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Doing business in the Philippines

Explore the key issues for doing business abroad, from setting up a business in the Philippines to understanding the local business environment. Find guides and other resources to support your organisation's global growth.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in the Philippines
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Philippines company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Overseas Business Risk - Philippines
Report from UK Trade & Investment and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

Doing Business in Asia Pacific
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this region, covering the Philippines. It also provides useful information for those living and working in the Philippines either temporarily or permanently. Published in May 2018.

Doing business in the Philippines
Guide produced by Grant Thornton offering a profile of the Philippines and covering regulatory environment, finance, imports, labour, financial reporting and audit, and tax. Published in 2019.

Doing Business in the Philippines
A business guide from Baker & McKenzie which helps companies understand the economic, legal and regulatory structures of the Philippines. Published in September 2019.

Philippines: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi in 2017, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in the Philippines.

Exporting

On our Exporting to the Philippines page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA)
A non-profit organisation, whose aim is to improve corporate governance and regulation in Asian countries. Information includes code and rules on company law, accounting standards, regulations and listing rules in the Philippines.

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

Forums and support networks

British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
An independent, non-profit membership organization whose primary objective is to support the development of its members’ business and social interests in the British and Philippine communities, helping them achieve their objectives.

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Organisation providing support for SMEs and promoting business growth in the region.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in the Philippines

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in the Philippines
Analysis of the business environment in the Philippines, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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