MANILA – The Philippines is set to host a regional meeting on how businesses in Southeast Asia and its partner countries can withstand cutthroat competition without sacrificing the environment.

Slated October 6 and 7 at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila, the two-day conference will gather business leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and its partner countries China, Japan and South Korea.

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said the trend now is to “do more with less”, citing some companies that implement changes on using water, energy, and raw materials efficiently.

“The Philippines is committed to pursue sustainable development, and this conference will help the country take steady steps towards sustainability,” he said.

Experts from the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies and partner organizations, namely, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, ASEAN Foundation, Asian Development Bank, De La Salle University, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, and the United Nations Environment Programme will serve as resource persons for the conference.

Topics that will be discussed include sustainable production and consumption, consumption and production patterns and approaches, alternative models of development, and Corporate Social Responsibility and the supply chain. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)