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“Heal A Nation” Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility Launched in Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, D. R. – With the presence of the Vice-President of the Republic, Dr. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Lorenzo Hidalgo Nuñez, and top executives from the private corporations sponsoring Sanar una Nación (Heal A Nation), the program was launched in Santo Domingo on November 28. Sanar una Nación is a program that arrived to Dominican Republic through CitiHope International’s cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health and independent not-for-profit institutions from the health sector, to strengthen the health system through contributions in education, nutrition and medicine.
CitiHope International has received in-country backing by the RICA Corporate Group, through the Rica Foundation, Banco Popular
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"A Natural Experiment in the Caribbean" – Corporate environmental & social responsibility practices by hotels in Cuba & Dominican Republic

Excerpts from “SUN, SAND, AND SUSTAINABILITY: Corporate Environmental and Social Practice in Caribbean Coastal Tourism” (2006) by Emma Stewart, Ph.D., Research Manager at Business for Social Responsibility

Together, the island nations of the Caribbean constitute the region most heavily affected by tourism in the world*. As islands, they are especially vulnerable to environmental impacts, such as coastal erosion, fresh water shortages, marine pollution and habitat loss**. And as developing countries, they have become increasingly reliant on international tourism to bring much needed hard currency.

the Caribbean is an important region in which to examine the patterns of corporate environmental and social practice in the tourism sector. And in fact, it also provides a sort of ‘natural experiment’, comparing two Caribbean island nations, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, that have similar tourism markets but greatly different approaches towards managing them. Both countries’ tourism markets are quite similar in terms of arrival numbers, target markets, prices, and revenue. And in both of these countries, the growth and success of tourism has been a significant story throughout the region.

The similarity of these two countries’ tourism sectors is in contrast to their strikingly different approaches to its development. While the Cuban government has welcomed foreign investors to build and manage many of its resorts, it continues to play an active role, owning, running, and regulating much of the tourism industry, including resort hotels. A number of laws also protect the Cuban economy from the economic “leakage”*** so common in neighboring tourist destinations, and retain tight control over the process of tourism development.
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