Prioritizing employees and communities this pandemic


Perhaps one of the important lessons companies learned from the pandemic is that charity begins at home—that caring begins in the office.

With philanthropic deeds often focused on external stakeholders, organizations can equally engage in these meaningful endeavors with an inward approach to caring for their employees especially during these unprecedented times.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) which sets labor standards, develops policies, and devises programs promoting decent work for all women and men reported that “the world of work has been profoundly affected by the global virus pandemic” adding that the threat to public health, the economic and social disruption threatens the long-term livelihoods and wellbeing of millions.

Assessment results from ILO’s COVID-19 Labour Market Impact in the Philippines reveal that this “most severe” employment estimate is “equivalent to about 7.3 million unemployed individuals, a more than threefold increase from the 2.3 million unemployed in April 2019.”

This only tripartite United Nations agency of governments, employers, and workers of 187 member States during the 109th International Labor Conference has adopted a Global Call to action for a human-centered recovery from the COVID-19 crisis that is inclusive, sustainable, and resilient.

Powering infinite possibilities the EDC way

Interestingly some companies like the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) went beyond the extra mile and set up a workforce special interest development program while avoiding “cutting down on employee costs such merit increases and other benefits.”

In her article which told how her employer cares for her and her co-employees making work “generally never felt like a chore for me,” an EDC employee wrote that the said program nurtured employees’ non-work hobbies.

She also shared that the said Philippine-based renewable electricity company also declared its mission to lead a decarbonized and regenerative future for the community.

In a Harvard Business Review article “The Pandemic Is Changing Employee Benefits”, CEO Tim Allen wrote that companies have “recognized that employee benefits can be life-changing for their workforce, especially those centered around care, flexibility, and mental health.”

For many companies that have embraced the ever-changing work landscape, this can be fulfilled, for after being in her office for “18 blessed, grace-filled and joyful years,” the EDC employee cheers her team “here’s to more years of doing what we love.”

The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is a pioneer in generating 100% clean, renewable, and reliable power as an electricity supplier in the Philippines for over 40 years. With power plants all over Visayas and Mindanao, the company is one of the biggest producers of geothermal energy in Asia and is expanding its reach in the international market, allowing it to offer customers affordable energy rates. EDC also strives to provide the best customer service it can to all its clients by having helpful salespeople and easy to understand contracts. Because of all of this, it is poised to become the premier supplier of electricity for the Philippines’ Green Energy Option Program. EDC takes its mission as a renewable energy provider seriously and goes beyond sustainability by investing in programs that enhance the environment and empower its partner communities, thereby fostering regenerative development. The company has also been working toward being carbon-neutral by improving its energy efficiency, as well as implementing various greening projects to ensure that its mission to provide future generations with a better life remains intact.