ASSIST GPIoS Project featured by the European Union

10 11 2011

The Green Philippines Islands of Sustainability (GPIoS) initiative of the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) was cited by the European Union for its accomplishments especially in adopting the ECOPROFIT approach in promoting sustainable practices among its participating companies.

Supported by the European Union’s SWITCHAsia program, GPIoS seeks to contribute to the sustainable industrial development of the Metro Manila and CALABARZON regions by introducing measures to save on energy, cut down on wastage and promote best environmental practices within organizations.

Aside from ASSIST, the Project Team is composed of STENUM as part of GrAT (Center for Appropriate Technology) of Austria, Czech Republic’s University of Ostrava (VSB), Austria Recycling (AREC), Philippine Chamber of Commerce Inc. (PCCI), European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), and the Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE).

Accomplishments for the initiative’s first year of implementation include the acquisition of 95 companies, which received free training and consultancy. To mark the end of phase one, GPIoS also handed ECOSWITCH Awards to 72 of these target beneficiaries which successfully implemented sustainable measures based on the triple bottomline philosophy of balanced social (People), economic (Profit), and environmental (Planet) benefits. Among the awardees were Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Ford Motors, Panasonic, Philippine Airlines and Toyota.

Slated to run until 2013, GPIoS proves that being green is a sound business strategy at a time of rising environmental consciousness.

To view the report, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/case-studies/philippines_ecoprofit-approach_en.pdf.#


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