About BBC

February 1971: Thirty-five Bishops and thirty-five businessmen gathered together for the first Bishops-Businessmen's Conference in Baguio City.
To understand what the Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference for Human Development (BBC) is all about, one must first go back to its beginning, to 1971, a season of torment, a period of change - when 35 Bishops and 30 businessmen gathered in a Conference in Baguio City to explore areas of cooperation and concern compelled by the socio-political and economic problems at that time.

It was the beginning of sharing, of planning, of working towards a common goal – the promotion of total human development and the advancement of the Filipino towards a fuller human life.

Thus was the BBC born, in a time of heightened passion and rhetoric, by men of the cloth and men and women of capital, who thought both Church and Business should play a role in transforming Philippine society.

These Church and business leaders formed an organization to the name that speaks for its vision – the BISHOPS-BUSINESSMEN’S CONFERENCE FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (BBC)

The analysis, the prognosis, and the vision that led to the creation of BBC are contained in its “Consensus Statement”, which gives the rationale behind the formation of this unique enterprise shared by Church and Business.
“The church has a task in this world… a responsibility towards the temporal order… She must necessarily concern herself with the development of people, with their human development: economic, social, political, cultural and spiritual.

The Filipino modern manager must become a strategist for social development. The new
mission is to maximize the human resources. The new challenge is to make the common
interest of the whole community his own self-interest. The new business of business is to build
an enterprise on the total development of man.”

The BBC Consensus Statement is remarkable today for the enduring validity of the thoughts expressed in it, as well as for the ever-elusive goal of “radical reform of a deeply divided and disjoint society by democratic and peaceful means.”

The Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference for Human Development is a non-stock, non-profit association of leaders of the Church and business sectors who are committed to the promotion of total human development, jointly and in collaboration with difference sectors of Philippine society.
“The first thing the institutional Church can do for the business community is to give an example of social concern. . . The institutional Church leaders can help the business community by conveying to it where and in what ways, the resources of the private sector can be most effectively employed to advance national development.”

What business can offer to the institutional Church are the principles, conceptual tools and techniques in the art of managing physical and human resources to attain the objectives of an over-all pastoral strategy for total human development of the whole community at the diocesan and parochial levels.”
- BBC Consensus Statement
Someone once said that the purpose of BBC is “to make better Christians out of businessmen, and better businessmen of the Bishops”.

There is probably some grain of truth in this simplification of BBC’s reason for being. What distinguishes the BBC from other business and religious organizations is the interaction among its members who come from two distinguished backgrounds but share skills and strengths to achieve the common goal of total human development

While BBC has embarked on projects that seek to improve the living conditions of the less fortunate, the thrust of most of the BBC’s activities has been a dynamic program of advocacy, information, education and formation.
Based on a common faith in Jesus Christ, the BBC is a partnership of bishops and businessmen, both on the national and local levels, collaborating towards total human development; in cooperation with various sectors of Philippine society.

BBC considers widespread poverty and social injustice in our country today a contradiction to the Christian understanding of the human person.
Its mission is to bring about upliftment of the quality of the Filipino through the promotion of social justice and through the increase of the nation’s total wealth - that is equitably distributed in total rejection of poverty in this country.

Towards the achievement of these goals, BBC will catalyze the participation of various sectors of society - rich poor, powerful and powerless - in solidarity for total human development.
BBC is unique in the way it carries out its mission.

It pools the expertise, resources and influences of two of the most important sectors – Church and Business – towards the services of man and his integral development.

As Church leaders articulate the needs and aspirations of the people and share with the businessmen Christian principles on social responsibility and just social order; so to do business leaders share with the Churchmen the principles, conceptual tools and techniques in the art of managing physical and human resources for effective pastoral work.

Over the years since its founding in 1971, the BBC has developed some standing among the private and business organizations and in national agencies as well.

Then as now, these vital sectors are called upon to play distinctive roles in transforming society.
Membership is open to Business, and Church sectors, and professionals whose activities are related to business, regardless of race, sex and creed.

It is organized along the national and local levels.
The General Assembly, composed of all members of the organization is the supreme governing body. It elects the National Executive Committee.

The National Executive Committee (EXCOM) directs and conducts the affairs of the organization and formulates executive policies and programs including those approved by the General Assembly.

The BBC General Assembly and Annual Meeting is usually held on the first week of July of each year to coincide with the free day of the Bishops during the CBCP Plenary Assembly & Annual Retreat.

The BBC Secretariat helps ensure that the Programs and Projects of the EXCOM and the Clusters are implemented.