Sixto K. Roxas

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SIXTO K. ROXAS Chairman, Maximo T. Kalaw Institute for Sustainable development and one of the 1960 TOYM Awardees for Economics.

Born in the Philippines, August 6th, 1927 A.B. Ateneo de Manila, 1950 M.A. Economics, Fordham University New York, 1953

A product of Jesuit education from grade school through an A.B. degree at the Ateneo de Manila Summa Cum Laude, and then an M.A. in Economics at Fordham University, he has straddled the worlds of academe as lecturer in economics at Fordham University, the Ateneo de Manila, the University of the Philippines, as lecturer in Ecological Social Science in Miriam College and the Asian Social Institute, of social action with the labor movement and then of corporate management as executive vice president of a Philippine petroleum company, chief economic planner for the Philippine government, chief executive of an investment banking group in the Philippines and other countries of Southeast Asia, first Filipino president of the Asian Institute of Management, served as vice chairman of the American Express Bank in New York and chairman of the Amex Bank in London. He retired from business in 1982 and since then has been active in the management and establishment of various not for profit foundations. His interest in developing an ecosystems-based, community-centred, organization and management system under which enterprise stockholder interest is rendered subsidiary to community stakeholder wealth and welfare goes back some thirty years. He is currently engaged in preparing several provinces and cities for the installation of the system.



"It requires a whole new culture for organizations to think of sustainable development in terms of whole communities in relation to their respective habitats rather than in terms of sector-specialized enterprises and capital projects. It demands a whole new discipline to combine in feasibility appraisals, social and ecological integrated with economic criteria. A new breed of managers must emerge that manages communities towards integral goals where economic efficiency is defined to include social equity and ecological wholeness as integral outputs from the use of resources.


. Ideas - Movements - Institutions: these define the sequence and process of social transformation. Ideas become dominant among a critical mass of people and stimulate social movements. Social movements topple old institutions or energize them with a new spirit and a new culture. Such a process established the hegemony of the ruling economic order responsible for the enterprise-centered, growth-obsessed, unsustainable world that we have. It will take a similar process to transform our world into the community-centered sustainable socio-economic order that alone can save humanity and its habitat."


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