Jorge Garcia Campo, who has been with Sherritt for 13 years, has the principal responsibility of working with the Cuban government and local communities to allocate the Cuban Community Investment budget each year. Previous to that, he had many years’ experience as a researcher, purchasing director and vendor, bringing to the job a unique perspective regarding the connections between procurement, opportunity and community development.
Jorge maintains positive relationships with regulators and community leaders in Moa, Mantanzas, Santa Cruz del Norte, Varadero and Havana to ensure Sherritt’s funds are utilized where they are needed most and will have the most positive impacts for local communities around our operations.
When asked what Jorge felt was unique about Sherritt’s community investment program in Cuba, he said that the existence of a structure and regulations that define the program between Sherritt, a private enterprise, and the state, Cuba, means that collaboration occurs at all levels of the government from local municipal actors all the way up to country leaders setting development priorities. These mandated interactions actually foster long-term working relationships that allow for follow-up on measured progress in the communities where we are investing because the government partners are equally committed to achieving results.
Jorge says his favourite part of the job is the opportunity to take on programs that will have benefits for whole communities including children, the elderly, sick and impoverished. In particular, Cuba has been struck with a number of meteorological events in recent years, including strong hurricanes, and Sherritt has been well positioned to support recovery.
“We believe Sherritt’s investment program is unique in that we do not donate currency, but instead work closely with the Cuban government to procure goods that align with their development priorities; however, much of this work is done through a keen understanding of what those needs are and relationship-building skills which Jorge has demonstrated an exemplary aptitude for over his years at Sherritt.”
– Jennifer Prospero, Manager of Sustainability, Toronto