The Organization of American States (OAS) recently awarded the Puerto Aguadulce-COMPAS Foundation with the coveted 2018 Maritime Award of the Americas in Social Responsibility for Sociedad Puerto Industrial de Aguadulce’s (SPIA) landmark initiative to uplift Colombians out of poverty.
The Foundation is the social responsibility arm of SPIA, a joint venture between International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and PSA International Pte. Ltd. at the Port of Buenaventura in Colombia.
SPIA bested other maritime gateways across the 35-nation OAS in North, Central, and South America, obtaining high scores for exhibiting best practices in social responsibility that produced measurable results and highly-sustainable impact.
The OAS Inter-American Committee on Ports cited SPIA’s leadership and commitment to sustainable development through its Emprendepaz Program, which supports local entrepreneurs and start-ups within the port’s hinterland communities in the Aguadulce Peninsula including three Black Community Committees (CCCN, in Spanish): Bajo Calima, Citronela and Córdoba-San Cipriano.
Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez, who lauded SPIA’s contributions to Colombia, said that the 2018 Maritime Award of the Americas “speaks of serious work – a commitment of the port not only to fulfill its commercial objectives, but to bring well-being to the entire community that surrounds them.”
Mr. Márquez adds: “A program like Emprendepaz is a fundamental tool in the search for equity, one of the pillars of our government. The possibility that community members can train and form their own ventures is the way to close the gaps that afflict our society and we can build a country with more opportunities for all.”