GLOBE RELEASES REVISED ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY POLICY, EMBRACING CIRCULARITY AND COMMITTING TO PHILIPPINES’ EPR ACT
Globe, a leading telecommunications company in the Philippines, has unveiled its updated Environmental Sustainability Policy, reinforcing its dedication to circularity. The new policy emphasizes the company’s commitment to fostering mindful consumption, sustainable production, carbon reduction, resource efficiency, and comprehensive waste management strategies.
Aligned with the Philippines’ Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2022, Globe is taking proactive steps to recover and responsibly manage plastic waste. The Act mandates large companies to recover 20% of the plastic they release into the market in 2022, with a target recovery rate of 80% by 2028.
Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer at Globe Group, stated, “Globe stands at the forefront of adopting sustainable practices in our operations. We are taking this a notch higher with an enhanced environmental policy on circularity, aligning our processes and products with the call for more responsible consumption.”
Crisanto added, “Our circularity initiatives will include our ecosystem of brands to help habituate our customers to sustainable practices. This has the potential to further grow sustainability practices among Globe users, making it part of their daily lives.”
Key initiatives outlined in the policy include:
- Eco-SIM Deployment: Introduction of the Eco-SIM, made from 100% recycled materials, for new postpaid accounts in 2022.
- Stone Paper Tarpaulins: Replacement of nearly five million traditional tarpaulins with more environmentally friendly stone paper.
- Innovative Packaging: Launch of a new packaging design for Globe’s GFiber Prepaid WiFi product line, with a focus on recyclable and upcyclable materials, designed to be repurposed into a laptop stand to extend its lifespan.
Additionally, Globe has implemented measures to reduce plastic and paper waste, such as the “Wag sa Single-Use Plastic” (WasSUP) program, standardizing cashless transactions using GCash, and introducing e-business cards for employees.
The company has also contributed to the GSMA’s Strategy Paper on Circular Economy for Mobile Devices. Through its E-Waste Zero Program, Globe collected and recycled over 191,000 kilograms of electronic waste in 2022, reaching a total of over 1.8 million kilograms since 2014. A recent partnership with CompAsia allows old employee service units to be remarketed rather than discarded.
Recognizing the importance of collective action, Globe launched Camp Kalikasan, an online learning platform in collaboration with WWF-Philippines. This platform offers interactive exercises and learning modules focusing on responsible environmental practices, covering topics like waste management, energy efficiency, climate change, and biodiversity.
Crisanto emphasized, “Our approach to climate action is all about collaboration. More than digital solutions, we give our customers and other stakeholders the tools and knowledge to continue practicing sustainability.”
Globe urges everyone to actively engage in mindful consumption and sustainable production practices. To support these efforts, the company encourages participation in Camp Kalikasan and invites the public to take the Waste Management Module to learn more about plastic and proper waste management. Additionally, Globe encourages individuals to donate old mobile phones and broadband devices through the E-Waste Zero Program.