behavior of an organization to assume and manage the impacts that its operation generates in society and in the environment, through not only legal compliance and international regulations, but also constant dialogue with stakeholders, always striving to add value and contribute to sustainable development.
AEDCR promotes business models based on principles of social responsibility that allow companies to aspire to their sustainability and strengthening over time, with a focus on Business Development and Social Investment.