Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat
- President and Chair, Loma Negra Cia Industrial Argentina S.A. (Now belongs to other investors) (Cement)
Born Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1921; died Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012.
“As a businesswoman, I feel responsible for the people around me. I feel a great social responsibility for all I have been given, and I believe it’s my obligation to give it back.”
The late Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, the former president and chair of the cement producer Loma Negra and one of Argentina’s leading philanthropists and art collectors, discusses the challenges of being one of the few women business executives in Latin America, and how she confronted them. She stresses the importance of maintaining a corporate culture that emphasizes loyalty and positive relationships between employees and union representatives. She further chronicles her commitment to corporate social responsibility and her investment in schools, hospitals, and daycare centers for workers and her decision to open an art museum to display her private collection. Her interview emphasizes the evolution of CSR in Argentina, and suggests that Argentina had a strategic advantage as a country in which business was sometimes demonized, but unions were particularly strong.