The MAPFRE CEO emphasized the confidence in the country, MAPFRE’s second largest market, at the sixth edition of the Awards organized by the Brazil-Spain Chamber of Commerce.

MAPFRE CEO Antonio Huertas recently received the Spain-Brazil Personality Award at the 6th edition of the awards held in Brasilia. In his acceptance speech, he emphasized MAPFRE’s confidence in the country. “Our outlook is positive and optimistic. Despite the challenging backdrop, Brazil and Latin America as a whole represent a region with enormous room for growth in the insurance industry,” asserting that “the company’s resilience has made it possible to secure the country as MAPFRE’s second largest market in the world.”

In Brazil, the company is active in the insurance, investment, consortium, capitalization, pensions and home and vehicle assistance sectors. MAPFRE has signed international commitments including the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) and is part of the UN’s Global Compact. Fundación MAPFRE, a non-profit institution, also promotes social well-being initiatives in the country.

Commitment to fighting the impact of the pandemic

With a presence in Brazil since 1992, the Group’s commitment has been particularly important since the onset of the pandemic, with Fundación MAPFRE’s approval of above 6.2 million euros to support initiatives to prevent and treat COVID-19, in addition to projects to fight hunger and malnutrition, digital inclusion and entrepreneurship.

As an example of this responsibility, Antonio Huertas mentioned the alliance with Central Única de Favelas (CUFA), to which more than 4,500 food baskets have been donated for vulnerable communities in the Federal District.

Recognition of Rural Women

The MAPFRE CEO also announced MAPFRE’s sponsorship of the Recognition of Rural Women Award ahead of its launch. On March 8, 2022, this recognition will reward initiatives that promote the economic independence of rural women through actions to strengthen local food systems and that promote the generation of income, care for the conservation of biodiversity and encourage sustainable rural development.

This initiative was developed by the Spanish Embassy’s Office of Agriculture in cooperation with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and UN Women. 

The 2020 Spanish Personality Award was presented to Antonio Huertas by Spanish Ambassador to Brazil and Honorary Chairman of the Spanish Official Chamber of Commerce in Brazil, Fernando García Casas. The ceremony, held at the Spanish Embassy in Brasilia, was attended by EU Ambassador to Brazil Ignacio Ibáñez and CUFA (Central Única de Favelas) Chairman Bruno Kesseler.