The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) recently conferred the 2011 Excellence in Ecology and Economy Award to Kraft Foods (Philippines), Inc. (KFPI) and Jopa Enterprises, Inc. (JEI). The award was presented by Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo during the concluding plenary of the 37th Philippine Business Conference last October 13, 2011 at the Manila Hotel.
The Excellence in Ecology and Economy Award recognizes companies that have demonstrated the most innovative and outstanding environmental program and practice.
Kraft Foods (Philippines), Inc., a fully-owned subsidiary of Kraft Foods, Inc. and a business unit of Kraft Foods Asia Pacific, involved in food manufacturing, won the Excellence in Ecology and Economy Award (Large Enterprise) besting other equally deserving enterprises.
Kraft Foods was cited for its locally initiated projects which were implemented out of concern for the environment and not for cost-cutting purposes. Such projects include the Project Ozone which aims to make Kraft Foods 100% hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Free Business by 2012. Under the Project Ozone, KFPI replaced their R22 with non-Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and non-HCFC refrigerant which is compatible with their existing equipment.
Also under the Project Ozone is Project Renaissance which aims to make KFPI's office a "Green Office". Said project involves the modification of KFPI commercial office to optimize the use of natural light in office and hallways, the upgrade of its chillers and centralized conditioning units to eliminate HCFC refrigerants and the use of waterless urinals.
KFPI was also cited for its holistic environmental policy and principles which guide them in their day-today operations, and for the commitment of its management to protect the environment. The comprehensive initiatives of KFPI on the aspects of waste management, energy conservation, water management and corporate social responsibility (CSR) were also very impressive.
These initiatives are all part of the KFPI's "Green Dream" which reflects their aspirations and commitment to ensure that future generations continue to enjoy our resources.
Kraft Foods (Philippines), Inc. receives the Excellence in Ecology and Economy Award (Large Category). From L-R: Mr. David Chua, Chairman, 37th Philippine Business Conference, Dr. Francis Chua, President, PCCI, Mr. Sudip Mall, General Manager, Kraft Foods (Philippines), Inc., Hon. Gregory Domingo, Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Mr. Gautam Pal, Director of Operations, KFPI, Atty. Miguel Varela, Chairman Emeritus, PCCI and Chairman, 37th PBC Awards Committee, and Mr. Allan Frais II, Plant Site Manager, KFPI.
Jopa Enterprises, Inc., a small company that started as a manufacturer of "Bakya" wooden slippers and now manufactures and distributes ice cream sticks and other soft wood products, won the Excellence in Ecology and Economy Award (Small Enterprise Category).
Jopa Enterprises have consistently worked towards integration of social responsibility into values, culture, operations and business decisions at all levels of the organization. It also continues to improve its process from raw materials gathering to final product distribution with due consideration on the environmental impact of its operation. As such, the company have been implementing programs and projects that cause economic and environmental benefits such as tree planting; use of biomass as replacement fuel, water conservation, employee empowerment, fertilizer generation and corporate social responsibility.
Through its Malapapaya tree planting activity, Jopa Enterprises was able to provide employment and educate the farmers from Laguna, Quezon and Camarines Norte. The company was also able to devise a system wherein sawdust from the cutting of malapapaya trees is turned into organic fertilizer via vermiculture. The organic fertilizer is then used by farmers in their tree planting. The use of biomass as alternative fuel helped reduced the solid waste of the company and has generated an annual savings of P2.8 Million.
Jopa Enterprises Inc. President Petronio C. Limlengco, together with his wife, Rosita L. Limlengco, receives the Excellence in Ecology and Economy Award (Small Enterprise Category), from PCCI.
From L-R: Mr. David Chua, Chairman, 37th Philippine Business Conference, Dr. Francis Chua, President, PCCI, Mr. Petronio C. Limlengco, , Rosita L. Limlengco, Hon. Gregory Domingo, Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Atty. Miguel Varela, Chairman Emeritus, PCCI and Chairman, 37th PBC Awards Committee.
PCCI also conferred a Special Citation to Holcim Philippines for its innovative waste management system (co-processing in clinker kilns) and for its extensive watershed management and biodiversity projects.
PCCI Vice President for Environment Felipe L. Gozon lauded the winners of this year's search for their exemplary environmental performance, and integrating environmental management into their business operations. "By highlighting the best practices of these organizations, we hope to influence more companies to do their share in protecting and managing our environment," Gozon added.
PCCI President Dr. Francis Chua, said that these companies should serve as model or inspiration for other companies to follow. He added that caring for the environment is made more significant in light of the recent calamities experienced by the country which is partly attributed to climate change. "Every member of the company should be more conscious and should do their share in protecting our environment and ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy the resources that we have right now", President Chua said.
KFPI and Jopa Enterprises, Inc. were unanimously selected by the Panel of Judges composed of Energy Development Corporation Executive Vice President Agnes De Jesus, PCCI Vice President for Energy Jose Alejandro, Technotrix Consultancy Services Inc. Chief Executive Officer Edgardo Alabastro, and Climate Change Office Acting Deputy Executive Director Joycelyn Goco.
The Excellence in Ecology and Economy Award is an annual project of the PCCI Environment Division headed by PCCI Vice President for Environment Atty. Felipe L. Gozon and co-chaired by Mr. Jesus G. Reyes and Mr. Jose Reynato Morente.