Swedish and Filipino companies champion responsible business
More than 150 leaders in business and government convened at Fostering CSR in the Philippines: Conference on Responsible Business at Makati Shangri-La Hotel on 17 January. The conference was a joint effort to champion corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a way for companies to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, reports the Embassy of Sweden, Manila.
It was organized by the Embassy of Sweden in Manila, ASEAN CSR Network and the League of Corporate Foundations.
Notable speakers were H.E. Ambassador Harald Fries (Swedish Ambassador to Manila), Ms Yanti Triwadiantini (Chair, ASEAN CSR Network), Mr Roderick De Castro (Chairman, League of Corporate Foundations), Mr Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (Chairman and CEO, Ayala Foundation, Inc.), H.E. Mr Leo Herrera-Lim (Representative of the Philippines, ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights), Ms Diana Madunic (CSR Ambassador of Sweden), Undersecretary Claro A. Arellano (Department of Labor and Employment – DOLE).
Swedish companies that shared their insights included IKEA, Scania Philippines, Tetra Pak Philippines, Ericsson and H&M, while Filipino companies included Ayala Corporation, Jollibee Group, Nestle, San Roque Power Corporation, BPI and Bato-Balani.