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Backus joins disaster relief

Following the August 2007 earthquake centred on the city of Ica, the Peruvian business Backus was among many organisations providing vital aid to those left homeless and injured.

It made its transport fleet available to the country’s Ministry of Health to help distribute water and medicines while members of the company’s medical team travelled to the affected areas to assist the survivors along with local distributors and their families. Backus also donated time through ‘Backus Voluntariado’, a group of company workers who organised a collection to acquire and distribute the necessary medicines.

Employees in Latin America donated nearly US$110,000 to ‘¡Vamos Peru! A levantarnos Unidos’ – a relief fund established by Backus. Helped by matched funding from SABMiller Latin America, further contributions from suppliers and a sponsored football match, the business raised over US$465,000. This is being used to support a housing project and fund a medical centre in the affected area.

Progressive labour and workplace programmes in Peru

The Peruvian business Backus seeks to develop good relations with its employees, suppliers and other stakeholders by respecting human rights, avoiding corruption and protecting the environment.

This commitment is demonstrated through its engagement with the UN Global Compact, which in turn informs the 12 principles of the company’s human rights policy, including: fair and equal treatment; opposition to discrimination, corruption and compulsory or child labour; fair remuneration; a safe and healthy environment and union freedom.

The company’s corporative ethics programme ensures it acts in an honest, decent and transparent manner and is supported by a whistleblowing line. Backus also maintains close and constructive relationships with the seven unions that represent its employees.

In 2007 the business received the Human Resources Award from The Human Resources Institute of Universidad Ricardo Palma in recognition of its human resources management.

Our priorities: Human rights

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