Jonas is a scientist first and his love for Chemistry stemmed because of the many explanations that Chemistry can provide, particularly in the field he has cemented himself in.

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There’s a balance you have to achieve for you to become business sustainable

Starting in Sustainability

Jonas and Bernadine Dumdum, an engineer and accountant respectively, had no idea that they would raise someone who would dedicate his life to learning and understanding the inner and outer workings of climate and the environment. It would become a mystery to them that their own son, Jonas Marie, would grow up to be a Chemist and a well-known professional in the field of sustainability.

Jonas is a Chemistry graduate from the University of the Philippines – Los Banos. He passed his Chemistry Licensure Exams in 2015. Afterwards, he took a Masters course for Renewable Energy and Resource Management at the University of Southwales in the United Kingdom. He is currently the Associate Consultant for Sustainability at the Gaia Corporate Sustainability Services Inc. (GCSS), and one of the co-founders of the Sustainarumble Podcast. Jonas has been helping other advocacies in his spare time, such as being the resident scientist for Salin PH, while also mentoring Sidhi, an advocacy directed toward high school students.

There’s a lot on his plate and in an interview with OffCrowd through the official Discord server, he simply laughs at the realization. Jonas found himself in the industry of sustainable development after being thrust into the experiential surroundings of the UP Campus.

“If you’re a Chemist or Chemistry graduate from UPLB, you are very much aware of things related to the environment,” he began. “I mean, the impacts of what you do in a small town can really be felt in terms of the environment, especially in a place like Los Banos.”

Jonas is a scientist first and his love for Chemistry stemmed because of the many explanations that Chemistry can provide, particularly in the field he has cemented himself in.

“I was fascinated by Chemistry—not Biology, I hated Biology, not Physics—but Chemistry was something that looked very, very appealing to me because from Chemistry, you can branch out to other things,” Jonas explained. 

“You can explain biological phenomenons, you could help explain physics concepts, you could even explain laws based on Chemistry because some of our environmental and climate change laws are really just based on Chemistry principles. It’s a very wide and open field that you can just go everywhere.”

During his Masters course in the UK, Jonas was not only taught about environmental impacts, but also how they affect companies dealing with water, waste, and energy. After graduating, he went back to the Philippines to begin his career in helping other companies understand information that can lead them to create better impacts.

Jonas was a sustainability analyst at ADEC Innovations, where he began ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Reporting. ESG reporting, according to Jonas, is “based on the idea that for the world to become sustainable, you have to think about three things, the 3Ps: the People, the Panet, and the Profit.”

“People first, then Planet, then Profit. These three things are what we call the Triple Bottom Line for business or corporate sustainability. If we don’t have the people, you can’t do the other two. If you just focus on one, you’re going to lose the other two. There’s a balance you have to achieve for you to become business sustainable,” he continued.

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Jonas Marie Dumdum – Photo grabbed from Facebook

Pera sa Basura

Jonas has truly been everywhere, from corporate work to advocacy-centric startups and organizations, “I have picked up lessons from both corporate and non-corporate work entities, and I do my best to share that to people, be it in my work-work, my day job, or any of my advocacies.”

Jonas has truly been everywhere, from corporate work to advocacy-centric startups and organizations, “I have picked up lessons from both corporate and non-corporate work entities, and I do my best to share that to people, be it in my work-work, my day job, or any of my advocacies.”

Pre-Covid, when it was safe to go out, Jonas had a routine. He’d wake up as early as 6:30 in the morning, prepare coffee, and get on his electric scooter to get to work. He would start the day checking in on clients and typing emails. 

Now, however, the routine is slightly changed. By creating his own workspace in his home, he’s able to create a distinction between his rest-space and work-space. In his new routine, he now picks up morning memes and comics to start off his day along with a good cup of coffee — his work starts as he begins reading articles and picking up the latest research.

Jonas’ favorite Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are SDG 13 – Climate Action and SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy. These are the goals he’s been trying to achieve with the work he does and what he wants to influence others to strive towards—by first and foremost, becoming resourceful. 

“To practice ways to produce less waste is something that I really look forward to. If you do produce a lot of waste, to be resourceful in dealing with that waste and make it reusable, as much as possible, to contribute to a better environment,” he said. “The concept of ‘may pera sa basura’ is really [about a] circular economy in a way.”

“It just branches from there. To be more responsible for what you’re doing is the most efficient way for a person to contribute less emissions and be helpful to the environment,” he added enthusiastically.

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Jonas Marie Dumdum mentoring – Photo grabbed from Facebook

The End Goal

However, there is no end-all goal. 

To Jonas, this is the goal. He sees this as a continuing advocacy and a long-term effort not only to contribute to the environment, but also to help people contribute to create positive impacts. 

In 10 years, and even more, he sees himself continuing the same thing, by creating an impact, but most importantly, to encourage others to do the same to reach the ultimate solution. For him, it’s fulfilling being a part of something bigger than himself and finding others to contribute to the same thing. This is the field he’s dedicated his life to, after all.

At the totality of it all, achieving sustainability isn’t a singular problem. It’s a goal that involves everyone’s participation and active effort to contribute. Jonas reminds others that it’s about taking responsibility, being resourceful, and being selfless.

“For us to be able to sustain something, you’re not supposed to take everything away. You’re supposed to be responsible enough in getting enough resources for you to efficiently do whatever needs to be done, while being mindful that there are generations that will follow,” he instructed.

“If you’re going to be selfish, then there won’t be anything left. Kawawa tayong lahat (We’d all be pitiful).”

You can reach Jonas on his Facebook page or through LinkedIn

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