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SM Sweeps Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards

Retail and property giant SM Prime Holdings, Inc. brought home the most awards in the prestigious Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards for 2015, including five Hall of Fame awards for its outstanding efforts to improve its energy efficiency.

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In awarding ceremonies at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas, Quezon City, SM dominated the Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards getting a total of fifty six (56) awards, a significant improvement from the forty eight (48) awards it received last year and by far the most numbers of awards that it received since it started joining in 2007.

The improved showing of SM is a manifestation of the dramatic increase of its electricity savings due to the implementation of more energy efficiency initiatives to a staggering P431 million this year from P320 million in 2014.

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Thirty three (33) SM malls and four (4) office buildings were awarded with energy efficiency awards. Four SM malls (SM Lipa, SM Lucena, SM Batangas and SM Iloilo) were also conferred with the Hall of Fame award for being recipients of three outstanding awards for three years.

The Don Emilio Abello Efficiency Awards is spearheaded by the Department of Energy in recognition to outstanding companies and energy managers who have undertaken energy efficiency and conservation programs to achieve substantial savings in their energy consumption.

The Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards gives eight types of award – the Secretary’s Award, Hall of Fame Award, Outstanding Award [achieved energy efficiency by at least five (5) percent], Citation Award [efficiency of   three (3) but less than five (5) percent], Special Award [efficiency of one (1) to less than three (3) percent], Indigenous Award, Awards of Recognition and Outstanding Energy Manager.

The recipients of the Outstanding Award were the SM City malls in Clark, Baliwag, Fairview, Bacoor, Lipa, Lucena, Batangas, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Consolacion, Corporate Offices, One ECom and Cyber Makati 1. The Managers of the said malls and offices were likewise given the Outstanding Energy Manager Award for efficaciously implementing their energy conservation programs.

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Special Awards were given to SM City malls in North Edsa (Annex), Mall of Asia, The Podium, Rosales, Pampanga, Valenzuela, Novaliches, Manila, San Lazaro, Marikina, Taytay, Bicutan, Las Pinas, Molino, Sta. Rosa, Muntinlupa, Cagayan De Oro, Quiapo and Cyber Makati 2.

More SM malls and office also received the 2015 ASEAN Best Practice for Energy Management in Buildings and Industries. They were SM City Lanang, SM City Aura, SM City Clark, SM City Fairview and Two ECom.

SM Harrison and SM City Cebu received special Citations.

SM Engineering Team Vice President for EDD Operations, Teodoro S. Bautista said they are particularly proud of their energy efficiency achievements this year because it shows the company is on the right track in its power conservation efforts. “We have been doing this since 1999 when our President Mr. Hans Sy gave us marching orders to put energy efficiency our top priority and our improving performance shows were are on the right path,” he stressed.

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Engr. Bautista said because of the energy efficiency programs they have implemented in the malls and offices, they have further saved P431 million in 2015 which is a dramatic improvement from the P320.28 million last year.

This translates to combined energy reduction of 13.78 million Liters of Oil Equivalent (LOE) or 52.78M in kWhrs reduction. In terms of Kg of CO2 avoided, this is equivalent to 27.1M Kg.

SM has always been responsive to the current environmental concerns and has actively participated in its mitigation. Our many programs on energy conservation are tangible proofs that SM is not your typical shopping center, with skyrocketing electricity bills, without sensitivity to its effect to the environment.  These awards prove that SM’s energy management efforts are successful.  More so, it proves that truly, SM Cares,” Engr. Baustista said.

SM Bags CSR Excellence Awards

For its pioneering and exemplary programs for People and Disabilities (PWDs), SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. bagged the first ever Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Awards on PWDs given by the People Management Association of the Philippines.

In a simple ceremony at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City, PMAP Human Resources Management Foundation gave the CSR Excellence Award under the Community Service Category to SM Cares for its outstanding initiatives to recognize and uplift the lives of PWDs. Seven other companies were given awards for their CSR programs.

PMAP Foundation President Atty. Pilar Nenuca Almira said they have decided to give out the first CSR Excellence Awards to recognize companies that have fully integrated CSR in their business operations.

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“These companies have made CSR an integral part of their business operations which not only serve as inspiration to other businesses but promote community service in bringing about changes in society,” Almira said.

SM Cares Program on PWDs, according to PMAP, “exemplified the tests of Innovation, Sustainability, Replication, Scalability, and Impact; and significantly exemplified the values of Social Significance, Business Impact, Employee Engagement, and Innovative Partnership.”

She said its many programs on PWDs, which include Angels Walk for Autism, Happy Walk for Down Syndrome, Movies for the Blind and Deaf, Special movie screening for children with autism, Autism Awareness Day and Earthquake Resilience Conference for PWDs and Seniors, among others have brought unprecedented social impact for PWDs all over the country.

SM Cares Program on PWDs has also been recently elevated to the Hall of Fame by the Apolinario Mabini Awards spearheaded by the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled.

Engr. Bien Mateo, Vice President for Operations of SM Supermalls and Director of the SM Cares Program for Disability Affairs, said they are deeply honored by the award saying it is a recognition of the company’s collective effort for PWDs.

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“SM Cares has made PWDs a major partner in many of its activities, making sure they are not only given equal access and privilege to the many services offered by the mall but ensuring that they are part of the process of addressing their specific and unique needs,” he said.

He thanked all the PWD partners of SM Cares in carrying out the programs and vowed that the award will inspire them further to implement programs that will bring about positive change not only to PWDs but to all sectors of society.

“This award you are giving us tonight re-affirms our commitment to the PWD community and will inspire us to do more for them. Together, we will continue to find ways to bring about a positive presence in the community and the country as a whole,” he said.

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PH leads in private sector resiliency alliance in Southeast Asia

Facing real and catastrophic effects of climate change and taking on the lessons of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the Philippines today led efforts to take positive action to make businesses and communities disaster-resilient through the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE), a worldwide initiative spearheaded by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to create more resilient societies.

Pledging concrete action to be taken to make the private sector disaster resilient, Philippine business across all sectors welcomed ARISE during the 2015 Top Leaders Forum at the SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City. It was the first time ARISE was introduced in Southeast Asia.

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In attendance during the pledge to action were UNISDR Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction together with Sandra Wu, Chairman of the UNISDR – Private Sector Partners and Hans Sy, President of SM Prime, during the Top Leaders Forum 2015 at the SMX Function Hall of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

ARISE, which was launched in London last November 5, was created in order to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global roadmap adopted in March 2015 which aims to curb disaster mortality and economic losses substantially. The Framework notes the importance of an inclusive approach to preventing and reducing risk and the roles of public and private stakeholders alike which includes the need to address the lack of regulation and incentives for private disaster risk reduction investment as well as integrate disaster risk into their management practices.

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Similarly, it states that addressing the underlying disaster risk factors through disaster risk informed public and private investments are more cost- effective than primary reliance on post-disaster response and recovery, and contribute to sustainable development.

Wahlström also announced that Sy, the only Filipino member of the UNISDR Private Sector Partners, is a member of the Board of Directors of ARISE.

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SM Prime has been hosting the Top Leaders Forum for the past several years which gathers the country’s CEOs and top managers from the Philippines and the Asian region. The event offers a distinctive platform where they discuss the challenges, opportunities and solutions to disaster management.

Wahlström explained that with the economic losses from disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones and flooding now averaging US$250 billion to US$300 billion globally each year, there is a need for positive action and coordination to guard businesses against these calamities.

Wahlström has consistently highlighted the indispensable role of the private sector in disaster resiliency saying the government cannot do it alone.

“After Sendai, our entire private partnership cooperation community said we want to re-launch ourselves and this is what we want to introduce to you. This is a sense of mobilization of the practices we were doing for the past four to five years and we are going to present to you a model that will be inclusive and that will mobilize the private sector nationally and locally,” she stressed.

Sy said the ARISE is a big step towards taking positive action to guard not only investments but protect lives in times of disasters.

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“The Philippines suffered so much from super typhoon Haiyan and we are still trying to recover from its effects. However, we have learned some painful but valuable lessons and we hope that through this initiative, we will be able to make this world a better and safer place for all of us and the future generations,” Sy said.

The Philippine leadership of ARISE is an important component of the initiative since the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. And with the continuous capital flow in the country, including hazard-prone areas, there is need to address the risks to guard economic assets.