Hallmark Initiatives in the Past

Today, after almost four decades after its inception, BBC has proven itself faithful to its original vision.
It has undertaken action-programs to effect reforms and to change the Filipino’s negative values and attitudes.
Served as a sanctuary of hope for the Filipino during the Marcos dictatorship by holding regular fora and dialogues, which provided the necessary and sometimes dangerous service of an independent ventilation and discussion of pressing national issues.
Spearheaded the multi-sectoral effort to establish the Social Weather Stations; Veritas news magazine and the National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL). Veritas became a popular alternative of expression to a manipulated press during the martial law years, while NAMFREL, mobilized nationwide to protect the people’s will.
Conducted the first socio-political and economic surveys on a nationwide scale during the Martial Law years.
Pursued the ideal of corporate social responsibility through studies, seminars, conferences and pioneering a program on teaching social responsibility in business schools. It prepared and produced the now historic “Code of Ethics for Business.”
To promote industrial peace, BBC has worked to encourage an industrial-relation system adapted to Filipino culture and provisions.
Conducted pastoral management training seminars in the service of the Church.
The BBC commitment to the total development of man has involved the organization with the grassroots where it has worked in various ways with farmers groups, the urban poor and Basic Christian Communities.
Its unique character as a voluntary partnership of church and business leaders has enabled the BBC to fulfill a special function in national affairs in the advocacy and attainment of personal and structural change.
With the 1986 EDSA revolt, the Filipino regained his freedom. Today, however, structural ills and injustices continue to plague Philippine society, the crises remains.
Taking inspiration from EDSA, the BBC called on both the public and private sectors to harness people power for development in pursuit of social justice. These include:
  The conduct of 24 nation-wide multi-sectoral consultations on “Economic Recovery and the New Constitution in 1986”;
  The drafting of proposed legislation and holding of regional consultations on Urban Land Reform and housing, Squatting and Relocation and Rural Employment Generation;
  A continued dialogue and advocacy of the land reform issue with the Executive and Legislative branches, influential business leaders, land owners, various farmer groups, NGOs and its own membership;
  The setting-up of a BBC livelihood desk to provide various types of services and assistance to encourage livelihood programs in the diocese and BBC member companies;
  In pursuit of industrial harmony, the BBC sponsored industrial peace for a, where labor and management groups and the organization of industrial peace councils, such as the Laguna for Industrial Peace;
  Launched the Sikap-Gawa Awards for significant contributions to industrial peace;
  The linkage-building by the BBC Committee on Ecology with various NGOs in implementing environmental protection programs, such as the anti-smoke belching campaign, in cooperation with concerned government agencies;
  The formation of a National Coalition for Transparency composed of multi-sectoral organizations who believed in truth, honesty and fidelity to public interest are the cornerstones of the new morality needed in public service and private enterprise;
  In collaboration with the Philippine Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (PACSB), BBC undertook a pilot Metro Manila Survey of government agencies dubbed as Salamin ng Bayan vis-à-vis their observance of the government’s code of ethics for public officials and employees.
  The establishment of regional chapters which could harness citizen’s participation in social change, legislative accountability, and strengthening constitutional democracy;
  The continuation of its information and educational thrusts by addressing wide-ranging national issues through various seminar-workshops, for a and dialogues;
  The pursuit of its commitment to people empowerment.
People power is not only a symbol that frees the Filipino from bondage, people power means continuing change beginning with each and every Filipino, slow and painful change. Change of individuals and change of structures. People power property harnesses and directed is an alternative to violence.

The Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference commitment to social change remains firm and strong.

BBC has done these through peaceful and democratic means in collaboration with its partners in total human development for farmers, workers, youth, government and men of other religious beliefs.
Let us not miss this opportunity to be a partner over and above selfish interests for change. BBC needs men and women like you to help our underprivileged brothers and sisters attain human dignity and development.