President Aquino joins Asian business leaders in honoring companies with best CSR programs

October 20, 2011 9:56 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 20 — President Benigno S. Aquino III joined Asian business leaders in honoring companies within the region who have exhibited and have carefully embedded the core values of being socially responsible corporations into their respective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs.

The awarding ceremonies were held at the close of the two-day Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) held at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City Wednesday night.

The AFCSR, Asia’s foremost conference and expo on corporate social responsibility, is now on its 10th year of developing and enjoining companies to embrace CSR practices as part of its processes and operations.

This year’s Asian CSR awards were given to Asian companies for outstanding, innovative and world class CSR products and programs in five categories namely: Health Enhancement, Environmental Excellence, Education Improvement, Poverty Alleviation, and the Intel-AIM Corporate Responsibility Award (IACRA) that recognizes a company or organization that has made CSR an integral part of the way they do business.

This year’s awardees are: Pfizer Thailand, for Health; The Link Management, Ltd., for Environment; Citi Pakistan and Double A (1991) Plc, for Poverty Alleviation; Abbott Singapore, for Education; and Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa–IACRA.

In his speech, President Aquino noted the absence of a Filipino company winner but vowed to make sure to have one by the next AFCSR.

“I understand that in the previous years there were a lot of Philippine companies recognized. In the first time that I have an occasion to talk before you, not a single Filipino company managed to be awarded,” the President said.

“But I will endeavor that next year, I will try to motivate more and more of our companies to excel so that they, in turn can be recognized lest the Philippines be left behind,” he added.

This year’s AFCSR theme is: “Strategic CSR: Creating Shared Value.” (PNA)

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