These stories from companies show how they contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals using their resources and expertise, impacting the lives of their customers, employees, and communities.
Coffee from Soil to Cup
Kape’t Buhay has invested P10 million in various forms of capital to help establish at least 26 community-based enterprises—all of them owned and managed by organized clusters of coffee farmers. Inspiring farmers with its “soil-to-cup” business model, this program has been able to transform coffee growers into viable and even successful entrepreneurs. The project has empowered farmers to break down economic barriers and become their own roasters, distributors, retailers, and even baristas. As the income from coffee beans increases by 100% when it become roasted coffee, the most enterprising of Kape’t Buhay’s farming partners stand to earn from P300 to P6,000 per kilo of coffee beans that they produce.
Mahalin Pagkaing Atin
Mahalin Pagkaing Atin, a project of Pilmico Foods Corporation, supports local backyard raisers (swine & poultry) by providing them with tools to ensure sustainable livelihoods while also promoting a “pride of place, pride of product” mindset for both consumers and raisers. With a P 14.8 million investment, they have equipped 411 families in 20 locations across the country with agriculture implements such as egg machines and piglets for their own consumption and feeding the nation.
Vaccines for Free
Glovax Biotech Corporation is a fully integrated vaccine company in the Philippines that imports, distributes, and retails a complete line of vaccines at an affordable price. The company’s main goal is to improve vaccine access for middle to low income Filipinos. By distributing vaccines from multinational pharmaceutical corporates to 3,200 community clinics and hospitals in 20 provinces (many of which do not have access to vaccinations), they significant social impact while growing its business. Notably, they have administered over 110,000 vaccines for free since 2003 in partnership with socio-civic organizations as a way to market its services.
Recognizing Microeconomic Heroes
Since 2002, the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) sweep the country for outstanding micro business owners that escaped poverty and brought prosperity to their communities. The winners are showcased in national events and community town halls to inspire more to become microeconomic heroes. Seeking to address knowledge and skills gaps among micro business owners, even with winners of CMA, the Citi Microenterprise Development Center was established to offer short management courses, skills training, networking opportunities, and various incentives to inspire the growth of more microenterprises
To better distribute its food, home and personal care products, Unilever decided to tap the huge potential of mom-and-pop stores or home- based retail outlets, also known as sari-sari stores in the Philippines. Mostly managed by matriarchs and female family members, these microenterprises are ubiquitous in the Philippines and represent one of the most popular small-business concepts in the country. Unilever conducts training programs on stock control, financial management, sales techniques, and customer service to micro-entrepreneurs in the form of Kabisig Summits to improve the viability of these sari-sari stores. Around 541,000 sari-sari store owners, most of which are women, have attended the Kabisig Summits.
Wisdom for Water
The Daloy Dunong Water Education Drive of Maynilad equips numerous communities with the knowledge needed to prevent water-borne diseases and maintain the availability, safety, and potability of their water supply. As a result, the program transforms beneficiaries into active participants in improving their own water and sanitation management. With an investment of over P1 million, the program has so far reached 10 communities and 102 schools, taught 26,215 students, and installed 300 drinking and washing stations in Maynilad’s concession area. This investment is expected to produce quantifiable results in the long-term, as the knowledge acquired from these schools are upheld and passed on to more communities and families.
Abling the Disabled
Through partnerships with groups from various sectors who believe in workplace inclusion, the "Project Inclusion" of Unilab Foundation has so far given 121 PWDs access to meaningful work, with 16 companies now actively hiring PWDs.The program has also attracted 30 volunteer job coaches and 50 corporate and government partners. It has produced one job matching website, a source book documenting successful cases of workplace inclusion, and a hiring manual focused on Persons with Neurodevelopmental Disability.
SWEEPing for IT
Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP) uses the company’s existing infrastructure and technological expertise as leverage to elevate the teaching of Information Technology (IT) and Electronics Communications Engineering (ECE) courses. The program has now established a network of 42 colleges and universities that offer ECE and IT degrees, and it has provided scholarships to 67 students. Almost 35,000 faculty and students from 70 colleges have been trained on technology, and 153 wireless prototypes have been developed by students under this program. In addition, SWEEP holds an annual innovation competition called the SWEEP Awards.
Supporting the Rebuilders
Through Gawad Kalinga, Monsanto Philippines invested P16.8 million to build 54 housing units for farmers whose houses were destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda and Ruby. A total of 232 families were given new shelters.
All Wiser about Weather
The #WeatherWiser Nation campaign of WeatherPhilippines Foundation and Aboitiz Equity Ventures engages businesses, local government units, and technologically savvy Filipinos and educate them on the benefits of a useful, practical, and reliable weather knowledge using its three-pronged strategy of technology, partnerships, and engagement. To date, it has deployed 800 automated weather stations (target is 1,000 by 2019) across the country. The data gathered from these stations are used to power a free mobile app that Filipinos can use anytime, anywhere in the country. The app’s customizable dashboard provides hourly weather observation and a five-day forecast of the user’s location and his other selected places.
Partnerships for the “Center of the Center”
The Center of the Center program of the First Gen Corporation provides support to the community-based marine law enforcement volunteer group Bantay Dagat (Sea Patrol) in the 15 municipalities/ city of the Province of Batangas. The teams conduct investigative trips to enforce marine laws, regulate divers by monitoring diving permits, assist in diving accidents, and monitoring activities for any evidence of illegal methods in Verde Island Passage, dubbed as the “Center of the Center of Marine Biodiversity” in the world. With an investment that has now reached around P37.5 million, First Gen has been able to secure 2,702 hectares of highly rich marine protected areas in partnership with the Provincial Government of Batangas. This project has also led to the enactment of Executive Order No. 578 establishing a national policy on biodiversity and the creation of the first Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA) Office in Asia Pacific.
Saving Philippine Eagles
The Philippine Eagle Foundation, through the help of Boysen Paints, is able to continue combating the fast decline of the Philippine Bald eagle. The foundation cares for injured birds, raises hatchlings for reintroduction to the wild, and works closely with communities for the proper care and protection of this critical species. This corporate campaign goes beyond public relations, as Boysen also follows best practices in environment, health, and safety standards. One of the first paint factory in the country to receive the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Certification, signifying that its operations are at par with international standards for environmental management.