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UN Global Compact emphasizes collective action in AboitizPower sustainability event

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In this photo are (Clockwise from top left) #BetterTogether keynote speaker United Nations Global Compact Senior Manager for Global Operations in Asia and Oceania Neha Das, #BetterTogether host Victor Silva, panelist AboitizPower Coal Business Unit Strategy and Performance Specialist Patricia Malicse, panel moderator Ronald Francis A. Suarez, panelist AboitizPower Assistant Vice President for Corporate Brand, Communications, and Sustainability Janelle Jacinto, and AboitizPower Assistant Vice President for Environmental Management Ezra Barboza.

Private businesses, now more than ever, were asked to step up in their role to help solve societal issues, a leader from the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) said during a sustainability event organized by Aboitiz Power Corporation (AboitizPower).

Neha Das, a UNGC senior manager for global operations in Asia and Oceania, explained that while there is significant progress from the business community, there is still a long way to go to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

“Everybody needs to come together to achieve the SDGs. It’s not just the government or private sector’s responsibility. We have all to pitch in,” Das stated in her speech on the latest episode of AboitizPower’s #BetterTogether sustainability series.

The series aims to raise awareness of the Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) challenges and encourage conversations and actions for more sustainable practices within the company. The latest episode, viewed by over 200 AboitizPower employees and leaders, sought to emphasize and further understand the impact of attaining the SDGs and the collective action needed to advance sustainability.

In her talk, Das also provided an overview of the SDGs and emphasized how the 17 goals belong to everyone in helping resolve the world’s social, environmental, and economic inequalities.

The UNGC aims to advance the global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders in creating a better future for all. This is being done by supporting companies to do business responsibly within their strategies and operations, with a strong emphasis on collaboration to help accelerate the global SDGs.

The 2030 global agenda represents a comprehensive lens to provide businesses with a clearer path for inclusive and sustainable development that should be embedded in every aspect of their operations and programs. To propel the global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create a better future for everyone, the UNGC intends to help companies understand and promote how responsible business should be within a national context.

According to Das, big companies having sustainability policies is not enough as the supply chain also impacts the world.

“Now we have to take action also extended to our companies, take it to our stakeholders, take it to our peers, and take it to our supply chains,” she added, as she urged businesses to “work together and enable the scale of the actions.”

Companies can bring value by delivering sustainable and measurable impact to the world’s ongoing challenges. The first step is for businesses to make a dent in specific goals connected most closely to their sector.

AboitizPower President and Chief Executive Officer Manny Rubio shared that as one of the country’s leading energy providers, the three goals the company can deliver the most significant impact on are SDGs 7, 10, and 11. He identified SDG 7, which seeks to ensure affordable and clean energy, as closest to the company’s heart.

“We remain committed to our growth strategy and already have 1,000 MW of disclosed projects,” Rubio said. “Most importantly, through our distribution utilities’ sitio electrification programs, we want to light up the entirety of our franchise areas and provide much-needed electricity to every household.”


About AboitizPower

AboitizPower is the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services. It advances business and communities by providing reliable and ample power supply at a reasonable and competitive price, and with the least adverse effects on the environment and host communities.

The company is one of the largest power producers in the Philippines with a balanced portfolio of assets located across the country. It is a major producer of Cleanergy, the company’s brand for clean and renewable energy with several hydroelectric, geothermal, and solar power generation facilities. It also has thermal power plants in its generation portfolio to support the country’s baseload and peak energy demands.

The company also owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, including the country’s second and third largest private utilities.

AboitizPower, together with its partners, is the Philippines’ largest owner and operator of renewable energy based on installed capacity. In the next 10 years, the company will significantly expand its Cleanergy portfolio, in support of the government’s efforts to promote renewable energy in the country. AboitizPower will build an additional 3,700 MW of renewable energy, growing its existing Cleanergy capacity threefold by 2030.

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