Transformational Leaders Inspire at Social Responsibility Event

"Innov8 for a Better World" is the theme for this year’s CSR Conference and Expo, the country's biggest annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event that brings together diverse perspectives with the goal of generating new opportunities while addressing lingering issues as wide ranging as education for all and climate change. “It's not just brands and corporate systems that need innovating; for businesses to remain relevant now more than ever, they must also create and sustain breakthrough approaches of giving back to the larger community” stresses Chito Maniago, Chairman of this year’s Expo. The conference is a program of the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF), a network of corporate foundations and corporations that promote best practices on social responsibility towards sustained national development.

Leading the roster of speakers that include some of the nation's most accomplished and passionate leaders are Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations J7 MGen. Rene Glen Paje, Senator Cynthia Villar, Maynilad CEO Ramoncito Fernandez and Nickel Asia Corp. Pres. Gerard Brimo. They will address the topic of revisiting community relations and grassroots development and how companies can foster closer collaboration and synergy with their local stakeholders. WWF Phils. CEO Joel Palma, CEMEX Phils. CEO Ignacio Mijares and Synergos Arab World Regional Director Hisham El Rouby are some of the executives joining the panel on CSR leadership and how CSR should be integrated in any business operation.

The expo will likewise feature other compelling topics like how small actions can make a big difference particularly for start-ups and micro- to medium-enterprises, provincial foundations and personal advocacies. One of the noted speakers is Asec. Felicitas Agoncillo-Reyes, Board of Investments, an advocate of inclusive business models that are both pro-poor and pro-business. Joining her are Phil. Eagle Foundation ED Dennis Salvador and student leader Dara Mae Tuazon, founder of the award-winning Bangketa Eskwela Foundation. From small ripples to big waves, a plenary on Pilipinas and Beyond will witness case studies from BCDA Consultant DJ Bagatsing and Dr. Rob Van Tulder, professor of International Business at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

Another subject that promotes collaboration among stakeholders is the need to reimagine environmental stewardship for these challenging times. Joining this panel is Rene “Butch” Meily, President of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), Neil Mallari of Philippine Center for Conservation Innovations, and Liza Silerio of SM Supermalls. And to discuss disruptions in Education, this year’s Expo will welcome leaders including Dept. Of Education Usec. Lorna Dino, Unilab Foundation Executive Director Lilibeth Aristorenas, Holy Angel Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Alma Espartinez and Ayala Foundation Pres. Ruel Maranan.

Finally, to complete this year’s eight powerful learning modules, a session on employee volunteerism and empowerment will be led by Jonathan Batangan of Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Joey Bermudez of Trureal Group of Companies and Ilene Geronimo of Unionbank. To tackle CSR communication and authenticity, seasoned public relations, marketing and advertising thought leaders including Margot Torres of McDonald’s Philippines, Ron Jabal of PAGEONE Group and Gino Borromeo of McCann World Group Philippines will share ideas and best practices on how to communicate one’s CSR initiatives and inspire others to follow suit.

"Innov8 for a Better World is a multi-disciplinary gathering that creates a community of learners and engages new groups and institutions to come up with fresh, collaborative solutions to various social and environmental contexts”, adds Roderick de Castro, LCF Chairman. The LCF has remained at the forefront of promoting, enhancing, and synergizing CSR innovations and best practices among its members and the larger business community since 1996. Visit for inquiries and to register online in the 17th CSR Expo and Conference or call the LCF Secretariat at 02 892 9189 or 892 5753