Business & Society

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GPCCI) is actively promoting the spirit of the Social Market Economy and values such as economic freedom, openness and tolerance, solidarity  and corporate social responsibility.

We believe that a Social Market Economy is an effective contribution to employment and prosperity which eventually leads to an inclusive growth.

The role of business in society must not be limitied to charity but has to focus on responsible management through self-regulation, thereby contributing to the economic and social development of a country.

GPCCI aims to provide a platform for spirited debate on the tensions and solutions that arise when the principles of the UN Global Compact and economic self-reliance are combined. It is an area where new policies, instruments and alliances have emerged, both in the business and the political fields.

Several codes of conduct and regulations have been implemented worldwide, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact, OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises, EU Directive on non-financial reporting and EU Directives on procurement, UK Modern Slavery Act, Dodd-Frank Act and California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.

We encourage businesses to engage in debate and engage policy makers that wrestle with these issues as well. The backlash against free trade and the rise of protectionism that we are witnessing in many parts of the world make it even more necessary to clarify and strengthen the voice of honorable businesses in the debate.

In this section we present the guiding principles of our work and the different initatives and networks in which GPCCI is involved in in order to pursue these goals.