Del Monte is a good thing for Costa Rica

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Del Monte is a good thing for Costa Rica

This essay will offer an insight into the positive and negative effects Del Monte has had within Costa Rica.

Del Monte employs around 25,500 workers directly and a further 100,000 indirectly, offering many jobs for locals. This is a very good thing for Costa Rica since if more people are working then there will be less people living in poverty. Moreover, the multiplier effect will take place in which workers will then use their money to purchase other products in Costa Rica and the money will continue to help members of Costa Rican communities. Not only do Del Monte offer many jobs for Costa Ricans, the company also pays approximately €73 per weeks to the pineapple workers, which is above the national minimum wage of €62.46 per 48 hour/6 day week. This implies that Del Monte cares for its employees as it is willing to pay above the national minimum wage so that the pineapple workers can improve their, and their families, quality of life.

By 2009 pineapples were bringing $700 million to the Costa Rican economy, compared to just $200 million in 2002 which shows a dramatic increase in the production and sale of pineapples from Costa Rica within just seven years. In fact, 75% of fresh pineapples sold on European markets are produced in Costa Rica, allowing Costa Rice to become the world's number one producer of fresh pineapples, with over 50% of Costa Rica's pineapple exports being produced by Del Monte. These figures show that Del Monte is enabling the countries government to earn money which allows the country to develop therefore decrease the proportion of Costa Ricans living in poverty. Furthermore, Del Monte has introduced a wider range of knowledge and technology that was not in Costa Rica before, which will also aid the country in development.

On the other hand, Fernando Ramirez, a leading agronomist at the National University's toxic substances institute, said "some plantations use chemicals that are dangerous for the environment and human


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