BDO Foundation celebrates CSR Week

BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, joined the community of corporate foundations and non-profit organizations in the celebration of National CSR Week at the 18th League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Expo and Conference. 

Themed “Toward Collective Impact: Collaborations That Work”, the event served as a venue for conversations on the value of partnerships in corporate citizenship. Thought leaders, CSR practitioners, subject matter experts, government officials and delegates weighed in on how corporate foundations, government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can forge ties to pursue shared advocacies, support nation-building and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Philippine Development Plan. 

According to BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, who currently chairs the LCF, “The organization has grown over the years, and CSR has taken different forms–philanthropy, community relations, community development, creation of shared value and sustainability. Through these corporate citizenship initiatives, members have succeeded in changing the lives of millions of Filipinos in thousands of communities across the country.” 

“We believe that the social problems we face today are so complex, they cannot be addressed through single-component solutions employed by an organization working alone. For example, the problem of extreme poverty needs to be tackled from different angles using different interventions on livelihood, health, education and organizational development, among many others. Hence, the need for multi-sectoral collaboration,” said Deriquito, who delivered the opening remarks at the conference. 

Held in Pasay City, the conference was attended by close to 500 CSR practitioners, representatives from NGOs and the academe, government officials and executives of LCF’s member organizations. 

The two-day event was highlighted by plenary sessions on education, enterprise development, the environment and health. Y.W. Junardy, member of the United Nations Global Compact expert team, presented ways to collaborate for a sustainable future. Elizabeth Weaver, co-chief executive officer of Canada-based Tamarack Learning Centre, talked about collaboration as a mechanism for solving complex community challenges. 

LCF Conference speakers also included officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and National Economic and Development Authority. 

A network of more than 90 corporate foundations and corporations, LCF aims to promote the strategic practice of CSR among its members and in the business community. It serves as a platform for practitioners to share knowledge, build partnerships and leverage resources to pursue corporate citizenship initiatives. The group has been organizing the annual conference for the past 18 years in celebration of CSR Week, as mandated by Presidential Proclamation no. 299.

BDO Foundation was one of the major sponsors of this year’s LCF CSR Expo and Conference.

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