The 2013 Annual Report of Jollibee Group Foundation is now available. The report summarizes the milestones and activities of the Foundation for its three major programs: The Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program, the Farmer Entrepreneurship Program (FEP) and the Jollibee Group FoodAID for Typhoon Yolanda. With this report, we thank all our partners, donors, volunteers and supporters who have put their trust and confidence in the Foundation, to help create better lives for all.
Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) President Grace Tan Caktiong (in photo) was invited to be a guest speaker at the recently concluded Harvard Asia Business Conference, “Moving Up the Value Chain” in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The event was organized by the different societies of the Harvard Business School: Law School, Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Design. Ms. Tan Caktiong participated in the forum with theme “Creating Shared Value in Southeast Asia” wherein she shared how JGF’s Farmer Entrepreneurship Program (FEP) is helping to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in the Philippines by providing them access to agri-technology, microfinance and direct linkage to the supply chain of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) and other institutional markets. FEP is implemented by JGF with partners since 2008.
Obtaining a college degree is a dream that is realized only by a few. Data from the Department of Education shows that for every 100 students who enrol in Grade 1, only 14 will eventually graduate with a college degree. Among those who graduate, getting the right employment is still another hurdle. This is why Jollibee Foundation conceived of Project ACE (Improving Access, Curriculum, and Employability in Hotel and Restaurant Management Education), which combines scholarship support and in-store training in JFC stores for financially disadvantaged high school graduates.
Last May 30, the dream of a college degree became a reality for the first batch of Project ACE scholars. Jollibee Foundation held a simple graduation celebration for the thirty-nine (39) scholars and the program partners who helped them reach their goal. Present at the celebration were the Human Resources (HR) team of different SBUs, the JFC training stores, as well as the partner academic institutions who guided the scholars through college.
Jollibee Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong delivered the keynote speech, encouraging the scholars to strive even higher after graduation. She said, “No matter what kind of work you have landed on, it is what you have for that given time and space. Always give your very best with a heart of gratitude because there are many others who can’t find a job and would do anything to be in your place… I strongly believe that if we live with a heart of gratitude, everything just follows.”
For the first two years of their college life, the scholars underwent intensive practicum at Jollibee stores, where they learned discipline and adherence to standards and corporate values that could lead to excellent performance.From third to fourth year, the scholars gained new knowledge and a broader exposure to the food service industry as they went through in-store training at either Chowking, Greenwich or Red Ribbon stores.
The hard work and training has paid off. Armed with a college degree, the ACE scholars are now ready to join the workforce and become active members of society. In fact, twenty-one (21) ACE scholars have been hired as Management Trainees by various JFC brands.
Employee volunteers of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) enthusiastically joined the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela 2012. JFC business units (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Jollibee Worldwide Services and Zenith Foods Corporation) conducted Brigada Eskwela activities in different public schools in in Quezon City, Pasay, Muntinlupa, Caloocan, Laguna, Pampanga and Cebu last May 24 to May 31.
More than 500 JFC employee volunteers donated and lent their helping hands to wash and paint walls, tables and chairs; clean classrooms, blackboards, windows and hallways. Some volunteers also helped in refurbishing school facilities. JFC business units also donated paints, cleaning materials and school equipment like ceiling fans to their beneficiary schools.
Brigada Eskwela mobilizes parents, teachers, students, corporations, local government units and non-government organizations in repairing and beautifying public schools in time for the opening of classes this June.
In photo: Mr. Wency Gomez visits Jollibee Foundation’s exhibit booth during the ME Naman! Convention.
Jollibee Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), participated in the recently concluded “ME Naman! Pinoy MicroEntrepreneurs’ Convention.”
As part of its thrust to assist small farmers, Jollibee Foundation supports PinoyME’s endeavors to help Filipino Microentrepreneurs understand how their small businesses can aid them in uplifting their lives and eventually be a vital instrument to fight poverty in our country. These businesses can inspire other Filipinos to engage in micro enterprise as well.
Mr. Wency Gomez is a farmer from San Jose Nueva Ecija who is part of theFarmer Entrepreneurship Program of the Jollibee Foundation.“Madami akong natutunan sa convention na ito katulad ng paano ang tamang pagpapaunlad at pagdedevelop sa maliliit na negosyo katulad ng farming. (I learned so many things in this convention like how to properly cultivate and develop a small business like farming),” said Mr. Gomez about attending the ME Naman! Convention.