CSR policies can have a substantial impact on a company’s reputation and brand image. Likewise, consumers and stakeholders are increasingly looking for companies that prioritize sustainability and socially responsible initiatives. This is especially crucial in today’s digital age when information about a company’s CSR policies is widely accessible and may spread swiftly through social media and online reviews.
- To different organizations, socially responsible initiatives can mean different things
- Socially responsible companies must contribute to economic development and societal impact while at the same time respecting the environment.
Top ten most socially responsible Philippine businesses
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a critical need for firms globally. This is also the same for industries in the Philippines. As a result, several organizations have established CSR programs and initiatives to solve environmental and social issues in their operations. Here are some of the top businesses in the Philippines that stand out for their socially responsible initiatives.
Over the past few years, Canon has been quite engaged in nation-building initiatives. By and large, the company believes in the concept of togetherness which embraces community achievement. Hence, Canon undertakes socially responsible projects that engage in sound and fair business practices that contribute to the achievement of a better society. The company’s project “Imaging for Good” aims to contribute to the creation of a better and more sustainable society with equal opportunities for everyone.
Delaware seeks to create a long-lasting and sustainable organization that can be passed on to future generations. Also, the company is known for acts of community volunteering. Delaware’s employees volunteer for the Fund Isaan Organization, a Thai non-profit. In addition, the company partners with local instructors to install computers in remote schools and provide English sessions. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the corporation donated reconditioned laptops to provide less fortunate children with the necessary equipment to participate in online learning.
3. CocaCola Philippines
CocaCola continues to incorporate socially responsible initiatives to ensure sustainable development in the Philippines. At the ACES Awards in Bangkok, Coca-Cola Philippines was named one of Asia’s Top CSR Advocates. This was in recognition of its ‘Go Beyond Good’ program which was developed to empower local communities and support environmental stewardship. In the Philippines, Coca-Cola’s social projects take a multifaceted approach to its sustainability framework. Overall, the company focuses on multiple pillars such as waste, water, women empowerment, and more.
As part of its Community Investment drive, Manulife, the global financial services firm, implemented the worldwide Impact Agenda. The company seeks to improve the lives of people through its financial education programs. Hence, Manulife embraces collaboration to ensure effective delivery. Since 2020, the brand through its partnership with CSAMF on Peso Smart has reached out to public elementary schools in Metro Manila and the provinces. The goal is to promote financial literacy among students, teachers, and administrators, as well as to facilitate remote learning. Also, Manulife’s collaboration with nonprofits has contributed to driving inclusive economic development in the Philippines.
5. The Philippine Airlines Foundation (PAL Foundation)
PAL supports social sustainability through its activities that involve community interactions. In general, the foundation provides humanitarian aid to certain members of Philippine society such as youth, the elderly, medical patients, people with disabilities (PWD), disaster victims, the poor, and indigenous people. The Foundation’s flagship program, #RPRSNTPinoy! (Represent Pinoy), aims to encourage youth to develop their talents and skills, inspire other youth to become the best that they can be, and showcase the best of Filipinos on the global stage. In addition, the PAL Foundation provides travel support to disadvantaged but brilliant Filipinos who represent the country in global events such as sports, arts, academia, and other sectors.
JGC Philippines has been at the forefront of developing large-scale, local, and worldwide projects for more than 30 years. By and large, the goal is to create a successful future for JGC customers, individuals, and society at large. Simultaneously, JGC Philippines has worked to engage employees on an individual level to share this mission through its socially responsible programs. Overall, the company supports community-based initiatives that seek to preserve the environment, promote education, and support the local community.
SGS leverages its scale and experience to create a more sustainable future for communities. As a leader in sustainability, SGS is dedicated to encouraging best-in-class practices in its industry and beyond. Hence, Sustainability Ambitions 2030, SGS’ sustainability plan, is framed by the company’s goal to ensure a better, safer, and more interconnected world. The initiative encompasses targets across SGS’ entire value chain and chart to ensure better governance, a better society, and a better planet.
8. Brother At Your Side
Brother International Philippines Corporation, in collaboration with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), organized a tree-planting event to help save the Marikina Watershed. As part of the project, 575 saplings were planted at Sitio Binayoyo by Brother staff and PBSP volunteers. The project, which began in 2010, intends to restore the watershed’s capacity to hold water to avert floods in Metro Manila and other low-lying areas. Since the project’s inception, a total of 5,000 seedlings have been planted throughout the area.
9. Wellmade Motors
WELLMADE MOTORS adopts socially responsible initiatives that seek to address the suffering of the less fortunate via human development. To achieve its goal, the company embraces collaboration to address critical issues such as environmental degradation, illiteracy, poverty, and children at risk to the broadest coverage in the country. Wellmade Motor’s recent partnership with Rotary International, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the Philippine government, and NGOs seeks to support citizens in the Visayas and Mindanao regions through development programs.
10. Support Zebra
Support Zebra is committed to socially responsible initiatives that embrace environmentally friendly procedures, staff wellness programs, and community participation projects. The various projects by the company have contributed to shaping developments in its surrounding community.
To different organizations, socially responsible initiatives can mean different things. Most people define it as all of an organization’s actions or policies that promote sustainability. To sum up, socially responsible companies must contribute to economic development and societal impact while at the same time respecting the environment. CSR programs can also assist businesses in strengthening ties with local communities.
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