On August 24, 2012 the United Way Latin America region was awarded the Latin American NGO Responsibility Award by the Ecumenical and Social Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The award, which recognizes the intense commitment of NGOs in Latin America, acknowledges the work of United Ways in 12 countries in the region. Over the past 30 years, Latin American United Ways have collaborated with more than 600 multinational corporations and improved the quality of life for 600,000 people through its education, income and health initiatives.
This award is made with the support of the National Center on Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Capital; the United Nations Program for Development; the European Academy of Management and Business Administration; and the Argentinean Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security.
Latin America experiences high poverty, underemployment and unemployment. Investments in education in the region are roughly 4.5% of GDP, while nations like Korea, Japan and Israel invest 10% of GDP. The Latin American NGO Responsibility Award aims to strengthen the culture of social responsibility; help establish international standards; elevate the status of Latin American NGOs; and present best practices of social responsibility.