Ayala Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Ayala Corporation.
Ayala Corporation is one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines with a diversified business portfolio. Ayala’s subsidiary Manila Water, a publicly-listed company, is the exclusive provider of water and used water services to over 6.0 million people in the Manila Water Concession. Its inclusive business model, Tubig Para Sa Barangay (TPSB) partners with local government units, NGOs and communities to design and implement water supply systems for underserved low-income households to access safe and affordable drinking water. The program has benefitted nearly 1.8 million people from marginalized communities since its launch in 1997.
Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage company, is committed to creating economic opportunities for everyone associated with its supply chain, including women and smallholder farmers. In 2013, the company launched EKOCENTER project – a global sustainability initiative that aims to provide socio-economic benefits while also encouraging entrepreneurship and sustainable growth. Under the project, solar-powered EKOCENTER kiosks have been established in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. These kiosks operate as a cross between a community centre and a general store, and help meet the needs in some of the most remote regions. Primarily owned by women from local communities, the kiosks rely on partnerships to operate sustainably. Since 2015, over 3000 women have directly benefited from these programs.
Covestro, a supplier of high-tech polymers, has its target to reach and economically benefit 10 million people in the underserved markets globally by 2025 through multiple business solutions including post-harvesting, affordable housing, and sanitation. The company’s inclusive business arm, Covestro Inclusive Business in ASEAN, works towards distributing and selling valuable products to people in need in low income markets. To achieve this, Covestro IB collaborates with partners to facilitate social transformation. In the agricultural sector, the company has reached out to over 100,000 farmers and families, and has installed more than 550 Solar Dryer Domes across Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Danone, a France-based international food & beverage company, has established Danone Communities, which as part of its inclusive business solutions, invests in social businesses as minority shareholder providing capital, and technical and managerial expertise. It has invested in five social businesses focused on addressing malnutrition in Bangladesh, China, France and Senegal.
Danone Ecosystem Fund (DEF) supports over 140,000 farmers providing them with equipment and training in sustainable and regenerative practices. DEF’s other projects include working with local partners to co-create micro-distribution projects in 9 countries, ensuring higher wages and greater social protection for waste pickers in 8 countries, and 17 projects to support and empower caregivers.
Evergreen Labs is a Vietnam-based consultant, project developer, company builder and investor for social & environmental ventures. One of its goals is to create and support inclusive businesses that drive lasting growth. Dr. Noah Inc., a South-Korea-based producer of eco-friendly bamboo toothbrushes and non-toxic toothpaste made with BoP support (through their employment and training), and HealthyFarm, a Vietnam-based promoter of clean food supply chain through supporting smallholder farmers, are IBs which Evergreen Labs has partnered with to provide project development and consulting services.
GAR is one of the largest palm oil plantation companies in the world with plantations located in Indonesia. The company has helped to advance socio-economic development and improve the lives of communities living in rural areas of the country, while ensuring that the development is inclusive and sustainable.The company manages over 499,000 hectares of palm oil plantations and provides employment for over 170,000 people in Indonesia, including 69,000 smallholders, most of whom live and work in the rural communities where the company’s palm oil plantations and production facilities are located.
Hilton, a global hospitality company, has an “inclusive growth” program as one of its CSR initiatives. In 2018, the company launched the 2030 goals for inclusive growth, which include doubling the investment in programs that contribute to sustainable solutions and economic opportunity for all, and double the sourcing spend from local, small and medium-sized enterprises and minority-owned suppliers. In the past, the company has helped set up micro-farmers cooperative in Bogota’s high mountains, providing farmers with safety, security and marketing training, and has also partnered with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Seychelles and Argentina.
Johnson & Johnson, a leading healthcare company, is committed to use its global reach and size for good. In 1998, the company established a formal Office of Supplier Diversity, and it also has an active Supplier Diversity Program that helps it attract and partner with qualified small and diverse suppliers to support the business needs. The Program aims to support the communities they have a presence in through creation of jobs and economic empowerment. In 2018, of the total supplier spend, 18.9% was attributable to small suppliers.
Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) is the social responsibility arm of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) which operates the largest food service network in the Philippines. JGF runs the Farmer Entrepreneurship Program (FEP) which helps improve the income of smallholder farmers by linking them to institutional buyers. Almost 25% of JFC’s daily need of raw vegetables is met by smallholder suppliers, and in return, JFC guarantees the purchase of pre-defined quantities of crop products, ensuring a stable source of income for the farmers. FEP also provides structured vocational training to small-scale farmers to help them become more productive. Since 2008, FEP has partnered with 85 local institutions to train more than 1,800 farmers from 15 provinces in the Philippines.
Mastercard, an American multinational financial services corporation, has established the Center for Inclusive Growth as an independent subsidiary to advance sustainable and equitable economic growth and financial inclusion globally. In 2018, Mastercard contributed an initial $100 million sum – of the pledged $500 million of its Inclusive Growth Fund – to the Center of Inclusive Growth Fund.
Rikolto Indonesia is a member of Rikolto International, a Belgium-based international NGO. Rikolto promotes sustainable agricultural practices and enables sustainable sourcing of coffee, cocoa, rice and cinnamon by partnering with the private sector, thus helping with the inclusion of smallholder farmers in Java, Sulawesi, Flores and Sumatra in agriculture value chains. The company’s rice program promotes sustainable rice production of good standard quality, which benefits both smallholder farmers and consumers.
Triputra Agro Persada is a palm oil plantation group with more than 155,000 hectares of plantations and over 25,000 employees and partnerships with over 9800 smallholders. Triputra runs a program with Sinar Mas under the Partnership for Indonesia’s Sustainable Agriculture (PISAgro, a Public-Private Partnership to address national food security by increasing agricultural production and improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers).The program trains and guides farmers to implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and also facilitates farmers to get short term loans for high quality fertilizers and herbicides.
Unilever, one of the world’s leading consumer goods companies, launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in the year 2010. The plan aims to decouple company’s growth from its environmental footprint, while increasing positive social impact. One of the goals of the plan is “to enhance livelihoods for millions”, i.e. positively impact the lives of 5.5 million by 2020, by improving livelihoods of smallholder farmers and improving incomes of small-scale retailers. So far, 746,000 smallholder farmers and 1.73 million small-scale retailers have been enabled to access initiatives aiming to improve agricultural practices or increase incomes.