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GK is the Asian representative at the MEDEF closing plenary in Paris

[Date Created: September 30, 2013]


by Vanezza Zabert




Last August 30, 2013, Gawad Kalinga Founder and Chairman Tony Meloto was part of the MEDEF closing plenary in Paris, broadcasted live on the French national TV. It was a great honour to be representing the Asian region and to share the new trends and importance of social entrepreneurship in addressing pressing social issues.





The conference was organized by MEDEF, the French business trade association of major corporate leaders, held at the prestigious HEC Business School Paris. Tito Tony wowed the audience of 2,500 by saying "Doing good makes good business sense and invest in the young people who own the future." As always Tito Tony represented the voice of the poor and business leaders were particularly alert to his call for Corporate Social Investment – for inclusive growth and sustainable development.


A special private event was also organised by the MEDEF organisers for the official signing of the Schneider Electric BOP and Gawad Kalinga partnership – "bringing light to the poor and the remote GK communities across the Philippines"!



>> Read more in “Schneider Electric and GK sign partnership to increase access to energy and associated services in the Philippines”



During this milestone signing with one of Europe’s leading energy companies, thoughts were very much with the global GK team and our communities during the celebration reception. In a room full of business leaders andthe head of Schneider Electric, being the only Filipino with Tito Tony was a very proud moment and it remains an honour to represent GK in Europe. Big thanks to our Head of France Olivier Girault who continues to tirelessly spread the GK vision.



More updates below:




Tony Meloto with GK Europe's Vanezza Zabert (UK) and Olivier Girault (France)




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Gawad Kalinga is not a charity, rather, it's an organization that aims to end poverty by building empowered and productive communities. This would not be possible without the partners from different sectors in the Philippines and around the world who have journeyed with us in changing the lives of others. Attend the Social Business Summit this Oct. 2-5 and learn about how you too might become a change-maker in the Philippines. For more information, visit www.socialbusinesssummit.net. TOGETHER, WE CAN END POVERTY.


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