17 Jul Aboitiz Group CSR projects win big at LCF Guild Awards 2019
The Aboitiz Group’s “Agri-Preneurship Project for Marawi Internally Displaced People” (IDPs) was heralded as the Outstanding CSR Project in Enterprise Development category during the LCF CSR Guild Awards 2019. Four other Aboitiz programs were finalists in different categories: Noble Bakers Project and Mahalin Pagkaing Atin (Finalists, Outstanding CSR Project in Enterprise Development Program Category), A-Park (Finalist, Outstanding CSR Project in Environment Program Category), and Building a #WeatherWiser Nation through Multi-Sectoral Approach (Finalist, Outstanding CSR Collaboration Project Category).
The Aboitiz Group’s agriculture and entrepreneurship program in Marawi City was recognized as the country’s best enterprise development corporate social responsibility (CSR) project by the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF), a network of ninety-five (95) of the largest operating and grant-making corporate foundations and corporations practicing CSR in the Philippines. Since it was founded in 1991, it has continuously become the torchbearer in promoting and enhancing CSR practices among its members and the larger business community in the country.
During the first LCF Guild Awards 2019, Aboitiz Group’s CSR arm Aboitiz Foundation took home the Outstanding CSR Project Award in Enterprise Development category for its Agri-Preneurship (agriculture-entrepreneurship) Project for Marawi Internally Displaced People (IDPs). It’s a three-year project implemented in partnership with Go Negosyo, Aboitiz food business unit Pilmico and partners are Jardine Distribution, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Department of Agriculture (DA). This project aims to transform IDPs into farmer entrepreneurs, empowering them to manage and operate a viable, competitive, and resilient agri-business.
“We in the Aboitiz Foundation strive to create programs that will translate our brand promise of Advancing Business and Communities. Empowering every Filipino through our social development projects brings us closer to building communities that are safe, empowered, and sustainable. As we move towards an integrated approach to CSR, we make sure that our programs are holistic and impactful,” said Aboitiz Foundation’s First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Maribeth Marasigan during the LCF Guild Awards 2019.
“Saying that we are proud of what we do is an understatement. We, together with our partners, put our hearts into our work to live by the Aboitiz values of integrity, teamwork, innovation, and responsibility. This recognition inspires us to go further in creating long-term value for our stakeholders,” added Marasigan.
Four other Aboitiz CSR projects were likewise recognized as finalists in different categories.
These were the Aboitiz Group’s Noble Bakers Project: Bakery Management Training and Equipment Donation, which aims to empower wounded and retiring soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to become productive citizens; Pilmico’s Mahalin Pagkaing Atin, a joint livelihood project with the Aboitiz Foundation; A-Park, the Aboitiz Group’s flagship nationwide reforestation initiative that targets to plant 9 million trees by 2020; and the #WeatherWiser Nation Campaign of the WeatherPhilippines Foundation (a partnership between the Aboitiz Foundation and UnionBank), which offers a multi-sectoral approach in building disaster resilience among its supported communities all over the Philippines.
The first ever LCF CSR Guild Awards is a recognition program of LCF. It is a seal of excellence in corporate citizenship given to the most reputable and premier organizations that are implementing social good initiatives with meaningful and sustainable impact to the communities and institutions they assist.
Aboitiz Foundation representatives receiving the Finalist trophy for the “Noble Bakers” Project.
Aboitiz Foundation together with Pilmico, recognized as a Finalist in the Enterprise Development Category of the LCF Guild Awards 2019 for its “Mahalin Pagkaing Atin” project.
Members of the Aboitiz Sustainability group represented the proponents of the “A-Park” project, hailed as one of the Finalists in the Outstanding CSR Project for Environment category during the LCF CSR Guild Awards 2019.
The WeatherPhilippines Team, representing its other stakeholders that continuously assists the non-profit group in building a #WeatherWiser Nation, during the awarding for the finalists of the Outstanding CSR Collaboration Projects category.