May 30, 2019

EITSC and NordCham to Hold Forum on Sustainable Development

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  • In recent years, a growing number of companies around the world have adopted and implemented sustainability practices and it is time for the Philippines to follow suit.

    The Advocacy Forum titled Achieving Win-Win Approaches Sustainable Development invites local government and business leaders for a conversation on sustainability this June 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dusit Thani Manila, Makati.


    The event is hosted by the European Innovation, Technology, and Science Center Foundation (EITSC) in partnership with Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (NordCham) to address what government leaders and business executives can jointly do to achieve inclusive growth.

    Joona Selin, NordCham Executive Director and Henry Schumacher, EITSC President presented the event to the media last May 27.

    Last April, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched the sustainability reporting guidelines. In response, the forum is created to make views heard and be part of the dialogue amongst the private sector, government, civil society, and other stakeholders.

    There is also the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be achieved hopefully by 2030. Six of which will be tackled during the forum namely: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Decent Work and Economic Growth, and Reducing Inequalities.

    EITSC Advocacy Forum Achieving Win-Win Approaches in Sustainable Development is scheduled this June 30 at the Dusit Thani Manila, Makati for an admission fee of Php 7,000 for members, Php 7,840 for non-members, with a 10% discount for groups of 3 or more.

    Tentative Agenda

    8:30 a.m. Registration
    9 a.m. Opening Remarks
    Erik Moeller Nielsen, EITSC Chairman
    9:15 a.m. Keynote: Implementing inclusive and sustainable growth in the Philippines
    Secretary Ernesto Pernia
    Socioeconomic Planning Secretary, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
    9:45 a.m. Creating Sustainable Agriculture in the Philippines
    Dr. Benigno Peczon
    President, Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the Philippines
    10:15 a.m. Creating a ‘Blue Philippines’
    Doris Magsaysay
    President & CEO, Magsaysay Group of Companies
    10:45 a.m. Sustainable Tourism: Enhancing the country’s next growth engine
    Usec. Benito Bengzon Jr.
    Department of Tourism (DOT)
    11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion and Open Forum
    Sec. Ernesto Pernia
    Usec. Benito Bengzon Jr.
    Dr. Benigno Peczon
    Doris Ho
    Moderator: Titon Mitra, UNDP Philippines Resident Representative (invited)
    12 p.m. Lunch
    1 p.m. SEC sustainability reporting guidelines for publicly-listed companies
    Chairperson Emilio Aquino (invited)
    Securities and Exchange Commission
    1:20 p.m. The IKEA Group Approach to Sustainability
    Georg Platzer
    Market Development Manager Ikano Philippines
    Store Manager of IKEA Pasay City, IKEA Southeast Asia
    1:35 p.m. Microfinancing by BPI
    Jo Ann Eala
    BPI Head of Sustainable Energy Finance and Specialized Lending
    1:50 p.m. Featured Company C (TBA)
    2:15 p.m. Linking Both Houses and Congress, National and Local Governments,
    Business and Civil Society in Achieving Win-Win Approaches in Sustainable Development
    Sen. Cynthia Villar
    Senate Committee Chair on Agriculture
    3 p.m. Open Forum
    3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
    Henry Schumacher, EITSC President
    4 p.m. Afternoon snacks and networking


    What: EITSC Advocacy Forum Achieving Win-Win Approaches in Sustainable Development
    When: June 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Where: Dusit Thani Manila, Theater Drive, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City
    Ticket Information: Php 7,000 for members, Php 7,840 for non-members (plus VAT), with a 10% discount for groups of 3 or more

    This is a press release. Edits were made before posting.

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