Enrique Razon is a multifaceted man. He is a father, a husband and one of the country’s most respected business leaders.
“COVID-19 is a war with an unseen enemy” he commented over the phone during our interview. “Everyone has to fight in the war; that's a no brainer to me. I didn't even give it a second thought” Razon said firmly. He shared that his group of companies have already donated around Php 500 million in medical supplies alone so that Filipinos can better equip ourselves in this battle. On top of that the CSR foundations of both Solarie (Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc. (BCFI)) and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI Foundation) have both contributed to various relief efforts outside of the medical realm in order to attack this state of calamity from all angles.
Razon believes that aside from being a health crisis, the pandemic is causing a toll on the economic and social condition of almost everyone. He sincerely hopes that through both individual and collaborative efforts, they can somehow alleviate the plight of our countrymen.
Inspiration? Inspiration has absolutely nothing to do with it. Nothing inspired me. This is war. We need to step up.— Enrique "Ricky" Razon
What makes his donations different, you might ask? Well, his companies and their CSR efforts not only give cash, but also carefully decide what in-kind supplies to donate, curating how funds will be put to use so a significant or meaningful outcome can be reached.
To Razon, results matter. His goal, the bottom line, is to do his best to assuage the troubles of the economically vulnerable in the Philippines; what happens to his home-country and his countrymen, means a lot to him. Razon is not donating for the sake of donating, to be called a philanthropist, to make a splash in the media, or to garner any attention at all. In fact, when speaking to him, I could sense a slight hesitation with regards to the interview. He would rather not be recognised or lauded; for a man worth talking about, he is far too modest. With conviction, Razon shared that “there is no thinking of whether you should help or not; we need to keep firing away to beat this thing.” Perhaps he views these contributions as necessary and logical rather than philanthropic or emotional, but nonetheless, he is changing lives for the better and a great number of Filipinos are thankful for it.