From Left to Right: Ms. Celine Santillan, Executive Director of LCF. Mr. Sebastian Quiniones Jr., Chairperson of LCF and Executive Director of Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Dr. Benito Teehankee, DLSU‒SoLL, and Dr. Rodiel Ferrer from DLSU‒SoLL

May 17, 2022 was a momentous day for the League of Corporate Foundations’ CSR Institute.

Two organizations from different sectors – business and academe – are collaborating to better equip and further enhance the business sector’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts and the people who lead them.

The League of Corporate Foundations and the DLSU – School of Lifelong Learning (SoLL) signed a Memorandum of Agreement that binds them to develop and offer a 3-unit diploma course on CSR and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, as well as training workshops. Held at the LCF Boardroom on May 17, the MoA signing also marked the first in-person event to be held at the LCF office since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.

In attendance at the event were the five members of the LCF Board of Trustees, led by its Chair, Mr. Sebastian Quiniones, Jr. who signed the MoA on behalf of LCF.

Both Mr. Quiniones and Dr. Benito Teehankee of DLSU emphasized the important role that businesses play in helping the country grow economically even as civil society organizations help bridge the gap in social service delivery by assisting marginalized communities, which the government cannot do on its own. Mr. Quiniones also said that while training workshops build the capacities of corporate foundation staff, there is still so much that academic courses, such as the one to be developed through this partnership, can teach.

Also present were the six prospective faculty members from the CSRI’s own Speakers Bureau: Maria Pamela Castro from Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc., Jeffrey Tarayao from One Meralco Foundation, Paulino Buenconsejo from LCF, Cristina Arceo-Dumlao from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Julianna Encarnado from Converge ICT Solutions Inc., and Alma Mapili from Winrock International.

Other LCF Trustees present were Ms. Maricar Angeles, Mr. Geoffrey Garcia, Mr. Shem Jose Garcia, and Mr. Austere Panadero. Signing the MoA on behalf of DLSU-SoLL were Dr. Benito Teehankee, Professor of Business Ethics, and Dr. Rodiel Ferrer, Dean of SoLL.

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