SGV Partners speak at AmCham-BLP session

SGV Partners facilitated an online session at the 2020 American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc. Business Leadership Program (AmCham-BLP) last 27 July. Selected students from different courses and universities in the Philippines attended the session.

SGV Talent Leader and Assurance Partner Julie O. Mateo (JOM) provided an overview of SGV, its services and Purpose, emphasizing the importance of aligning an SGVean’s personal purpose with the Firm’s Purpose. She encouraged participants to define their own purpose and work towards achieving it. JOM also discussed how the Firm has addressed and adapted to the disruptions caused by the pandemic. She shared how SGV is leveraging on digital platforms to encourage virtual employee engagement.

JOM and JMC with the AmCham-BLP session organizing team

Business Consulting Partner and EY ASEAN Consulting Quality Leader Joseph Ian M. Canlas (JMC) discussed sustainability and the importance of managing sustainability issues. As a global concern with social and environmental aspects, sustainability affects not only businesses but other sectors as well. He explained the opportunities to address sustainability issues and the possible risks involved if they are ignored. JMC also discussed the actions that the Philippine Government and different private companies, including SGV, are taking to address sustainability issues. He also explained the Firm’s projects and initiatives for clients and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

JMC and BNV with members of the organizing team during the open forum

The session concluded with an interactive open forum led by JOM, JMC and Financial Accounting Advisory Services and Climate Change and Sustainability Services Partner Benjamin N. Villacorte (BNV). They addressed questions about the Firm’s opportunities and internal programs for its people as well as queries on sustainability and climate change issues.