Our programs aim to contribute to the sustainability of local economies and ecosystems in focus and priority areas in the Philippines.
Sustainable local economies refer to a network of viable social enterprises owned, managed and/or participated in principally by the enterprising poor (small farmers, fishers, agricultural workers, indigenous peoples, women, and other marginalized sectors) that are using local resources in consideration with the needs of future generations.
To support our goals and objectives, FSSI focuses on these strategies:
Supporting the establishment and strengthening of social enterprises
- We undertake project development, business development support and portfolio management to achieve this objective
Facilitating participation of communities in the development and growth of social enterprises
- We conduct and support social marketing, consumer education, and community education and training activities which lead to a deepened community ownership of enterprises
Contributing to the creation of a conducive environment for social enterprises
- We work with partners to conduct research, lobbying and stakeholder dialogues that would lead to policy reforms or changes in sustainable natural resource management practices
We are committed to our partners in the social enterprise and local economy development arena and we seek to be a Foundation that will have a significant impact to the improvement of the quality of life of every Filipino especially the marginalized sectors. We are particularly focused in supporting those whose investments or social enterprises are related to agricultural development.
We take into consideration three major priority agenda: commodities, social sector and eco-system. Commodities include food and derivatives, health and public utilities. We are biased towards small farmers, fishers, indigenous peoples, women and agricultural workers as the major sectors or beneficiaries of our programs. In protecting the eco-system, we support projects that are into forest conservation, coastal resource management and organic production.