Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development and Collective Impact

Posted on August 6, 2019
By Liz Weaver

CSR Phillipines

More than 500 foundation leaders attended the Philippines League of Corporate Foundations annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Expo in Manila in July.  Highlighting the themes of collaboration and collective impact, the CSR Expo also focused on the progress being made on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

The League of Corporate Foundations invited the Tamarack Institute to share its insights weaving together the themes of collaborative leadership and collective impact through a plenary keynote and two workshops.  Corporate foundations in the Philippines are deeply engaged in funding and leading collaborative and community change efforts across the country.  Their commitment to investing in communities was evident through the presentations of plenary speakers who shared innovative projects including investing in local entrepreneurship to eradicate poverty, education, housing and technology. 



Collective impact is still in the very early stages of both development and investment.  The CSR conference provided a platform to share with delegates how collective impact is a cross-sectoral approach which can tackle complex problems at scale. 

An important theme of the CSR Expo was the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the progress being achieved in the Philippines.  The SDGs were adopted by all nations in 2015 and are a shared global blueprint for countries and organizations to work collaboratively toward a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous future for all people and the planet.

Significant progress is being made in the Philippines on the SDGs as many of the goals are in parallel with the Philippine Development Plan.  Corporate foundation leaders were encouraged to continue their deep investments in communities and to continue to build the culture of collaboration across the country. 

Participating in the League of Corporate Foundations CSR Expo provided insights into the global importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how countries and corporations can play an important role in advancing these goals.  The CSR Expo also highlighted the critical importance of investing in collaboration, skills building and exchange across sectors and people. 

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Liz Weaver

By Liz Weaver

Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Liz is Tamarack’s Co-CEO and Director, Learning Centre. In this role she provides strategic direction to the organization and leads many of its key learning activities including collective impact capacity building services for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Liz is one of Tamarack's highly regarded trainers and has developed and delivered curriculum on a variety of workshop topics including collaborative governance, leadership, collective impact, community innovation, influencing policy change and social media for impact and engagement.

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