For over four decades, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) has developed ties with the Philippine government and has actively advocated for reforms to make the Philippines a more competitive destination for local and foreign investments. Moreover, the Chamber has been deeply involved in sustainability-related advocacies covering energy, water management, and circular economy, among others.

Recognizing the urgency of sustainability and in line with the European Commission’s efforts on the European Green Deal, the ECCP is organizing its first Europa Awards on 10 June 2021. This seeks to promote and recognize companies with exceptional performance and contributions in promoting sustainability in line with global standards and the Philippine Development Plan.

Major Components & Activities

As a run-up to the Europa Awards, the ECCP will host a series of online conversations featuring thought leaders. Also, the Chamber will publish the Sustainability Whitebook and a special edition of the Chamber’s Euro-PH membership magazine highlighting best practices and success stories on sustainability efforts and initiatives of companies across various sectors/themes.

2021 ECCP Europa
Awards Event


Special ECCP membership magazine
edition on Europa Awards 2021

Pre-awards event sustainability-related activities

Award Categories

During the awarding ceremony in June, organizations with the most outstanding sustainability programs will be awarded in six key categories/themes:

Smart and Safer Mobility

This will be awarded to the company that has showcased innovative and sustainable mobility solutions that address present challenges in the transportation system in terms of environmental impact, security, accessibility, and infrastructure availability, among others. The company is also recognized for its business model that caters to the growing demand for safer, cleaner, and data-driven services as well as its potential to play a pivotal role in redesigning the urban mobility ecosystem.
Clean and Efficient Energy

This will be awarded to the company that has successfully incorporated the use of clean and accelerating efficient energy practices in its day-to-day operations while maintaining profit. The company will also be recognized for its use of clean energy within the country thereby aiding the government in its thrust to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030 as stipulated in the Paris agreement.
Circular Economy

This will be awarded to the company that has developed and adopted a circular business model enabling the company to offer and deliver goods and/or services while maintaining ecological and social costs at a minimum.
Sustainable Food and Nutrition

This will be awarded to the company that has contributed to the enhancement of the food industry in the Philippines by offering innovative products and services thereby contributing to the implementation and promotion of the “sustainable food systems” concept in the country.
Green and Inclusive Finance Solutions

This will be awarded to the company that has shown active support to businesses engaging in green projects by promoting and supporting the flow of financial instruments and other related services for the development and implementation of sustainable business models, green investments, and policies promoting sustainability. This can also cover green products within savings, credit, insurance, money transfers, and new digital delivery channels.
Water Resource Management

This will be awarded to the company that has best demonstrated excellence in utilizing an Integrated Water Resource Management approach in its water resources projects and has shown innovative thinking and application of solutions for wise water management and practices.

Award Criteria

Sustainability Strategy and Culture


Sustainability Partnership

Sustainability Impact

Eligibility & Important Reminders

  • Companies will be able to propose their nomination to maximum of two categories.
  • Nominations will be accepted from European and non-European companies.
  • Awards given are only symbolic and non-monetary.
  • Shortlisted nominees may be asked to provide further details to assist with the selection process.

Panel of Judges

H.E. Luc Véron

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

Luc Véron is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines. He is also the Head of the Human Resources Division of the European External Action Service since 2015. In this capacity, he handles talent management diplomats and other agents in the headquarters and overseas. Before this, he managed bilateral relations with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as the Deputy Head of the Central Asia Division.
Mr. Jean-Marc Arbogast

Country Manager of IFC Philippines

Jean-Marc, a French national, was formerly the Adviser to the Vice-President Corporate Strategy and Resources, where he helped formulate and articulate IFC's strategic priorities while aligning resources to deliver on our ambitious agenda. Prior to that, Jean-Marc was a Senior Investment Officer in the Global Water team where he led origination and execution of transactions in the sector globally, in close coordination with regional infrastructure colleagues. Before joining IFC in 2012, Jean-Marc worked as an investment banker at BofA Merrill Lynch in New York City, advising industrial and agribusiness companies globally on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.
Dr. Antonio Gabriel La Viña, JSD

Acting Executive Director and Energy Collaboratory Director of Manila Observatory

Dr. Tony La Viña is a teacher, thinker and lawyer. He is currently Dean of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Government, a position he took in 2006 after an eight year stint in the World Resources Institute. Before that, from 1996-1998, Tony was undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines.
Ms. Cherrie Atilano

President and Founding Farmer of AGREA Agricultural Systems International, Inc.

Cherrie Atilano is the President and Founding Farmer of AGREA Agricultural Systems International, Inc., a for-purpose and inclusive business, that is creating the first replicable one-island economy that is zero hunger, zero waste, and zero insufficiency. Cherrie started teaching farmers at the age of 12, has 22 years of vast experience in Sustainable Food Systems. She is a High-Level Ambassador of UN Scaling Up Nutrition, Food Systems Champion of the United Nations, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Board Member of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and the Philippine Ambassador of Food Security.
Jose Bienvenido Manuel M. Biona, Ph.D.

Executive Dean of DLSU Enrique K. Razon Jr. Logistics Institute

Dr. Biona is currently the Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Executive Dean of the Enrique Razon Jr. Logistics Institute of De La Salle University (DLSU). Concurrently, he is Executive Director of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines and thus has a very strong understanding and access to the whole eMobility value chain in the country. Likewise he is a Technology Advisor of Tojo Motors Corp., one of the biggest local electric vehicle manufacturing companies in the Philippines.
Mr. Christopher Ilagan

Chairperson of Philippine Water Partnership

Christopher A. Ilagan is a Chairperson of the Philippine Water Partnership. He recently joined Cargill Philippines Inc. last July 2019 as its Corporate Affairs Director. In this capacity, he provides strategic leadership in the company’s corporate communications, government relations, corporate responsibility, sustainable development and branding practice areas. He is a member of the company’s Country Leadership Team.
Mr. Bonar Laureto

Executive Director of Business for Sustainable Development

Bonar Laureto is the Executive Director of Business for Sustainable Development, Inc. since 2011. He got his BS Biology from Central Mindanao University and took his masters in Environmental and Natural Resources Management at University of the Philippines Open University. He is a GHG Expert and a GRI Trainer. He is also the industry partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in the Philippines.
Atty. Jose Layug Jr

President of Developers of Renewable Energy for AdvanceMent, Inc.

Atty. Jose M. Layug, Jr. or “Jay” is the President of the Developers of Renewable Energy for AdvanceMent Inc. or DREAM. He recently served as Chairman of the National Renewable Energy Board from 2016-2018. Jay was the Undersecretary of the DOE from 2010-2012 and headed the Renewable Energy Management Bureau, Energy Resources Development Bureau, Energy Utilization Management Bureau, Oil Industry Management Bureau and Legal Services.