SM has taken the lead in expressing its commitment to support the Philippine government and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) by integrating a holistic disaster risk reduction approach into its design and sustainable operations.
SM has made environmental sustainability a core in its business operations. As such, it designs and builds disaster resilient structures with green features to withstand the effects of calamities, and support the global goal for sustainable development.
SM has made significant inroads in building pioneering developments that does not only make good business sense but safeguards the communities in which they operate. Even before sustainable development became a byword in disaster resiliency, SM has built projects that promoted disaster risk reduction. SM City Marikina and SM City Muntinlupa are classic examples of what disaster resilient structures can do for business and the people in the community in times of disaster.
All structures being built by SM features six environmental aspects to advance sustainability—energy efficiency, water consumption, air quality, biodiversity, waste management, and greenhouse gas emissions. In the coming years, SM Prime endeavors to “Build Better” and continue to place sustainability at the center of its development and operation.
As a responsible property developer and as part of SM’s commitment to serve and give back to the community and the country, SM Cares through its Housing Program built 1,000 disaster-resilient homes for the families who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
The project is spearheaded by SM, full privately funded with donations coming from its tenants, business partners, employees and the community. It aims to show that a collective effort from the private sector can make a significant positive change in communities, most especially those that were affected by the typhoon.
The houses have been given to selected 1,000 beneficiaries for free.
The houses are made with concrete roofs and walls to accelerate the conventional building method and it is also equipped with proper ventilation. It can withstand severe weather conditions without major damage and are designed higher than government standards.
Each village is fitted with basic amenities such as street lights, electricity, water, a basketball court and/or a community center.
To enable a sustained community after the families have moved in their new houses, SM has engaged the services of non-government organizations that are assigned in each village. These NGO’s partner with the local government in identifying the beneficiaries. Likewise, the partners handle the soft component – or the community development function – for each village.
The residents are also given an opportunity to be involved in their own community by allowing them to engage in various activities and programs such as livelihood and values formation seminars, membership to their local cooperative, tree planting activities, rehabilitation assistance of their local establishments, and waste segregation schemes.
SM partners with government, non-government, and international agencies to further its advocacies. SM has been chosen by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to be its secretariat because of its pioneering and substantial investments in disaster resiliency. SM is also heavily involved with UNISDR’s Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) Philippines which aims to make disaster risk management a main component of all government and private sector’s endeavors.
As a result, SM has forged strong alliances with government agencies such as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Climate Change Commission, Department of Education, Department of Health, and Metro Manila Development Authority, among others, as well as non-government organizations and private corporations in advancing disaster resiliency and disaster risk management.