AED Costa Rica

  • About

    AED Costa Rica is a nonprofit organisation created in 1997 to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) and strategic investment in the Costa Rican private sector, with the broader aim of improving the competitiveness and sustainable development in the country.


    • 84 companies.

    Shared Members with WBCSD

    • (7) ArcelorMittal, Bridgestone, Ernst & Young, IBM, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, S. C. Johnson & Son.

  • Activities

    Building the Business Case

    • Organise workshops, lectures, forums, conferences, and trainings on a broad range of topics, including CSR management systems, public-private partnerships, stakeholder engagement, energy and CSR, sustainable tourism and sustainable design.
    • Provide companies with a CSR self-assessment tool to guide them towards implementing management systems consistent with the principles of social responsibility.
    • Develop Costa Rican case studies in partnership with the Escuela de Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad Nacional.

  • Action2020-related Activities

    Climate Change

    • Escuelas Carbono Neutral: A project aimed at creating carbon-neutral schools. The project is the result of a collaboration among the AED, Banco Davivienda, la Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Cordillera Volcánica Central (FUNDECOR), and the Ministry for Public Education to promote the goal of carbon neutrality in Costa Rica in 2021. To this end, the project has developed a manual for measuring carbon footprints in schools. The measuring tool is simple and can be replicated in any school nationwide to encourage reductions in GHG emissions. Some recommended activities include tree planting, recycling campaigns, saving water, reducing electricity consumption, establishing school gardens, and developing informational campaigns for students about climate change and GHG emissions.
    • Adaptación al Cambio Climático: A work group that seeks to inform companies on the vulnerability of their business strategies to climate change. In particular, it provides tools to help companies identify risks and opportunities in relation to climate change.
    • Eco Efficiencia Empresarial: A project promoting eco-efficiency among businesses. With a view to Costa Rica’s 2021 carbon neutrality target, the AED has developed a method that allows companies to recognise, measure and reduce the environmental impact of their activities.

    Basic Needs and Rights

    • Empresas sin Pobreza Extrema: A strategy created by AED and Holcim to improve the quality of life of employees living in poverty and focused on four areas: health, education, housing and household economy. Other companies are actively encouraged to adapt and implement this plan, always with the goal of eradicating extreme poverty among their employees.
    • Banco de Alimentos: To tackle issues connected to extreme poverty and unequal access to food, the business sector has come together to create the first food bank in Costa Rica. A food bank manages donations and distributes food through social and community organisations to people in need.
    • Vivir la Integración: A programme dedicated to refugee integration and equal access to employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.
    • Zona Joven: A public-private partnership project that seeks to strengthen the capacity of local governments to tackle class divisions among youth through creating opportunities for social integration.

    Skills and Employment

    • Empresas por la Igualdad de Género: “Business for Gender Equality,” a project that provides support, tools and training to companies to incorporate a management system that ensures gender equality in recruitment processes, professional performance evaluations and promotion opportunities.
    • Super Hadas: A project developed by S. C. Johnson & Son to work with children and adolescents at social risk. The aim is to build their technology skills as a way to increase their employability.
    • Red de Impresas Inclusivas: “The Inclusive Business Network”, a coalition of companies working to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
    • Joven Salud: A bilingual education platform that offers interactive online services for young people ages 10–24 and designed to develop the knowledge, skills and motivation to lead healthy lives.
    • EMPLEATE: A public-private partnership initiative that aims to create employment opportunities for young people ages 17–24 who are living in poverty and are at social risk.

    Sustainable Lifestyles

    • RSE en la Cadena de Valor: A project supported by GIZ that aims to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs in Central America through integrating CSR management strategies into company value chains.
    • Caminando y Reciclando: A project aimed at increasing awareness about recycling and encouraging action among Costa Rican citizens.

    Redefining Value

    • Develop training courses on sustainability reporting for both (GRI), ISO 26000.
    • Alineamiento Estratégico para la Sostenibilidad: A project aimed at providing technical support to companies in designing successful sustainability strategies and reporting mechanisms.

  • Government Engagement and External Collaboration

    • Collaborate with government ministries and agencies through AED projects and public-private partnerships.
    • Collaborate with the German development agency GIZ, UN Global Compact.

  • Collaboration with Global Network Partners

    • Collaborates with Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Brazil in developing a CEO survey to collect business’ perspective on various sustainability-related topics. The 2014 survey and following publication is focused on Climate Change.
    • Guatemala.

Global Network Collaboration


Action2020 Engagement