HARNESSING BUSI­NESS SO­LU­TIONS TO SO­CIAL ILLS

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SUNDAY BIZ - By An­nelle Tayao-Juego @neltayaoINQ

While many of us are aware of the use­ful­ness of re­cy­cling solid wastes, we take for granted other things we throw away, such as food.

The agro­food in­dus­try, in par­tic­u­lar, was one sec­tor that lo­cal so­cial en­ter­prise Car­bonCy­cle Pro­cess­ing Inc. set its sights on two years ago; since then it has steadily helped elim­i­nate waste ma­te­ri­als pro­duced by this in­dus­try’s com­pa­nies by turn­ing them into an­i­mal feed.

“Car­bonCy­cle was [es­tab­lished] with the mis­sion to be a sustainable com­pany spe­cial­iz­ing in the re­cy­cling of car­bon­based ma­te­ri­als,” says CEO and founder Dale Franco Llen­tic. “The com­pany’s ini­tial strat­egy was to pen­e­trate big agro­food fac­to­ries and bid for waste ma­te­ri­als from th­ese com­pa­nies and re­cy­cle them.”

Scrap items

Their first clients, con­tin­ues Llen­tic, were Del Monte and Heineken.

They col­lected cherry drums and pineap­ple pulp from the for­mer, and spent grain from the lat­ter, both of which they re­cy­cled into feeds for use of dairy farm­ers start­ing last year.

Car­bonCy­cle also gets scrap items from steel-drum man­u­fac­turer Mindanao Con­tainer Corp., which they use to make char­coal ovens.

They work closely as well with Ja­cobi Car­bons, a global com­pany which op­er­ates here in the coun­try as a man­u­fac­turer of co­conut char­coal ac­ti­vated car­bon.

Based in Ca­gayan de Oro City, Car­bonCy­cle was es­tab­lished by Llen­tic, a vet­eri­nar­ian with ex­per­tise in farm waste, to­gether with a few of his high school batch­mates with en­gi­neer­ing back­grounds.

Since they started, Llen­tic says he has seen aware­ness grow among the farm­ers that they work with.

“They’ve seen how waste ma­te­ri­als can be re­cy­cled and used to im­prove their pro­duc­tiv­ity,” Llen­tic says. “We’ve also shown them the ben­e­fits of us­ing balers and char­coal ovens made from re­cy­cled scrap.”

Such ef­forts are what won Car­bonCy­cle the top spot in the re­cent BPI Si­nag, BPI Foun­da­tion’s an­nual busi­ness chal­lenge ini­tia­tive for so­cial en­ter­prises.

So­cial im­pact

Now on its fourth year, BPI Si­nag chose 10 awardees based on their busi­nesses’ so­cial im­pact, scal­a­bil­ity and repli­ca­bil­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity, com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage, and fi­nan­cial per­for­mance, as well as the over­all com­mit­ment of the team be­hind such en­ter­prises, says Mari­cris San Diego, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of BPI Foun­da­tion.

The other awardees are: Junk Not Hand­i­craft, a small- scale brand that pro­duces cre­ative fur­ni­ture from up­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als; Palami­gan Co., a com­pany which cre­ated a freez­ing sys­tem that uses the brine im­mer­sion cool­ing tech­nique, pro­vid­ing a more af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive for ice-based busi­nesses; Saret Or­ganic Far­mville, a so­cial, in­clu­sive agri-en­ter­prise which pro­duces ca­cao bars, pow­dered ca­cao, turmeric and cayenne, among oth­ers, by work­ing with poor up­land farm­ers and in­dige­nous tribes in Bu­la­can; Up­root Aquapon­ics, a so­cial en­ter­prise that aims to end un­em­ploy­ment, mal­nu­tri­tion, hunger and poverty af­fect­ing over seven mil­lion Filipino chil­dren ages 5 years and be­low by in­tro­duc­ing com­mu­nity- shared aquapon­ics to low-in­come com­mu­ni­ties;

Cal­a­boo Dair­yard, Inc., a so­cial en­ter­prise that val­orizes the highly nu­tri­tious milk of grass­fed carabaos; Co­coasenso Corp., a busi­ness that es­tab­lished a net­work of medium-scale co­conut pro­cess­ing cen­ters where co­conuts are pur­chased di­rectly from lo­cal farm­ers who are em­ployed in pri­mary pro­cess­ing; Edaya Cordillera, “a cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tive bam­boo de­sign/art project to ac­cel­er­ate so­cial in­no­va­tion and pro­mote the re­dis­cov­ery of the value of lo­cal Asian tra­di­tions in a global con­text”; Got Heart, a plat­form for de­vel­op­ing so­cial en­ter­prises among var­i­ous grass­roots com­mu­ni­ties in the Philip­pines to help them be­come a “SHInDig (sustainable, holis­ti­cally de­vel­oped, in­de­pen­dent and dig­ni­fied)”; and Eko­life, a so­cial en­ter­prise op­er­ated and man­aged by Atikha Over­seas Work­ers and Com­mu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tives, Inc. in­volved in pack­ag­ing and pro­mot­ing eco/agro­tour des­ti­na­tions that in­volves the OFWs and their fam­i­lies as both ser­vice providers and cus­tomers of the tourism in­dus­try.

The top five awardees re­ceived P500,000 cash grants, and the other five, P100,000. They will all also un­dergo spe­cial­ized men­tor­ship to ad­vance their busi­nesses.

Boot camp

Prior to their award­ing, th­ese so­cial en­ter­prises un­der- went a two-part boot camp or­ga­nized by BPI Foun­da­tion’s im­ple­ment­ing part­ner, Bayan Academy for So­cial En­trepreneur­ship and Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment.

Dur­ing this in­cu­ba­tion phase, the so­cial en­trepreneurs were trained on busi­ness plan­ning, op­er­a­tions man­age­ment, fi­nance, mar­ket­ing, and hu­man re­sources.

With their win­nings and learn­ings, Llen­tic says Car­bonCy­cle will be ven­tur­ing into the re­new­able en­ergy busi­ness to tackle the prob­lem of en­ergy de­pen­dency and de­fi­ciency by de­sign­ing, con­struct­ing, and op­er­at­ing so­lar con­cen­tra­tors for agri­cul­tural pro­cess­ing us­ing scrap ma­te­ri­als.

“We be­lieve the fu­ture will be dom­i­nated by re­new­able en­ergy as fos­sil fu­els be­come more de­pleted and ex­pen­sive. We also be­lieve in de­cen­tral­iz­ing en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture to bring in­clu­sive growth to the coun­try­side,” says Llen­tic.

Sustainable na­tion-build­ing

Sup­port­ing such en­ter­prises as Car­bonCy­cle, says San Diego, re­in­forces BPI Foun­da­tion’s com­mit­ment to sustainable na­tion-build­ing and wealth-cre­ation.

“BPI Foun­da­tion cre­ated BPI Si­nag to help foster eco­nomic growth in the coun­try by sup­port­ing busi­nesses with the triple bot­tom line—peo­ple, planet, and profit,” she adds.

BPI Si­nag 2018 awardees

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