..."As members of MAP, we must steadfastly adhere to the highest
ethical standards, good governance principles and management excellence, while courageously confronting the growing complexity
of managing businesses in an ever challenging environment.
Our core values in the MAP remind us that integrity not
only entails honor, transparency and accountability, but also completeness with all the valued components of the main theme
taken into consideration to work efficiently as a whole.
This year, we hope to address the challenges of corruption,
criminality and climate change.
Corruption, as I learned from the seminary, comes from two Latin
words “cor,” which means heart, and “rupture,” which means break. So we seem to live in a country
or society with a broken heart.
The competitiveness of our country continues to decline, preventing
us from addressing poverty, housing, public health, transportation, traffic, climate change and the environment, among others.
MAP supports the Coalition against Corruption. We also fully support
the Integrity Initiative of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), the Makati Business Club (MBC), the European Chamber
of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Three-hundred plus companies have already
signed up for a pledge of the Integrity Initiative which aims to promote integrity and accountability in business. MAP members
are strongly urged to commit to ethical business practices and good governance. We should be exemplars, not the exempted.
MAP members must lead by example in the fight against corruption
by managing their business ethically and with integrity, paying the right taxes, taking care of their stakeholders and the
environment, not tolerating bribery, and not just talking about corruption but also reporting and exposing it..."