All businesses have a vision, and it has always been part of corporate mission to give back to the community.
But, there are also ventures that make social responsibility their whole heart and soul, known as “social enterprises”.
The BC Centre for Social Enterprise says that aside from earning revenue, these businesses have the main goal “to achieve social, cultural, community economic and/or environmental outcomes”.
We also have a lot of these in the Philippines from a big range of different advocacies, most of which are involved in celebrating the rich culture and produce our country has to offer.
In this time and age of social awareness, more and more Filipino social enterprises are now making name in the industry, continuously championing goods “with a heart” for the nation.
Human Nature is the brainchild of Anna Meloto-Wilk and her husband Dylan, a team her sister Camille later joined. Launched in 2008, the enterprise makes use of raw ingredients grown in the Philippines, purchased at fair prices from community farmers.
Also a member of the Natural Products Association, they carefully formulate their goods by making sure that the ingredients are not detrimental to the environment. Their brand has also been certified by PETA Asia Pacific as “Cruelty Free”.
Truly, this social enterprise lives by its “Pro Philippines, Pro Poor, Pro Environment” identity.
The brand is known for their natural cleaning products which simply do their magic for the job without the extra fluff — all at affordable costs.
Founded by Krie Lopez, Messy Bessy supports at-risk young adults through scholarships and trainings, as well as job opportunities. According to their site, their beneficiaries shoulder their tuition fees through work at the company.
Their advocacy soon paved the way for HOUSE Foundation, with the goal of enabling “other businesses to do the same”.
Literally meaning “Hyacinth & Lily”, the brand is a social enterprise that makes beautiful leather goods and accessories from a material considered as a common nuisance — the water hyacinth.
Its founders, Anne Mariposa-Yee, Noreen Bautista, Patricia Lalisan, Ryan Pelongco, and Charm Cruz, encountered the plant back in 2009 when they were students in Ateneo, seeking an opportunity to highlight Philippine indigenous materials.
Through their products, the business has been able to provide livelihood opportunities for communities, and contribute to the wellbeing of the environment by making use of the “pest” that populate in bodies of water.
Bayani Brew began when a group of volunteers received brewed herbal drinks from residents of a Gawad Kalinga community, recipes that came from their elders and have helped them against diseases.
This gave birth to the idea of Bayani Brew “farm fresh tea”. The enterprise sources their organic and purely local ingredients from their partner community farms, including the GK Enchanted Farm.
Their current variants are Lemongrass Pandan, Sweet Potato Leaf, and Moringa Dalandan
In efforts to sustain a local and cultural art form, AKABA spotlights the beauty of indigenous loom weaving though crafted bags and accessories.
Established in 2014, the business has been supporting weaving communities in provinces, including Isabela, Oriental Mindoro, and Sulu, and has also initiated a livelihood program in a GK village in Ilocos Norte.