2013 COP Report

To date, PRIMEX has completed over 250 projects, most of which adopted the10 principles of the UN Global Compact to protect human rights, uphold ethical labor conditions, preserve the environment, and combat corruption.

Human Rights. PRIMEX upholds human rights violations. In January 2013, it developed a Reference Guide on Legal and Human Rights for community health outreach workers (CHOWs) and peer educators (PEs) working among people who inject drugs (PWID), which was crafted to further understand and know the context and legal impediments and perspectives that revolve around HIV and AIDS and drug use.

PRIMEX also believes that gender equity and equality is an important dimension of the human rights approach to development. The empowerment of women and marginalized groups, such as indigenous peoples (IPs), has been a focus area in most of PRIMEX’s completed and ongoing projects. The analysis of the gender dimensions of projects and the subsequent formulation and implementation of gender action plans (GAPs) have been standard elements of PRIMEX’s work in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region in the last 25 years.

Bukidnon gender and climate change workshop

Women actively participated during the gender and climate change workshop in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines.

Two of PRIMEX’s recent engagements paid special attention to women’s needs. The first, TA 7716-PHI: Decentralized Framework for Sustainable Natural Resources and Rural Infrastructure Management in the Philippines, involved the design and implementation of a comprehensive capacity development program in sustainable watershed and rural infrastructure management for provincial and municipal/city governments and communities, including women and IPs, in the province of Bukidnon in central Mindanao.

The second, TA 7655-BAN: Urban Primary Health Care Sector Development Project, prepared the design of a health sector project that would provide a comprehensive essential services delivery package (ESD+) of services to poor women and children in urban areas, particularly in the slums, in all the city corporations and selected municipalities in Bangladesh.

From 2008-2009, a PRIMEX team implemented a small-scale technical assistance project funded under ADB RETA 6143: Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment aimed to develop information and communication strategies and services for sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention and control among Filipino women seafarers.

Labor. PRIMEX has been providing equal opportunity for all qualified persons and has not discriminated against any employee or applicant for employment because of religion, sex, age, disability, or any other protected status. PRIMEX has a very clear policy on child labor – it does everything possible to ensure that its products do not use child labor or is in any way remotely connected to any form of child labor. It abhors the exploitation of Filipino children in prostitution, pornography and sex tourism industries, as well as agriculture, domestic work, drug trafficking and child soldiering.

On the contrary, PRIMEX supports the education of the youth. It is currently implementing an ADB technical assistance project that supports the Government in piloting a youth job search assistance and employment project called MyFirstJob (MFJ) in public employment services offices (PESO) in four local government units (LGUs).

EnvironmentPRIMEX is fully committed to environmental sustainability. It has worked with multilateral organizations and government agencies in the conduct of environmental assessment and in the planning and implementation of environmental management, biodiversity conservation measures, and climate change adaptation initiatives. PRIMEX’s growing portfolio in climate change related work is expected to increase in the coming years.

Anti-Corruption. PRIMEX has never been convicted of an integrity-related offense or crime related to theft, corruption, fraud, collusion or coercion. It recognizes that doing business with integrity is the only right way of doing business. PRIMEX actively pursues ethics, compliance, and corporate responsibility training internally. It is currently working on putting systems and procedures on anti-corruption in place. It will be introduced to supplement its ISO Quality Management and is designed to ensure that each part of the Company applies appropriate steps to comply with the Company’s ethical standards and the law.