The ECCP is one of the most dynamic chambers in the country in promoting the development of Philippine-European relations and industry. During the current pandemic, the chamber has continued to be very active in connecting with its members and different stakeholders with relevant content and meaningful engagements. The ECCP continues to be an effective voice in the business community.
In any relationship, trust is an essential factor for it to last. The ECCP has lived up to its commitment of providing value to the partnership. I admire the support it gives to members by building a community within, thereby promoting inclusive growth among member partners. We are a beneficiary of this ecosystem, thus, we stayed.
For Republic Cement, having the ECCP network has proved strategic and helpful during the ongoing crisis. It allowed us to share knowledge and best practices between members, allowing us to elevate our respective health and safety protocols and preserve the safety of our colleagues and fellow members. By participating in the Sector Committee, our membership has allowed us to dialogue with key members of the Philippine government to extend our support and provide insight from an industry level. We are grateful for the ongoing partnership with the ECCP and look forward to future collaborations.
ECCP has helped open doors for engagement, enabling us to deliver our messages towards building a fruitful partnership with the government in nation-building. The proactive initiatives of the Chamber's various committees ensures that we are in-step with developments in our industry and constantly updated with key regulatory issues. Our membership in the Chamber doesn't just provide us an opportunity to connect with the business community; it is a fruitful investment in a partnership that helps us in working towards achieving our business objectives.
More than 40 years of experience in connecting and engaging with the responsible Government contacts and knowledge about the operating environment made ECCP to a valued partner for discussion of upcoming or planned changes of legislation, which impacts Foreign Direct Investments in the Philippines. ECCP helps their members with the active Industry specific advocacy to influence developments, which will influence their economic profitability and growth of their business in the future.
The ECCP and Nestlé Philippines share the vision of a robust and prosperous agriculture sector. As Chair of the ECCP Agriculture Committee, Nestlé Philippines is committed to helping build a sustainable and responsible agricultural supply chain in support of farmers. The ECCP is enabling critical synergies between its members and key stakeholders, especially the Philippine government, to drive agricultural productivity and diversity.
To attract and justify Foreign Direct Investments, there needs to be easy access to knowledge about the operating environment, building the value chain, ensuring CSR compliance, and seeking leverage for industry-specific advocacy. The ECCP is a proven key player and the only European organization represented in the Joint Foreign Chamber engaging directly with the government. For European companies and embassies, the ECCP has a proven record serving as the gathering point to drive profitability to businesses and inclusive growth in the Philippines.
ECCP continues to be an influential and valuable partner over the years. Through the different advocacies of the association, member companies can take part in policymaking that contributes to the overall improvement of the business sector and the economy. Amidst the current national emergency, ECCP has supported us by providing relevant information through its Viber group. Thus, we were able to get our IATF IDs early in the ECQ that helped us continue our operations as an essential sector.
In a business culture that acknowledges hierarchies, it has been thrilling and an honour to bridge generational gaps and create conversations between top executives & young professionals. To participate and be treated as a peer in ECCP board meetings has been my mini-MBA, a humbling experience. As a chamber, ECCP differs with its extensive scope – throughout industries, networks, capabilities – yet the relationships remain intimate and ATN’s customised needs are always met.
This global pandemic has gravely affected the rhythm of daily business, but the ECCP never missed a step. It quickly adapted to the new normal, strengthening its networks with constant and open communication and bringing service to where it is needed. As the Chair of the ECCP North Luzon Business Council, we do our best in extending the same level of service from our office in Clark to ECCP members in North Luzon. Without a doubt, the ECCP continuously fulfills the promise of being the chamber of choice.