AVPN 2020 | The Challenges for Corporates in Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic


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Session Highlights:

  • The panelists shared how their companies were thinking beyond financial performance to focus on humanity during the COVID-19 crisis. Ong Ai Hua of J&J Pharmaceuticals shared how they are accelerating R&D for a vaccine despite the high risk and costs, while the others shared their efforts to increase community and employee support.
  • The welfare of workers throughout the supply chain took centre stage in the conversation with all panelists agreeing that disruption has an outsized impact on this group. They felt strongly it was their duty to protect and uphold the dignity of their workforce and gave examples of how they are achieving this in real time.
  • Resilience and a strong sense of purpose was highlighted as key attributes for leaders during the current crisis and the recovery ahead. Anne Patricia Sutanto focused on one’s inner strength while Manolo Arroyo, added on the importance of leading by example to galvanise employees as they adapt to change.

Session Description:

    As COVID-19 has crashed the global economy, businesses large and small have faced an unprecedented situation where they are challenged with their responsibilities toward their employees, vendors and partners – some are even fighting for their own existence. The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to disrupt our lives for months if not years to come and has already shown how vulnerable our current socio-economic structures are and how essential it is to develop stronger business contingency plans and fair practices.

    This session will discuss the corporates role through the COVID-19 crisis and the upcoming economic recovery phase, featuring strategy implementation and initiatives that are benefiting both society and the long-term bottom line of the companies, by supporting employees, customers, supply chains and the economy at large.

Key Takeaways:

  • Reforming business as usual to adapt to the new post-COVID world order
  • Inspiring action and impact leadership through business-relevant crisis response
  • Transforming business contingency planning to prepare for a holistic socio-economic response for crisis


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B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
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C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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