Big businesses take a sabbatical in Costa Rica
Ernst & Young is one of several big businesses sending employees on expeditions to developing countries to research environmental and sustainability issues.
The company also hopes to strengthen employee engagement in the process. The professional services company has been sending hand-picked volunteers for projects in Costa Rica and Brazil for more than four years.
Likewise, coffee company Starbucks worked closely with Earthwatch at 40 farms in Costa Rica on a multi-year coffee cultivation study.