- Six SMBs (Small and Mid-Sized Businesses) in Banderas Bay contributed to the sustainable tourism of the area and the improvement of their employees’ living conditions, which was reflected in the socioeconomic and environmental results from their participation in a pilot program founded by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Six SMBs from the Riviera Nayarit’s tourism sector participated in the implementation of a pilot project by The Regional Programme for the Promotion of Formalization in Latin America and the Caribbean (FORLAC) created by the regional office of the International Labour Organization for Latin America and the Caribbean (OIT), among them: Rancho Nuevo Los Pinos, El Chivero, Hotel Canadian (in Bucerías), Original El Anclote (in Punta de Mita), Osos Oyster and Sandzibar (in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle).
The premise of this five-month project was to guarantee an increase in productivity among the participating businesses in order to create a virtuous circle that would create better conditions for the workers and allow them to enjoy the benefits they are entitled to by law as formal, or full-time, employees.
The participating SMBs made significant advances using the System for Integrated Measurement and Improvement of Productivity (SIMAPRO) methodology, part of the ILO’s strategy for the promotion of sustainable enterprises.
There were 216 proposals for improvements: 48% were economic, 46% social and 6% environmental in nature. For starters, the work environment improved by 6 points per their rating system.
Sales increased by 93% when compared to the same period of time from the previous year. Thirty-five percent of the sales were attributed to the applied methodology, and there was a half-ton (532kg) reduction in waste emanating from food processing plants.
In economic terms, the savings generated by optimizing the resources needed for food processing came to approximately $36 thousand Mexican pesos. The return on investment for the six SMBs was 266%, and 50% of the initial temporary workers became full-time employees (21 positions became full-time).
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to congratulate the SMBs for completing this program and demonstrating their commitment towards their employees, their place of business, the destination and the visiting tourists.