“Commit. Strengthen. Rebuild.” - this year’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Month is lined up with various important and exciting events, all envisioned to promote nation building and collaborative action by various sectors in the country. The celebration, organized by the League of Corporate Foundations, encourages individuals and groups to take action and be a part in rebuilding and strengthening the Philippines after all the difficulties and challenges it faced last year. Representatives from the private sector continue to support the much awaited observance through the 13th annual CSR Expo on July 24. From the annual two day festivities held in previous years, LCF has expanded the 2014 Expo to a month-long celebration, with dynamic activities plotted all over the month of July throughout the entire country.
LCF has been holding this annual gathering to celebrate CSR in the Philippines since 2001. The expo brings together over six hundred representatives from different sectors such as the business community, corporate foundations, non-government organizations and members of the academe to discuss the latest trends, models and practices in CSR. Notable government officials graced the expo in previous years, including President Benigno S. Aquino III (2012 CSR Expo) and Senators Grace Poe and Bam Aquino (2013 CSR Expo).
Leading the 2014 LCF CSR Expo’s line-up of activities is the main Conference on July 24 (Tuesday) at the Mayuree Grand Ballroom, Dusit Thani Manila, Makati. The event features distinguished guest World Bank Country Director of the Philippines Mr. Motoo Konishi as the Keynote Speaker. Other prominent personalities to be expected at the conference are Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Ms. Kim S. Jacinto-Henares, Private Sector Co-Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council Mr. Guillermo M. Luz and Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Ms. Nora Kakilala-Terrado. Moderating the sessions are seasoned media practitioners which include Ms. Ces Orena-Drilon (ABS-CBN), Mr. Mike Enriquez (GMA7) and Ms. Luchi Cruz-Valdes (TV5), representing the country’s three major radio and television networks. Discussions will focus on governance, building resilient communities and reinforcing public and private partnerships.
LCF also welcomes back its CSR Institute (CSRI) Lecture Series which targets students from universities across the metro. This year, CSRI brings the lecture to the universities in a caravan-type series, allowing students to listen and attend the sessions by LCF Member organizations the likes of Ayala Foundation, CEMEX Philippines Foundation, San Miguel Foundation and SM Foundation. The CSRI Lecture Series is scheduled from July 7 to July 18.
Much awaited as well are the special events organized by LCF’s 5 program-based committees. The Environment committee’s “Klima ng Pagbabago sa Nagbabagong Klima” on July 22 will be held at the Cleanergy Center, Bay, Laguna, from 8:00am – 5:00pm. July 25 features two lectures by the Enterprise Development committee, 8:00am – 12:00nn at The Laurel House (Shaw Boulevard), and the Education committee, 1:00pm – 6:00pm at the Department of Education’s Bulwagan ng Karunungan. The sessions are entitled “ASEAN Economic Community 2015: Are You Ready?” and “Towards More Strategic CSR in Education” respectively. On July 26, the Health committee will have its “HIP-HOP. Health is Precious, Health is Our Priority! An Amazing Health Fair” activity. It will be held at the RAVE Pasig from 7:00am – 12:00nn featuring activities such as Zumba classes and free haircut for senior citizens. Also on July 26 and rounding up the committee events is Arts & Culture’s “Rising from Ruin: The Story of Bohol,” a lecture and photo exhibit, 5:00pm – 8:00pm at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5.
The CSR Expo month ends with an Exhibit at the Glorietta Activity Centers 2, 3, 4 from July 29 – 31 (Tuesday – Thursday). The Exhibit features the initiatives and programs of both LCF and non-LCF members to help spread CSR awareness to the public.
The League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) is a network of 83 operating and grant-making corporate foundations and corporations that promotes and enhances strategic practice of Corporate Social Responsibility among its members and the larger business community, towards sustained national development. For more information on the 2014 LCF CSR Expo, http://www.lcfcsrexpo.com.