Since the formation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) there has been significant success in the eradication of poverty. In 2010 the world had already met the goal of cutting extreme poverty by half. The MDGs has enabled more girls to attend schools than ever before and primary education rates have increased around the world too. One of the greatest successes to be considered as well concern health where the MDGs have strengthen multilateral institutions and increase private-sector aid for the treatment and prevention of diseases such as malaria and HIV. However, while the MDGs have provided definite improvements toward the formation of a better world our job is not yet done.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched last September 2015 with the aim to continue the goals of the MDGs. The SDGs are comprised of 17 goals that countries have adopted to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of the new sustainable development agenda. Just like the MDGs, each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. As the transition happen from MDG to SDG, in order for it to be a success, it is evident that the targets could only be achieved through the convergence of various sectors and each working towards one strategy – (inclusive sustainable) growth.

This year the ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit and Awards will focus on the agenda of the SDGs as defined by the theme “Empowering Sustainable Convergence”. Continuing its journey for the past three years, the ACSSA 2016 will bring in a detailed forum on SDG in the Philippines as it aims to motivate and inspire industry leaders, sustainability practitioners, civil society partners, regional regulators, public sector leaders and aid agencies to converge and become more involved in sustainable development. We believe it is very critical to achieve and we would want to call on the different key stakeholders to determine how we should move forward.

The dynamic two day event organized by Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) will feature a pre-conference workshop on the SDG compass—a guide that supports businesses in aligning sustainability at the heart of their business strategies. The main conference boasts of plenary and breakout sessions about topics across different sectors with experts and practitioners of sustainable development thought as speakers.

Enjoy the socials side of the event as we award the field models for sustainability excellence at our reception dinner and Awards Night. The marketplace and cocktails will create an avenue for networking and socializing among guests.

Come and join us is shifting the gears for sustainability. See you at the ACSSA 2016!

ACSSA 2016 Network

with key decision makers in the region and beyond

ACSSA 2016 Explore

cutting edge initiatives crucial to your business advancement

ACSSA 2016 Participate

in discussions addressing Sustainability issues that matter to your business

ACSSA 2016 Enhance

your skills in tackling inclusive Growth related concern

ACSSA 2016 Align

your sustainability initiatives with business goal to create synergy, both internally and externally

ACSSA 2016 Improve

moral enhancement by identifying the gap in your organization behavioural analysis through corporate sustainability

ACSSA 2016 Build

brand enhancement through an impressive edge

ACSSA 2016 Exhange

Create connections & exchange knowledge

ACSSA 2016 Enable

Equip practitioners with the right tools

ACSSA 2016 Excel

Walk away with learning to produce results & impact bottom-line growth

ACSSA 2016
C-Level Executives, VPs, Directors and Heads of the following departments:

  • Strategy & Planning
  • Sustainability
  • CSR
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Investor Relations
  • Compliance & Audit
  • Operations
  • Facilities Management
  • Environment, Health & Safety
  • Energy Management
  • HR & OD
ACSSA 2016 Case Studies
Case Studies
ACSSA 2016 Awards
Standards and Best Practices
ACSSA 2016 Tools
Tools and Technologies


 July 20, 2016

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 12:00 NN

Master Class 1: SDG Compass

The SDG Compass is a guide for companies on how they can align their business strategies as well as measure and manage their contribution in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It incorporates feedback received through three consultation periods from companies, government agencies, academic institutions and civil society organizations worldwide.

The morning workshop shall give an in depth discussion on the SDG Compass across the Philippine business sector in order to effectively incorporate sustainability in the core of their business strategies. It aims to guide corporations in maximizing their contributions to the SDGs and minimizing its challenges as well as to create and develop partnership across the value chain, within their sector and with governments and civil society organizations. It will also help in realizing how companies can reduce risks and increase better performance across the organization for more effective sustainability chains.


Shikhar Jain
Senior Counsellor, CII-ITC Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development

12:00 NN - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Master Class 2: SDG Fund

The Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) was created by UNDP, on behalf of the UN system, as a development cooperation mechanism. It aims to act as a bridge in the transition from MDGs to SDGs in order to achieve a sustainable and inclusive world post 2015.

The afternoon workshop aims to forward the SDG-F’s initiative to explore opportunities within the business sector in achieving sustainability. This workshop shall serve as an avenue of discourse on how to improve public-private alliance in the Philippines and create a roadmap towards large-scale and long-term solutions to achieve the SDGs.


Mr. Raul Cortez
Head of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs in the Philippines, Microsoft Inc.

 July 21, 2016

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote I (Overview of the Topic and Theme)


Ms. Vernice Victorio
Commissioner, Climate Change Commission

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Keynote II (Sustainable Development Goals)


Mr. Ola Almgren
Resident Coordinator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Plenary I (Understand: The Global Goals)

The Global Goals The plenary will discuss the transition from MDGs to SDGs. It will explore post-MDG evaluations, gaps and challenges it encountered during its implementation, and what measures the SDGs should take into account to overcome these challenges. This session will also identify and measure the effectiveness of the SDGs in promoting sustainable business practices.


Mr. Olivier Serrat
Principal Management Specialist. Asian Development Bank

Mr. Peter Angelo Perfecto
Executive Director, Makati Business Club

Mr. Ola Almgren
Resident Country Head, UNDP

Dir. Mercedita Sombilla
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Staff, NEDA


Sreeni Narayanan
Group Managing Director,
Asia Society for Social Improvement & Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Coffee Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Plenary II (Realign: Positioning Sustainability for Regional Intervention)

In line with the SDGs launch in 2015, this plenary will discuss the potential contributions of the ASEAN Community in promoting and implementing SDGs in the region, as well as the role of SDGs in the ASEAN Community. The session will also provide an avenue for building synergies among regional actors for the effective implementation of the SDGs in the region.


Mr. Anthony Abaya
Chairman, S.E.E.D Institute

Ms. Asthildur Hjaltadottir
Director of Services, Global Reporting Initiative

Ms. Librian Angraeni
Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement, Asia Pulp and Paper Indonesia

H.E. Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee
Deputy Secretary General, ASEAN Socio-cultural Community

Mr. Raul Cortez
Head of Corporate External and Legal Affairs in the Philippines, Microsoft, Inc.


Kamesh Neeson
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch & Special Showcase

This part of the program will serve as an avenue for innovators to exhibit their works, products and services towards sustainability. This session also aims to promote and encourage delegates to support initiatives geared towards sustainable development.


Mr. Bryan McClelland
Founder, Bambike Revolutionary Cycles

Mr. Jaafgie Garcia
Founder, WattSmart

Mr. Mark Lozano
Co-Founder/ Country Head, One Million Lights Philippines

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Keynote III (The Role of Civil Societies and NGOs in Sustainable Development)


Mr. Charlie S. Ayco
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity Philippines
2:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Breakout Session 1- Develop: Growth of Social Enterprises

The goal of social enterprises is the training and employment of people typically excluded from the mainstream economy while generating revenues. However, despite the increase in the presence of social enterprises in the region, most social enterprises are focused in capital cities. This session highlight inclusiveness between stakeholders as well as the recognition and promotion of social enterprises to create greater social impact. It shall also explore how social enterprises contribute to sustainability and how its growth will help create future opportunities and partnerships across different sectors.


Dr. Lisa Dacanay
President, Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA)

Breakout Session 2: Challenge: Innovation and Technology

Innovation and technology have become part of everyday life. However, as innovation and technology continue to evolve, misuse of these resources and the lack of access points are evident. This session will tackle how collaboration amongst the sectors will pave the way to better access to technology. It will also touch upon the promotion of ICT–especially in remote rural areas as well as how innovation and technology can continue to progress using sustainable methods and minimizing environmental harm.


Mr. Paul Rivera
CEO, Kalibrr

Mr. Olivier Serrat
Principal Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Breakout Session 3: Prepare: Addressing Climate Change

Climate change and sustainable development have a dual relationship that revolves around social and economic development. In order for successful adaptation and mitigation to happen, different approaches to programming and ongoing development initiatives will need to be sensitive to climate change. The session shall highlight the importance of adapting effective disaster risk management responses in the region. It shall also highlight the role of SDGs in mitigating climate change and strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to natural and climate-related disasters in the region.


Mr. Dave Michael Valeriano
Vice President and General Manager, WeatherPhilippines Foundation>

Mr. Jose Palma
President and CEO, WWF Philippines

Breakout Session 4: Reduce: Sustainable Resource Consumption

Sustainable resource consumption is imperative for the global struggle against sustainability challenges such as poverty, climate change, and other environmental issues. This session shall discuss how sustainable resource consumption can be monitored through a check and balance system between existing innovations and resource efficiency programs. It shall also be an opportunity to propose clear vision for the future of the development of resource efficiency initiatives by making it more sustainable and competitive.


Mr. Justin Morgan
Country Director, Oxfam Philippines
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Networking Break

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Plenary III (Converge: Building Coherent Partnerships)

The plenary is designed to connect the ideas established in all sectors regarding their role in sustainability and development, and consequent benefits for them and their communities during the implementation of the SDGs The plenary also aims to inspire and empower all stakeholders to uphold sustainable practices in the core of their individual sectors.


Mr. Jerome Daclison
Head of Corporate Affairs, Philippine Business for Social Progress

Mr. Crisanto Frianeza
Secretary General, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ASUS Philippines

Calum Chisholm
Country Manager, Intel Philippines


Sreeni Narayanan
Group Managing Director,
Asia Society for Social Improvement & Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Closing & Wrap-up

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Marketplace & Cocktails

6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Awards Dinner

Our Speakers




Message from ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit and Awards Team


The ACSSA Team acknowledges individuals, businesses and organizations that have implemented initiatives/programs in promoting the agendas of sustainable development across the organization while inspiring others to initiate similar endeavors. As part of its mission, the ACSSA is actively involved on issues related to sustainability and encourages organization to actively participate and work together as a team.

The ACSSA 2016 commends the efforts for successful demonstration of their commitment to sustainable operations; provide a platform to showcase sustainable practices and create an avenue for benchmarking; and establish an opportunity to promote maturity in sustainable practices through a healthy competition among industry peers.

We believe recognizing these companies, organizations, and individuals as role models of sustainability would drive and initiate others to promote and act for sustainable long-term growth not just for the Philippines, but for the ASEAN Region; and eventually for the whole world

Thank you and looking forward for your participation in the ACSSA 2016 Awards!





Organizations stand to gain meaningfully from greater levels of sustainability and accountability; more efficient use of resources; superior workplace standards and practices; increase in productivity; higher levels of trust & transparency; and enriched social dialogue.

The ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit 2016 Awards program aims to support organizations in the process of evaluating their sustainability strategy, performance and goals. It also aims to inspire comprehensive exchange of ideas and best practices in Sustainability in the ASEAN region to identify field models for Sustainability Excellence.


ACSSA 2016 Theme


The Nomination Process

ACSSA 2016 Guide


Nominations must come from companies/organizations/individuals that are implementing any form of CSR/Sustainability initiatives in the ASEAN Region and geared towards sustainable development.

Each submission for ACSSA 2016 Awards must include the following:

  1. Nomination Entry Form. Download the nomination form here.
  2. A brief description (up to 500 words) of the company or organization. And a biography for individual nominations only.
  3. An outline (up to 500 words) of your role on sustainability and the reasons why your company deserves to be awarded in the ACSSA 2016 by highlighting and declaring outstanding achievements and characteristics against the selection criteria for the Award category entered.
  4. Supporting documentations, such as company literature, external audit reports, company environmental/sustainability and supply chain policies, tables, graphs, etc., that best support and validate your entry.
  5. Send them via email to Supporting documents may also be submitted to our DropBox folder (ACSSA 2016 Awards). Please make sure to include “ACSSA 2016 Nomination” in the subject line.
* Send us an email along with the nomination and we will make a Dropbox folder for your company to submit all supporting documents.


Terms & Conditions

ACSSA 2016 Terms


  1. Nominating an organization/company/individual is FREE. Self-nominations are accepted.
  2. Organizations can enter maximum of 2 projects per category, as they wish in one or more of these categories.
  3. Any company can participate in more than one category as long as they qualify and provide the necessary information.
  4. Please note that nominations cannot be changed once they have been submitted nor can any missing documents be handed in after the deadline.
  5. We reserve the right to cancel any nominations which do not meet the category criteria and with incomplete submissions. No exceptions to these requirements can be accepted.



The Selection Process

ACSSA 2016 Selection


The judges will follow an in-depth review and selection process for the award winners from the generation of nominations and materials, initial screening, comments, and final judging

The process of selection of awardees will follow a 2-stage process:

  • 1st Stage. All incoming nominations will be pre-screened by the sustainability expert team within our organization and select a few that will be shortlisted.
  • 2nd Stage. The nomination forms along with the supporting documents for the shortlisted organizations shall be shared with our panel of judges for their final assessment.

Final shortlisted companies from stage 1 shall be notified and are encouraged to participate in the Awards Night. Declaration of final results, winners and runners up, will be during July 21, 2016.


Dates to Remember for ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit & Awards 2016
February 15, 2016Launch of ACSSA 2016 and filing of award nominations

June 3, 2016 Deadline for submission of award nominations

June 6-17, 2016Review and assessment of nominations

June 22, 2016Announcement of short-listed organizations

July 21, 2016ACSSA 2016 Awards Dinner Ceremony and Declaration of Winners and Runners-up



The award is bestowed to a company who has developed a clear vision of sustainability strategy and has designed its initiatives with achieved objectives.


The award is bestowed upon organizations that have produced exceptional sustainability reports through transparent disclosure of initiatives in their core operations.


Given to a company whose initiatives have provided with maximum benefits and the support given to change a community is awarded.


This award is meant for an organization that has demonstrated the most innovative ideas to reduce the environmental impacts in the lifecycle of its products and services.


For an organization that exemplifies proper management of resources; such as, air, water, energy, natural resources, minerals, chemicals, waste & hazardous substances.

Unique and innovative Sustainability geared programs with Youth involvement in the Academic institutions.


This award is bestowed on organizations that take their intent for sustainable operations beyond their gates & include suppliers, customers/consumers & the community at large.


For an organization who considers employees as an important asset to the organization with the proper programs and policies in place.


This award recognizes the unwavering commitment of organizations towards upholding the highest levels of governance & business ethos over and beyond compliance needs.


This category is meant for an organization (200 employees or less) that has demonstrated best practice in balancing the triple-bottom line (TBL) and is consistently showing a relative growth in this measure.

ACSSA 2016 Speaker
Karin Laljani

Managing Director
Corporate Citizenship U.K.

ACSSA 2016 Speaker
Tiur Rumondang

Executive Director
Indonesia Business Council for
Sustaiinable Development

ACSSA 2016 Speaker
Crisanto Frianeza

Secretary General Philippine
Chamber of Commerce
and Industry

ACSSA 2016 Speaker
Dr. Corazon Claudio

Chair - Environment Committee
Management Association of the Philippines

ACSSA 2016 Speaker
Dr. Jose Bienvenido Manuel Biona

Director - Center for Engineering
and Sustainable Development
Research De La Salle University

ACSSA 2016 Speaker
Bonar Laureto

Executive Director
Philippine Business for Environment

ACSSA 2016 Speaker
Conrado Virina

Marketing Director
Business World

Quick Glance at ACSSA 2014 & 2015

  • Aboitiz Equity Ventures
  • ACE Saatchi-Saatchi
  • AES Philippines Power Foundation
  • ArthaLand Corporation
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
  • Ayala Corporation
  • Bank of the Philippine Islands
  • Chamber of Mines of the Philippines
  • Clark Water Corporation
  • Climate Change Commission
  • Cognizant
  • Credit Suisse
  • De La Salle University
  • Del Monte Philippines
  • Department of Tourism
  • Devex Impact
  • Embassy of the United States of America
  • Energy Development Corporation
  • Federation of Philippine Industries
  • First Carbon Solutions
  • General Carbon
  • Geocycle (Holcim)
  • Global Reporting Initiative
  • Globe Telecom
  • Holcim Philippines
  • HSBC
  • Institute for Leadership & Sustainability, UK
  • International Finance Corporation
  • Isla Lipana& Co. (PWC)
  • Isla LPG Corporation
  • Maersk Global Service Centres (Phils) Ltd.
  • Manila Water
  • Meralco
  • Monsanto
  • National University of Singapore
  • Nestle Philippines
  • Oceanagold Philippines
  • Palafox Associates
  • Petron
  • Philippine National Oil Company
  • PT. Great Giant Pineapple
  • Sagittarius Mines
  • San Roque Power Corporation
  • SAP
  • Sealed Air
  • Security Bank
  • SGS Gulf Limited - ROHQ
  • Singapore Institute of Planners
  • Smart Communications
  • StarHub
  • TATA Power
  • Team Energy
  • Toshiba Information Equipment
  • TUV Rheinland
  • TVI Resource Development Inc.
  • United Pulp & Paper Co.
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