About Us

In 2015, ZFF started the process of charting its second three-year cycle (2016-2018) plan and it reexamined and updated the Ten-Year Strategic Plan in relation to its current accomplishments, unfinished business and emerging trend, opportunities and challenges. As a result of the stocktaking and scenario building exercise, ZFF will pursue two strategic objectives for the period 2016-2022: (1) maintaining present course and complete unfinished tasks; (2) enhancing effectiveness, impact and sustainability of ZFF interventions based on the emerging trends.

To operationalize these strategic objectives, the revised vision, mission and goals stated below was approved during the Board of Trustees meeting in November 26, 2015.
Vision: Catalyst for the achievement of better health outcomes of all Filipinos.Mission:

Enable local health systems to effectively achieve better health outcomes of all Filipinos through leadership and governance in partnership with key stakeholders.


  • All trained local health leaders have improved Bridging Leadership competencies.
  • All trained local health leaders are able to strengthen local health systems with resilient and sustainable community-driven arrangements for better health outcomes.
  • Partnerships with government and other stakeholders institutionalized for leadership and local health systems development.
  • Lessons learned and evidence are disseminated to advocate responsive policies and programs in public health and governance.

Core Values:
Core values serve as a guide to the boundaries of human interaction and performance that is required of organization members.

– Goals and objectives consistent with commitment to our stakeholders
– Consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes
– A Honesty, Sincerity, and Transparency in all our actions 

– A sense of mission and commitment to purpose
– Wilful acceptance of assigned tasks and perseverance towards their completion
– Being able to effectively and efficiently contribute in the light of individual and team goals

– Accomplishment of work based on targets and agreed expectations — i.e quality, quantity       and timeliness
– Having a sense of ownership and being accountable for all work performed
– Dependability to complete tasks amidst the demands and challenges of work
– Efficient and judicious use of resources
– Programs fulfilled and services rendered in a low-key but high-impact manner
– No frills performance of work

– Recognizing people as our most important asset
– Facilitating staff advancement
– Giving high regard to staff w

Evolution of ZFF StrategyIn 2008, the Zuellig Family Foundation shifted its focus to health for the rural poor. That year in July, a presentation was made before the Foundation’s board of trustees. The presentation showed the health status of the poor as well as the “Amartya Sen’s framework on inequities” (see Diagram 1) which was used to explain the poor health indicators. This framework showed that if indicators were to improve, interventions have to be made at different levels: (1) at the household access level, (2) at the program level, (3) at the institutional arrangements level, and (4) at the level of leadership and community. >>> continue reading
Relevant links:

About the FoundationThe Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) reinforces the idea of healthcare beyond medical missions and dole outs. It chooses to change the landscape of social responsibility by arming health leaders with the information and skills to improve the health of the poor. The Foundation’s vision evolved from a tradition of individual philanthropic engagements and the corporate citizenship of the Zuellig Group of companies. In carrying out the Zuellig Family’s mandate to address specific deficiencies in community healthcare, ZFF has gone beyond conventional grant making and performs and active institutional role in the social development and progress of the Philippines.

The Zuellig Family Foundation is rooted in the distinctive context of the Zuellig family’s enterprises in the Philippines. It was 1901 when the young Frederick E. Zuellig came to Manila for business opportunities. After finding a job in a Swiss trading company, he became a partner in the well known firm Lutz & Co. which he would later buy and name F.E Zuellig Inc.. After the World War II, his Manila born sons Dr. Stephen Zuellig and late brother Gilbert Zuellig expanded internationally and diversified into various business interests. In 1997, the Zuellig Group announced the establishment the Pharmaceutical Health and Family Foundation during the inauguration of the state-of-the art manufacturing plant and distribution center of Interphil Laboratories, Inc. and Zuellig Pharma Corporation in Canlubang, Laguna. The Foundation initially aimed to address the health requirements of local communities in the neighborhood.

Four years later, the Foundation was re-named the Zuellig Foundation and given a broader scope by consolidating selected social responsibility programs of the Zuellig companies in the Philippines. The Foundation redirected its attention to advocacy for public health policy reforms and training of health leaders and professionals in best practices. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Zuellig family’s engagement in Philippine business, Dr. Stephen Zuellig announced the new programs of the renamed Foundation as well as a grant of ₱100 million to support its work. In 2008, the board of trustees initiated a review of the Foundation’s objectives in relation to the country’s health situation, with a special focus on improving health outcomes for the poor. The assessment of “the health of the nation” concluded that health inequities need to be addressed systematically, in order to achieve meaningful improvements of health indicators, particularly among the poor.

To respond more effectively to the challenges of the Philippine health sector, the Foundation recast its strategies to strengthen the capabilities of the country’s public healthcare systems and improve access to healthcare for the poor, especially in rural areas. This strategic reorientation coincided with the repositioning of the Foundation’s institutional identity. To denote its autonomy from the business operations of the Zuellig Group, the Foundation adopted a new name: Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF). While the subsidiaries and affiliates of the Zuellig Group continue to pursue their respective Corporate Social Responsibility programs, ZFF concentrates its efforts and resources on the specific philanthropic mission articulated by the Zuellig family: to promote effective and sustainable healthcare systems in the Philippines, with an emphasis on primary healthcare services in rural communities. ZFF stands as a defined manifestation of the Zuellig family’s desire to sustain a legacy of making healthcare an operative factor of nation building and improving the quality of life for all Filipinos.