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July 1 marks the start of CSR Month!

 

“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.

 
CSR 101 for the New bloods

On February 5, 2014 (Wednesday) at the Executive Dining Room of the UCPB Building in Makati City, 16 participants from five (5) new members of the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) gathered for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 101 orientation. These five new bloods are MediCard Foundation, Inc., NetSuite, Inc., PhilSeven Foundation, Inc., United Bayanihan Foundation, Inc. and WeatherPhilippines Foundation.

LCF was very happy to receive such a big group as it is the first CSRI event of the year and one of the biggest CSR 101 orientations it has conducted.

The very accommodating Resource Speakers who took time off from their very busy schedules were Ms.  Carmen Linda Atayde, Executive Director for Education of SM Foundation and Mr. Roderick “Ricky” De Castro, Executive Director of TeaM Energy Foundation. Ms. Atayde discussed  what CSR is all about while Mr. De Castro presented his company’s CSR Story.

 

CSR 101 is a membership benefit for all members of LCF. Although it is primarily for new members to learn the basic concepts and principles of CSR; and best practices, it is also open to existing LCF members with new staff.

 

 
Kicking Off Year of the Horse

Members assembled, all dressed in red, as the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) held its first General Assembly for 2014 on the eve of Chinese New Year, January 30, at the OML hall of the Energy Development Corporation.

The event gathered a total of 110 attendees including distinguished guests from partner associations and 97 participants from 46 LCF member organizations.

Business matters were presented as part of the Membership Meeting, along with a short audio-visual presentation on the League’s activities and achievements over the previous year. LCF also welcomed 5 new member organizations to the group namely MediCard Foundation, Inc., NetSuite (Philippines), Inc., PhilSeven Foundation, Inc., United Bayanihan Foundation, Inc., and WeatherPhilippines Foundation, Inc. Read more about LCF’s new members in this article: From 77 to 82!


(L-R): Ms. Monette Hamlin (LCF Secretary and President of TeamAsia), Mr. Butch Meily (President of Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation), Ms. Karen Smith (Private Sector Focal Point of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs) and Ms. Esther Santos (LCF Trustee and President of PLDT-Smart Foundation, Inc.)

The second part of the GA featured a learning session which provided members with the latest information on Typhoon Yolanda efforts. The Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) President, Mr. Butch Meily, gave an update and the list of priority areas for reconstruction and rehabilitation. The second speaker, Ms. Karen Smith, Private Sector Focal Point of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (UN OCHA), presented organized systems which the private sector and other humanitarian groups may use to be able to work effectively and efficiently during emergencies such as the Yolanda disaster.

 
From 77 to 82!

Five new member organizations were inducted into the League of Corporate Foundations during its first General Assembly held on January 30, 2014 at the OML Hall, Energy Development Corporation. With this addition, LCF now has eighty-two (82) organizations as part of its roster of members.

MediCard Foundation, Inc.


Executive Director, Mr. Voltaire Victoria, introduces MediCard Foundation Inc. to the LCF Members

MediCard Foundation, Inc. is the CSR arm of MediCard Philippines, Inc. The foundation offers various health-related programs and outreach activities to benefit and enrich the lives of fellow people. At the General Assembly to represent MediCard Foundation, Inc. were Mr. Luis Montoya (President), Mr. Voltaire Victoria, Ph.D (Executive Director) and Mr. Bryan Vergara (Staff).

Learn more about MediCard Foundation, Inc. by visiting their website here.

 

NetSuite (Philippines), Inc.


Ms. Rhoda Navarro of NetSuite, Inc.

Ms. Rhoda Navarro, Global Employee Engagement Specialist, presented an overview of NetSuite (Philippines), Inc. and the projects organized by its corporate citizenship arm. The group supports various social enterprises across the country and the globe by providing donations, pro bono programs and social solutions through programs such as SuiteVolunteer and SuiteImpact Team.

Learn more about NetSuite, Inc. by visiting their website here.

 

PhilSeven Foundation, Inc.


Mr. Vicente Paterno, Board Chairman of Philippine Seven Corporation and PhilSeven Foundation, Inc.

PhiliSeven Foundation, Inc. (PFI) is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), the official owner of the nationwide chain of 7-Eleven stores. Programs and services offered by the foundation starts at home, where they provide quality education, nutrition and healthcare services to children and poor families in areas that are served by 7-Eleven stores. Board Chairman, Mr. Vicente Paterno, gave a brief presentation during the General Assembly. Accompanying Mr. Paterno at the Assembly were Ms. Violeta Apolinario (PSC HR and Admin Division Manager and PFI Mancom Chairperson), Ms. Liwayway T. Fernandez (PSC Operations Division Manager and PFI Board of Trustee), Mr. Lawrence M. De Leon (PSC Finance Division Manager and PFI Treasurer) and Ms. Israelita F. Lequin – (PFI Agency Head).

Learn more about PhilSeven Foundation, Inc. by visiting their website here

 

United Bayanihan Foundation, Inc.


Ms. Layle Ancheta gives a brief introduction to United Bayanihan Foundation, Inc.

United Bayanihan Foundation, Inc. (UBF) is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the pharmaceutical company UNILAB. UBF focuses on the healthcare of senior citizens and achieves to provide them with a community wherein they are valued, respected and able to experience the joy of ageing. UBF’s attendees at the LCF GA were Mr. Lamberto Lara (Executive Director), Ms. Marissa Cayabyab (Finance and Admin Assistance Manager), Ms. Layle Ancheta (CSR and External Communications Officer), Mr. Carlos Gonzaga (Internal Communications and Special Projects Officer), Mr. Mike Ubiernas (Project Specialist) and Ms. Chandra Garcia (Admin Assistant).

Learn more about United Bayanihan Foundation, Inc. by visiting their website here

 

WeatherPhilippines Foundation


Mr. Celso Caballero III represents Weather Philippine Foundation in its induction as new LCF member

The WeatherPhilippine Foundation (WPF) is a non-profit organization founded by Aboitiz Foundation Inc., Unionbank and Europe’s weather service provider mminternational (formerly known as Meteomedia).WPF delivers critical and accurate yet easy-to-understand weather forecasts to the Filipino community through their state of the art  Automated Weather Stations (AWS). WPF hopes to aid in the improvement of nationwide disaster preparedness through the service that the foundation offers. Mr. Celso Caballero III (General Manager) and Ms. Kaye Rosario (Sustainability Officer) represented WPF during its induction at the LCF GA.

Learn more about WeatherPhilippines Foundation by visiting their website here.

View more pictures of the LCF General Assembly by visiting LCF's Official Facebook page.

 
New Board Officers Appointed for 2013-2014

Members of the LCF Board of Trustees have elected among themselves the new officers for 2013-2014.

 
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