Course Name

The Sustainability Imperative: ESG from Concept to Action


March 24, 2023

Schedule via Zoom:
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Regular Rate:

Php 3,000

Early Eagle Rate:

Php 2,500

Valid Until:

March 10, 2023

The Sustainability Imperative: ESG from Concept to Action


Philippine business organizations are becoming more aware of sustainability in business, probably as a result of different factors in recent years. Investors are increasingly conscious that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices of a company may affect its costs and risks. When the Securities and Exchange Commission announced in December 2018 that they were going to require publicly-listed companies to submit sustainability reports, even the companies that initially did not care about sustainable development had no choice but to take notice. Thus, Philippine companies, which did not pay attention to sustainability five years ago, are now seeing the need to talk the language of sustainability in the new global landscape. The course will introduce basic concepts of corporate sustainability, give examples of how different companies embedded ESG into their strategies and activities, explore ESG initiatives for local companies.

Who should attend

The Sustainability Imperative course is appropriate for anyone in a management or supervisory position who wishes to be more familiar with the language and concerns of sustainability, or who needs to participate in the execution of company and departmental sustainability strategies and initiatives. This course is fit for managers in both the private sector (Publicly Listed or Privately-Held Corporation) and the public sector. 

It may also be useful for people being groomed for management or leadership positions as companies encounter both opportunities and risks in a rapidly changing environment.

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the broader sustainability context;
  2. Describe the environment, social, and governance (ESG) framework; 
  3. Discuss the tensions and challenges faced by organizations in the implementation of ESG;
  4. Evaluate the benefits of good practice in ESG; and
  5. Identify opportunities for ESG implementation or enhancement in their respective companies.

Module 1 - The New Corporate Sustainability

     • Sustainability in the Global Context
     • What is Corporate Sustainability: An Introduction to ESG
     • Case Studies: ESG Transformation Journey of Companies
     • Tensions and Challenges in ESG
     • Benefits of Integrating ESG into Your Organization

Module 2 - Embedding ESG in the Business Functions

     • Best Practices in ESG
     • Breakout Session: Implementing ESG Initiatives for Your Company

Dr. Assunta Cuyegkeng is a professor at the Department of Educational Leadership and Management of the Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design (GBSEALD). She is the Executive Director of the Lily Gokongwei Ngochua Leadership Academy and the ASEAN University Network on Ecological Education and Culture (AUN-EEC). She is also  the Managing Editor of the Journal of Management for Global Sustainability. In 2013 she helped establish the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability and became its Director from 2013 to 2021. She was the former Vice President for the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, taking charge of operations from 2006-2010.

She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemistry from Ateneo de Manila University and her doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of Regensburg in Germany. Her current research and teaching interests include leadership, strategy, and sustainability of social and micro-enterprises.

Ms. Abigail Marie Favis obtained her MSc in Environmental Sanitation at the University of Ghent, Belgium and her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. She has been involved in environmental management and sustainability work for the Ateneo de Manila University since 2009.

Currently, she is the Program Manager for Campus Sustainability at the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability as well as the Officer-in-Charge. She is also an assistant professor at the Department of Environmental Science at the Ateneo and teaches environmental science and science, technology, and society. Her research interests include sustainable consumption and urban biodiversity and green spaces.

Dr. Emmanuel Delocado is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and heads several research projects of the Ateneo Biodiversity Research Laboratory, including the Integrative Philippine Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomy and Ecology Project (Project I-FITE PH). Currently, he serves as the Program Manager for Sustainable Development Goals at the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability (AIS) and the Country Manager of Sustainable Development Solutions Network Philippines (SDSN PH), where his role is to mainstream sustainable development and integral ecology within the university and beyond. He is the Managing Editor of the Philippine Journal for Systematic Biology (PJSB) and is part of the Secretariat of the ASEAN University Network on Ecological Education and Culture (AUN-EEC). He obtained his PhD in Biology from the Ateneo de Manila University and her research interests include education for sustainable development, freshwater biodiversity conservation, and insect systematics.

Ms. Marimar Baticulon is the Business Development officer at the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability and serves as the Coordinator for 3Zero Philippines, co-founded by ACTED and Gawad Kalinga. She is also a board member at SustainablePH, a non-profit dedicated to raising sustainability leaders in the Philippines and a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.

Prior to these, she was a corporate sustainability professional with the SM Sustainability Office at SM Investments Corporation, working with the retail, mining, banking, property, logistics and leisure businesses of the group. She spearheaded sustainability initiatives and helped companies within the group integrate sustainability in their operations and communicate their progress through sustainability reporting.

Ms. Baticulon holds a master’s degree in Sustainability Management and a bachelor’s degree in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University.

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