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MVP Group explores sustainability frontiers 

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The Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP) Group of Companies traversed new sustainability frontiers with the help of an impressive line-up of global environmental, social and governance experts in its second Group Sustainability Summit held virtually.

Spearheaded by Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), the MVP Group Sustainability Summit assembled key thought leaders who tackled integral topics on futureproofing businesses for the succeeding generations, as well as how today’s actions impact the state of the planet and its people in the coming years.

“Prioritizing sustainability is key to our role as a reliable partner in nation building, as it creates a concrete roadmap for us to charter a better future for our people and our planet,” said MPIC Chairman, President, and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan in his opening remarks. “I hope we can learn a lot from this Summit, and more importantly, put such lessons into practice.”  

 

Sharing the Sustainability Journey

Staying true to the Group’s commitment to elevate its sustainability footprint, the summit was designed to create discourse and share best practices on relevant subjects such as business resiliency and innovation, investment stewardship and impact investing, green jobs, and accountability, among others.

Aligning with global best practices in sustainability begins with ensuring that decision-makers are kept abreast with recent developments and trends. To achieve this goal, the Group purposely partnered with established institutions who graciously shared their insights during the summit.

Ernst & Young Singapore Partner and APAC Supply Chain Leader Atul Chandna delved into the topic “How can Supply Chains balance Resiliency and Sustainability”. A succeeding panel discussion on the Global EESG Outlook featured inputs from McKinsey & Company Partner Vaibhav Dua and UBS Managing Director and Head of ESG Advisory Brendan Tu, and International Finance Corporation Principal Investment Officer Victoria Delmon.

Industry Platform Pte. Ltd. Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Irza Suprapto talked about “Navigating the Intersection of Sustainable Growth, Business & Technology”. BlackRock Head of Investment Stewardship Asia ex-Japan, Australia Shinbo Won addressed “What Investment Stewardship means for Investors”.

Credit Suisse Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing Advisory Dr. James Gifford talked about “Mobilizing Capital into Impact Investing”. EY Philippines Philippine Tax Incentives Champion Atty. Cheryl Edeline Ong discussed the overview of Green Tax Incentives in the country.

The Summit also tackled the role of finance in sustainability and adopting sustainable and resilient business models; accountability and systems transformation of the private sector; and material ESG issues from a ratings perspective - discussed respectively by Accounting for Sustainability Executive Chair Jessica Fries, World Benchmarking Alliance Executive Director Gerbrand Haverkamp, and Sustainalytics Sr. Manager for Sustainable Finance Solutions Marika Stocker.

The United Nations Global Compact Head of China Office Meng Liu shared about “Sustainable Leadership of Business Leaders.”

MPIC Chief Finance, Risk, and Sustainability Officer Chaye A. Cabal-Revilla closed the Summit, saying, “We have been driven by our purpose to put sustainability at the heart of our group’s business agenda, to fortify our resilience and safeguard our existence as humanity. Bringing together like-minded organizations through this Summit, symbolically unifies the positive and pervasive impact we create with our collective action. We will continue to forge the path for a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive future for all.”

Hosted by MPIC Head of Government Relations and Public Affairs Atty. Mike Toledo, MPIC Vice President for PR and Corporate Communications Melody del Rosario, and PLDT and Smart First Vice President and Group Corporate Communications Head Cathy Yang, this Summit emphasizes Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s role as the largest catalyst for a Sustainable Philippines, aimed to improve the lives in the country through providing essential services and mobilizing advocacies that uplift the quality of life of all Filipinos.

It is also a testament to MPIC’s efforts to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals.


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