In a nutshell, human sustainability ensures an individual's access to basic needs. It includes efforts to preserve and improve the quality of human life—from health and nutrition to education and skills development.
These days, one of the biggest challenges we face is the COVID-19 pandemic. As human survival is at stake, we see a collective action from various organizations to quell its spread.
Take Ayala Land, for instance. To speed up identifying carriers of the virus, the company transformed part of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) headquarters into a testing facility. This center can process nearly 3,000 tests per day with a two-hour waiting time for batch results.
The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights the importance of water and sanitation during outbreaks. In acknowledgment, Manila Water deployed drinking water and hygiene kits to public hospitals, local government units, and university dormitories.
At present, Globe Telecom is rolling out programs to help employees, subscribers, and the community. Recognizing the people's need for unhampered access to information, the company immediately adjusted payment schemes so customers can stay connected. Currently, it is providing free public internet service and toll-free access to relevant government hotlines. Donation drives are also done to strengthen efforts to aid frontliners and various supporting foundations.
The advancement of human sustainability goes beyond conquering urgent health crises or natural calamities. Businesses can also join forces with other organizations to create a greater positive impact on human well-being. For example, the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation engages with WHO, government institutions, and top schools and universities to campaign for mental wellness. Its 24/7 toll-free HOPELINE is readily available for people seeking help and support.
Companies can also focus on a single, solvable problem to make a world of difference. A non-governmental organization (NGO), Smile Train, offers free comprehensive cleft care to children born with a cleft lip/palate. It taps corporate partnerships and celebrity endorsements to give these children new smiles and second chances at life.