CSR expo, gab highlight innovation for better world

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CORPORATE social responsibility (CSR) practitioners can expect to learn new ways in solving societal problems in the upcoming 17th CSR Conference and LCF CSR Expo as the twin events of the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) present innovation as a CSR tool.

“Through the years, the CSR Expo and Conference has helped reshape socio-economic and environmental landscapes through the best practices that we shared in this platform. This year, our goal is to look at social responsibility from other perspectives and identify what we can do further to achieve greater impact in transforming more peoples’ lives,” said Roderick De Castro, chairperson of the LCF Board of Trustees and executive director of TeaM Energy Foundation, Inc., during the press launch of the events held at the Villar SIPAG Laurel House in Mandaluyong City last June 20.

“Innovation is really key and crucial to solving evolving problems of the world,” said Chito Maniago, the CEMEX Philippines Foundation executive director who is vice chair of the LCF Board of Trustees and chair of the CSR Expo and Conference 2018, during the forum.

“Through innovation, we can really achieve a better world for our children and our children’s children,” said Maniago. “It pushes us to imagine and think of new and better ways of doing things.”

CSR, according to Maniago, was used as an image and reputation-building tool before, but it has been reinvented for business operations.

“We believe that if we align our company’s philosophy, which is crucial to achieving business goals, we can address problems of the world,” Maniago said.

Maniago added that government, civil society, the media and academe can all synergize and help each other to address the problems of the world as no single company can claim to be the solution of every problem of the world.

“We are not just interconnected, we are hyperconnected,” said Maniago.

During the media forum, representative CSR leaders from member corporate foundations also highlighted the importance of innovating on sustainable social programs through new and strengthened collaborations and synergies, and valuing inclusive growth for the benefit of all people.

Jing Castaneda, program director of Bantay Bata 163 and TV host of ABS CBN, cited the application of technological innovation in their crusade against child sexual abuse amid the proliferation of online child sexual exploitation. Castaneda was referring to the use of social media in battling child pornography.

Other innovation ideas for CSR would be highlighted in the 17th CSR Conference to be held at the New World Hotel on July 19-20 and the LCF CSR Expo at the Glorietta 3 Activity Center in Makati City on July 23-24.

The conference, which carries the theme “Innov8 For a Better World”, will have the following plenary themes and speakers:

Plenary 1 – Leave to Serve, Serve to Lead!
Joel Palma, president and CEO of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – Philippines; Jacinto Ng, Jr., chairman of Joy-Nostalg Foundation; Christian Lim, COO of Microsoft Philippines; Ignacio Mijares, president and CEO of CEMEX; and Ron Cruz, a news anchor.

Plenary 2 – CSR Authenticity: Rise Above the Noise!
Margot Torres, EVP and deputy managing director of McDonald’s, Philippines; Armie Jarin-Bennet, president of CNN Philippines; Gino Borromeo, vice president of McCann World Group Philippines; and Horace Thomas, president and CEO of Trureal Global.

Plenary 3 – Bayanihan 2.0
Congresswoman Maria Valentina G. Plaza, chair of the House Committee on People’s Participation; Michelle Rubio, SVP and human resource director of Unionbank of the Philippines; Joey Bermudez, Philippine representative of Trureal Group of Companies; Jonathan Batangan, executive director of Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation; and Kim Bernardo-Lokin, business columnist of The Manila Times and managing editor of the Business Class Magazine.

Plenary 4 – Revisiting the Basics with New Perspective
Senator Cynthia Villar, managing director of Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance Foundation; Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Gen. Carlito Guansing Galvez Jr.; Ramoncito Fernandez, CEO and president of Maynilad Water Services; and Gerard Brimo, president and CEO of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation, Nickel Asia Corporation.

Plenary 5 – Small Ripples Big Waves
Board of Investments Assistant Secretary for Investments Promotion Felicitas R. Agoncillo-Reyes; Dennis Joseph Salvador, executive director of Philippine Eagle Foundation; Hisham El Rouby, regional director of Synergos Arab World and founder of ETIJAH Youth and Development Consultancy Institute; Dara Mae Tuazon, street teacher and founder of Bangketa Eskwela Foundation.

Plenary 6 – Education Nation
Tonisito M.C. Umali Esq, undersecretary for Legislative Liaison Office, External Partnerships Service and School Sports; Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo, president of Holy Angel University; Lilibeth Aristorenas, executive director of Unilab Foundation; and Ruel T. Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation.

Plenary 7 – Kalikasan Reimagined
Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, administrator of the Office of Civil Defense; Atty. Lesley Jeanne Y. Cordero, senior disaster risk management specialist; and Antoinette Taus, founder of Cora Foundation.

Plenary 8 – Pilipinas 2018 and Beyond
Vince Dizon, president and CEO of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority; Prof. Dr. Rob Van Tulder of International Business Rotterdam School of Management of Erasmus University; and Ricky Osmond, president of ICCP Group Foundation.

The CSR Expo 2018 theme will form a community of learners, engage new groups, companies and institutions, and foster a culture of collaboration and development, according to LCF.

“We will build value to ensure benefits for all stakeholders involved, promote innovation, and stress the value of CSR excellence. We will emphasize the emergence of collective learning through the progressive process of conversation and collaboration. We will involve leaders and influencers, value creators, society, and business gurus. Let our bold ideas be heard, this is where we ‘Innov8 For a Better World’,” said Maniago.

The LCF is a network of over 80 corporate foundations and corporations in the country, and remains at the forefront of promoting and enhancing CSR best practices among its members and the larger business community since 1991.

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