PRIMEX projects continue to demonstrate its adherence to the principles of the Global Compact by instituting core values either in the design and implementation of development projects it has won from various multilateral financial institutions or through its in-house staff activities.
As one of the firm’s core areas of expertise, environmental management remains PRIMEX’s area of operation where Global Compact principles are mostly reflected.
For example, the Sustainable Natural Resources and Rural Infrastructure Management Project, which the company is implementing for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Bukidnon, Southern Philippines promotes greater environmental responsibility and accountability among local government units (LGUs) in the area.
It also ensures that human rights of indigenous peoples in the area are rightly protected in the process of pursuing capacity development for LGUs and similar stakeholders.
Its growing involvement in protecting the marine environment has created a momentum of awareness among the international community after it led the implementation of an ADB project on Regional Cooperation on Knowledge Management, Policy, and Institutional Support to the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI).
PRIMEX also established a non-profit organization which hosts many of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects—the PRIMEX Center for Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD).
The recently-concluded Enhancement of Food Security in the Visayas (EFOZ) project for the German development agency GIZ (formerly GTZ) reflected the firm’s promotion of the principles of human rights specifically indigenous peoples (IP) rights, environment, and governance. The project aimed to sustainably increase food security and agricultural, fisheries and forestry productivity in the target region and beyond through:
- cash-for-work measures for social rural infrastructure projects to directly inject cash into poor rural households and to stimulate local economies;
- assistance to projects aiming at directly increasing agricultural, fisheries, and forestry production and productivity; and
- promotion of crop insurance schemes. The parametric crop insurance targets at least 5,000 farm households in Leyte.
The project promoted a sense of volunteerism of members of the community, developed new skills for farmer- organizations, such as on construction (rip-rapping and hollow block making), set up a revolving fund for the farmers as initiated by the LGU, promoted a new technology in using hybrid/certified rice, organic fertilizer, raised the appreciation of farmers on the value of crop insurance, and increased environmental awareness on children/family.
In the health sector, PRIMEX’s projects have focused on the prevention of spread of HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases, particularly avian and pandemic influenza, and environmental health in a prospective copper-gold mining project in Mindanao.
PRIMEX’s support to Global Compact environmental Principles 8 and 9 stood out in the firm’s involvement in Transport Corridor Project in Kazakhstan, where resettlement concerns were addressed in order to protect the rights of the communities who will be displaced as a result of the infrastructure project.