Colin Legarde Hubo

Colin Legarde Hubo

Mr. Colin Legarde Hubo is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Social Responsibility at the University of Asia and the Pacific (CSR-UA&P). He spearheaded the integration of sustainability in the curriculum of UA&P and started the Applied Sustainability Management in Asia Pacific (ASMAP) in 2015, a professional program accredited by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Philippine government. The ASMAP has trained and evolved into a network of 106 business sustainability executives representing 75 companies in the Southeast Asian region. Colin is also the sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) adviser of several publicly-listed companies (PLCs) in the Philippines.

In 2007, Colin introduced the popular use of GRI Standards in the country as an elected Stakeholder Council member of the Global Reporting Initiative, wherein he was elected twice for six years (2006-2011). Since then, he has been helping PLCs produce their sustainability reports. He also pushed for the release of the Securities and Exchange Commission Memorandum No. 4 in 2019 mandating PLCs in the Philippines to publish sustainability reports annually.

Colin is a certified practitioner of the four widely used international reporting standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative, integrated reporting, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). He guided several companies to transition to integrated reporting by developing an internal rating system to ensure the alignment of Philippine company integrated reports to <IR> framework. Also, he is closely working with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) to promote the SASB Standards in the Philippines. In 2019, he invited SASB Chairman Jeffrey Hales to the Philippines and organized the first-ever SASB conference in the country. All these are dedicated to his mission of encouraging Philippine companies to achieve comprehensive and world-class ESG reporting.

Colin’s sustainability advocacy began when he was recruited as an analyst for risk assessment and sustainability in the extractive sectors in the Philippines and Southeast Asian Region by Control Risk Group (CRG), a leading global risk and strategic business intelligence consulting firm based in London. Soon after he was recruited as the national country consultant of the IFC-World Bank for its technical assistance on corporate social responsibility for the Philippine mining sector in 2003-2005. Likewise, he served as the Philippine country consultant for the retrospective evaluation of the World Bank’s Institute learning activities in the Philippines. This was followed by his involvement as the project leader of the technical assistance on alternative financing for Philippine local government units by the British Embassy Manila (Project ALFI) from 2009-2010. The following year, Colin served as co-project leader of the technical assistance on green financing for Philippine local government units by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Colin obtained his Political Science and History degrees from the University of the Philippines – Visayas. He obtained his master’s degree in Education from the University of Asia and the Pacific and completed the course requirements for the master’s degree in Sociology (sans thesis) from the University of the Philippines – Diliman. He was a Fleishman Fellow at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy of Duke University.