The RVR Center recently held its first Stakeholder Consultation in Manila as part of the “Small Business Advocacy to Reduce the Space of Corruption”. The stakeholder consultation aimed to strengthen the role of SMEs as a constructive advocate for reform and to build consensus on an anti-corruption agenda among SMEs. The consultation in Manila gathered 16 stakeholders from the private sector, SME associations, and the academe to prioritize key corruption issues that this advocacy should focus on and to identify possible recommendations to address those issues.
The Asian Institute of Management, through the AIM Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility (formerly known as the AIM RVR-CV Starr Center for Corporate Governance) conducted a four-hour Basic Corporate Governance Training on 21 October 2016 for Board of Directors and key officers of CITISTORES Inc.
On 12 July 2016, the AIM through the AIM Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility (formerly known as the AIM RVR-CV Starr Center for Corporate Governance) conducted a four-hour Basic Corporate Governance Training for 15 Board and key officers of the GRJ Jaro Pawnshop Corp.
SMEs and SME associations from Laguna shared their experiences of corruption challenges as well as their various initiatives to promote compliance and business integrity in the recent Anti-corruption Training for SME Associations.
The Integrity Lecture for students entitled "Building the Brand of Integrity: A Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs," was successfully conducted at Conference Room 408 of Yuchengco Hall, De La Salle University- Manila (DLSU), on April 1, 2016. This lecture aimed to expand the knowledge base of young and aspiring entrepreneurs on the international best practices of anti-corruption and compliance.
The Anti-corruption training for SME associations, "Unity in Integrity," was successfully conducted at the Far East Bancom Room, Asian Institute of Management, on March 31, 2016. This event is the continuation among the series of discussions with a) new participants comprised of representatives of SME associations, and b) previous participants from the Roundtable Discussion held last year.
An opportunity to discuss integrity promotion and anti-corruption within the SME sector was made possible through the recently concluded Anti-corruption Training for SME associations in the University of San Carlos, Cebu City on March 8, 2016.
"Some are born smart. Some are born rich. But business ethics equalizes the playing field". This is the first prize winning entry in the slogan making contest held after the lecture in USC. The group explained that business people have different advantages over each other. But the only thing that assures their success is their observance of business ethics and their willingness to do business right.
The Integrity Lecture for students entitled “Building the Brand of Integrity: A Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs,” was successfully conducted at the Bolton Campus of the University of Mindanao, Davao City, on February 17, 2016. This event aimed to expand the knowledge base of young and aspiring entrepreneurs on the international best practices of anti-corruption and compliance.
The Anti-corruption training for SME associations, “Unity in Integrity” was successfully conducted in Apo View Hotel in Davao City on February 16, 2016.
The AIM through the AIM Ramon V. del Rosario Sr. – C.V. Starr Center for Corporate Governance conducted a series of two four-hour Corporate Governance training for 36 key officers of the EastWest Banking Corporation on November 5 and 6, 2015 at the GDLC case room in AIM.
“Yung first meeting, there were so many problems, concerns on corruption, ‘pag (ihalintulad sa) color siguro, parang black ang color. Ngayon, maraming colors na, may nakikita na tayong kahayag or light, there’s hope” (During our first meeting, there were so many problems and concerns on corruption.
On October 13, the Hills Program on Governance conducted its second anti-corruption roundtable discussion (RTD), entitled "Cultivating a culture of Integrity: A Roundtable Discussion with SMEs at the Carolinian Inn of the University of San Carlos-Cebu.
In coordination with the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), Integrity Initiative (II) and the Center for Strategic Reforms of the Philippines (CSR Philippines), the AIM Hills Program conducted an Integrity workshop for Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) entitled "Make Integrity Work for You!" on September 26, 2015 at the PICPA House in Mandaluyong.
On October 6, the Hills Program on Governance ran its first anti-corruption roundtable discussion (RTD) for this year. It aims to identify and assess the progress, if any, of previous SME training participants and Integrity Pledge signatories in preventing bribery and implementing anti-corruption measures in their respective businesses/organizations using a compliance questionnaire.
On June 17, 2015, the AIM Hills Program on Governance in cooperation with the AIM Office of Research and Publications launched the Research Folio on Devolution and Governance at the Lopez Gallery in AIM.
In its continuous effort to advocate integrity and accountability in business, the Hills Program of the AIM RVR CV Starr Center, in partnership with Integrity Initiative, recently conducted an Anti-Corruption Training for SMEs in Cebu on March 24, 2015.
As a member of the Integrity Consortium, the AIM Hills Program of the RVR CV Starr Center served as a witness to the Integrity Pledge Signing Ceremony held by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) on January 30, 2015 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.
On March 5 to 7, 2014, the AIM Hills Program of the RVR CV Starr Center participated in the Gobal Conference of the Hills Program in Washington D.C.
On December 1, 2014, the AIM Hills Program on Governance in partnership with the Asia Society Philippines held a conference entitled "Transparency 3.0 FOI: Asian Perspectives, Philippine Impact" at the Asian Institute of Management.
As part of the Center's steadfast advocacy of promoting integrity and accountability in business, the Hills Program, in partnership with the Integrity Initiative, held an Anti-Corruption for SMEs Training-of-Trainers at the Merill Lynch Room at the AIM Conference Center Manila on September 25, 2014 and an Integrity Pledge Briefing for Locators at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in Subic on December 11, 2014 as invited by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.
On 14 November 2013, the Hills Program, in partnership with The Asia Foundation and the Office of the Ombudsman, held a luncheon roundtable with Mr. Bertrand de Speville, former commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of Hong Kong to discuss “The Essentials of Fighting Corruption”.
On May 30, 2013, the Hills Program, in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Office of the Ombudsman, held a forum on “Corruption and Development – How Anti-Corruption Can Be Integrated into Development Measures to Ensure Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth” at the Asian Institute of Management.
On January 25, 2013, board members and officers of the US-Philippine Society visited AIM to hear a presentation on the governance programs at the Institute.