Protecting the natural environment isn’t the whole story: companies must consider their social, economic, and cultural impact as well. As of today, many companies are focusing on supply chains, not only making efforts to enhance agility and efficiency but also seeking to increase the environmental and social resilience of supply chains, often through unprecedented types of collaborations with suppliers, customers, and even competitors.
ESG investments will deliver attractive returns in the form of social and environmental benefits, operational efficiencies, improved business resilience, and – more importantly – the opportunity to create a powerful differentiator that, at a time of extreme economic uncertainty, will underpin the organization’s success.
With over 60 years of commitment to environmental preservation, 50% of the territory covered in forest and 99% of its energy coming from renewables, Costa Rica has sustainability ingrained in its DNA.
Costa Rica is powered by 99% clean energy, a quick step for carbon neutral operations.
59% of surveyed services companies have sustainability programs in place (KPMG Corporate Services Costa Rica Survey, 2020)
43% of companies report having actions to offset carbon emissions, reducing the impact of fossil fuels. (KPMG Corporate Services Survey Costa Rica, 2020).
Costa Rica ranks 4th in Latin America for environmental performance (Environmental Performance Index, 2020)
Costa Rica was named 2019 Champion of the Earth by the United Nations
in the Sustainable Development Index, (United Nations, 2021)
Innovating to save energy
As part of the Global Operational Excellence program, AbbVie Costa Rica reduced CO2 emissions by 90% and was the first manufacturing site in the Americas to declare "Zero Waste to Landfill". In 2019 the program had strong results in terms of energy savings where the plant reduced energy consumption by 21% compared to 2015. In addition, a solar power plant with 1,750 panels is already operating, equivalent to 10.5% of the consumption or annual demand of 88 Costa Rica households.
Refreshing the world while making a difference
Coca-Cola $50 million investment in its plant in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is one of its most sustainable in the globe. The facility has all the latest technology, that includes systems monitoring to save energy, solar panels, and industrial water recycling, as the company aims for LEED Silver certification.
Applied science and innovation to make a real impact
3M Impact Global encourages and supports employees who want to share their talents to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. The participants spend two-weeks immersed in local communities Collaborating with nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, or government agencies – developing holistic solutions for social and environmental issues in locations with high social needs that are relevant to 3M’s businesses.
Connecting patients and caregivers through medical devices
With the largest rooftop solar panel project in the country, ICU Medical invested $1,2 million in 4,054 solar panels in 2019. That allows the company to generate 6% of the monthly energy consumption. The 1.6 electric megawatts generated by the panels will be equivalent to the power consumed by approximately 770 homes in Costa Rica.
Innovating architecture through global reach with local touch
Gensler’s work reflects an enduring commitment to sustainability and the belief that design is one of the most powerful strategic tools for securing lasting competitive advantage.
Learning has been a cornerstone of our society since 1870 when education became free and mandatory. We will continue to invest where it matters the most: our people.
We embrace challenges, learn quickly, and welcome new opportunities. A nation governed in peace with a solid long-standing democracy that stands behind health, education, and the pursuit of self-development. And of course, renewable energy in Costa Rica is at the heart of many of our innovative business ventures.EXPLORE MORE +40 active talent developing programs with universities and technical institutions based on companies' needs
As a company we are committed to doing business the right way. We have initiatives in Costa Rica to fulfill the global objective to collect and recycle a bottle or can for each one we sell by 2030 and to make our packaging recyclable globally by 2025 - and use at least 50% recycled material in our packaging by 2030.
It is with great pride that we celebrate the 20th anniversary of ICU Medical’s Costa Rica operations. Our Costa Rica site has grown into a global center of excellence for our market-leading Infusion Systems business and is emerging as an important location for shared services. We are grateful for the support of the government and of CINDE, and our close working relationship. Looking ahead, we intend to drive further investment and growth in Costa Rica in close alignment with ICU’s overall growth as a company.
For us, how we work is as important as what we do. This means working with integrity, unlocking the power of data for social innovation, investing in communities, and valuing one another. Experian believes social responsibility -- through our products, profits and people -- are fundamental to creating a better tomorrow.
Costa Rica is the perfect merge between nature and technology, with human-centered practices to drive superior growth, transformational business outcomes, and experiences at speed and scale. Our talent focused on technology and innovation, brings creative value through collaborative work that inspires others and co-creates with our clients through the journey to intelligent operations. Our nature-powered country, situated in a central standard time zone and in geography that embraces political stability and absence of violence, we encounter the perfect balance to grow sustainable business ideas for our clients to serve their business and improve the world.
At 3M we are committed to improving our business, our planet, and every life. Improving every life is an exciting endeavor and an ambitious one. It’s the right thing to do and core to who we are. A central tenant of that purpose is Sustainability.