7 September 2018 – The Makati Business Club, together with the Philippine Women’s Economic Network (PhilWEN) and the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE), hosted a roundtable discussion with Annika Freyer, the CEO of Male Champions of Change (MCC) Australia. MCC is an Australian organization that works with influential leaders to redefine the role of men in the advocacy of gender equality. The event presented the MCC agenda and its global initiatives to get male business leaders to promote women economic empowerment not only at the national policy level but, more importantly, within their organizations.

The ASEAN CSR Fellows 2018 at Putrajaya, Malaysia. Photo: ASEAN CSR Network

The ASEAN region is home to a large number of businesses, SMEs and corporations alike, that exemplify the true definition of responsible and sustainable business. Many of these cases have been featured in journals, articles and best-practice studies, but witnessing how companies implement inclusive business models and gaining inside learnings first-hand is a unique opportunity that few get to experience. That is why the ASEAN CSR Fellowship Programme, offered by the ASEAN CSR Network (ACN), is a valuable program in a way that it provides CSR officers and sustainability practitioners in the region direct access to the movers and shakers in the field of inclusive business, responsible corporate practices, and sustainable business.


13 August 2018 – At the Fourth Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Services Coalition (APSC) in Port Moresby, the Philippine Services Coalition (PSC) pushed for the competitiveness of the services sector through government and private sector collaboration. Representing PSC, ABAC Philippines’ Bill Luz stressed the need for more public-private dialogues that are targeted and that provides concrete recommendations to address specific concerns of the sector.

We, the undersigned business organizations, appeal to our legislators to weigh carefully the costs, risks and uncertainty associated with the proposed monumental shift to a federal system of government.

We, too, believe in the need to adhere to the public finance principle ‘funds follow function’. Accordingly, we echo the concerns of fiscal and economic experts about the ambiguous provisions on the division of revenue and expenditure responsibilities between the proposed federal government and its federated regions.