Going green in business

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Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

I participated in an International Labour Organization’s (ILO) technical workshop for employers on Green Jobs and Just Transition this week. This is one of the many finished, on-going, about to be done and planned projects of the United Nations through the ILO. This is a tripartite series of activities for representatives from employers (represented by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines or ECOP), labor and relevant government agencies.

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An on-going project between ECOP and ILO is the In-Business, a business and leadership development program for micro, small and medium enterprises.

The Philippines is one of the three pilot countries, along with Ghana and Uruguay, for the application of the policy guidelines on “Just Transition towards Environmentally Sustainable Economics and Societies.”

This pilot application will be implemented from this month to the end of 2017. Its objectives are:
Support countries striving to create employment, ensure social well-being and protect natural resources; and,
Build a tested intervention model and best practice as examples for other countries wishing to follow the just transition guidelines and adopt green jobs strategies that enhance economic and social inclusion while addressing climate change and implementing low-emission development strategies.

Social dialogue will build the basis for the identification of national priorities and the elaboration of national just transition strategies and policies.

The application in the Philippines will take a two-track, capacity building approach. This will provide support to the implementation of the recently passed Philippine Green Jobs Act or Republic Act 10771. It is expected to enable the government as well as employers, workers’ organizations and other stakeholders, to leverage the process of structural change towards a sustainable, low carbon, climate-resilient economy to create decent jobs on a significant scale. This is in view of our national goals as well as international commitments such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Philippines’ Nationally Determined Contribution to addressing climate change aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to about 70 percent by 2030.

Track 1 will focus on supporting the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable enterprises to prosper and create decent work opportunities. The project will carry out ex ante assessments of the employment and socio-economic impacts of environmental policies to inform policy choices at macro and sectoral level with special focus on energy, transport, construction, waste management, tourism, and agriculture and fisheries sectors.

This will also include establishing a national definition and measurement criteria for green jobs; updating a database of green careers, occupations and skills as well as business enterprises that generate green jobs; developing a national green jobs human resource development plan that will cover programs pertaining to basic, higher and technical-vocational education and training; database that identifies and links green opportunities with private and public entities, information on knowledge and skills requirements of a green economy; assessing labor implications of the Philippines Nationally Determined Contribution, capacity building and advocacy.

Track 2 will focus on supporting demonstration projects that can show integrated and effective measures at the industry, enterprise and local levels where social partners, national and local authorities and other stakeholders will play key roles for green jobs creation.

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