Sep 2022
CIFAL Philippines - Sustainable Development Goals for Transformational… People
Web based
Self-paced, open-enrolment event
Is this event associated with a learning outcome?
Does the event include an objective assessment of learning?
Duration of event
1 Days
Programme Area
Decentralize Cooperation Programme
Event Focal Point Email
Registration method
Private – by invitation
Mode of delivery
English, Other

In 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which provides plans for the people, and the planet to achieve a peaceful and prosperous future. This led to the creation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. 

The 2017 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Business Forum emphasized the significant role of businesses, private institutions, government, and civil society organizations in the achievement of the 17 goals by promoting sustainable and inclusive development. The forum highlighted the need for (1) developing a clear mechanism for monitoring business investment in the SDGs; (2) designing projects that incentivize private investments by offering enticing returns on investment; and (3) increasing awareness of the SDGs in the private sector.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine economy has experienced a series of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declines thus further exacerbating the unemployment rate since 2020. As a response, UP-CIFAL Philippines offers the Sustainable Development Goals for Transformational Business (SDGs4Biz), a capacity-building activity that aims to increase awareness and further promote how the private sector can integrate the 17 SDGs into their transformational business strategies and consequently, contribute to building back a better economy. 


Event objectives

At the end of this session, the participants are expected to:

  1. Explain the relevance of the SDGs to their company’s vision and mission;
  2. Discuss existing company initiatives in relation to the SDGs; and
  3. Provide program and policy recommendations for the company to integrate the principles of SDGs.
Content and Structure
  • Overview of the SDGs (video presentation)
  • Opening remarks and expectations setting from the representative of the partner company, Ms. Melissa Vergel De Dios, the Chief Sustainability Officer of PLDT-Smart
  • Presentation on “Getting to Know the SDGs: History, Principles, and the 17 Goals” by UP-CIFAL Philippines
  • Presentation on “The Five Pillars of SDGs: People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity, and Partnership” by UP-CIFAL Philippines
  • Presentation on “SDG 9 IN FOCUS: Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization” by Mr. Teddy Monroy, the Country Representative for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Short question and answer segment
  • Synthesis and closing

This capacity-building activity is a web-based interactive session that combines lectures and short mentimeter exercises. This session will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. The provision of this event is upon the request of the partner company.

Targeted audience

This capacity-building activity is intended for mid- to senior-level employees of companies, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and the private sector as a whole. It is also open to leaders of business associations, foundations, corporate social responsibility organizations, and cooperatives. For this specific capacity-building activity, PLDT-Smart opens the event to all of its employees to bring SDG awareness at all levels of their departments.