Last 28 July, SGV Vice Chair and Deputy Managing Partner Vivian C. Ruiz (VCR) and Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) Partner Benjamin N. Villacorte (BNV) were part of the Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Mean Business Roundtable Dialogue hosted by the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE). With the theme Sustainability as the New Language of Business, speakers Philippine National Bank Senior Assistant Vice President and OIC of the Marketing and Intelligence Analytics and Performance Group Leia Michelle Teodoro and Meralco Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Raymond Ravelo discussed the workplace gender equality policies and sustainability reporting journeys of their respective organizations. The event was attended by representatives from different government agencies and regulators, business groups, select publicly-listed companies, and the academe.
Philippine Women's Economic Network (PhilWEN) Chair, PBCWE Co-Chair and SGV Alumna Partner Ma. Aurora “Boots” D. Geotina-Garcia then moderated the open forum where the participants discussed how their companies set, measure, and report their progress in preparation for sustainability reporting requirements. They also provided insights on how companies can connect workplace gender equality with enhanced Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Standards and shared leading practices to improve Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
Afterwards, PBCWE Executive Director Julia Abad provided a summary of the discussions and delivered the closing remarks.
This roundtable dialogue was organized by the PBCWE, PhilWEN, and Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, with the support from the EU-funded WeEmpowerAsia Programme of UN Women Asia and the Pacific. SGV is a Founding Member of the PBCWE.