Andrew Tan firms commit to safeguard environment

Conglomerate Alliance Global Group Inc. of tycoon Andrew Tan has committed to be carbon neutral and generate at least 5 million direct and indirect jobs by 2030, as part of its contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

AGI said in a statement Friday units Megaworld Corp., Emperador Inc., Travellers International Hotel Group, Golden Arches Development Corp. and Infracorp Development, started to roll out several programs and activities to support the goals.

“We must start to become more conscious and responsible for the long-term social, economic, and environmental impact of our businesses. As a responsible corporate citizen, our decisions should no longer just be driven by what is good and profitable, but by what is right,” said Kevin Tan, chief executive officer, AGI, during a recent sustainability summit hosted by the conglomerate at Hilton Manila.

AGI employs over 80,000 people in several businesses across the country.

Property developer Megaworld has committed to continue creating sustainable townships and communities that use renewable energy and promote ‘plastic neutrality.’ It also vowed to create around three million direct and indirect jobs in various developments across the country within 10 years.

Liquor unit Emperador, with its vineyard properties across Spain and state-of-the-art distilleries in Scotland, committed to continue utilizing technologies that save water and reduce emission.

These include the use of renewable energy, especially biomass and solar, for their vineyards and distilleries in Spain, Mexico and the Philippines, and water conservation methods for irrigation of vineyards in Spain and Mexico. The company maintains vineyards and forest lands in Spain totaling around 1,500 hectares.

On job generation, Emperador’s global businesses plan to create opportunities in its businesses in the Philippines, Europe and South America, and even support local farmers.

Gaming unit Travellers International is embarking on projects that use renewable energy such as solar and employ more local hires in its casino and hotel operations.

Topics: Alliance Global Group Inc. , Andrew Tan , United Nations Sustainable Development Goals , carbon neutral
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