Aquabest and its mother company GQWEST Inc would like to join the world in observing the CSR Awareness Month.
Aquabest has long realized the importance of being socially responsible and has long practiced CSR before the practice became popular. “Our goal is not just to give back to the community anyone can do that, what we want is to give back more than what we take in a manner that benefits the environment as well as the people” says Carson Tan CEO of GQWEST Inc. As such the company has worked to integrate their CSR efforts into its day to day operations. That is why the company has initiated its Green Mindset Program.
The campaign was launched with the grand vision of eventually giving back more than it takes. From its beginnings as a tree planting program the company decided to expand it to make greater contributions to the betterment of society. “We started the program after seeing the impact of environmental degradation, which affects our business by diminishing the water supplies our stores, relies on, “says Tan.
A key component of the program is to make company operations carbon neutral and reengineer them so all its activities contribute to the program. This will make the program not only sustainable
Another is the combostore concept that maximizes water usage by integrating a Laundromat with the water store utilizing the 60 percent of a stations water input normally discarded as part of the water filtration process. They also use environmentally friendly detergents eliminating any pollutants as well as technology to use less detergent.
“The combostore, is part of our efforts to show that eco friendliness and business can coexist. You don’t have to choose between profit and being environmentally conscious, with innovation you can integrate them,” says Tan.
Complementing the resource efficiency measures it practices is the recycling program it instituted for its plastic bottles. The company also plans to reduce their energy consumption, by utilizing solar panels to provide part of their stores power needs.
Finally, the company plans to upgrade their participation with the Haribon Foundation’s tree planting efforts. The company plans to employ local residents in the tree-planting site to take care of the tree planted. Hiring the locals will provide them livelihood while at the same time increasing the survival rates of the plants.
The company believes that it can serve as an example for other companies to follow in setting up their respective CSR programs. It hopes that the success of the Green Mindset Program will show other companies that being profitable and being ecofriendly can go hand in hand.