Central Romana delivers historic 2017-18 bonuses to workers and employees
Central Romana Corporation (CRC) delivered RD $1.02 billion (U.S. $21 million) in bonuses to all workers and employees following the conclusion of the 2017-18 sugar harvest. This amount is the largest bonus given by the company in its history, and is more than RD $100 million (U.S. $2 million) than the bonus paid the previous year.
The company highlighted that out of the total amount, RD $540 million (U.S. $11 million) was distributed to agricultural workers. The remaining amount was paid to industrial workers and employees such as those in the mill.
Central Romana recently reported that it ended the harvest by achieving the second highest amount of production in the company’s history with 3.8 million short tons of cane processed for a total production of 429,328 short tons of sugar. Within that volume, more than 180,000 short tons of refined sugar were produced.
The company has always been in favor of improving the living conditions of their workers and employees; it has developed important CSR programs for the well-being of their employees and the wider community. In this regard, the company was also certified in CSR and environmental sustainability in March 2018 by ProTerra.
The company continues to make important investments in healthcare and by providing medical assistance through its modern hospital. It also supports two medical sub-centers in the sugarcane-growing areas, and provides preventive health care through several mobile medical units that are run on a daily basis in the different agricultural divisions of the company. Every year, the company helps with free medical operations for both children and adults, performing orthopedic reconstructive surgeries, interventions in otorrino cases, and cleft palate surgeries.
The company also implements food programs for the community, promoting the consumption of vegetables, provisions, and meats at subsidized prices well below those of the local market. It also sponsors and develops sports activities in the disciplines of baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball in inter-bateyes tournaments held in cane-growing areas, as well as La Romana and other cities in the eastern region. The company also supports an educational program for workers’ children in schools in the bateyes and facilitates accommodation for employees in houses owned by the company.