Corporate social responsibility lecture held

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The Chamber Business Women's Network held a Women Who Lead and Succeed lecture series at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa Gallery Room on Thursday.

“Business for good is good for business!”

That was the message shared by Bank of Guam as it shared its ideas about the corporate responsibility movement, or CSR.

The Chamber Business Women’s Network held a Women Who Lead and Succeed lecture series at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa Gallery Room on Thursday.

Bank of Guam’s Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jackie Marati led the discussion on the organization’s journey of corporate social responsibility. According to Marati, one of their initiatives is to be the drivers of sustainability.

“We’ve been working really closely with eco-friendly and sustainable companies … young companies, small companies … not only to highlight their efforts but also to assure that they survive,” Marati said.

Spearheading the movement, Marati believes that every company has the potential to make an impact within the community.

“Every single company here has a very special purpose and all of them are driven by that special something they have and how they were started and what their mission is and discovering that that’s a journey we’ve been going through and I think discovering that is a great part of the whole CSR movement,” Marati said.

For instance, Bank of Guam’s Life Teen Expo, which educates teens about financial literacy, is an example of the company promoting its values regarding CSR. The event is a one-stop area where teens can learn about life and survival skills for their journey into adulthood.

“I call them survival skills cause if you don’t get it right and make a mistake, sometimes those mistakes are really hard to reverse and so we wanna teach them before they go out there,” Marati said.

Registration for the event opens soon, and teens all over the island are encouraged to attend. Visit www.lifeteenexpoguam.com for more information.

The day-long event is set for October 19, 2019 at the Agana Shopping Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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