SOFOFA - CHILEAN FEDERATION
Founded in 1883, the Federation of Chilean Industry (SOFOFA) is
a private, non-profit trade association representing the views and
interests of Chilean industry.
SOFOFA has 2,500 corporate affiliates, 36 sector association affiliates,
and 8 regional affiliates in Arica, Antofagasta, Valparaíso,
Curicó, Talca, Concepción, Malleco-Cautín and
Edificio de la Industria - Sofofa
SOFOFA members account for 80 percent of Chilean industrial
output and 30 percent of GDP. In addition to manufacturers,
SOFOFA represents industry sectors from energy, telecommunications,
water and sewage, and information technology to port services
and air, maritime and rail transport, among others.
The representative nature, political independence, solid
principles, businesslike approach and prestige of its leaders
have earned the SOFOFA a place among the country's most upstanding
SOFOFA has spoken for Chilean industry for over a century. Government,
political, social and economic leaders give a respectful hearing
to SOFOFA views.
Association of Glass, Ceramic and Refractory Products Manufacturers
Association of Exporters
Association of Liquor Producers of Chile
Association of Natural Gas Distributors
Association of Private Security Companies (ASEVA)
Association of Supplier Industries (AGIP)
Automotive Association of Chile (ANAC)
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Valdivia
Chamber of Production and Commerce of Concepción (CPCC)
Chemical Industry Association of Chile (ASIQUIM)
Chilean Association of Information Technology Enterprises (ACTI)
Chilean Liquefied Gas Association (GLPChile)
Chilean Lumber Corporation (CORMA)
Chilean Mobile Telephony Association (ATELMO)
Cosmetics Industry Chamber of Chile
Dairy Industry Association (ASILAC)
Federation of Food Processing Industries of Chile (FEPACH)
Fisheries Society of Chile (SONAPESCA)
Grain Millers Association
Industrial Association of Antofagasta (AIA)
Industrial Association of Arica (ASINDA)
Industrial Association of Central Chile (ASICENT)
Industrial Association of Curicó
Industrial Association of Malleco-Cautín (ASIMCA)
Industrial Association of Region 5th (ASIVA)
Manufactured Product Exporters Association (Asexma)
Maritime and Ports Chamber of Chile
Metal Products Manufacturers Association (ASIMET)
National Association of Water and Sewage Utilities (ANDESS)
National Prepared Meats Association (ANIC)
Pharmaceutical Association of Chile (ASILFA)
Pharmaceutical Chamber of Chile (CIF)
Plastics Industry Association of Chile (ASIPLA)
Poultry Industry Association (APA)
Print Fabric and Dye Association of Chile
Printing Industry Association
Salmon and Trout Producers Association
Soft Beverages National Association (ANBER)
Tannery Industrial Association of Chile (ASINCURT)
Textile Institute of Chile
Winery Association of Chile
Chilean Logistics Association (ALOG)
Association of Industrial Mining Suppliers (APRIMIN)
Association of Concessionaries for Public Infrastructural Works
Organization and Leadership
SOFOFA is private trade association established October 7, 1883.
Ever since it has steadfastly championed free enterprise, private
property, market freedom, freedom of pricing and contracting, and
Based on these key principles, SOFOFA lobbies Government and Congress
on policy issues concerning the higher interests of the country
at large, and by extension, of concern to industry.
|SOFOFA is headed by a Board
of Governors representing all members. The Board, which meets
once a month, sets policy, appoints the Chairman, and nominates
individuals to the Steering and Executive Committees, which
implement Board resolutions.
Sofofa's Board of Governors
The Steering Committee consists of the SOFOFA Chairman, two Vice-presidents,
and a Secretary General. The Chairman, who represents SOFOFA, is
elected to a two-year term of office and may be reelected to a further
The SOFOFA Executive Committee is the leading executive
body, in charge of implementing the policy, initiatives and resolutions
adopted by the Board of Governors. The Executive Committee's 12
members meet twice a month. Members include the Chairman, the two
Vice-presidents, two councilors emeritus, two elected councilors,
four membership councilors, and the Secretary General.
Leading SOFOFA Activities
Studies and Industrial Development Area
Economy 1987-2003 (pdf)
economic and industrial status reports.
Publishes monthly industrial output,
sales, employment and energy use indicators.
Conducts a survey of industrial wages.
Conducts a survey of investment projects.
Publishes a monthly leading economic
Publishes export, import, foreign investment
and exchange rate information.
Presents the annual Sofofa Award
Conducts status reviews of key
economic issues in Chile and abroad.
Maintains a website (www.sofofa.cl)
featuring instant access to Studies Department publications
and valuable industrial information.
Methanex industrial complex, 12th
Foreign Trade &
International Economic Relations Area
-Coordinates and participates in free trade talks, i.e. with the
United States, the European Union and Korea.
- Advises exporters on foreign trade issues.
- Conducts statistical and tariff reviews of new markets.
- Advises members on the proper use of export incentives.
- Advises exporters on certificate of origin issues.
San Antonio's port - 5th Region
- Offers Internet-based issuance of Certificates
of Origin required for industrial products to benefit from
standing trade agreements.
- Organizes seminars and workshops on
foreign trade issues, including international negotiations,
rules of origin, and incentive mechanisms.
- Represents the views of SOFOFA and
the industrial sector in foreign trade policy debates.
-Acts as Technical Secretariat for the
Entrepreneurial Advisory Committees (CASE) provided for under
standing trade agreements with Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia,
Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and other countries and
- Formulates initiatives designed to improve access to new markets
for Chilean-made industrial products.
- Represents member concerns on trade barriers to the Chilean ministries
of Foreign Affairs, Economy, and Finance.
Provides regular, up-to-date environmental information and orientation
Represents industry views in the discussion of proposed environmental
legislation, cleanup programs, rules, regulations, decrees, standards,
city plans and other environmental issues impacting industry.
Advises members in their dealings with the Environmental Health
Service and the National Commission on the Environment, among other
Sits on the Advisory Committee of the National Commission on the
Environment (CONAMA) and its regional counterparts (COREMA).
Trains members on environmental issues
and sends environmental fact-finding missions abroad.
Promotes and takes part in related initiatives
of interest to associates, such as recycling and environmental
Represents the views of industry before
the national and international news media, forums, conferences,
roundtables, and other events.
Santiago, capital of Chile
Works with government agencies on issues of interest to industrialists.
Sits on committees reviewing international environmental agreements.
Sofofa Social Responsibility
Implements special programs assisting member employees wishing
to become homeowners. To date, these programs have helped deliver
Collective low-cost, no co-payment catastrophic illness insurance
covering high-cost treatments which most workers may find hard to
Labor Bycicle Race 2001 in front of the
Edificio de la Industria
Sports and recreation activities for member employees,
including the Labor Bicycle Race, the Industry Bike-a-thon,
football and tennis tournaments, and access to the September
18th Industry Stadium.
Works with 162 Municipal Disability Councils
countrywide, helping coordinate and support initiatives designed
to help train, create jobs for and integrate the disabled
into society. Thus far the program has helped create some
Prison inmate job training and opportunities program operated
by CORESOL, the SOFOFA Social Rehabilitation Corporation,
which includes technical and vocational training provided
at correctional centers in Valparaíso, Concepción,
and soon in Temuco.
Human Resources Managers' Committee acts as a clearinghouse
for knowledge and experience in human resources management
and contributes to the analysis and debate of labor issues.
Member employee cultural events, including the Industry Song
& Dance Celebration and storytelling and painting competitions
SOFOFA Social Responsibility programs
encourage employee involvement in cultural and artistic events.
Training, technical support and credit assistance provided to micro-entrepreneurs
through PROPESA, the SOFOFA Small Business Corporation.
Regular support for the social work initiatives of twelve Municipal
Industrial Corporations; delivery of all benefits above.
Training and Education - http://www.capacitacionsofofa.cl
The OTIC-SOFOFA Intermediate Technical
Training Center is a training industry leader with nearly
4,000 associate firms. It offers comprehensive training services
to all leading sectors of the Chilean economy, including banking
and financial, health insurance, pension fund managers, manufacturers,
food producers, air and overland transport, communications,
forestry, mining, fisheries, and commerce.
OTIC-SOFOFA has a modern, comprehensive service network based in
Santiago with branch offices in Antofagasta, Viña del Mar,
Curicó, Concepción, Temuco, Puerto Montt, and Punta
Arenas. Branch offices are free-standing business units capable
of providing direct, customized services to industry.
Assists members in applying to the National Training and Employment
Service (SENCE) for the 1% training tax deduction incentive available
Offers comprehensive support, personalized service and advanced
technology through SOFTLINK software, an on-line training needs
management tool helping members implement and monitor employee training
plans and programs, thus effectively outsourcing human resource
Provides supplier mediation, course contracting, discounts, information
update, supplier payment and other services.
Operates an Annual Scholarship Program for eligible unskilled workers.
In the field of education, SOFOFA and its six affiliated business
and sectoral organizations operate 18 secondary vocational schools
with an enrollment of 15,755. These schools train new technicians
with a view to meeting demand for skilled labor in industry today.
Entrepreneurs take active part in helping improve worker and technician
skills through Business Advisory Councils. These help vocational
schools implement projects and define workforce profiles and curricula
in line with the needs of today's industry.
The dual education method used includes and supports apprenticeship
programs helping prepare students to find jobs after graduation.
These programs benefit both students and host companies.
Chilean Safety Association (ACHS)
Working with both companies and employees, the ACHS is Chile's most
comprehensive, efficient private network of occupational health
and injury prevention centers, featuring hospitals, clinics and
primary care facilities ably dealing with complex workplace injury
and occupational health issues.
||Provides comprehensive occupational
risk prevention and training courses and complete, up-to-date
information on workplace and in-transit accident prevention
and occupational health issues.
Conducts new risk research and implements specific programs for
all sectors of the economy.
Uses innovative management systems, in line with the needs of an
evolving workforce and production methods.
Provides industrial health and safety, preventive health, accident
prevention, and risk management services.
Promotes healthy habits and behavior and improves the quality of
life of affiliates, most notably through a range of special programs
and education campaigns.
The ACHS considers people the most valuable asset a company can
Operations are based on a culture of quality in which ongoing staff
training, state-of-the-art technology, and definition of processes
and standards figure highly.
The ACHS works on the principle of corporate social responsibility,
a vision that encompasses respect for ethical values, people, the
community, and the environment.
September 18th Compensation Fund - http://www.caja18.cl
Provides efficient, personalized safety and benefit services
to associate firm employees and their family members.
Manages delivery of statutory and supplemental benefits,
including family allowances, subsidies, credit lines, life
insurance, and medical, eyeglass and dental plans.
Provides supplementary social and educational benefits, including
scholarships, bonuses, and subsidies.
Provides a wide range of educational, health, housing, cultural,
sports and recreation services and programs.
Legislative Action Committee (Excerpted from 2001-2002 Annual Report)
The Committee keeps track of the legislative agenda, reviews the
status of parliamentary debate of proposed legislation, and researches
and submits matters of interest to SOFOFA.
Produces research and studies, and meets regularly with the authorities.
Presents SOFOFA views on proposed legislation to the National Congress
and standing Senate and Chamber of Deputies committees.
Holds seminars where labor, tax, and other initiatives of interest
are reviewed and discussed.
Sofofa keeps track of the legislative
agenda, reviews the status of parliamentary debate of proposed
legislation, and researches and submits matters of interest
Produces research and studies, and meets
regularly with the authorities.
Presents Sofofa views on proposed legislation
to fhe National Congress and standing Senate and Chamber of
Congress of Chile
Holds seminars where labor, tax, and other initiatives of interest
are reviewed and discussed.
Information Release, Seminars and Services
Organizes local and regional conference series.
Organizes gatherings of business leaders
(e.g., on economic, labor, tax issues)
Organizes seminars and workshops (e.g.,
on education, foreign trade, micro-enterprises, computer-aided
management, energy, telecommunications, and the environment).
Organizes sports and cultural events.
Visits and gatherings:
Arica - Iquique - Antofagasta - Valparaíso - Concepción
- Talca - Curicó - Temuco - Punta Arenas
Annual Sofofa Industrial Awards
For complete honor roll, see http://www.sofofa.cl/qsomos/cuadrohonor.htm
The Sofofa Social Responsibility Awards
1998 - Shell Chile
1999 -Coca-Cola Foundation
2000 - Agrosuper
2001 - CCU - CMPC Company Group
2002 - Ernesto Ayala Oliva
2003 - Chilectra S.A.
2004 - J. Riveros SAIC
SOFOFA on-line (www.sofofa.cl)
Certificates of origin
Industry job exchange
Industrial Directory of Chile, 2004
Investment project survey
Industry Convention Center
Industry Convention Center offers well-appointed facilities
and leading-edge technology for high-level events such as conferences,
seminars, business gatherings, shareholders meetings, training courses,
and like events.
Our modern, air-conditioned rooms of versatile design adapt easily
to a wide range of user needs. The center can comfortably host from
small, six-person board meetings to larger events of up to 350 attendees.
The SOFOFA Convention Center offers state-of-the-art services,
including nine rooms with a total floor space of 2,000 m2. All rooms
are sound-proofed and feature computer network outlets as well as
videoconferencing equipment and comprehensive audiovisual aids support.
Events, Conferences, Seminars
Sofofa Web site @ www.sofofa.cl
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