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Before flights, RACKS and Tenya are serving bites!

Fortunately, you now have one less problem to worry about on the day of the flight: what to eat! Travel days can be really stressful! Take a moment to say farewell over a delicious supper at Tenya or RACKS before you head off into the big wide world. Tenya and RACKS are the ideal pleasure to return home to if you are arriving. I’m so delighted that my favorite restaurants are now very easy to access and convenient, especially if you’re craving something great to eat while waiting for your flight. I’m such a huge fan of Japanese foods; that’s why I do love Tenya, as they serve authentic and delicious Japanese foods. On the other hand, RACKS, one of the OGs, always serves the delicious staple. They are now ready to serve as we head to our destinations and or as we return home from our wonderful trips.

I enjoyed eating during the launch of Racks and Tenya at NAIA Terminal 3

In NAIA Terminal 3’s Food Hall, RACKS and Tenya have opened for business! You can now pick between two more delectable stops prior to flights. Arrivals can sample their specialty staples during their welcome lunch, which is served directly in the airport.

If you are in the mood for classic American fare, family-style ribs with all the trimmings, then head over to RACKS! It’s the perfect place to have one more bonding moment with your loved ones before boarding or as soon as you arrive.


Photo from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Facebook Page
 

Is Japanese dining more your style? Are you looking for something hearty to keep you energized for your travels? Then be sure to stop at Tenya for authentic Japanese tempura. You’ll want to fill up on something succulent and delicious before you face a long plane ride.

RACKS is the perfect family restaurant for a reunion! It’s been serving ribs for over 20 years in the Philippines. Tenya is the number one tempura tendon restaurant in Japan. Together, they are a formidable new addition to the Terminal 3 Food Hall.

“These new restaurants in NAIA are a great move for us at RACKS and Tenya. We are proud that the Philippines is showcasing our food in the gateway to the globe,” said Cavallino Inc. Managing Director, Chukri Prieto.


Photo from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Facebook Pag

This new location hopes to see traffic from both Filipino and foreign travelers, balikbayans and tourists alike. RACKS and Tenya, both have long track records of proving themselves as favorites for Filipinos and will be tantalizing new options in the airport.

“We want to be where the action is and give travelers a good, reliable place to say goodbye, get ready for a flight, or even a place to welcome someone to Manila.” General Manager, Iggy Ramos said of the move.

These branches of RACKS and Tenya will feature special sections for all-day breakfast with drip coffee or tea from Twinings. There will also be a Stuff N’ Go Section with to-go items and souvenirs for anyone who needs something last minute before rushing over to their gate.

“It’s important to us that travelers have a nice place to welcome people home or see them off, all while enjoying food they know will deliver every time.” says Denise Ramos, Director for Operations.

Two trips to Japan were given away during the opening ceremony. Travelers from all over the world will soon be delighted by the meals that the invited personalities and guest the media had a fantastic time sampling. Having delicious cuisine in a convenient location when saying farewell to loved ones, welcoming them home, or just having a bite to eat will improve any traveler’s spirits, no matter how they are feeling. Enjoy your last supper at Tenya or RACKS in the L4 Food Hall at NAIA Terminal 3, or host a welcome-home reunion!

Visit www.racks.ph and www.tenya.com.ph for additional information about RACKS and Tenya. You can also follow RACKS and Tenya on Facebook at RACKS and Tenya Philippines and on Instagram at @racks.ph and @tenyaph. Additionally, Foodpanda, GrabFood, Pickaroo, and SM Malls provide RACKS and Tenya for purchase online.

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Employee-led Mangrove Reforestation Project is Launched by Jollibee Foods Corporation

Commits to Help Restore the Country’s Mangrove Ecosystem


Employee Volunteerism. Employees from Jollibee North Luzon District 1 participate in a mangrove tree planting project in Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

Through the Jollibee Group Foundation, Inc. (JGF), the corporate social responsibility arm of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), is still driving change. JGF led a mangrove regeneration campaign that included a series of tree-planting events that took place in three coastal provinces.

Employees of JFC have planted over 4,000 mangrove trees: 1,700 saplings in Lemery, Batangas, and 2,250 mangrove propagules along the shores of Carmen, Cebu, and Alaminos, Pangasinan.


Protecting shorelines. Last year, 212 employee volunteers participated in a string of tree-planting activities. The photo shows some Jollibee employees who volunteered planting mangrove propagules in Lemery, Batangas. 
 

The reforestation project, according to JGF President Gisela Tiongson, is a component of JFC’s stepped-up efforts to further its global sustainability strategy, Joy for Tomorrow, in keeping with the goal under the Planet pillar to support responsible planet-stewardship.  

“JFC’s 45th anniversary last year marked a special milestone that inspired us to step up our effort in creating value for our stakeholders and in giving back to the environment,” said Tiongson. “Through this mangrove reforestation program, we aim to help restore the mangrove ecosystem and build a more resilient future for our fellow Filipinos living in coastal communities.”

Strengthening collaboration

JGF has collaborated with national agencies and local community partners to ensure that the mangrove planting activities are done correctly using the right species that are planted in the right site and in the right season—all these considerations are crucial in ensuring mangrove survival and propagation.


To bolster its commitment to expand its Mangrove Reforestation project in 2024, Jollibee Foods Corporation and Jollibee Group Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR). Present during the signing were (L-R) Jollibee Group Foundation’s President and Executive Director Gisela Tiongson, Jollibee Foods Corporation’s President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong, DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, and Jollibee Foods Corporation’s Vice President and Head of Public Affairs, Atty. Raul Academia. 
 

 

Tiongson recognized the support provided by DENR SCIS-Strategic Alliance and Environmental Partnership Division, DENR-Environmental Management Bureau, DENR Region 7, City Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Cebu City and Carmen, and CENRO Calaca, Batangas. “We are grateful for their assistance and for guiding us throughout the activities, as well as the People’s Organization in Cebu for the mangrove seedlings,” she said.  

Fostering employee engagement


Treating the Planet Responsibly. Zenith Foods Corporation and Red Ribbon – Mandaue City employee volunteers plant mangrove propagules in Carmen, Cebu.
 

The reforestation program was started in 2023, with over 200 employee-volunteers from Jollibee, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Zenith Foods Corporation, and Jollibee Worldwide Services Logistics. This also formed part of the Company’s engagement program for its employees and JFC’s 45th anniversary activities.

To bolster the project, JFC’s President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong and JGF’s Tiongson, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga on April 19.

Tanmantiong emphasized, “We are cognizant of the climate emergency we are in, and hence, we are taking steps to contribute to climate mitigation in the work of JGF, together with the company. To this end, we will be investing in mangrove reforestation initiatives with the help of our employee volunteers. And we will be supporting communities in mangrove management.”

In line with the MOU, JGF pledged to “extend its support to community-based mangrove protection and reforestation activities and mobilize volunteer employees to participate in the conduct of environmental programs and activities in mangrove reforestation.”

This year, JGF intends to expand the knowledge, expertise, and skill set of JFC staff members beyond their job duties by working toward establishing the initiative as an ongoing program. JGF also intends to carry out mangrove planting operations in Visayas and Mindanao under strict community control in order to further expand the nation’s mangrove ecosystem.

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For the third time, Jollibee Group has received the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award

Continues to be the first and only Philippine-based company to have received the global award


Global workplace consulting and research firm Gallup has once again recognized the Jollibee Group with the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award. This marks the third time the homegrown restaurant company has received the accolade.

For the third time in 2024, the locally owned restaurant chain Jollibee Group has been honored with the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award (GEWA). The company’s dedication to employee engagement as a key component of its business strategy is affirmed by this award. The Jollibee Group is still the only firm with its headquarters in the Philippines to have won this honor.

Over 100,000 teams worldwide, 2.7 million workers are covered by the GEWA. It honors top-tier companies that incorporate engagement into their workplace culture and is based on Gallup’s extensive and meticulous workplace survey.

“This recognition was made possible by the countless men and women of the Jollibee Group around the world who contribute and shape our uniquely joyful work culture,” said Ernesto Tanmantiong, Jollibee Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our three-time recognition is timely as it comes at the heels of our best year yet in 2023: a clear manifestation that our business success is deeply interconnected with our people’s success.”

“We remain committed to helping our talents build a career where they can live out their purpose, build meaningful relationships at work, and contribute with their unique talents to our mission of bringing the joy of eating to everyone. We strive hard to make our people not only successful but also happy, Tanmantiong added.

Gallup Chief Executive Officer Jon Clifton congratulated winning organizations for redefining what it means to be a great place to work amid continuing workplace challenges. “Your commitment to creating environments where employees are listened to, valued, and positioned to use their strengths every day is what sets you apart. Thank you for setting a new global standard in what it means to be a thriving workplace,” Clifton said.

A Joyful Work Environment

Jollibee Group’s strengthened People Agenda was key to its record business performance, which was characterized by back-to-back best-ever years in 2022 and 2023.

Earlier this year, the company defined its Employer Value Proposition “Choose Joy,” which articulates the unique experience of being a Jollibee Group employee and the company’s culture of joy built over the past 46 years.

Through its D&I vision and commitment to “Joy for All,” the Jollibee Group has also continued to elevate the importance of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace. The D&I vision aims to cultivate a more joyful and inclusive environment for the team members who power the organization as well as the customers and stakeholders who are part of the organization’s ecosystem.

Amidst the epidemic in 2020, the Jollibee Group was initially granted the GEWA. It was the first time a business with its headquarters in the Philippines has received this honor. In 2023, the company was listed as one of TIME Magazine’s World’s Best Companies and won its second GEWA award.

The Jollibee Group has also been named one of the World’s Best Employers by Forbes Magazine for three years running, from 2020 to 2022. The business was included in Forbes’ first list of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies in 2021.

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Recycling by Coca-Cola Philippines at the Panaad sa Negros Festival

Coca-Cola Philippines and its partners commemorated Earth Day by gathering 444.85 kg of PET bottles and cans between April 16 and 21 as part of the Panaad sa Negros Festival 2024 through the Tindahan Extra Mile (TEM) program, following a successful launch in Bacolod.

In an effort to reduce plastic waste and fight pollution, the program gives micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and owners of sari-sari stores the ability to turn their establishments into places where empty plastic bottles are collected. By gathering bottles, micro-retailers can accrue points that can be exchanged for money and merchandise for their stores.

TEM is a collaboration between Coca-Cola Philippines, Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies, Inc. (BEST), and the Philippine Association of Stores and Carinderia Owners (PASCO). As of May, there are over 3,500 TEM members in the country.

This local effort aligns with The Coca-Cola Company’s global World Without Waste strategy. Globally, the company aims to collect and recycle the equivalent of each bottle and can it sells by 2030, make its primary consumer packaging recyclable by 2025, and use an average of 50% recycled material in its packaging by 2030.

TEM is a crucial component of “May Ikabobote Pa,” Coca-Cola Philippines’ consumer engagement campaign, which encourages people to recycle their empty bottles and cans. Customers may find out the closest pickup locations and further information about the company’s recycling programs by visiting the Coca-Cola Philippines Sustainability Hub.

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Jollibee is Listed in Kuwait’s Top 10 Brands for Customer Satisfaction


Warm, joyful service. Jollibee earned another triumph with its recent inclusion in the Top 10 brands for customer satisfaction in Kuwait. The awards program by Service Hero surveyed over 500 brands in the country.   

According to the 2023 Service Hero Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards, local food chain Jollibee has been named one of Kuwait’s Top 10 Brands for Customer Satisfaction.

An annual recognition program called the Customer Service Index Awards rewards Kuwait businesses who provide outstanding customer service. It gauges important aspects of the service, like overall satisfaction, expectations, and recommendation likelihood. It also evaluates several aspects of the services, including personnel, location, value for money, staff quality, speed, and dependability. For this list, more than 500 brands in 20 categories were assessed.

“Being recognized among Kuwait’s Top 10 brands for customer satisfaction from over 500 brands is a testament to our commitment to providing customers with great-tasting food served with the warmth and joyful service that the Jollibee brand is known for. This citation is not only a badge of honor for us, but it also means we are fulfilling our promise to our customers,” said Joseph Tanbuntiong, Jollibee Group Chief Business Officer and Head, Jollibee Global.

Meanwhile, Dennis Flores, President of Jollibee Group’s business in Europe, Middle East, and Asia, and Australia (EMEAA), congratulated the Jollibee Kuwait team and franchisee for this milestone recognition: “We celebrate this achievement with all our store and operations teams in Kuwait whose passion and dedication to our mission of serving great-tasting food and bringing the joy of eating to everyone has made this recognition possible. We are also grateful to our customers in Kuwait for their continued support and loyalty to Jollibee.”

“We extend our deepest gratitude to our franchisee Yacoub Aljajery for his steadfast belief in our brand. His hands-on approach not only ensures operational excellence, but also fosters a culture of passion and commitment, making exceptional customer service at Jollibee Kuwait possible,” Flores added.

The Jollibee Group opened the first Jollibee store in Al Watya, Kuwait City in February 2012 through franchisee Yacoub Aljajery of the Al Musaifra Catering Company. Today, Jollibee has seven stores in Kuwait, with loyal fans craving for bestselling products such Chickenjoy and Jolly Spaghetti.

Jollibee as a franchisor of choice

“I chose Jollibee as a franchise because of its strong brand recognition, delicious menu offerings, and the opportunity to introduce Jollibee to Arab/Kuwaiti customers, which has proven to be a successful venture,” said franchisee Yacoub Aljajery. “As a franchisee, I appreciate Jollibee’s comprehensive support system, including marketing assistance, ongoing operational guidance and training programs which have been instrumental in the growth and success of our franchise operations in Kuwait.”

“Being cited as one of the Top 10 brands in Kuwait is a recognition for our dedication and hard work in upholding Jollibee’s standards and values. This award also serves as our source of pride and motivation to continue delivering exceptional service and quality to our customers in Kuwait,” he added.

Jollibee also has stores in other Middle East countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

Recently, Jollibee has been ranked Top 5 Strongest Restaurant Brand in the World, overtaking more established Quick Service Restaurant brands, according to the latest annual brand ranking report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation agency. Jollibee has elevated its rating from AA- to AAA. In addition, Jollibee is the only Philippine brand listed in the 2024 Top 25 Most Valuable Restaurant Brands and Top 10 Strongest Restaurant Brands.

The brand has also been cited as the Top 2 fastest-growing restaurant brand in the world. Surging by an impressive 51% to USD2.3 billion in brand value, Jollibee ascended from rank 20 to rank 17 in this year’s Global Restaurant Rankings.


Serving joy. The Jollibee Kuwait team has shown passion and dedication in providing exceptional customer service to customers who crave for bestsellers Chickenjoy and Jolly Spaghetti.   

Outside of the Philippines, mainstream customers are still gravitating for Jollibee. Mainstream non-Filipino locals make up around 100% of the clientele in Vietnam and Brunei, 81% in Malaysia, 80% in the UK, 70% in Singapore, and 60% in Hong Kong. This demonstrates the brand’s attractiveness on a worldwide scale.

Jollibee Group flagship brands in the ranking

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf TM, another brand owned by the Jollibee Group, is ranked among Kuwait’s Top 10 Brands for Customer Satisfaction. In the café category, it likewise came out on top. The flagship brand for the coffee and tea industry under the Jollibee Group is CBTL.

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com

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The Philippine-based AJINOMOTO Corporation is fully committed to promoting environmental care and sustainability


(L-R) Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) Senior Vice President Makoto Tanabe, APC Chief Sustainability Officer Ernie Carlos, ACEN Senior Account Manager Elisah Cabato, APC President Koichi Ozaki, APF Bulacan Factory Director Juanito Ramos Jr. and APF Bulacan Factory Manager Kei Tanigawa.

Concerning the mitigation of plastic waste and lowering its carbon footprint, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) remains a leader in the market. APC has been joining the Ajinomoto Group’s long-running campaign to promote environmental causes, which aims to educate the next generation about the need to live in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly world. As Ajinomoto tightened their engagement to promote a greener world, they did such interesting and helpful programs in their own ways. They also let us have a great time in their place and discover things such as how they value their products. We also discovered how they pack their products in a way that is according to their vision of having a greener environment.

The SariCycleTM Program was introduced by APC, the Quezon City Local Government, and Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies (BEST) Incorporated only this year. This program makes it possible to implement an incentive-based model of community action that reduces the amount of single-use plastic waste generated and motivates all members of the community to participate in being environmental stewards. In just three months of operation since its start in January 2024, the SariCycleTM Program has been able to collect over 1,000 kg of single-use plastics and onboard 359 sari-sari businesses in Quezon City. The initiative offers Ajinomoto product bundles and Environmental Points (EPs), which can be redeemed for cash at participating merchants, as incentives to support the livelihoods of its retail partners, known as “SariCyclers.”

Following this was the official signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between APC and ACEN RES. Back in 2022, a 1MW-peak capacity Solar Rooftop installation on the APF Bulacan Factory comprised of more 2,000 solar panels was  energized, effectively reducing its annual carbon footprint from electricity consumption by 18%.Today, APF Bulacan is running on 100% renewable energy.  Since January of 2024, the APF Bulacan Factory has saved around Php 2,000,000 in electrical expenses and has reduced their monthly carbon footprint by ~95%   by transitioning to full renewable energy. To commemorate the turnout of these efforts, APC and ACEN conducted a Badge Turnover Ceremony. APC was one of the first companies to receive the new generation of ACEN Renewable Energy Badge – awarded to partner facilities who are supplied with 100% renewable energy.


The AjiPanda Diner at Ajinomoto Philippines Flavor Food, Inc. or APF Bulacan Factory.

Aside from being a beacon of sustainability, the APF Bulacan Factory also boasts of its newly opened canteen that serves healthy and good food! At the official opening of the “AjiPanda Diner”, a factory tour was also conducted for some of Ajinomoto Philippines’ invited guests from the media. The group were first given a brief history of Ajinomoto, an orientation on the factory dresscode, safety precautions and the proper conduct during the tour before heading to each station at the factory. The tour was concluded with a lunch buffet highlighting Filipino dishes we all grew up loving like Chicken Tinola, Pork Adobo and Chopsuey, all thoughtfully cooked using Ajinomoto products.

On the way to factory tour at APF Bulacan with media friends

Ajinomoto Philippines’ media guests are all suit up at the Production Area during their factory tour at APF Bulacan.

APC Group’s Workplace Nutrition Program provides free vegetable dishes to all Bulacan Factory employees on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in addition to the comfortable and soothing atmosphere of the AjiPanda Diner. As promised by its name, the “AjiPanda Diner,” the cafeteria serves food to both workers and guests of the facility, providing a wholesome Ajinomoto experience. To guarantee that every meal is given with quality and the best flavors, Ajinomoto goods are used to make a wide variety of delectable dishes that both staff and guests can feast their eyes on within the complex!


ONE TEAM. All smiles under the scorching heat at the façade of APF Bulacan’s newly opened AjiPanda Diner.
 
I enjoyed the plant tour at APF Bulacan

As they reflect on these achievements, APC is proud to say that they are still fully committed to reaching the sustainability targets outlined in their 2030 Roadmap. APC’s long-term projects continue to grow and change in response to the demands of the Filipino community while maintaining their primary goal of protecting the environment so that everyone can genuinely Eat Well and Live Well by adopting the Ajinomoto way of life.

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Through its global suppliers, Jollibee Group Strengthens Its Commitment to Responsible Sourcing


Growing together. Jollibee Group and its partners Lamb Weston and McCain Foods provide customers worldwide with the best quality potato products. 

The Jollibee Group, a multinational restaurant chain dedicated to sustainable business practices, understands the need of collaborating with suppliers like Lamb Weston and McCain Foods, who also share the company’s dedication to ethical sourcing.

Core to Responsible Sourcing

McCain Foods is a Canadian corporation that specializes in potato goods, particularly fries. It has been a dependable supplier to the Jollibee Group for 20 years. The Jollibee Group collaborates closely with 3,500 farmers to rethink more sustainable potato cultivation practices.


Shared agricultural goals. Jollibee Group and Lamb Weston are committed to creating progress for the planet. Both companies support sustainable agriculture practices that continuously improve their processes and adopt the latest equipment and technology.
 
 

Anchored in its regenerative agricultural practice, Farms of the Future supports farmers in adopting techniques that conserve water, minimize chemical fertilizer usage, and enhance soil health. These efforts contribute to its inclusive goal of empowering its farmers to face threats in the global food system, such as climate change, soil degradation, biodiversity loss, and food waste.

McCain Foods aims to further its commitment to responsible sourcing by operating three Farms of the Future in different growing regions on top of its locations in Canada and South Africa by 2025. This project is one of several initiatives that helped place McCain Foods at the 55th rank in the 2023 Food and Agriculture Benchmark. The Food and Agriculture Benchmark is part of the World Benchmarking Alliance, which provides an essential tool for measuring and comparing corporate performance with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It measures and ranks 350 keystone companies – from farm to fork – on key issues underpinning the food systems transformation agenda.

For its part, Lamb Weston, a global producer, and processor of frozen potato products, and one of the Jollibee Group’s longtime potato suppliers, has comprehensive sustainability goals focused on food, people, and the planet.


Commitment to customer satisfaction. Jollibee Group and McCain Foods work together to understand and anticipate customers’ needs, enhance their responsible sourcing efforts, and provide delightful and memorable experiences with every meal.
 

One of its banner initiatives is its Sustainable Agriculture program which continuously improves its processes, adopts the latest equipment and technology, and shares the best practices with its growers. Before introducing them to its growers, Lamb Weston recently piloted its technologies and practices in 100 Circles Farm–its 20,000-acre farm in Paterson, Washington, United States. With this, the company can better understand the opportunities and challenges that the farmers encounter. Lamb Weston has also invested in soil research and technologies, believing that healthy soil is the key to climate resiliency and long-term productivity.

Sustainability across the entire business


Care for the planet. Through its Farms of the Future Project, McCain Foods gains a better understanding of regenerative agricultural practices and their positive impact on the Earth. 
 
 
 

The Jollibee Group will strengthen its relationships with international suppliers who share its commitment to sustainability as it pursues its global sustainability strategy, Joy for Tomorrow, in tandem with its continued worldwide expansion.

In order to incorporate its sustainable business practices into a more unified structure that integrates the entire organization and directs its interactions with partners and stakeholders, the Jollibee Group launched Joy for Tomorrow.

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Global Good Governance Nod to Jollibee Group Initiatives for Social Development


CHAMPIONING COMMUNITIES THROUGH CSR. Jollibee Group Foundation’s President Gisela Tiongson (center) and Jollibee Group’s Chief Business Officer Joseph Tanbuntiong (right) accepted the trophy for 3G Championship Award for Community Development and Philanthropy 2024 during the Good Governance Awards on April 29. With them is the Global Good Governance Chairman, Dr. Humayon Dar, who presented the award.

At the 9th Global Good Governance Awards, often known as the 3G Awards, which were hosted in Taguig City, the Jollibee Group was recently presented with the “3G Championship Award for Community Development and Philanthropy 2024.”

Jollibee Group received the award from Cambridge International Finance Advisory (Cambridge IFA), a worldwide financial services intelligence organization, for leading initiatives that have improved the community through the Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF), the company’s social development arm. The Jollibee Group’s efforts to improve its business practices in order to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals were also acknowledged by the award.

“We are honored to receive such a prestigious award from Cambridge IFA. This recognizes the hard work that the Jollibee Group Foundation has done through decades – inculcating our knowledge on food to uplift the livelihood of farmers, feeding schoolchildren so they can graduate, and providing thousands of meals in disaster-stricken areas. We share this recognition with our partners in the government, NGOs, and our employee volunteers for getting together to help achieve a wider impact on more communities,” said Ernesto Tanmantiong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jollibee Group. “We will remain committed to improving our business practices and empowering our employees as we continue to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone.”

JGF promotes improved access to food by implementing programs on agro-entrepreneurship through its Farmer Entrepreneurship Program and on education through the Busog Lusog Talino Feeding Program and the Access, Curriculum, and Employability (ACE) Scholarship Program.  The Foundation also spearheads disaster response efforts through the FoodAID program while working with partner organizations and national government agencies in the Philippines and other countries.

Jollibee Group and JGF also recently partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry for a learning session wherein their leaders imparted business development and management knowledge to micro, small, and medium enterprises. 

Additionally, JGF and Jollibee Group strengthened their environmental stewardship efforts by incorporating reforestation and mangrove protection into their CSR initiatives. To improve their collaboration on these projects, they recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.


3G AWARDEE 2024.  On behalf of Jollibee Group and JGF, Jollibee Group Chief Business Officer Joseph Tanbuntiong highlighted in his acceptance speech during the Global Good Governance Awards the company’s goal to help shape various communities through sustainable business practices.
 

Every year, the 3G Awards program honors social responsibility, openness, and good governance. Numerous organizations and individuals from the corporate world, philanthropic and social sectors, and government and politics from several nations attended. The 3G Awards, which have been staged in various locations across the world for the past nine years, made their debut in Manila this year.

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URC ENDORSES THE AGAWAN FESTIVAL 2024


TARA NA SA SARIAYA!  Universal Robina Corporation (URC) Flour Division has partnered with the local government unit of Sariaya, Quezon for this year’s Agawan Festival. Aiming to make the festivities bigger and grander, URC will sponsor the “Pinagong” eating activity, “Agawan sa Bagakay,” and the Street Dancing Competition.  URC Flour Division Operations Director Dario Arive Jr. and Sariaya Quezon Mayor Marcelo Gayeta led the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing. Witnessing the signing were (L-R) Graziella Mae Pons, URC HR Officer and HR Business Partner; Gemma Tacata, URC Senior Manager and EHSS; Lanie Mendoza, Sariaya Municipal Treasurer and Public Market Administrator; Marivic Gayeta, Organizer – Agawan Festival 2024; and Renaliz Miguel, Representative of Sariaya Tourism Culture and the Arts Office (STCAO).

For a larger and greater celebration of this year’s Agawan Festival, Universal Robina Corporation, through its Flour Division, has teamed with the Sariaya, Quezon local government unit and the Sariaya Tourism Culture and the Arts Office (STCAO).

Every year on May 15, Sariaya, Quezon hosts the Agawan Festival, a harvest celebration honoring Saint Isidore the Laborer, the patron saint of agriculture and bountiful harvests. One of the four harvest festivals observed in the province of Quezon, the event is dubbed the “Happy Pandemonium.”

During the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Sariaya Mayor Marcelo Gayeta and his wife, Marivic Gayeta, who is currently heading the organizing committee of this year’s Agawan Festival, welcomed the sponsorship of URC Flour Division.

Masayang masaya ang bayan ng Sariaya dahil kasama namin ngayong taon ang Universal Robina Corporation Flour Division. Talagang masasabi naming sila ay kaagapay ng ating bayan sa pagpapaunlad dahil sa kanilang bagong bukas na planta na tiyak magbibigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan dito sa Sariaya” Mayor Gayeta shared.

The URC Flour Division is one of the top flour millers in the Philippines. With plants located in Manila, Sariaya, and Davao, the division has a combined milling capacity of 2,150 metric tons per day. The state-of-the-art flour mills and blending facilities allow the division to manufacture customized products that fit the specific needs of its customers.

URC’s sponsorship of the Agawan Festival 2024 is the company’s way of appreciating Sariaya’s support when the town welcomed the opening and operation of their flour mills and blending facilities located in Barangay Talaan, Aplaya Road in Sariaya, Quezon.

The company will sponsor some of the activities including: the “Pinagong” eating activity targeting 3,000 people; the “Agawan sa Bagakay” with special prizes to be won by participants; and the Street Dance contest where dancers will be using “upcycled” sacks as their costume. URC will be donating used flour sacks for the dancers to use in their presentation.

“We creatively developed the “Pinagong” eating activity. Since URC is a producer of quality and world-class flour, we will donate our products to our partner bakeries for them to produce 3,000 pieces of the town’s famous and delicious “Pinagong” breads. Aside from the procession and other fun activities, this unique eating event will be one of the highlights of this year’s Agawan Festival. Exciting is an understatement for this activity!” said Naida Ebora, Sales, Marketing and Distribution Director, URC Flour.

Marivic Gayeta, wife of Mayor Gayeta and lead organizer of this year’s Agawan Festival, is also thrilled with the collaboration. “Ikinalulugod ng bayan ng Sariaya na kami ay inisponsoran ng URC sa aming nalalapit na kapistahan. Sigurado kami na ang aming mga kababayang makikilahok sa pagdiriwang ng fiesta, pati na rin ang mga turista na dadayo at makikisali ay matutuwa sa mga programang aming hinanda kasama ng URC.”  

The annual Agawan Festival features a fiesta procession where people playfully snatch goodies and other produce hanging from the houses (or “pabitin”) as the parade winds its way down the streets. Colorful buntal hats are festooned all over the façade of houses. String beans are draped on windows like curtains, and banana leaves are used to adorn fences. The most traditional elements in the decorations are the bagakay, or young bamboo branches from which junk food, native delicacies such as the kiping, fruits, candies and money, are hung for people to collect as they pass by.

In 2024, the yearly celebrations will mark their 25th year. The town’s former parish priest, Rev. Fr., is recognized for creating the term “Agawan.” Raul Enriquez was an advocate for the town’s 1999 quadricentennial celebration and the previous head of the Sariaya Tourism Council.

To obtain all the information regarding the Agawan Festival in 2024, go to the Sariaya Tourism, Culture, and Arts Office’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61558511802745

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The Marilao Commissary of Mang Inasal has achieved zero waste to landfill status

The commissary has fulfilled one of the Waste Reduction focus areas of Jollibee Group’s global sustainability agenda


While all Jollibee Group-owned and brand commissaries are already engaged in their own waste reduction efforts, Mang Inasal Marilao commissary is the first site to reach a 100% Zero Waste to Landfill status in 2023. Their concerted waste reduction efforts include co-processing residual waste (as seen in the photo) as alternative fuel for cement production.

In keeping with its efforts to strengthen its sustainability practices, the Jollibee Group celebrates the strengthening of the implementation of its Corporate Supply Chain Sustainability Program, which spans 11 company-owned commissaries and one logistics center nationwide, marking a major milestone for one of its brands.

The comprehensive program aims to achieve significant goals and efforts related to waste reduction, water and energy efficiency, and alignment with the Jollibee Group’s Joy For Tomorrow sustainability plan.

Mang Inasal’s (MI) Marilao Commissary is pushing the trash reduction initiative farther; in 2023, it attained Zero trash to Landfill Status. The MI Marilao Commissary made use of co-processing residual waste as an alternative fuel for cement manufacture, recovering and repurposing scrap garbage, and turning organic waste into compost in order to accomplish this.

During the 2020 baseline year, MI Marilao Commissary has sustainably disposed of 53% of its total waste. With the leaders and the team’s dedication and teamwork, the site has gradually increased its sustainable disposal to 85% in 2021, 91% in 2022, and 97% at the start of 2023 before reaching 100% status by June of 2023.


Waste Reduction is one of the focus areas of the Jollibee Group’s global sustainability agenda whose goals include reducing food loss and waste to landfill in the manufacturing process.  
 

Sustainability achievements

Waste Reduction is one of the focus areas of the Jollibee Group’s global sustainability agenda whose goals include reducing food loss and waste to landfill in the manufacturing process. These goals were set to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), particularly “Responsible Consumption and Production” (Goal #12).  

Jose Miñana Jr., Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer at the Jollibee Group, underscored the company’s proactive approach to integrating sustainable waste management practices into operations. “We prioritize recovering, reusing, and recycling waste that contribute to the creation of a more sustainable food system, ensuring that we can continue to nourish and sustain our communities and our planet for future generations.”


During the 2020 baseline year, MI Marilao Commissary has sustainably disposed of 53% of its total waste. With the leaders and the team’s dedication and teamwork, the site has gradually increased its sustainable disposal to 85% in 2021, 91% in 2022, and 97% at the start of 2023 before reaching 100% status by June of 2023.
 

The production locations of the Jollibee Group across the nation achieved a combined 42.8% reduction in waste-generated ratio last year compared to the company’s 2020 baseline thanks to its ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices. Over 51% of its garbage was disposed of sustainably by the end of 2023, a notable rise from 39.7% in 2021.

“The results achieved by Mang Inasal’s Marilao Commissary will be our benchmark for waste reduction implementation across all Jollibee Group manufacturing sites in the country, consistent with our commitment to maximize use of resources and reduce our impact on the environment,” stressed Michael Ong, vice president and head of supply chain at Jollibee Group.

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com