AF shares about CSR practices with Vietnam National University students and educators

How do social enterprises and corporate foundations contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?” This was the central question explored during an online learning session held on March 20, 2024, where the Association of Foundations (AF) took part in discussing the Philippine context with an audience from Vietnam.

Hosted by the Sustainable Livelihoods Collaboration (Project SLiC), led by Professor Stuart Carr and Dr. Minh Hieu Nguyen of Massey University in New Zealand, the session gathered Business Administration students from Vietnam National University (VNU), alongside educators, incubators and researchers engaged in studying sustainable development. The exchange delved into the roles and intersections between social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, and academia in the pursuit of the SDGs.

Mr. Oman Jiao, Executive Director of the AF, was one of the three presenters from the Philippines. He talked about how corporate social responsibility (CSR)—through purpose-driven and collaborative efforts of Philippine-based corporate foundations—contribute to nation-building and SDG attainment. Mr. Jiao emphasized the urgency of addressing pressing social issues through innovation and cross-sector collaboration, to effectively tackle the multifaceted dimensions of sustainable development.

Mr. Jiao’s viewpoint was echoed by fellow speakers Ms. Ana Marina A. Tan, Executive Director of the Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSEnt) and Dr. Mendiola “Joy” Teng-Calleja, Executive Director of the Ateneo Center for Organization Research and Development (Ateneo CORD). Their presentations focused on the contributions of social enterprises to the SDGs, as well as potential engagements between social enterprises, CSR initiatives and academic institutions. 

All in all, the exchange of practices, perspectives, and insights between representatives from Vietnam and the Philippines underscored the need to proactively integrate sustainability and inclusivity models in institutional endeavors. In line with SDG#17 (“Partnerships for the Goals”), they collectively brought to fore the significance of creating synergies across sectors to achieve genuine and lasting solutions toward societal transformation.

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