The global clamor for climate and environment leadership has spurred many industries to observe green-worthy practices and adapt sustainable design standards that are at par with international benchmarks.
Top boutique BPO firm Teledirect Telecommerce is rewriting the rules of its own operations as it acknowledges the key role of a healthy environment in meeting many of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The company is noteworthy for its “Biophilia” workspaces, whose purpose is to nurture employees’ wellbeing by allowing them to have a daily commune with lush greeneries and open spaces.
But the work doesn’t stop with a green office design. What better way to reap the long-term benefits of green living than to encourage a perspective shift among employees – one that prioritizes sustainable options regardless of whether they’re inside or outside of the company.
Through its social responsibility arm, TDPHeart, Teledirect Philippines has launched the “I am Greensponsible” credo that aims to support mindful disposal, consumption, and other contributions to preserve the Earth’s resources. Here are seven simple, yet interesting efforts:
No Food Wasted
The Food and Agriculture Organization reported in 2019 that food losses and wastes amount to $310 billion in developing countries. Teledirect Philippines assures that no food is wasted in its storage. Perishable items such as canned goods, cup noodles, among others, are turned over to TDPHeart for donation to charitable institutions two months before its best before date.
Reduce Single Use
According to Plastic Oceans International, a non-profit organization based in California, eight million plastics are dumped into our oceans every year. The BPO company’s employees are provided with tumblers and steel straws in the office – a simple yet responsible solution to reduce plastic use on a daily basis.
Offsetting Carbon Footprint due to Air Travel
The management commits itself to plant a tree to offset carbon footprint from each employees’ official air travel. Distance of every travel is carefully accounted for and is converted into trees using a unique converter.
Who says you can never help out and volunteer while working? Teledirect Philippines partners with Greenpeace Philippines and Change.Org by gathering support on environmental causes such as reduction of plastic consumption, preservation of local forests, among others. In this way, its people are easily connected to valuable initiatives and are made aware of prevalent issues that need collaborative action.
Living the Green
On a bi-weekly basis, the company provides new bite-sized eco-learning materials on the office TV screens. Awareness has always been a great tool to involve and encourage people to do their part and be Greensponsible on the most doable ways they can.
GreenBins are properly labeled into three, namely biodegradable, recyclable and residual. The lush environment inside the office can only be maintained with proper waste disposal that spurs reuse and recycling of wastes.
TDPHeroes for Tree Planting
TDPHeart’s volunteers, called TDPHeroes, do their share in offsetting carbon emissions through tree-planting activities. Last July 2019, TDPHeroes went to Marikina City to plant trees near the Marikina River.
TDPHeart mobilizes Teledirect Philippines’ vision to move beyond making a positive difference in the lives inside the company towards planting seeds and nurturing connections for the future development of communities through education, environmental, and enterprise development.