Hijo Resources Corporation: Integrating Sustainability into Day-to-Day Operations
Hijo Resources Corporation (Hijo) was a conglomerate based in Tagum, Davao del Norte, Philippines. Hijo began as an abaca plantation in the 1940s and ventured into the cultivation and exportation of Cavendish bananas in 1968. Alongside its agribusiness operations, Hijo had diversified into a conglomerate with business interests spanning a broad range of sectors. However, Hijo was no longer able to operate its business as usual due to changing economic, environmental, and societal challenges. The company's current initiatives were fragmented and existed in silos within each strategic business unit (SBU). In April 2018, Hijo's president and chief executive officer needed to determine how to holistically integrate sustainability practices into the company's value chain, cutting across different issues and encouraging collaboration across Hijo's different SBUs.