Implementing a CSR approach remains a dynamic process in a fast-changing Earth. Sustainable Development and CSR are thus fast-moving targets necessitating a process of continual improvement.
As such, FEED typically works with active and leading academic centers, researchers and organisations with a track record – aiming to develop best practices, working models and scaleable solutions that can be replicated in other parts of the country.
Working with local government agencies is sometimes necessary, particularly when it comes to the rehabilitation/restoration of large tracks of (government/parastate-owned) lands and identifying and engaging local, often marginalised (including settlement) communities. The private sector also plays a critical role in co-sponsoring such interventions through their CSR programs.
CALL TO ACTION
Individuals, companies, organisations and the public at large are encouraged to support any one of these CSR initiatives closest to their respective advocacies. Email FEED to find out how: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +63 (0)9175524722 (ask for Anne).
FEED’s Ongoing CSR Initiatives with Partners
- SOCIAL FORESTRY & LIVELIHOOD DEVELOPMENT in Siniloan, Laguna with University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB): FEED’s Living Legacy (CSR) Tree Planting and Nursery Enhancement (SEEDs4FEED) program sponsored by FEED’s CSR Patrons of Education & the Environment and Students & Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE), in collaboration with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), 2nd Infantry Division “Jungle Fighters” – working with local community to carry out site preparations, planting, managing and monitoring of seedlings, nurseries, forests and plantations as an alternative income source.
- ENGAGING GRASSROOTS WOMEN IN SUSTAINABLE ECO-ENTREPRENEURSHIP BUSINESSES, San Juan, La Union – Promotion and development of social enterprises focused on producing sustainable products and businesses led and managed by grassroots women groups in La Union, in order to support La Union’s overall integrated eco-, farm-, forestry- and fisheries-based tourism development sustainably. In collaboration with Urbiz Garden & related community development organisations, San Juan, La Union;and aligned with the Integrated Watershed Management & Agroforestry Enhancements for Baroro (see below). See also: https://feed.org.ph/engagement-activities/ridge-to-reef-r2r/
- INTEGRATED WATERSHED MANAGEMENT & AGROFORESTRY ENHANCEMENTS FOR THE BARORO (LON-OY) WATERSHED STAKEHOLDER COMMUNITY, La Union Province – Ultimately expected to improve the responsiveness and effectiveness of watershed management decisions on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, conservation of soil, water and biodiversity and other concerns, this intervention focuses on capability building for collaborative and participatory watershed monitoring that engages various stakeholders in watersheds managed by government and by private sector. (See above and https://feed.org.ph/engagement-activities/ridge-to-reef-r2r/). Envisioned to be the basis for all decisions with regards to the sustainable management of (mostly critical) watersheds in the Philippines, led by UPLB, and in collaboration with:
- National Research and Development Project for Watershed Management in the Philippines (NRDPWM)
- Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR)
- Provincial Environment & Natural Resources Office (PENRO)
- Municipal Planning & Development Office (MPDO), Marinduqe
- Municipal Environment & Natural Resources Office (MENRO)
- National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)
- Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU)
- Local Government Units (LGUs), Province of La Union
- Department of Agriculture (DA).
- “RIDGE to REEF” HOLISTIC CLIMATE RESILIENCE PROGRAM – From Watershed Enhancement to Coastal Protection and Disaster Mitigation & Prevention, Bacnotan, La Union – Upland farming and sustaining of vegetative, fruit, wood (incl. bamboo) crops as direct livelihood interventions for the local community’s immediate and long-term benefit; propagating and enhancing indigenous Philippine fruit & wood species in local nurseries to support the above; and beekeeping Training of Trainers as an alternative & sustainable livelihood source for the preservation of the Native Philippine Bee population. In collaboration with the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial University (DMMMSU), Bacnotan (North La Union Campus); and in alignment with the Integrated Baroro Watershed Management initiative. See also: https://feed.org.ph/engagement-activities/ridge-to-reef-r2r/
- SETTING UP OF A DAIRY FARM SCHOOL & ENHANCING CARABAO PRODUCTIVITY FOR COMMUNITY LIVELIHOODS, Urdaneta, Pampanga – Empowering local farmers and women entrepreneurs through technical skills upgrading in carabao (water buffalo) milk & dairy production, processing and marketing, from social entrepreneurship to practice in collaboration with Shahani Gatas Kalabaw Farm; and providing alternative livelihood generation for the community by enhancing carabao productivity, breeding, pasteurisation and packing in collaboration with the Philippine Carabao Centre (PCC).
- ESTABLISHMENT OF A SUSTAINABLE BIO-INTENSIVE GARDEN (BIG) TACKLING MALNUTRITION AT SUCLABAN PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Mexico, Pampanga – FEED is a staunch advocate and partner of the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) due to the success of Bio-Intensive Gardening (BIG) technology, intensively cultivating small areas of land using nature’s own ingredients to rebuild and maintain soil productivity. Since 2005, the BIG Intensification Program has brought BIG technology as well as health and nutrition education directly into the classrooms of over 100 poor, rural schools in the Philippines, reducing malnutrition and transferring life-long agricultural skills to communities, particularly through Training of Trainers programs. See: http://www.iirr.org and Entire Car Care Centre Goes Green: Planting First Bio-Intensive Garden (BIG) for Pampanga.
- ONE CHILD, ONE TREE – MAKING SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES GREENER – Partnership between schools, the local government, local government agencies, different non-governmental organisations, private corporations, volunteers, and FEED as part of an ongoing environmental support effort benefitting and empowering local community residents. Starting in 2017 with the planting of fruit, vegetable and wood-bearing native Philippine trees in 30 primary schools in Hagonoy, Bulacan. Led by its founder Natalia Sali, teachers, volunteers, and community residents will be trained and provided the technical expertise to be equipped on Bio-Intensive Gardening (BIG), with technical input from IIRR. In collaboration with Bulacan Environment & Natural Resources Office, Bulacan State University, Hagonoy Sanguniang Bayan, Hangonoy Barangay Councils, Municipal Environment & Natural Resources Office, Municipal Planning & Development Office, and UP Mountaineers.
- SAN PEDRO URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT (SPUR), with Rotary Club San Pedro Magic, City Government and Mayor’s Office – Aligned with the city’s ongoing upgrading of public infrastructure and health care services, FEED seeks support in the expansion of linear parks and other public and community spaces through tree planting with Youth & Women Leaders in public, private and NGO communities of San Pedro and neighbouring areas, with the aim of upgrading towards a liveable city. Working with local communities to provide alternative income sources by means of propagating nurseries, and managing and harvesting edible landscapes for the immediate benefit of the marginalised communities.
- BAMBOO PROPAGATION, PLANTING & LIVELIHOOD DEVELOPMENT WITH ALC Foundation and the Government of Rizal Province. 1. To help mitigate the effects of climate change and protect the environment by planting bamboo in areas like riverbanks, degraded forests and mountainsides all over the country; 2. To create alternative livelihoods and build resilient communities with inclusive economic growth; and 3. To build sturdy engineered bamboo houses for underpriviledged yet deserving families in a self-sustaining community called the Kawayanan Village.
Through formal or informal “Public Private Partnerships” (PPP), FEED often acts as a bridge between the private sector and communities or practical research agencies, another model by which FEED is able to collaboratively support the design, integration and implementation of companies’ and organizations’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives into their operations in a sustainable manner – from short/immediate to long/durable interventions, striking the balance between a company’s advocacies and the needs of the communities they operate in.
Whilst seeking to partner with local government agencies such as the Departments of Agriculture (DA) and Environment & Natural Resources (DENR)in the communities we work in, FEED aims to keep all sourcing of materials for projects at cost to ensure more participants are able to join and spread the word, helping the country reach its 70% carbon offset by 2030.
Click here to see an overview of FEED’s CSR/Sustainability/Reporting services: https://feed.org.ph/csr
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