world-class resorts and a robust infrastruc-
ture, lend themselves to a chance to engage
in singular corporate social responsibility
Among the many nonprofit organiza-
tions that work with corporate groups in
Riviera Nayarit is Entre Amigos (https://
entreamigos.org.mx), a community center
where volunteers can help teach art, music,
computer skills and English, as well as tend
to gardens and help to plan and execute
special events like workshops and children’s art exhibits.
At Fundacion Punta Mita (www.funda
cionpuntademita.org), a member of the Alliance of Community Foundations of Mexico, groups can help promote everything
from environmental awareness to education to physical fitness, with programs that
include team sponsorships, public school
support and other community projects.
Cancun, Riviera Maya and Cozumel are all
chock full of opportunities for meeting and
incentive groups to do good.
InterContinental Hotel Groups (IHG)
offers a variety of noteworthy options in
the region. At Presidente InterContinental
Cozumel, for example, groups can work
with a DMC called Mexico Planners to
make pinatas and deliver them personally
to a local orphanage, or paint and beautify
public ball courts.
At Presidente InterContinental Cancun,
groups can team up with Voluntrek (www.
voluntrek.com.mx), a volunteer and CSR
organization, for activities that include
reforestation projects and children’s recreation programs.
Club Med Cancun Yucatan also offers a variety of CSR activities, including
beach and lagoon cleanups and sea turtle
educational sessions led by a staff member
certified by a local ecological organization.
The resort also partners with local organizations that provide clothing to needy
children. Meeting planners can contact the
Club Med Foundation (http://sustainabili
ty.clubmed/the-foundation) for details and
assistance in setting up programs.
The upscale resort complex called Mayakoba is a hot spot for groups looking to
“We understand the importance of generating social investment that permeates
the local community,” said Ramiro Munoz,
CSR manager at Banyan Tree Mayakoba.
Munoz noted that Banyan Tree partners
with an exceptionally extensive array of
organizations, with CSR objectives including providing shelter for dogs, protecting
marine turtles, planting trees, helping local
schools for underprivileged children and
assisting children with autism and cancer.
Nearby, the Rosewood Mayakoba helps
guests to make donations and interact with
students at Centro Educativo K’iin Beh, a
school established by the hotel for children
of employees and locals.
At Andaz Mayakoba, meanwhile, groups
can become “reef guardians” to plant new
live coral colonies, or donate bottle lids
to raise funds for Kodomo, a local autism
organization. Groups staying at Fairmont
Mayakoba can participate in its Pack for
a Purpose project, which invites them to
pack donations for groups including Save
the Children, which operates community
centers in the region, and Playa Animal
Rescue, a nonprofit, non-kill organization
that rescues and rehabilitates stray dogs.
In Cancun, groups staying at Panama
Jack Resorts Cancun can arrange a visit to
the nearby Melipona Maya Foundation,
a bee farm that helps to preserve Mayan
beekeeping traditions. And in Tulum,
smaller groups can check into Casa Violeta,
a wellness-oriented boutique property that
connects guests with Movida Maya (www.
movidamaya.org), an organization through
which participants can teach skills like
music, art and English to local students.
Destinations large and small around the
nation can provide myriad ways for groups
to have a positive effect on the places they
visit. A DMC called Destination Mexico
( www.destination-mexico.com) organizes
programs in several of the nation’s largest
cities. In Mexico City, for example, the
company offers customized programs that
benefit Fundacion Pro Ninos de la Calle,
which provides services to children in
need, and Fundacion Casa Alianza Mexico,
which helps youth who have problems with
drug addiction and exploitation.
In the nation’s second-largest city,
Guadalajara, Destination Mexico can arrange for meeting and incentive groups to
assist organizations including Fundacion
Dibujando un Manana, which helps needy
children, and the Civil Hospital Foundation
Hotels in Guadalajara are adept
such as the Presidente InterContinental Guadalajara, which
can organize arts and crafts workshops
led by an organization that helps women
who rely on these activities to support their
families. Groups can also make donations
of toys and pinatas to children with cancer,
muscular dystrophy and other afflictions.
The city of Monterrey serves up still more
opportunities. Destination Mexico coordinates fundraising and volunteer activities
for groups interested in helping organizations like Effeta, which aids children with
In the state of Yucatan, a DMC called
SAT Mexico ( www.satmexico.com) has
created customized CSR programs around
the region. For an HP event, for example,
the company organized a spouse’s outing
to Chichen Itza, followed by a visit to a
Mayan village, where the group delivered
donated goods to a local school.
“It was a very emotional event,” said
Miguel Woolfolk, SAT Mexico’s commercial
manager. “The children were very grateful,
many participants broke into tears. We
spent two hours more than planned, sharing time with the community.” m
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