Ayala reaffirms commitment to the SDGs in 2017 Sustainability Summit
Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati – At Ayala’s 2017 Sustainability Summit, the Ayala Group reaffirmed its commitment to integrate sustainable development goals into its core strategies and corporate culture. Advocates of sustainability in government, non-profit organizations and social enterprise joined Ayala executives and managers as they shared experiences, learning and insights on finding solutions to local and global social development challenges.
Now on its seventh year, the Summit coincided with the UN Global Compact’s recognition of Ayala Corporation President and CEO, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, as the UN SDG Pioneer for Sustainable Business Strategy and Operations.
As the theme, Sustainability Culture as a Competitive Advantage, suggests, the 2017 Sustainability Summit explored the importance that corporate culture plays in Ayala’s sustainability journey, and ways that this culture can be embedded across the organization.
Setting the tone of the summit, a Senior Faculty from Lee Kwan Yeow School of Public Policy, Professor Zeger Van Der Wal, described the sustainability culture and its impact in the organization. The next set of speakers, Richard Welford, President of CSR Asia; Ernest Cu, CEO of Globe Telecoms; and JP Orbeta, Ayala Corporation Managing Director & Group HR Head, provided practical solutions to operationalizing the sustainability culture in regional and local settings.
The Summit was also an opportune time to learn more about the UN Global Compact’s push to make global goals local business as discussed by Yayu Javier, chairperson of the local network, and to be inspired by two of the chosen UN SDG Pioneers, Zubaida Bai of India-based social enterprise Ayzh and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.
During the Storytellers Session, advocates of sustainability in government and in businesses – namely Tobit Cruz, legislator of Taytay, Rizal; Len Cabili of Filip+Inna; and Irenea and Erelie Hitgano of Hillsview Mangostea -- shared their inspiring stories of courage in the face of adversity.
The 2017 Sustainability Summit gave the Ayala Group the opportunity to convey its active contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Global Compact Network Philippines, and further appreciate that a culture of sustainability is truly a competitive advantage in a time of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.