February 28, 2019

Creating an enabling environment for responsible agricultural supply chains in the Philippines - at the heart of the roundtable event co-organised by the Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (PPSA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which welcomed around 50 participants from Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and PPSA member-companies and partners in Makati City.

The OECD works with governments, business and civil society on international standards on responsible business conduct (RBC). In the agricultural sector, the OECD, together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), developed the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains (the Guidance) to help enterprises carry out due diligence to address risks and negatives impacts on workers, the community and the environment in global supply chains. This work also includes the upcoming Pilot Project on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains in Southeast Asia to promote the understanding and implementation of the Guidance to agribusinesses.

Above photo shows Shivani Kannabhiran, Policy Advisor on Responsible Business Conduct discussing the OECD-FAO guidelines on responsible agricultural chains.

About the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with a mission to promote better policies for better lives of people around the world. Its member countries span the globe and include many of the world’s advanced and emerging economies. The goal of the OECD is to build a stronger, cleaner and fairer world. 

About Philippine Business for Social Progress

Philippine Business for Social Progress is the largest business-led NGO at the forefront of strategic corporate citizenship and business sector leadership contributing to sustainable development and poverty reduction. Established in 1970, PBSP remains a consultant and partner of choice of companies and donors with its proven track record in creating sustainable solutions in Health, Education, Environment, and Livelihood while strategically engaging companies through social investment, responsible business practices, and philanthropy.

About the Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture

The Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (PPSA) is a multi-stakeholder partnership platform that aims to engage smallholder farmers and market players towards socio-economic growth and competitive advantage. PPSA brings together different sectors and actors to co-develop and scale initiatives to address key issues in agriculture such as increased productivity in farms, and strengthen environmental sustainability.

PPSA was catalyzed by Grow Asia, a partnership platform initiated by the World Economic Forum and is supported by ASEAN Secretariat. In 2017, Grow Asia Collaborated with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the country’s largest business-led social development organization committed to poverty reduction to establish the PPSA Secretariat to convene, facilitate, develop and help scale action-focused partnerships aligned with national agriculture agenda.

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