Sustainability Reporting in the Philippines (Updates)


Coinciding with the revival of the Rio 2012 talks, corporate entities in the Philippines have upped the ante when it comes to reporting their non-financial performance, better known as sustainability report. A week ago, the 2012 CSR expo in Manila delivered yet another remarkable turnout which saw more and more companies demonstrating marked improvements in implementing corporate responsibility programs. In my next blog article, I will write about the thought leaders — companies that have paved the way in corporate reporting — and how their recently released sustainability reports are growing in breadth and scope. From well-thought titles to assurance statements, Philippine business are stirring amid stakeholder clamor for sincere and consistent reporting.

Here are links to some of the sustainability reports worthy of your scrutiny. While some have shown maturity (getting it right) others have given it a shoddy attempt. Nonetheless, a worthy batting average for a sector that has been known to be conservative in stakeholder engagement. Give them a try and tell me what you think. I will discuss(and critic) their content and context in the next article.

Energy Development Corporation Higher Peaks, New Horizons

Manila Water 2010 Sustainability Report

Petron 2011 Sustainability Report

Cebu Holdings 2011 Annual and Sustainability Report

Aboitiz 2011 Sustainability Report

Now, about Aboitiz’ 2011 Sustainability Report, there seems to have been similarities with an earler report published by its competitor. Interestingly, both reports work on the similar themes and design execution. Take a look below. Aboitiz Power released their 2011 Sustainability Report looking similar to the Integrated Report released by Energy Development Corporation in 2009 for its 2008 performance. Maybe the corporate communications unit of Aboitiz or its design agency failed to research on the matter? Whatever the reasons are, the published works look almost the same. Exciting times for Philippine company sustainability reporting.AQA

For the mean time, here is a “Practical advice to accelerate your company’s sustainability journey” by Richard Hardyment and Andrew Wilson of Corporate Citizenship. The first step is to assess what stage the leadership of your company is at regarding sustainability.

·         Is the company in “denial”? This can be characterised as “business as usual” mode where the board has limited interest in non-financial issues; this may include a CEO that shows little or no interest in environmental, social or economic sustainability issues.
·         Is the company “primed to move”? Has the company issued a sustainability report or is it planning to? Are sustainability issues gaining momentum, is the CEO interested in some flagship sustainability programs or are some board members seeing some connection between their role and sustainability issues?
·         Is the company a CSR champion? Is the Board is a driving force behind sustainability initiatives and are directors looking toward new tools and ideas to improve social and environmental performance?
Here’s the link to the article, courtesy of CSR Asia. Enjoy!
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About janusalmighty

Janus Almighty is an avid sustainability junkie. While shamelessly promoting sustainability of the corporate kind, he only does so to advance the practice of disclosing sustainability performance in the Philippine business sector View all posts by janusalmighty

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