MORE than 100 delegates have committed to act for a sustainable business environment.

This developed after a one-day summit yesterday tackling environmental issues, the One Cebu Business & Sustainability Summit 2010, at the Cebu International Convention Center.

Eric Mendoza of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bunny Pages of Cebu Leads Foundation, Ted Locson of the Rotary Club of Cebu, Marc Phua of JCI Mandaue, Rodrigo Go of Cebu Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Perry Fajardo of the Cebu Business Club, Rey Calooy of the Filipino Cebuano Business Club and Sebastian Lacson of Aboitiz Equity Ventures headed the signing of the commitment board.

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“We are the bigger part of the change, and the government needs help from the private sector to match President Noynoy’s (Benigno Aquino III’s) plan for our country’s development through change,” said Alex Lacson, one of the speakers at the summit.

In the call to change, the participants committed to incorporate new and specific sustainable business practices and use environmentally friendly technology in their daily operations, and to review current and future products and services to make measurable improvements, such as in the lifecycle carbon footprint, reuse and recyclability of materials and the reduced consumption of energy and natural resources.

“As an individual, I have done my share of reducing my carbon footprint to help in having a sustainable community,” said architect Felino Palafox Jr., who has designed energy-efficient business communities all over the world.

The group also committed to practice corporate social responsibility (CSR) to help improve the lives of the less fortunate within the communities and promote transparency.

“When companies become successful in their CSR activities, it should be spread to other companies and inspire others to do their part as well. It must be a part of who or what companies are,” Zen Pastoriza of the Campaigns Group Cebu said.