When talking about the history of the Colombian southwest and sugarcane, we think of an agro-industrial group, the Riopala Castilla, which is characterized by its commitment and since 1918 to all interest groups and the region. It has left a lasting impression with where it operates.
Riopaila Castilla’s extensive business includes the production of sugar, honey, alcohol, energy and other sugarcane derivatives, but always with a commitment to carry out these processes within the framework of sustainable development.
Riopaila Castilla is a benchmark in innovation, agricultural technology, commitment to the environment and high quality standards, safety, security and health, characteristics that make it a committed partner for Colombia’s development.
Sugarcane derivatives, operational excellence, market and value services and a socio-environmental commitment aimed at regional development are part of its business strategy, with watershed protection and greenhouse gas mitigation leading the stakes.
“Our business strategy is supported by a commitment to all stakeholders, a commitment that begins with a social dialogue, where the present and the future, for economic and human development and the conservation of biodiversity, determine the action agenda”, Pedro Cardona López, said the executive president of Riopella Castilla.
The agribusiness group has received $40,000 million in public investment managed by the Caicedo González Riopaila Castilla Foundation.
commitment to nature
The heritage of Riopaila Castilla lies in the responsible management of the conservation and protection of waters, basins, various reserve areas and ecosystems. It is a commitment led by associations of river users, communities, farmers, indigenous peoples, social leaders, community leaders, local governments, and more. This fact has made it possible to identify 238 species of fauna while guaranteeing their rights. In 2021, more than 11,000 trees were planted in Colombia for new conservation areas that have been added to the 148 hectares currently protected.
commitment to territories
Riopaila Castilla, in coordination with its foundation, the Caicedo González Riopaila Castilla Foundation, deploys social strategy in three themes: relations to regional development, food security and education. As part of this, community, cultural and recreational initiatives are supported where over 4,000 people participate each year.
In food security, projects are led for the development and commercialization of citrus fruits, plantains, bananas, with 1,500 agricultural producers.
In education and in conjunction with universities, public institutions and the social sector, there are technical and technical events, where more than 450 young people participate with subsidies and scholarships.
The company undertakes sustainable social management with its employees and their families, where human development, health and well-being are its priority. “Our strategy is led by a human team, driven by their continued commitment to us,” said Cardona López.
Riopaila generates more than 3,700 direct jobs, 93% of them in the municipalities of operation, and it has performed maintenance and repairs on 232 kilometers of roads there.