As Vice President and Sustainability Officer for the largest bank in the Philippines, Marla heads the BDO Group’s Sustainability Office and drives the execution of the BDO Sustainability Framework and Strategies. She oversees sustainability-related policy formulations and program reviews across the BDO Group, as well as monitoring, tracking, and reporting of the Bank’s environmental and social impact and initiatives. She also produces the annual BDO Sustainability Report. She works closely with business groups and subsidiaries as subject matter expert and advisor, to ensure the Bank’s alignment of its policies and practices with global standards, regulations, and guidelines on sustainability reporting. She is also responsible for communicating sustainability initiatives to internal and external stakeholders, and represents BDO in external speaking engagements and forums.
Before joining BDO, Marla was Diversity & Inclusion Lead for global news and information services provider Thomson Reuters, where she spent 11 years leading the execution of global strategies in diversity and inclusion, social impact, corporate responsibility, and corporate communications, first in Asia Pacific, then globally. Previously, she held senior corporate communication roles at tech firm Intel Corporation for its Asia operations; Filipino food and beverage group San Miguel Corporation; and architecture, engineering and construction company Environments Global. She started her career at public relations firm Orendain & Associates where she designed communication campaigns for multinational banks, pharmaceutical companies, and non-government organizations. Marla was also a features writer for Philippine national dailies and their magazines.
Marla is an experienced international speaker on gender, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. She is a certified facilitator of the Google #IamRemarkable workshop for women, and former Board Member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)-Philippines.