SM Cares Receives Highest Award in Environmental Management

PMAP Bayani ng Kalikasan award(L-R) Orlando Pena, DPM, Chairman Emeritus, PMAP; Pilar Alvira, DPM, President, PMAP HRM Foundation; Steven T. Tan, Senior Vice President for Operations, SM Supermalls; Joaquin L. San Agustin, Senior Vice President for Marketing, SM Supermalls; Chito Bauzon, Senior Marketing Manager, SM Supermalls; Hon. Herminio B. Coloma Jr., Secretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office; and Jesse Rebustillo, National President, PMAP

People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) recognizes SM Cares with the 2016 PMAP Tanging Bayani ng Kalikasan Award (Non-Government Category) for its outstanding achievement in the area of clean air and climate change, the highest environmental management honor given by organization.

Steven T. Tan, Senior Vice President for Operations of SM Supermalls and Joaquin L. San Agustin, Senior Vice President for Marketing personally received the recognition at the awarding ceremonies at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City.

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PMAP, founded in 1956 as organization of human resources management oriented companies and professionals, said the many environmental initiatives of SM Cares have made a deep impact not only in the communities  where SM malls operate but the country and society as a whole.

Thanking PMAP for the recognition, Steven Tan said SM “employs a holistic approach in its programs for the Environment and Sustainability (which) includes initiatives on solid waste management, energy and air efficiency, water conservation, climate change mitigation and disaster risk reduction.”

“This award serves as an inspiration for us to do more programs to protect the environment for future generations. We will continue to promote sustainability and environmental awareness in our malls,” Tan stated.

Some of SM’s Environmental and Sustainability Efforts include: the (1) Regular Trash to Cash recycling market; (2) The SM Supermalls eco-bag; (3) Park light facilities; (4) Green Film Festival for public high school students; (5) Green Retail Agenda that cascades best environmental practices to all SM tenants and employees; (6) Automated Weather Stations across all SM Supermalls that provide accurate weather forecast for the community; (7) Flood control water catchment basins in some SM Malls; (8) tree planting activities in various local communities in support of the SM Supermarket’s “Grow A Million Trees” project; (9) Solar rooftops located at SM City North Edsa and the SM Mall of Asia; (10) Coastal Clean Up; (11) the annual Top Leaders Forum; and (12) various global celebrations like the Earth Day and Earth Hour events.

Several malls have also embarked on other energy saving systems such as the use of ice-based cooling systems, switched to the use of LED lighting and installed Big ASS fans.

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Tan said SM Cares was formed to organize the sustainability efforts into a comprehensive program that tackles a wide range of initiatives – from giving a voice to the underrepresented, marginalized sectors of our society, to preserving the environment, promoting disaster resiliency and creating innovative but sustainable avenues of growth.

“We would not have done this without the help of our partners. We are sharing this recognition with our partners, stakeholders and to the men and women who join us in all our CSR advocacies,” Tan stated.

Aside from environmental protection and sustainability, SM Cares has other advocacies for Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, Women & Breastfeeding, Children & Youth and OFW (or SM Global Pinoy).

SM’s CSR Programs Recognized in the 51st Anvil Awards

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The prestigious Anvil Awards has recognized SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., for its outstanding achievements in promoting its pioneering and innovative CSR programs that uplift communities and effect nation-building.

In stellar ceremonies held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City, SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), bagged 3 awards at the 51st Anvil Awards spearheaded by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).

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The Anvil Awards is the PR profession’s most distinguished award that recognizes and raises the bar of PR practice as a fundamental part of businesses and organizations as well as promoting social responsibility.

The Special Movie Screening for the Blind and Deaf, SM’s Casual Employment Program for Senior Citizens and the SM Cares Housing Project for the Survivors of Typhoon Yolanda were given the Anvil awards for showcasing exceptional public relations practice.

SM has always endeavored to make CSR as integral part of its operations. It has been leading efforts to execute and promote pioneering programs that aim to make a difference in the lives of the Filipino people.

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The Special Movie Screening for the Blind and Deaf is the first of its kind in the country where movies are fitted with audio-description and closed captioning to allow the visual impaired and hard at hearing a chance to enjoy going to the cinemas. The project is in partnership with the Deaf Blind Support Philippines (DBSP).

The Casual Employment Program for Senior Citizens gives senior citizens a chance to regain their self-worth by giving them employment opportunities in SM malls. This initiative is in partnership with the Office of the Seniors Citizens Affairs (OSCA).

The SM Cares Housing Project for the Survivors of Typhoon Yolanda is a distinct manifestation of the Filipino’s bayanihan spirit in the face of adversity. An initiative that was spearheaded by SM Prime President Hans Sy in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2013, the project gathered together the donations of SM’s business partners, tenants and other groups and individuals to raise P200 million to build 1,000 disaster-resilient houses in the areas badly hit by Yolanda in the Visayas region. The houses are given to survivor-beneficiaries for free.

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In receiving the awards, Annie Garcia, President of SM Supermalls said “We are deeply honored to have been recognized by the PRSP with these Anvil Awards as these programs are truly aimed at supporting communities. We hope that through these projects, we are able to serve more of our countrymen towards our goal of helping the country in nation building. We share these awards with the men and women who have continuously inspired us to do better in serving the Filipino people.”

Last year, SM also won various awards for its CSR programs, notably from the Apolinario Mabini Awards, the Global CSR Awards and the Emilio Abello Awards for the Environment.

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.

_L-R Engr. Gener Gilbert Cunanan, Engr. Teodoro Bautista, Engr. Charles Singson and Engr. Alford Marion Ronduen

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.