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The topic of the 4th Sustainability Committee meeting will be corporate partnerships with NGOs and local government focused on skills and livelihoods training for disadvantaged communities.

As many are aware, the Philippines is still a developing country with widespread poverty both in rural and urban areas. In Manila alone, the World Bank has identified 2500 slums where families experience low living standards. For the youth in these, and many other, vulnerable communities, access to skills training and livelihoods in the formal sector is a path out of poverty, and this is where companies can have a meaningful impact.

On August 17, our guest speakers will be Rikke Fabrin, CSR Consultant at Artelia Philippines presenting with Jaime Benedicto, Executive Director of the NGO partner Bantu Philippines, as well as Hector Brizuela, Lead of Project RISE at Philippine Transmarine Carriers presenting their project Plastic-Free Starts with Me. Artelia Philippines and Bantu Philippines have a long-term partnership, where Artelia hires youth from the Bantu networks into different roles in their engineering company. They provide the young workers with mentoring to adjust to a formal workplace, which is important for success. Philippine Transmarine Carriers are engaged in a partnership with the Municipality of Balayan, a coastal community in Batangas. The project helps informal waste collectors and youth from disadvantaged communities to get access to upskilling and builds capacity for them to upcycle plastic waste.

Based on their experiences with NGO partnerships, Artelia with Bantu, and Philippine Transmarine Carriers, will be able to share their benefits from the partnerships, the practical aspects of setting up partnerships, and how to work around challenges. This session focuses on SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG 4 on Quality Education, as well as SDG 1 on No Poverty and SDG 17 on Partnerships for the Goals.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. Afterward, there will be 45 min. brainstorming session for participants to share their learnings and their practices with NGO partnerships for skills and livelihoods.

If your company is looking to become more inclusive and have a meaningful impact for the disadvantaged communities, come join us in person at Spaces, World Plaza in BGC on August 17 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, for a presentation on partnerships for skills and livelihoods with Artelia Philippines and Bantu Philippines, and Philippine Transmarine Carriers.

The Committee is intended for business partners of NordCham, but guests are also accepted. Interested guests are welcome to contact Executive Director, Jesper Svenningsen at js@nordcham.com.ph.

Aug 17, 2022

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (GMT+8)

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Spaces - Manila, World Plaza, Bonifacio Global City
5th Avenue
Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Meeting Agenda

4:00 PM - 4:10 PM: Welcome and introduction to the Sustainability Committee 

Lotis Ramin, Chairperson at NordCham Philippines Sustainability Committee

4:10 PM - 4:30 PM: Presentation of Case 1 of Partnership

Rikke Fabrin, CSR Consultant, Artelia Philippines

Jaime Benedicto, Executive Director, Bantu Philippines

4:30 PM - 4:35 PM: Q&A

4:35 PM - 4:55 PM: Presentation of Case 2 of Partnership

Hector Brizuela, Lead, Project RISE, Philippine Transmarine Carriers

4:55 PM - 5:00 PM: Q&A

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM: Brainstorming session

Jesper Svenningsen, Executive Director at NordCham Philippines

5:45 PM – 5:55 PM: Wrap up

Jesper Svenningsen, Executive Director at NordCham Philippines

5:55 PM – 6:00 PM: Group picture



    Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant at Artelia Philippines


    Executive Director at BANTU Philippines

    Rikke Fabrin is the Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant at Artelia Philippines, while Jaime Benedicto is the Executive Director at BANTU Philippines. Together, they started the Sustainable Youth Development Program. It is a partnership between Artelia Philippines and Bantu Philippines, which consists of 2-day workshops over several months designed to equip youth with the skills needed to succeed both in the workplace and in their personal lives. The partnership between Artelia and Bantu also extends to employment of youth at Artelia, ensuring the necessary decent work and income for youth to break the sad pattern of low-income communities.


    Lead, Project RISE

    Social Infrastructure Platform-TEP

    Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc.

    Hector Brizuela is the Project Lead for Plastic-Free Starts With Me, a community and maritime sector cooperation to protect the coastal and marine environment in the town of Balayan, Batangas, Philippines through establishing a culture of upcycling and promoting a circular economy. He also leads Project RISE, the pioneering maritime initiative for disaster preparedness and community resilience. Hector is also a professional environmental planner and registered safety professional.


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