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The University of Asia and the Pacific’s Center for Social Responsibility will be holding its 3rd National Sustainability Conference tomorrow, 20 November at the Dizon Auditorium, University of the Asia and the Pacific, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

3rd NSC Poster

This year’s conference highlights  the role of the YOUTH in creating a sustainable future as well as on BUSINESS innovations that can best contribute to the creation of shared value and inclusive growth. This combination of young leaders passion and business CEO’s insights will offer unrivaled generational perspectives on how best to shape a sustainable future for the Philippines.

The organizers has reformatted the program to allow more participants interaction, spontaneous peer-to-peer sharing and hands-on experience. Specifically, the morning session will be devoted to the student and youth participants while the afternoon session will have an interactive set-up involving the youth, corporate participants, academic experts, social media practitioners, and civil society leaders.

Here are good reasons why you should take part in this year’s conference:

  • Fresh learning opportunities on the latest and future trends in sustainability practices, and a chance for you to learn how they can be applied to your own work;
  • High quality and cutting-edge insights from the country’s respected business executives, youth leaders, academic and professional experts;
  • The opportunity to expand your network and interact with more than 200 participants especially the youth through the Philippine Education Network (PEN), a group of 30 colleges and universities nationwide, along with student leaders from top universities in Metro Manila
  • Unique platform to impress upon the participants the business sector’s contribution to a sustainable future, thereby, influencing the youth’s career options for employment

Want to know more what’s in store? Take a look at the roster of topics and speakers:

Morning Session 

The Future We Want: Seeing Sustainability through the Lenses of the Youth 

  • What is Sustainability?  by Ms. Marilou Erni, General Manager, Petron Foundation 
  • Enabling the Youth to Promote Sustainability through Social Media  by Ms. Maria Ressa, CEO, Rappler
  • Best Practices and Innovations in Youth-Business Partnerships  by Ms. Agnes De Jesus, SVP, Energy Development Corporation (EDC)/Mr. Dave Devilles, Senior Corporate Communications Specialist, EDC 
  • Youth and Sustainability Issues in Everyday Life: How young People can  Make a Big Difference through Small Concrete Steps  by Ms. Techie Cano Lopez, AVP, TeaM Energy/ Mr. Ricky de Castro, SBEP & Executive Director, TeaM Energy 

Lunch break

Afternoon Session 

Sustainable Philippines: Business Contribution to Creating Shared Value and Inclusive Growth

  • Moving Toward a Sustainable Philippines: The Crucial Role of the Private Sector and the Youth by Dr. Bernardo Villegas, Professor, UA&P
  • Creating Shared Value and Inclusive Growth: Perspectives from the Corporate Practitioners

Panel of Speakers:

Ayala Land
Philippine Long Distance Company
TeaM Energy
Petron Corporation
Chamber of Mines of the Philippines
Center for Food and Agribusiness, UA&P
San Roque Power

For reservation and any inquiries, please contact Mr. Carl Moog (carl.moog@uap.asia) at 6370912 loc. 302
or 360. Thank you and we hope to see you at the conference.

Master Class on Strategic Communications, Employee Engagement and Personal Branding

Interested in sharpening your strategic communications skills? Do you want to know more about effective employee engagement strategies? Or do you simply want to stand out as your own brand?

Friends and fellow communications practitioners, I would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming master class on strategic communications planning, employee engagement and personal branding this Nov. 11, at the Energy Development Corporation HQ, 38th floor, One Corporate Center, Ortigas, Pasig City.

This rare opportunity is brought to you by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Philippines Chapter. No less than IABC International Chair Robin McCasland and past Chair Adrian Cropley will be delivering the master class sessions. Get in touch if you would like to participate.

You may also share this invite to your friends and network.

Hope to see you there.

 IABC Phils. Master Class e-flyer

Corporate Sustainability Video Series: Spotlight on Ayala Corporation

Manila Water Company, an Ayala-led corporation was the very first listed company to publish a sustainability report in the Philippines. In 2007, Manila Water was also the Client Leadership Awardee of the International Finance Corporation.

It’s experience is inspiring the other Ayala companies to embark on a sustainability journey. A little blue bird tells me that in 2013, the Ayala group will be publishing its GRI-based sustainability report with an assurance statement, and probably at A level of application. It’s about time. For a moment, I thought they were lagging in sustainability leadership as energy giants Energy Development Corporation of the Lopez Group and Petron Corporation of the San Miguel Group have been shaping the practice in the Philippines.

In the next blog, we feature the sustainability video of Energy Development Corporation. Stay tuned.

Disclaimer: This blog post reflects the personal view of the author and not of the companies mentioned herein.

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.

Follow @davedevilles for real-time updates of tomorrow’s exciting event.



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.