United Nations Development Fund
In 2015, the United Nations launched the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ambitious and transformative, it was a global call to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and reverse the effects of climate change.
To measure the actual and potential contribution of the private sector in achieving the SDGs, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Philippine Business for Business (PBE), produced a groundbreaking report featuring 139 initiatives by 75 companies, for a total of 40.7B Php in investments. The first of its kind in the Philippines, the report was also a milestone partnership between the two organizations.
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.
Most of the initiatives presented here began before the SDGs were launched. Their inclusion reminds us that the private sector was already in the business of sustainable development even before its tenets were formally articulated into the 17 Global Goals.
Farmers trained in coffee farming through Nestlé’s NESCAFE Plan
marginal farmers, farmers' dependents, argrarian reform beneficiaries under the Shell SAKA and IFBS
given integrated support under Shell's ISIP Project
Using the power of entrepreneurship in innovating constantly and moving strategically, businesses in the Philippines can find a host of exciting opportunities in growing our agricultural sector, which for so long has stayed as one of the country’s poorest performing sectors.
Nestlé has a sustainable coffee farming program, called the NESCAFÉ Plan, which assists farmers to increase their local coffee production and works towards sustainable local supply of Robusta coffee. The Company does this through training, connecting farmers to agronomists, distributing high-quality coffee plantlets and providing a ready market for local farmers. In the last 3 years, 33,676 farmers have been trained and a total of 6,848,708 plantlets have been distributed through government partners.
URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT
City commuters need mass transit options that will not only decongest the city of cars, but also provide the riding public with better and more convenient mobility solutions. While public utility jeepneys (PUJs) provide livelihood to numerous people, buses and trains that move a larger number of people should be made more widely available.
INVESTING IN ADVANCED
With the advent of big data and modern ICT technologies come intelligent systems that speed up processes related to the transportation industry. In use now, for example, are innovative solutions, which automate collecting fare and other payments for the convenience of the riding public.
IMPROVING ROADS AND OTHER TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
Good quality roads are a must for effective transportation. Metro Manila, for example, only has 1 km of road per 424 vehicles, which explains traffic congestion in high-density corridors. However, roads and other related infrastructure must be balanced to meet the needs not just of trucks and private car owners, but also of the public, particularly mass transit passengers, bikers, and pedestrians.