Love of Country Inspires Business Owners to be Sustainable

Their love for the Philippines inspired them to be sustainable.  This is what business owners shared during the 12th Global Business Conference (GBC) held on March 2, 2019 at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Marie Cavosora of Calaboo Creamerry spoke about returning to the Philippines after working abroad because she wanted to help Filipino farmer produce dairy products.  Working with the Philippine Carabao Center, she produced butter, yogurt, cheese and fresh milk under Calaboo.  Calaboo has helped farmers earn regular income and engage in decent work.  This commitment has made her fall in love with the Philippines all over again.

Toto Malvar, another speaker, shared about his advocacy to prevent flash floods.  This led him to manage an ecological park known as Mount Purro which is located at the foothills of Sierra Madre mountain range in Antipolo.  It is his love for the Philippines that encouraged him to engage in reforestation and environmental preservation.  Sharing Malvar’s advocacy for the environment, Riza Barcelona of MAD Travel shared her commitment to make travelling more environment-friendly.  MAD Travel inspires travelers to engage in community work and preserve the environment.  Robi Del Rosario of Uproot Urban Farms spoke about engaging in aquaponics so that no Filipino can go hungry. Rey Lugtu of Hungry Workhorse pointed out how businesses can be sustainable.  It was their love for the Philippines that inspired these business owners to have sustainable businesses.

These insights on sustainable businesses were aligned with some of the the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  for 2030 such as responsible consumption and production.  The other UN SDG goals include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, decent work and economic growth, sustainable cities and communities and partnership to achieve goals.

The GBC was attended by  about 1212 participants who were mostly college students. Participating schools and businesses included  De La Salle University-Manila, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, De La Salle Araneta University, Holy Angel University, Miriam College, Occidental Mindoro State College, University of Luzon, Asia Pacific College, San Beda College Alabang, Cavite State University and SME owners.This event would not have been possible without the following sponsors: BusinessWorld, Fastjobs,, Nestle Philippines and Pacific Synergy Food and Beverage Corporation, SN Aboitiz Power Group, C and E Publishing, Inc., Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company, Mondelez International, Inc., Speedbytes Internet Café and GreatnessLab.

Gerald Castillo