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To survive, any business or corporation must be useful to the society it serves.

Oscar M. Lopez
Chairman, Lopez Group Foundation, Inc.

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Leaving No One Behind

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May 31, 2018
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The Lopez Group Investment in the Sustainable Development Goals

“Imagine a world where there is no extreme poverty, no inequality, no waste as a result of sustainable consumption, where cities are sustainable and communities are resilient, where ecosystems are fully rehabilitated. Imagine a world where accountability and transparency is practiced by every government and citizens are engaged and conscientious steward of everything around them.”

As the era of the Millennium Development Goals draws to a close in 2015, discussion went underway at the United Nations for a continuing global development agenda for 2030. Intensive evaluations of the MDG showed that many of the goals and target are yet to be met and therefore were incorporated in the new agenda called the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals were signed in 2016 and is considered the UN’s blueprint of future development until 2030. Consisting of 17 Goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators, the SDG aims to take off from where the MDGs left off. And while the MDGs may have provided the framework in tackling some of the world’s development concerns, specifically  in addressing the basic need of humanity, the SDGs hopes to go beyond what the MDGs was conceptualized to achieve such that the new development framework will not only focus on the elimination of poverty but will also address the drivers of poverty such as economic growth, creating jobs, reducing inequality and encouraging innovations that will make better and judicious use of the earth’s natural resources. In the new SDGs, the private sector is identified as having a pivotal role, not simply as source of development financing but as a key player in long-term sustainability growth and development both as inclusive businesses and through their developmental corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

In the Philippines, CSR spending vis-à-vis total financial resources of business is a mere 0.006% in 2001 and 0.05% in 2005 where a mere 200,000 of the 700,000 companies have CSR programs  and of these  20,000 companies, only 0.05% (100 firms) are considered inclusive businesses (Devex).

In line with the National government call for aligning all development efforts with the Philippine Development Plan’s Ambisyon 20140 and the Sustainable Development Goals, the Lopez Group  Foundation Inc. made the momentous decision to align its 2016 corporate social responsibility (CSR)  investment reporting to the SDG starting with its 2016 report.

For 2016, twelve (12) corporations and eight (8) foundations submitted their CSR investment reports. These represent the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) family of the entire Lopez Group.  Collectively they were able to mobilize PHP929,979,585.32 investment for various social development programs and projects for 2016. Of these, the top five biggest investments were geared towards ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture (42%); ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all (23%) ; making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (12%); protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable forest management and addressing lad degradation and biodiversity loss (9%); and ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (6%).  (Figure 1)

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A cursory look at the existing CSR programs and projects of the Lopez Group showed that the programs and projects can be clustered into four categories. These are:  PEOPLE which  include the goals addressing the end of poverty and hunger in all its forms and dimensions and ensuring that all human being can fulfill their potential and equality and in a healthy environment; PLANET which include goals that protect the planet from degradation including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainable management of the natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change; PROSPERITY  are goals that will ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature; and PEACE,  goals that will foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. (Figure 2) This categorization shows that the Lopez Group puts premium into people development and in addressing the drivers of this development such as ending hunger and poverty, ensuring every Filipino gets equal opportunity through education and addressing health equity.

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Further study will show that the Lopez Group CSR investments are largely done in cash (95%)  although premium is also placed at volunteerism and materials support including time and effort by its workforce (5%). (Figure 3). Seventy five percent (75%) are investments from the various corporations of the Lopez Group while a fourth (25%) are generated from external donors most of which are geared towards humanitarian assistance work of ALKFI.  Sixty-six percent (66%) of spending for community development are implemented  by the Lopez companies through their CSR programs and projects while fourty four percent (44%) are mobilized and  contributed by and through the various Lopez  foundations.

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The types of projects being done by the Lopez Group varies in as much as they range from simple tree planting to water shed management; from feeding to scholarship to ensuring the safety, peace and security of children through Bantay Bata; from providing potable water to a community to building an entire water system, rehabilitating a major river and protecting a biodiversity Center-of-Center . (Figure 6)

In 2016, the Lopez Groups CSR SDG initiatives touched the lives of over twenty nine million individuals which is 30% of the Philippine population. Data from the reports showed that the programs and projects that provided clean water and sanitation facilities have the largest number of beneficiaries followed by provision of quality education, developing sustainable cities and reducing poverty. (Figure 7) .  Per capita investment stands at 31 pesos per beneficiary.

 

SDG

Types of Projects

Goal 1

No poverty

Community Assistance

Goal 2

Zero Hunger

Agri-based-veg and livestock

   

Coops Building

   

Feeding

   

Building FMR

   

Labor Contracting

Goal 3

Health and Wellbeing

Medical Missions

   

BHW training

   

Construction of Health Center

   

Bloodletting

Goal 4

Quality Education

Scholarships

   

Construction and Repair/Rehab of Schoolbuilding

   

Teachers Training

   

Soft Package (KCFI and Prog Genio)

Goal 6

Clean Water and Sanitation

Water Systems Construction and Repair

   

Potable Water

   

Watershed Mgt

   

Pasig River Rehab

Goal 7

Clean Energy

RE promotion

   

Solar Panel Installation

Goal 8

Decent Work

Job Fair

   

Skills Training

Goal 9

Industry Innovations

Prototype Research Dev

Goal 11

Sustainable Cities

Bayan ni Juan; Relief and Rehab

   

Construction of Church

   

Subsidy for LM Museum

   

Brgy DR Team Trng

   

Humanitarian Assistance

   

Construction of Roads, bridges and bleachers

   

Brgy Training on ecotourism mgt

Goal 12

Responsible Consumption

Bantay Baterya and Langis Project

Goal 13

Climate Action

Climate Advocacy and Action

   

Sikat Design Challenge

   

Climate Studies, Journals and Researches

Goal 14

Life below water

BK SEA VIP (M and E of reef mgt)

   

Clean up Drive and Water Mgt

   

Verde Island Passage Project

Goal 15

Life on Land

Green Initiative: Sustainable livelihood

   

BINHI

   

Reforestation

   

Bio-diversity  Studies

   

Watershed Protection

   

Tree Planting

Goal 16

Peace, Justice

Bantay Bata Hotline 163

   

Community Outreach

Goal 17

Global Partnership

Partnership Dev and Engagement

No project is too small nor too complex for the Lopez Group’s CSR initiatives as long as the need is felt and articulated and it resonates to The Group’s  sustainable agenda, that of truly being of service to the Filipinos through doing CSR, the Lopez Way.

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