About SCS Latin America
Since 1984, SCS has been a global pioneer and leader in the field of sustainability standards and third-party certification, working across the economy in the natural resources, built environment, food and agriculture, consumer products and climate sectors. Partnering with companies, government agencies, NGOs, and stakeholders, we are striving to advance sustainable development goals through independent assessment, the application of sound science, and innovative solutions. Through these services, we are enabling decision-makers and purchasers to make informed decisions, giving innovators a competitive edge, and helping to drive the development of leadership standards to create a framework for continuous improvement.
Our programs in LATAM span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retail, and more. We are accredited to provide services under a wide range of nationally and internationally recognized certification programs and are uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive, market driven sustainability solutions to create value for businesses.
Our Latin America Services
- Carbon Footprint Calculation
- Carbon Neutral Certification
- Environmental Product Declarations
- Global Recycled Standard
- Greenhouse Gas Verification
- Indoor Air Quality Certification
- IRMA Certification
- ISCC EU Certification
- Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)
- Product Carbon Footprint
- Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)
- Recycled Claim Standard
- Recycled Content Certification
- Recycled Content Standard for Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)
- Sustainable Carpet Certification
- Zero Waste Facility Certification
- Bonsucro Certification
- Certified Pesticide Residue Free
- Certified Sustainably Grown®
- Fair Trade USA Certification
- Farm Sustainability Assessment
- GLOBALG.A.P. Certification
- Good Manufacturing Practices and HACCP Audits
- Harmonized GAP Audit
- Non-GMO Project Verification
- Organic Certification
- PrimusGFS Certification
- Rainforest Alliance Certification
- Regenerative Organic Certified®
- Responsible Sourcing Strategies
- RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) Certification
- RSPO Supply Chain Certification
- Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification
- SCS Gluten-Free Certification
- SMETA Social Audit
- Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices
- Veriflora® Sustainably Grown
Building Business Value Through Sustainability
Berliot BolañosLatin AmericaSales and Marketing Manager, Latin America
Berliot Bolaños is the director for Business Development and Sales for Central America, The Caribbean, and Colombia. She is enthusiastic about contributing to the sustainable development of the region. Her background is in Food Science Engineering, with a Master of Business Administration from INCAE Business School. Over the past 10 years, she has led consulting projects and provided technical guidance for testing, inspection, and certification processes for various global commodity market requirements. Berliot’s areas of expertise include ISO standards, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) schemes, product claims, food safety culture, social audits (SMETA), Responsible Sourcing of Palm Oil (RSPO), and Bonsucro; among other food safety and sustainability standards. She has also contributed as an active member of various international organizations and as a professor at the University of Costa Rica. She currently serves as president for the National Association of Food Scientists in Costa Rica (ASCOTA), she is a country representative for ALACCTA (Latin American and the Caribbean Association of Science and Food Technology) and for the IFT (Institute of Food Technologists).
Eddie GómezLatin America, MexicoManaging Director, Latam
Eddie is an agronomist with 6+ years of experience on sustainability auditing and business development in Latin America. Main areas of work include biofuels and supply chain certification, regulatory compliance, sustainable biomass origination, advanced and residue-based fuels, decarbonization strategies. Certified professional of the Bonsucro Certification System for sugar and derivatives (ethanol) – auditor and instructor; the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification – including Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF); the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC); the California Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS); and the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS).
Jaime de MonasterioLatin AmericaDirector, SCS Global Services Argentina
Jaime de Monasterio is the Director of SCS Global Services in Argentina. Jaime not only established the Legal Branch of SCS in Argentina, but also developed multiple sustainability services in Argentina within the Food and Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Environmental sectors. He is an Agronomist with a Post-Degree in Agribusiness Management from the Universidad Austral in Argentina, and a Business Management & Marketing degree from the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), among others. Jaime has 22 years of experience in agriculture and sustainability audits.
Jorge Ramírez LaugerudLatin America, MexicoVice President, Responsible Sourcing Strategies
Jorge has worked 15+ years with SCS Global Services within the Food and Agriculture Division where he leads de Responsible Sourcing Strategies department that develops and manages private label programs like Starbucks C.AF.E. Practices, Ferrero Farming Values, Numi Fair Labor Verification, Driscoll’s Social Compliance Verification, amongst others. Jorge also provides assessment and support to buyers, exporters, and producers on different products for their internal sustainability policies including social and environmental responsibility. He has deep experience in risk evaluations in supply chains and traceability. Jorge has extensive auditing and training experience in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and in the USA. Jorge’s academic background is in Environmental Sciences & Agriculture from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala and he speaks English and Spanish.
Jorge ZamoraLatin America, MexicoDirector of Business Development, Mexico
Jorge Zamora is the Director of Business Development at SCS. As Director, Jorge brings his decades of knowledge on certification issues, consulting, auditing, and training in different international standards to companies in Mexico. Well versed in ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO45001, ISO22000, FSSC22000 (food & package), SQF, BRC, OHSAS, ISO 27001, ISO 22301, ISO21001, Bonsucro, and FSC among other standards, Jorge has extensive experience in managing aspects of the entire supply chain from marketing and sales, customer service, execution of audits and invoicing and collections. He holds an MBA in the Senior Management Program at IPADE (Business School in México), a Diploma in Environmental Impact, and several diplomas in Strategic Planning and Business Development.
Oscar MoralesLatin America, MexicoGeneral Manager Sales & Business Development Mexico – LATAM Food Safety
Oscar Morales es el Gerente de Ventas y Desarrollo de Negocios para México y LATAM en la división de Food Safety.
Oscar tiene mas de 13 años trabajando en SCS y cuenta mas de 17 años de experiencia en organismos de certificación para programas de Food Safety, Calidad y Servicios.
Tiene amplia experiencia en ventas, desarrollo de negocios, gerencia de ventas, estrategias, cuentas claves y corporativas, posicionamiento y apertura de nuevos mercados, certificaciones de Food Safety , esquemas y acreditaciones.
Así mismo ha desarrollado negocios en nuevos programas de sustentabilidad, responsabilidad social.
Frequently Asked Questions
What regulations are impacting the adoption of sustainable business in Latin America?Climate agreements, the requirements of international markets and a better understanding of development policies and initiatives are leading companies to seek and implement decisions that are committed to the sustainability of their businesses.
Companies are embracing the challenge of working towards a sustainable and circular economy. This trend reflects the growing recognition that protecting the Earth's finite natural resources also makes good business sense. Sustainability leaders are protecting supply chains, improving efficiency, minimizing waste, reducing operating costs, as well as benefiting from the incentives and benefits this brings.
How does SCS work with companies, government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders in building a more sustainable LATAM economy?Partnering with companies, government agencies, NGOs, and stakeholders, we are striving to advance sustainable development goals through independent assessment, the application of sound science, and innovative solutions. Through these services, we are enabling decision-makers and purchasers to make informed decisions, giving innovators a competitive edge, and helping to drive the development of leadership standards to create a framework for continuous improvement.
Other than offering specific auditing and certification services, how else does SCS help companies navigate all the various sustainability and ESG standards and best practices in LATAM?SCS provides various options for updating and training, as well as support in the implementation and development of standards and customized programs providing a timely and practical look at the issues of relevance and trends for different product sectors. SCS seeks to support and ensure that companies can advance in sustainability, as well as ensure the integrity of the supply chain, promote the conservation of resources, protect the surrounding ecosystems, and provide tools that can support informed decision making.
Does SCS offer consulting services to companies in LATAM to help them become better ESG stewards?Yes. SCS Consulting Services helps guide companies on how to set a roadmap for implementing transformative sustainability solutions that drive meaningful change. The SCS Consulting team brings more than three decades of sustainability experience and a firm commitment to scientific rigor, credibility and transparency. From establishing sound metrics through environmental impact analysis and carbon footprints, to setting ambitious goals and sustainability strategies, to reporting progress to stakeholders and investors, SCS consultants act as your thought partners to deliver innovative tools and solutions tailored to your company's needs.
What are some of the specific sustainability programs that SCS offers to companies located in LATAM and companies doing business in LATAM?SCS offers a full suite of services to support companies in their objectives, from strategic planning, clear goal setting, performance management, as well as third-party inspection and certification, standards development and consulting. SCS offers more than 100+ certification programs that take into account social, economic and environmental protection components. Some of our sustainability certifications include Sustainably Grown, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Bonsucro for sustainable sugarcane production, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), WAVE: Water Stewardship Verified, Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) and many others.Does SCS use local and regional auditors when providing sustainability services to LATAM companies?SCS has a network of experts based in different Latin American countries that will provide you with local and effective attention.
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