Spirituality and Business Sustainability

MARGARET AREVALO EUSEBIO

Abstract

There has been a steady decline in coffee production and general
farming activity in Amadeo, Cavite—farmers lament that their soil is acidic,
causing a significant drop in coffee yields, while conversion of farmlands
to housing and commercial establishments is on the rise. Viewing these
recent changes in light of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato si’, it is clear
that the sustainability of local farms and their ecology is under threat, and
that a Christian viewpoint would yield a deeper understanding and solution
to this emerging problem. For this study, therefore, data on the spirituality
of farm owners in Amadeo, Cavite was collected and analyzed to determine
the relationship between their spirituality and the sustainability of their
farms. Spirituality was defined using a composite of personal spirituality,
social responsibility, and stewardship, while sustainability consisted of three
components: sustainability of family needs, plans to sell, and plans to convert
to non-agricultural land. Results showed that personal spirituality was
positively associated with farms sustaining family needs; stewardship and
social responsibility practices, on the other hand, produced mixed results.


Keywords

coffee farms; Amadeo, Cavite; intrinsic/extrinsic religious orientation; personal spirituality; sustainability; social responsibility; stewardship

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13185/2889