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The final shortlist of SBA Philippines 2014 was presented to the leading sustainability experts as part of the National Advisory Panel:
Alex Cabrera, Chairman and Senior Partner, Isla Lipana & Co., PwC member firm
Antonio G. M. La Viña, Dean, Ateneo School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University
Bonar Laureto, Executive Director, Philippines Business of Environment (PBE)
Crisanto S. Frianeza, Secretary General, Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Hans B. Sicat, President and CEO, Philippines Stock Exchange
Roby Alampay, Editor-in-Chief at BusinessWorld
Sreenivas Narayanan, Group Managing Director, Asia Society for Social Improvement & Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Asia
CSR activities of The Cravings Group are executed through the Culinary Education Foundation (CEF). The foundation’s comprehensive Manual of Operations shows its vision and commitment to Green Chefmanship, an environmental approach to culinary education. CEF projects revolve around networking & advocacy, community development, training & education, and resource mobilization. One notable initiative is the Mobile Kitchen Program which aims to develop the culinary skills of women and out-of-school youth in communities. It has garnered the support of international funding agencies such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and Australian Aid (AusAid). Another is the Cravings Kaingin Eco Center & Green Roof Center, a permaculture site providing livelihood training programs and workshops on various agricultural systems or methods such as vermiculture, gardening, and composting.
Nestle’s commitment to water management is exhibited by water efficiency initiatives embedded in its day-to-day operations, complete waste water treatment beyond effluent standards, and water conservation advocacy activities. Their facilities have monitoring structures installed to ensure that polluted water does not go to its surrounding river. Furthermore, Domestic Waste Water Treatment facilities were installed and operated in each of the Nestle Distribution Centers, an initiative beyond DENR requirements. Water conservation awareness is espoused through Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), a curriculum activity-based training on water and related environmental concerns, and the Greening the Supply Chain Program.
Landbank has established a Corporate Environmental Policy which sets the commitment of the Bank to implement environmental management practices towards mitigating the impact of its operations to the environment including climate change. They are also supportive of climate change mitigation or adaptation projects. In 2013, the Bank has extended Php 4.4 Billion loans to environment-related projects including clean renewable energy projects. LANDBANK also implements various electricity conservation initiatives such as the use of LED lights in its Head Office, installation of solar panels in selected branches, among others.
EDC has a long term Ecological Research Station in all their sites (these are permanent forest plots to serve as reference of impact of their operation). They also conducted a biodiversity conservation and monitoring program with the University of the Philippines Institute of Biology beginning in 2010. It has also adopted the rarest wildlife in their project sites as indicator of the status of the habitat.
SM actively pursues and contributes to projects that make significant positive impact to the company’s various stakeholders on resource efficiency and disaster resilience. For the next five years, SM Prime aims to continue to innovate its sustainability approaches, disaster resilience initiatives and corporate social responsibilities and further enhance efforts to serve persons with disabilities, women and breastfeeding mothers, overseas Filipino workers, children, youth, senior citizens and the environment.
The company’s Strategic Social Investment Program is a comprehensive document showing the San Roque’s Corporate Social
Responsibility framework – its philosophy, current situation, monitoring & evaluation, and management and institutional arrangements. Its community-driven programs are centered on environmental protection, livelihood & enterprise development, and education & healthcare.
Radisson Blu supports National Greening Program under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mangrove
Planting and World Environment Day. They have developed a program to report climate change impact assessment via Earth Check.
Honda ensures that suppliers commit and sign to their procurement policy. Likelihood of illegal practices in their supply chain is monitored through an annual Corporate Governance Self-Verification System and is subjected to Corporate Governance audit.
Landbank has launched the AgriCOOLture educational video series which will be aired four times during the scheduled airing week for five school years and will feature episodes about crop production and harvest, poultry raising, aquaculture and fisheries. The videos and e-modules will be made available in cable and satellite-connected television sets and internet-ready computers in public schools nationwide in June 2014.
Landbank watershed program have an inclusive approach, including people in the community and also took into account the survival rates for trees planted in a certain area. They changed the trees planted from hardwood trees (usual) to fruit-bearing trees so it would also add income to the community
Globe Telecom’s Sustainability Council highlights the importance of the triple bottomline to operations, which includes focusing on Employee Welfare and complying with local/international labor regulations. It provides a safe and environment-friendly working environment, evidenced by its sound Occupational Health and Safety Policy and embodied in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified new head office building – The Globe Tower. The company’s Code of Conduct espouses equal opportunity for all employees, regardless of employee group. Globe is also committed to learning & development, as shown by its adherence to leading practices such as 70/20/10 individual development plan, coaching, and multi-rater feedback. They also have Globe University, an intranet portal with development courses. Globe provides a comprehensive, competitive, and holistic benefits scheme covering areas such as time-off, recognition, healthcare, financial assistance, and security & protection. Employees are engaged via programs that promote its three engagement pillars: fun at work, family values, and wellness.
Nestle’s sound and innovative waste & materials management practices are reflected in its two major projects: Waste to Resource and Packaging Source Reduction. The former, implemented in the company’s Cagayan de Oro facility, enables conversion of 1000MT of spent coffee grounds to steam and formation of fertilizer from 28MT of ash combined with sludge from the water treatment
facility. The latter involves reduction of product packaging’s weight and volume by using lighter materials, optimized dimensions, and material substitution. It utilizes an eco-design tool called PIQET (Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool) in developing environment-friendly packaging formats.
Honda extends the life-cycle assessment approach to their suppliers through the Green Purchasing program. As part of their sustainable supply chain program, the company provides training, and suppliers undergo Supplier Audits and are required to have an ISO certification.
Henkel has a strong commitment and mission to being a sustainability leader, building its vision on the Vision 2050 of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development: “In 2050, 9 billion people live well and within the resource limits of the planet”. The company’s ambitious targets and initiatives reflect this vision. In line with reporting best practices, Henkel has processes in place to determine material impacts and issues to guide its sustainability management and reporting.
Monsanto’s global Human Rights Policy espouses employees’ rights to an adequate and safe working environment, equal opportunity and non-discrimination. The company’s core competencies are comprehensive and provide an adequate backbone to employee
learning and development. Furthermore, employees are engaged through one-on-one and team initiatives, with the effectiveness of these programs monitored and measured.
ADEC Group, through its subsidiary FirstCarbon Solutions, has developed their own low-carbon products and services, namely
ghgTrack. It is an energy tracking software that tracks not only carbon emissions but also environmental metrics such as water usage and waste, and Sustainability Workbench, a software that enables users to monitor, manage and report sustainability, energy and supply chain data.
Nestle’s Greening the Supply Chain Program has helped business partners formulate and implement their own environmental
management systems and in the process, the program has trained numerous participants. Their CEO meets with other CEOs so that other will commit to greening the Supply Chain. Nestle has a structured approach and also offers technical assistance to establish and improve their Environment Program.
Ayala Land progressed to A+ level sustainability reporting on 81 indicators,added eight sector specific indicators and secured external assurance which further strengthens the report’s transparency and credibility, demonstrating compliance with the GRI standard of reporting and management’s total commitment to sustainability. Ayala Land is a member of Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE) and the Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC) towards the formulation of Philippine sustainable business practices and green building policy respectively, Carbon Disclosure Program (CDP) and Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) through the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA).
DBP is the first Philippine bank to receive an international certification for its Environmental Management System (EMS) under the ISO 14001 standard. It finances not only clean energy projects, regardless of scale, but also ensures their potential partners’ commitment to the environment by requiring its borrowers to submit environmental compliance documents. DBP is also transparent regarding its environmental policy, energy management monitoring and analysis, as evidenced by its sustainability reports. Furthermore, energy management initiatives are embedded in the company’s day-to-day operations such as the use
of cleaner transport fuel for its fleet, installation of an energy efficient lighting system, and adoption of green office practices.
Henkel re-uses rinsing water used in Starch-based Adhesives production, enabling the company to save 10,000 L of water per month.
Citi invests in operational improvements that mitigate climate change and has set a goal to LEED certify 15 percent of their global real estate by 2015, and to achieve a 20 percent improvement in portfolio energy efficiency from 2005 base year, as measured in ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager. Citi has significantly invested in office and data center improvements, and are seeing the results by achieving their 2015 goal of a 25% carbon reduction two years earlier.
In compliance with its procurement policies and procedure, ADEC Group makes sure that the Corporate Standards Department and Internal Audit Department regularly assess the processes and supplier contracts upon renewal to avoid the occurrence of illegal practices.
Cebu Holdings has a Health & Safety Committee where the total workforce is represented from all levels. The committee facilitates the conduct of Work Assessment Measurement (WAM) annually to identify hazards in the workplace and to recommend and implement appropriate corrective actions for the improvement of the work environment.
DBP developed and implements the DBP Forest Program, a non-credit program that aims to stop denudation and restore the country’s forest cover through organized collaboration with government and nongovernment organizations, state universities and colleges, people’s organizations and other qualified forest partners. Open forest areas are selected for planting of high value fruit and forest trees and mangroves that will reduce soil / coastal erosion, conserve water, increase biodiversity, serve as spawning ground for fishes and crustaceans, serve as protection against strong wave incursion, and promote rural livelihood opportunities. DBP extends environmental credit facilities.