Our Advocacy

We believe in the growing importance of multi-sector collaboration in tackling continuous global challenges. We will promote our advocacy by bringing together private, government and civil society to work in partnership to develop sustainable environmental solutions.

Reduction of pollution and preservation of the environment is our advocacy.

Activities

The maritime industry is now taking a concerted effort to reduce Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Sulfur Oxides (SOx) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions and pollution of seas by garbage. In these areas, RightNav will contribute through CO2 sequestration by growing trees and reducing marine litter by participating in coastal cleanup initiatives.
CO2 Sequestration Through Tree Growing

To enhance climate change mitigation, adaptation and harmonize all forest development activities, RightNav will participate as a qualified private sector for the establishment of new NGP plantation and maintenance of existing ones. This is in pursuant to the Philippines Executive Order No. 193 series of 2015 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, otherwise known as the "Expanding the Coverage of the National Greening Program".

 

RightNav Maritime finds tree growing as a very valuable contribution to address air pollution. Imagine a single tree can sequester 1 metric ton of CO2 by the time it reaches life of 40 years. This is also a reminder that trees provide oxygen, improve air quality, climate amelioration, conserve water, preserve soil, and support wildlife. Our target is to plant 10,000 trees in a span of 5 years and we will endeavor to grow them through the protection program with the assistance of DENR.

Marine Litter Reduction Through Coastal Clean-up

Eighty percent of plastic waste in the oceans came from land based sources. We will join the international fight for trash-free seas and oceans. This is our support to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships Annex V (MARPOL V) which is the Prevention of Pollution by Garbage.

Community Environmental Movement

Rightnav supports local communities in their greening and reforestation programs especially in the areas where we conduct business activities. Our office is in the neighbourhood of the national headquarters of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) positioning us for easier collaboration with their seedling production initiative. Every year, there is an always seedling production initiative intended for distribution to private land owners for them to start with or in a way of encouraging them to make their own plantation not only  for future harvesting purposes at the same time giving a help for environmental concerns.

As of 2019, about 18,055 total production of seedlings comprised with the species of Mahogany, Mangium, Narra, other dipterocarp species through wildlings collection, fruit bearing tree like Nangka and Guyabano, beach forest species namely Talisay, Bitaog and Bitanghol were also raised and the in demand seedling of clients/farmers which is the Falcata species.

Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges

What does it mean?

 

Introducing the precautionary approach, Principle 15 of the 1992 Rio Declaration states that “where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation”.

 

Precaution involves the systematic application of risk assessment, risk management and risk communication. When there is reasonable suspicion of harm, decision-makers need to apply precaution and consider the degree of uncertainty that appears from scientific evaluation.

 

Deciding on the "acceptable" level of risk involves not only scientific-technological evaluation and economic cost-benefit analysis, but also political considerations such as acceptability to the public. From a public policy view, precaution is applied as long as scientific information is incomplete or inconclusive and the associated risk is still considered too high to be imposed on society. The level of risk considered typically relates to standards of environment, health and safety.

 

Why should companies care?

 

The key to a precautionary approach, from a business perspective, is the idea of prevention rather than remediation. In other words, it is more cost-effective to take early action to ensure that environmental damage does not occur.

 

Companies should consider the following:

• While it is true that preventing environmental damage may entail additional implementation costs, environmental remediation often costs much more, for instance in the form of treatment costs, or in terms of company reputation. Investing in production methods that are not sustainable (i.e. methods that deplete resources and degrade the environment) has a lower, long-term return than investing in sustainable operations. In turn, improving environmental performance means less financial risk, an important consideration for insurers.

 

• Research and development related to more environmentally friendly products can have significant long-term benefits

 

What can companies do?

 

Companies can support a precautionary approach by communicating potential risks for the consumer and providing complete information on risks to the consumer and the public. Supporting the precautionary approach includes obtaining prior approval before certain products, deemed to be potentially hazardous, are placed on the market.

 

Steps that a company could take in the application of this approach include the following: Develop a code of conduct or practice for its operations and products that confirms commitment to care for health and the environment Develop a company guideline on the consistent application of the approach throughout the company Create a managerial committee or steering group that oversees the company application of precaution, in particular risk management in sensitive issue areas Establish two-way communication with stakeholders, in a pro-active, early stage and transparent manner, to ensure effective communication of information about uncertainties and potential risks and to deal with related enquiries and complaints. Use mechanisms such as multi-stakeholder meetings, workshop discussions, focus groups, public polls combined with use of website and printed media Support scientific research, including independent and public research, on related issues, and work with national and international institutions concerned Join industry-wide collaborative efforts to share knowledge and deal with the issue of precaution, in particular in regards to production processes and products around which high level of uncertainty, potential harm and sensitivity exist

Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility

What does it mean?

 

In Chapter 30 of Agenda 21, the 1992 Rio Earth Summit spelled out the role of business and industry in the sustainable development agenda as: "Business and industry should increase self-regulation, guided by appropriate codes, charters and initiatives integrated into all elements of business planning and decision-making, and fostering openness and dialogue with employees and the public."

The Rio Declaration says that business has the responsibility to ensure that activities within their own operations do not cause harm to the environment. Society expects business to be good actors in the community. Business gains its legitimacy through meeting the needs of society, and increasingly society is expressing a clear need for more environmentally sustainable practices.

 

Why should companies care?

 

Cleaner and more efficient processes mean increased resource productivity, which translates to needing fewer raw material inputs and lower costs. More environmentally responsible companies are also benefiting from tax incentives or permit programmes because they are more advanced than their peers. Additionally, employees and consumers are increasingly interested in doing business with responsible companies.

The challenge for companies is developing an environmentally responsible strategy that keeps them ahead of the pack, helping them maintain an advantageous position in the marketplace. Companies must truly innovate in terms of how they manage their relationship with the environment.

 

What can companies do?

Steps that the company could take to promote environmental responsibility would be the following:

  • Define company vision, policies and strategies to include sustainable development — economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity;
  • Develop sustainability targets and indicators (economic, environmental, social);
  • Establish a sustainable production and consumption programme with clear performance objectives to take the organisation beyond compliance in the long-term;
  • Work with product designers and suppliers to improve environmental performance and extend responsibility throughout the value chain;
  • Adopt voluntary charters, codes of conduct and practice internally as well as through sectoral and international initiatives to reach responsible environmental performance;
  • Measure, track and communicate progress on incorporating sustainability principles into business practices, including reporting against global operating standards. Assess results and apply strategies for continued improvement; and
  • Ensure transparency and unbiased dialogue with stakeholders.

In doing the above, the existence of appropriate management systems is crucial in helping the company to meet the organizational challenge.

 

Key mechanisms or tools for a company to use include:

 

  • Assessment or audit tools (such as environmental impact assessment, environmental risk assessment, technology assessment, life cycle assessment);
  • Management tools (such as environmental management systems and eco-design); and
  • Communication and reporting tools (such as corporate environmental footprinting and sustainability reporting).
Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

What does it mean?

Environmentally sound technologies, as defined in Agenda 21 of the Rio Declaration, should protect the environment, are less polluting, use all resources in a more sustainable manner, recycle more of their wastes and products and handle residual wastes in a more acceptable manner than the technologies for which they were substitutes. They include a variety of cleaner production processes and pollution prevention technologies as well as end-of-pipe and monitoring technologies. Moreover, they include know-how, procedures, goods and services and equipment as well as organizational and managerial procedures. Where production processes that do not use resources efficiently generate residues and discharge wastes, environmentally sound technologies can be applied to reduce day-to-day operating inefficiencies, emissions of environmental contaminants, worker exposure to hazardous materials and risks of environmental
disasters.

 

Why should companies care?

 

The key benefits of environmentally friendly technologies include:

  • Implementing environmentally friendly technologies helps a company reduce the use of raw materials leading to increased efficiency;
  • Technology innovation creates new business opportunities and helps increase the overall competitiveness of the company; and
  • Technologies that use materials more efficiently and cleanly can be applied to most companies with long-term economic and environmental benefits.

 

What can companies do?

 

At the basic factory site or unit level, improving technology may be achieved by:

  • changing the process or manufacturing technique;
  • changing input materials;·
  • making changes to the product design or components; and
  • reusing materials on site.

Strategic level approaches to improving technology include:

  • Establishing a corporate or individual company policy on the use of environmentally sound technologies
  • Making information available to stakeholders that illustrates the environmental performance and benefits of using such technologies
  • Refocusing research and development towards ‘design for sustainability’
  • Use of life cycle assessment (LCA) in the development of new technologies and products
  • Employing Environmental Technology Assessments (EnTA)
  • Examining investment criteria and the sourcing policy for suppliers and contractors to ensure that tenders stipulate minimum environmental criteria
  • Co-operating with industry partners to ensure that ‘best available technology’ is available to other organizations