‘Hope in a Bottle’ maker wins the Developmental Social Enterprise Awards 2017

GenerationHope, Inc., the social enterprise behind Hope in a bottle which provides 100% of its profit to building schools in the country, was named Grand Winner of the Developmental Social Enterprise Awards 2017. In photo, from left to right: PwC Philippines Chairman and Senior Partner Atty. Alex Cabrera, Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, GenerationHope Inc. Founder and President Nanette Medved-Po, GenerationHope, Inc. CEO Gretchen Phillips, Generation Hope Program Officer for Education Joie Anna Balaong, PwC Philippines Assurance Partner Cherrilyn Javier, BCYF Chairman Antonio Yap, PwC Philippines Assurance Director Corina Molina and UCPB-CIIF Finance & Development Corp President Ed Amistad

GenerationHope, Inc., the social enterprise behind “Hope in a Bottle” purified bottled water, is the Grand Winner of this year’s Developmental Social Enterprise Awards (DSE Awards) presented by Isla Lipana & Co., the Philippine member firm of the PwC global network (PwC Philippines), and CSR thought leader Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation (BCY Foundation).

Other finalists were BEAGiver Ventures, Inc., designer, maker and seller of good quality backpacks for the benefit of poor schoolchildren; Bote Central, innovative coffee roasting machine maker and advocate of converting instant-coffee drinkers to freshly roasted brewed coffee; CITIHUB dormitory for workers living outside the metro in need of livable transient space; and OrganicOptions, an organic marketing company that bridges the gap between farming communities and consumers.

These Filipino enterprises committed to social objectives through its enterprise activities were recognized during the DSE Awards Night held 26 May 2017 at The City Club, Alphaland Makati Place in Makati City.

GenerationHope, Inc., founded by its Chairperson and President Nanette Medved-Po, helps solve the country’s shortage in classrooms by giving 100 percent of its profit to fund the construction of school buildings.

“Helping social enterprises by offering them support and guidance through our skills, experience and mentoring is PwC Philippines’ way of supporting sustainable economic growth. This is our fulfillment of PwC’s purpose – to build trust in society and solve important problems,” said Alex Cabrera, Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC Philippines.

Antonio Yap, Chairman of the BCY Foundation, says: “We are happy that our search for deserving social enterprises has been successful. Those that joined DSEA 2017 are a very impressive lot – and we’d like to think that social enterprises today have become more conscious on the importance of having good business practices while doing social good.”

A screening committee, composed of nine judges from various sectors such as the academe, social enterprise sector, government, and private businesses, selected the finalists and top winner. Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV headed the panel of judges.

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Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at My Pope Philippines. Prior to that, she contributed to the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  She's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as a Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

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