Sibol 2021 Awards:
THE CONTINUATION OF OUR
By Abegail Bercasio, HR Section Manager
Since its launch last 2019, the Sibol Awards have been a consistent testament to our organization’s commitment to do business sustainably. And for last year, our different business units showcased their sustainability initiatives that supported Project Inspire’s 3 Pillars: People, Planet and Protein.
Initiatives under this category include programs that:
Nurture employees and communities to grow alongside the business
Promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Promote employees’ professional and personal growth
Ensure workplace safety
Very good examples of People initiatives are the projects implemented by CPAVI and Dairy Division.
The first one is the Nuts Buying Station, which has enabled CPAVI to help the various communities in General Santos City. This has supported the livelihood of many coconut farmers by eliminating the need for middlemen, thus providing them higher income. From 82 suppliers (6% of CPAVI coconut requirement) in 2020, the number of partners grew to 210 just last year (21% of coconut requirement).
Another CPAVI project is the implementation of the Safety Pyramid which helped reduce safety incidents by 90% in 2021 and continuously supports the goal of the business unit to achieve 1 Million Safe Manhours by 2024.
Health and safety are also priorities of the Dairy Division. They showcased their various programs in 2021 such as facility improvements, webinars for physical and mental health awareness, vaccination drive that resulted in a 99.7% vaccination rate, as well as engagement activities that encourage employees to show their creativity even in the midst of the pandemic.
Three (3) other business units that displayed initiatives under the Protein category include programs that:
Innovate, produce, and distribute nutrient-rich food products
Ensure nutrient-rich food products are affordable and accessible while still adhering to the highest standards of food quality and safety
unMEAT (PMCI - Protein)
The entry from PMCI showcased the development and launch of the UnMEAT brand, which is the first locally developed and produced plant-based product line. UnMEAT products are 100% plant-based and contain all the necessary nutrients that promote good health. The production also follows sustainability standards, and the price point allows for accessibility to many Filipinos.
Dairy Division also developed and launched Choco Hero, the newest choco-malt drink in the market. Its nutrient-rich formulation promises to promote Lakas, Listo, and Liksi among children. With the help of the Domestic Sales team, the product has been made available all over the country, achieving over 270% of its sales projection.
Argentina Giniling (C Meat - Protein)
Another initiative is from the Canned Meat Division and their entry, Argentina Pork Giniling, was awarded 2nd Place in the Sibol 2021 Awards. The product is first of its kind in the market, and aside from its nutritional value, the pack sizes are also perfect for the daily cooking needs of households. It is 40-50% more affordable than fresh pork, which means better accessibility for consumers. With its launch, it has reached 340,000 homes in GMA and Luzon by the end of 2021.
Lastly, initiatives under this category include programs that:
Promote the sustainable and efficient use of natural resources
Effectively manage the impact of our operations on the environment
The two entries that exhibited this category the best were awarded 1st Place and Champion in the Sibol 2021 Awards, respectively.
The 1st Place was awarded to G-FOREST, an initiative under the collaboration of Corporate Procurement and CPAVI. This has enabled CPFI to plant over 119,000 coconut trees in 2021, and is a continuous project that targets to plant 1 million coconut trees. Through the use of the GCash app, employees can convert Green Energy Points into virtual trees. For every virtual tree planted, an actual tree is physically planted by partner communities in Mindanao. Aside from the positive impact on the environment and natural resources, the project also provides livelihood to coconut farmers and their families.
GForest (Corp Procurement & CPAVI - Planet)
For the 2nd year in a row, GTC has been awarded the Grand Prize of the Sibol Awards. This time around, their GreenTuna: Solid Waste Management project was the highlight. In 2019, GTC produced 11.8 million kilograms of solid waste which required 5,900 truck trips to haul and dump solid wastes into landfills. Specific activities included (a) converting sludge from wastewater treatment into coal used in their boilers, (b) processing of viscera from production into hydrolase, (c) partnering with an upcycling facility (Geocycle-Holcim) to recycle dry solid wastes, and (d) implementing a “no cellophane campaign” in the cafeterias. By the end of 2021, GTC was able to reduce their solid wastes by 37%, or down to 7.4 million kilograms. They were also able to reduce the number of trips required for hauling and waste disposal to 2,200 instead.
Solid Waste Management (GTC - Planet)
Truly, we salute all our employees and their business units that continually support our Project Inspire initiatives. We hope that this year, we will see more projects that promote and continuously support our commitment towards sustainability. We look forward to all your entries for Sibol Awards 2022!