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Monday 12 July 2004
Working abroad: Stevie Cameron
Written by Stevie Cameron, AIESEC member
Stevie at the conference
Stevie at the conference

Stevie Cameron is in the Philippines this summer.

He's travelling with the AIESEC student organisation, and he's writing a regular diary on BBC Birmingham.


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Population: 80 million (UN, 2003)
Capital: Manila
Major languages: Tagalog (Filipino), English
Major religion: Christianity
Monetary unit: 1 Philippine peso = 100 centavos
Exports: Electrical machinery, clothes, food & live animals, chemicals, timber


AIESEC (pronounced "i-sek") stands for the Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce.

AIESEC is the world's largest international student organisation with 30,000 members in over 86 countries.

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Monday 12 July 2004

The Philippines is shrouded with problems ranging from poverty to low life expectancy. 42% of its population is comprised of children/youths and health services and education are very poorly provided for. Just by walking down the streets you will come across these issues. Due to the bad traffic, cars are often standing still in the roads, and it is then that streams of people come to the car window selling street goods, or just begging. They're everywhere, and they're impossible to ignore.

Responsible companies

In light of all this, it is more important than ever that businesses notice the environment they are working in, and use their resources to help and provide support to communities. This concept is given the name CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility. Businesses all around the world are employing CSR and looking to expand their policies to maximise the help that they can give. When I joined AIESEC, this is one of the first things I learnt about, as our core work is done in the company of such organisations.

Noli de Castro
Noli de Castro

Therefore, when I heard there was a three day conference dedicated to such issues, I jumped at the opportunity to attend. As a member of AIESEC, I was made welcome, joining esteemed guests including many CEOs and Presidents of top Filipino brands.

The opening speech was given by Noli de Castro, the newly elected Vice-President of the Philippines, which focused on the youth, and set the tone for the subsequent presentations. Members of the media, entrepreneurs, and other high profile businessmen joined forces to educate and inspire growing brands to follow their examples of CSR.

Meeting the president's daughter

Stevie with Luli Arroyo
Stevie with Luli Arroyo

I was also privileged enough to speak with Luli Arroyo, daughter of the President of the Philippines, Gloria Arroyo. She spoke of her growing dismay at the way the international media portrayed the Philippines, at which I suddenly felt loaded with a whole lot more responsibility!

CSR is becoming more and more important everyday. It will be the catalyst that provides change for the future of the world that we live in, and our children will live in. For these reasons, it was so pleasing to see that the Philippines recognises this and is encouraging business big and small to jump onto the bandwagon.

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