Sustainability in Action Deloitte’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice is making a name for itself, providing high-quality services related to pressing sustainability issues.
Our work with the Sustainability Department of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) and its project finance client, Corporación Quiport, the concessionaire of the new Mariscal International Airport in Quito, Ecuador, is a prime example of the reason why.
Airports are powerful economic engines for cities, adding modern infrastructure and creating jobs and opportunities for local businesses.
In Ecuador, Deloitte’s team was called on to identify and evaluate opportunities to create shared value for the airport and local community members, most of whom are small fruit and vegetable farmers. The team conducted a quantitative evaluation of options and recommended three sustainability programs, which they are now helping to implement, jointly with the Inter-American Investment Corporation, a member of the IDB Group.
“We’re helping to create a market for the local farmers building on their success in selling their produce to airport employees,” says Cindy Chao, Manager in our Sustainability and Climate Change group. “We’ve also started discussions with airport restaurants to see if there are market opportunities for the farmers there as well.”
The two other programs are related to creating and supporting community-based recycling businesses to manage some of the airport’s waste, and developing a training academy to build local employment capacity and strengthen the airport’s customer service. These projects will be implemented in phases.
According to Andrew O’Brian, CEO of Quiport: “This is a great opportunity to enhance our social responsibility programs and take further steps to continue contributing to the sustainable social and economic development of Quito and Ecuador.”