Monthly Archives: November 2012

Great Expectations from the 2nd National Sustainability Reporting Conference (Philippines)

It’s a wrap for tonight. Looking forward to participating in tomorrow’s by-invitation only event at the University of Asia and the Pacific. Companies who are intensifying their efforts in sustainability reporting can be compared to the “marchers”. A friend and fellow sustainability enthusiast refers to them as the sustainability lions. A pretty apt moniker to match the glowing ratings of the country considered to be an emerging economy by rating agencies like JP Morgan and Moody’s. Talk about parallelisms. What do I expect from the sustainability lions as they strut their swagger. Will the form be substantiated? I got hold of the list of presentors and here’s what the conference has to offer:

Perspectives from a Non-reporting Organization
Ms. Cynthia V. Pantonal
Executive Director
AES Philippines Foundation

Business Case for Sustainability Reporting:

1. Strategic Decision Making & Enhanced Business
Operations; Stakeholder Responsiveness
Mr. Tommy T. Valdez
Vice President for CSR
San Roque Power Corporation

2. Supply Chain Sustainability Management:
A panel discussion on crafting a sustainability agenda
and developing a supply chain roadmap
Ms. Marilou G. Erni
General Manager
Petron Foundation

Tools & Best Practices on Writing a Sustainability Report:

1. Materiality Testing and Disclosure on Management Approach
Ms. Agnes De Jesus
Senior VP for Environment & External Relations
Energy Development Corporation

2. Applying for A-level GRI-Checked Report
Mr. Roderick De Castro
Executive Director
Team Energy Foundation

An open forum follows after the presentations. The lead organizer of this event, Prof. Colin Hubo tells me that the conference was intended to be a small gathering of like-minded people. A small group of passionate sustainability practitioners will indeed make for a potent cauldron of discourse and maybe a little debate to spice up the conversations.

A wise sage once told me that a sustainability report does not indicate that the reporter is a responsible organization. What the sustainability reporting framework (predominantly GRI) offers is a comparable platform for understanding and disclosing of actions and measures that are tied to various bottomlines (the three-pronged spear of John Elkington).

Let’s see how the lions roar tomorrow.

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BINHI Youth Conference

Energy Development Corporation, the world’s largest vertically integrated geothermal company based in the Philippines launches its first ever BINHI Youth Conference on November 14-17 at the scenic mountain city of Antipolo, Rizal province.
With the objective of producing environmental and sustainability youth leaders in the country, the 2012 BINHI Youth Conference gathers more than 60 college students from all over the Philippines to exchange learning on youth leadership, greening strategies, communication planning and project development.

Speakers are National Youth Commissioner-at-Large Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, nephew of the democracy hero Ninoy Aquino, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and Climate Change Commissioner Naderev Sano.
More to come in the next few days. Follow @davedevilles on twitter for real-time updates.