SM Launches its Business Continuity Program for SMEs
A free data storage facility where entrepreneurs can house their most important documents for recovery after a natural disaster was launched by SM Prime before CEOs, executives and government leaders during the recent Top Leaders Forum 2018. The forum is an annual conference of top leaders to discuss current topics on disaster risk reduction, preparedness, resiliency, and sustainability.
The Business Continuity Program (BCP) for SMEs is a free service that SM offers its small and medium enterprise (SME) tenants as part of its Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) efforts. Mall tenants are given the free data storage facility for their insurance and operational documents so that they can easily claim insurance and recover in case a disaster affects their business.
“We would like to protect not only our business, but extend the same advocacy to our own partners and the communities where we are situated. On our part, SM Prime has defined clear goals in DRR, resilience and sustainable development,” said SM Prime Holdings Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans Sy.
The facility launch was one of the milestones for 2018 of the forum, which is organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and ARISE Philippines, in partnership with SM Prime Holdings and the National Resilience Council (NRC). Ambassador Roberto Romulo of the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation (CPRF) acts as convener of the National Resilience Council.
Now on its 7th year, the forum focused on the theme “Changing the Game: Building A Culture of Resilience Through Public-Private Partnership.” The Top Leaders Forum 2018 showcased the initial progress of some of NRC’s partner Local Government Units (LGU) in their efforts towards creating resilient local government systems along the six pillars: Leadership and Governance, Human Development, Local Economy, Infrastructure, Environment, and Human Security.
Hans Sy welcomed conference delegates from all over the Philippines. Sy is the only Filipino global member of UNISDR. He co-chairs ARISE Philippines, a network of Philippine private companies that promote disaster resiliency, and also co-chairs the National Resilience Council (NRC), a public-private partnership that is committed to a science-based approach in building Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) capacity within local government units.
Top Leaders Forum 2018 was also graced with the presence of UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, Secretary of National Defense and co-chairman of the National Resilience Council (NRC) Delfin Lorenzana, and long-time Filipino environmentalist and DRR champion, Senator Loren B. Legarda.
In her speech, Mizutori expressed support for the Top Leaders Forum initiative and highlighted the importance of a public-private partnership that is geared towards achieving disaster resilient societies. “The forum meetings have acquired a global reputation as an example of what can be achieved by bringing together key players in building a whole of society that is disaster resilient. In particular, it is good to see the worlds of politics and business come together to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.”
Working together through public-private partnership is key, said National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. “This undertaking of Disaster Risk Reduction and capacity-building for resilience about natural and manmade hazards that threaten our people every year is a shared responsibility by all of us. The task ahead is daunting, but the burden becomes lighter to bear because we work together.”