THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has awarded Globe Telecom for its volunteerism efforts and “invaluable support for DENR’s pursuit for sustainable development.”
The Certificate of Recognition, signed by DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, was presented to Globe by DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns Benny Antiporda during the recent celebration of National Volunteer Day with the theme “Volunterismo: Tugon sa Nagbabagong Panahon (Volunteerism: An Answer to the Changing Times).”
Globe is among 55 DENR partner-organizations from the business sector, government, nongovernment organizations, and academe that were honored for their active participation in DENR volunteer projects and special events since 2012.
“This is our small way of thanking you for the big contributions you have made to the success of the DENR’s programs and activities,” Antiporda told the agency’s partner organizations during the event. “The citizen’s support alone will dictate either the success or failure of DENR’s programs.”
He urged more people and organizations to help in protecting the environment.
For Globe Telecom’s chief sustainability officer and senior vice president for corporate communications Yoly Crisanto, she said they are honored to receive the recognition.
“We are glad that our efforts in leaving minimal carbon footprint through Globe Telecom’s volunteering activities are aligned with DENR’s projects,” she said. “Our principle is to continuously develop sustainable programs and integrate them into our everyday business practices to benefit the triple bottom line.”
Globe is an active supporter of DENR volunteerism programs and advocacy such as coastal clean-up at the Las Piñas - Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA); mangrove tree planting in Calatagan, Batangas; watershed ecosystem awareness at Angat Dam, Norzagaray, Bulacan; and staging of history and nature bike parades, among others.
It is also one of the country’s few companies that nurture its people’s innate desire to help by providing every employee with one day of “volunteer time-off” every year to pursue their chosen advocacy. It also encourages “volunteaming,” where employees are free to organize themselves in groups to pursue their advocacies.
In 2017, volunteerism in Globe reached an all-time high of 52.8 percent of total employee base who volunteered for various social development causes. It also institutes activity-based and skill-based volunteering to support work with a partner group or community, organizing people who may want to join various advocacies and provide pro bono services, capacity building, or skills transfer. (S)