A 27-year-old sustainability leader in the Philippines is among the 2019 class of GreenBiz “30 under 30” honorees.
Janely Abigail Bonita, group sustainability leader in Fort Bonifacio-based Transnational Diversified Group, joined 29 other “twentysomethings” who are sustainability leaders in their companies, non-profit organizations and communities as acknowledged by media and events company GreenBiz Group.
Bonita, who is also known as Little Miss Sustainability, is the first Filipino and only Asian recognized in the global list which was drawn based on a global search for emerging leaders across sectors who are shaping the next generation of sustainable business.
Bonita studied Environmental Planning and Management, Major in Corporate Environmental Management at Miriam College after witnessing the impact of typhoon Ondoy in Manila in 2009.
She was an intern at Haribon Foundation before working as a researcher at the Foundation for the Philippine Environment.
Prior to TDG, she worked for SusDev Global Limited, Manila Water and Union Bank of the Philippines.
At Union Bank, she led the development and implementation of the bank’s sustainability plans and initiatives, including the certification of identified branches to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED standards.
At TDG, she focuses on finding innovative ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions of TDG’s logistics and shipping management, its two biggest areas of operation.
The 30 honorees were nominated by GreenBiz readers around the world and selected by the GreenBiz editorial team from among hundreds of submissions.
“The 2019 class of 30 Under 30 represents a rich diversity of genders, ethnic backgrounds, industries, and professional roles across the private and public sector. Their perspectives are creative and their approaches offer lessons for sustainability professionals at any stage of their career,” said GreenBiz Group editorial director Heather Clancy.
“It’s inspiring to consider what they have already achieved during the first decade of their careers, and we’re eager to see what they accomplish next,” Clancy said.
Seven members of this year’s cohort work within some of the world’s largest companies, including Ernst & Young, Goodyear, Microsoft, Rabobank, Sainsbury’s, TPG Capital and Unilever. Others are making waves in the business world from other perches, including government, startups and advocacy groups.
This year’s roster ranges from managers and directors to founders and CEOs — despite the differences in their industries and sectors, these young leaders are driving the change our world needs.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development and BSR both helped cast a global net for this year’s candidates.
The 30 individuals being honored come from 10 countries — from Oakland, California to Taguig, Philippines and Nashik, India. They work for multinational corporations, innovative startups, social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and academia.
“These young men and women are helping to redefine sustainability, befitting a generation which is demanding that the companies they work for have a larger purpose, and the products they buy be more sustainable,” said Aron Cramer, chief executive of BSR.
“We can feel confident that, as they ascend into positions of increasing influence, the future of sustainable business is bright,” Cramer said.
“We need their courage and leadership to look at sustainability and its challenges in a different way,” said Peter Bakker, president and chief executive of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
“Business as usual is no longer an option, and to achieve our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, we need to transform our current economic systems so that more sustainable businesses are the most successful. And the next-gen leadership will add impetus and play a critical role in ensuring this transition happens,” he said.
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