CSR Practices in Venezuela: The Case of Empresas Polar

Americas Quarterly, 2012

This article showcases the corporate social responsibility initiatives implemented by Empresas Polar, Venezuela’s largest food manufacturer and distributor, and its ability to survive the seizure policies of Hugo Chávez. The story of Empresas Polar provides a useful object lesson in how one company turned its CSR programs into a successful business defense against a powerful, predatory regime. The article was co-authored by our Global Research Manager, Carlued Leon.