Aboitiz initiatives in sustainability and corporate social responsibility are featured in the maiden report published by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE). Pilmico’s Mahalin Pagkaing Atin, WeatherPhilippines’ #WeatherWiser Nation campaign, Aboitiz Foundation’s Special Science Elementary School (SSES), and the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Davao City are among the corporate-led projects hailed for their significant contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These initiatives have began before the SDGs were launched. Their inclusion demonstrates the commitment of Aboitiz to drive change for a better world. It also conveys that the Aboitiz Group was already in business of sustainable development even before its tenets were formally articulated into the 17 Global Goals.
Recognizing the crucial actual and potential contribution of the private sector in achieving the SDGs, UNDP Philippines and the Philippine Business for the Environment produced the publication, “Transformational Business: Private Sector Contributions to the SDGs”, which documents the actual and potential contribution of the private sector in achieving the SDGs.
This report is the first of its kind in the country. It showcases the preliminary results of the online portal’s survey on how businesses are aligning their core business processes, activities, and initiatives with the SDGs.
The narratives presented here are based on actual contributions and desk research. It highlights 139 initiatives from 75 reporting companies, of which 40% are voluntary submissions through the portal and 60% are sourced from publicly-disclosed information through desk research.
Though private sector reporting and efforts to establish processes for applying the SDGs are still being developed in the Philippines, the report highlights a range of interesting initiatives of some companies . These cases can serve as an inspiration to other enterprises.
-Titon Mitra, Country Director, UNDP Philippines
UNDP and PBE also launched the “SDGs is Our Biz” project, which continues and expands the work that was carried out for the Transformational Business publication. The Project will help companies to deepen the alignment of their businesses to the SDGs through training modules, a system to recognize contributions that companies make to the SDGs, and a formal reporting mechanism that will use both online and mobile reporting tools. Aboitiz will continue to support UNDP and PBE in this effort, which also facilitates evidence-based decision making and collaboration, as well as sharing of knowledge among companies, government, and other stakeholders.
For small and medium enterprises, more and more alliances are being formed to come up with ideas of what they can do, creating a framework with which they can start doing better things.
-Edgar O. Chua, Chairperson, Philippine Business for the Environment
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect our planet, and guarantee that no one is left behind in our ques
t for lasting peace and prosperity. Adopted by 193 UN Member States in September 2015, the SDGs call for urgent global action among all sectors across the globe. They are integral parts of one cohesive vision and are thus connected and interrelated—the pathways toward the success of one embody corresponding courses of action for the success of another.