Social Empowerment

Guatemala: opening of two echocardiography laboratories

In November 2014, Chiquita and the International Medical Outreach (IMO) program, a partnership between Carolinas HealthCare System and the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte, celebrated the opening of two echocardiography laboratories in regional hospitals in Zacapa and Quiché, in Guatemala. The IMO program donated echocardiography (echo) machines to the two hospitals and helped train technicians to operate the machines and to work with cardiologists to identify patients with heart ailments. The

IUF / COLSIBA Agreement with Chiquita benefits women on banana farms

Women make an important contribution in Chiquita’s banana farming business. Approximately 2,800 women, equivalent to 16 percent of total employees, are employed in production operations in Latin America. In administrative and supervisory positions, the percentage is higher at 21 percent. In 2011, the company and trade unions formed the IUF/COLSIBA/Chiquita Women’s Committee, which seeks improvement for women working in the banana farms. Its main goal is to promote and reinforce