|SCMC President Annie Garcia , President of SM Prime Holdings Hans T. Sy, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje and SCMC AVP Operations Liza Silerio|
As businesses look for efficient and profitable ways to help save the environment, SM Prime Holdings once again initiates the “Green Retail Agenda” – an annual event offered to every mall tenant across all SM Supermalls, aimed at helping them foster sustainable methods relating to sound ecological strategies advantageous to commerce and trade.
The “Green Retail Agenda”, is part of SM Cares, a program which SM hopes would help encourage the creation of green businesses through lively discussions on new trends, materials, policies, and energy efficient practices.
This year’s “Green Retail Agenda” theme is, Empowerment by Sustainability. The one-day conference highlighted SM’s initiatives as a steward of the environment, emphasizing the social, economic, and environmental benefits of Green Retail.
The one-day conference gather the country’s leading green advocates, Government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, environmental advocates, and business leaders, all eager to share inspirational ideas and policies in relation to establishing an environment-friendly, profitable business system.
Among those present in this year’s “Green Retail Agenda,” held at the SMX Convention Center last June 22, were DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, who gave a keynote message. HE US Ambassador Harry Thomas also delivered an inspirational talk during the event.
Other special guests included Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn, who gave a breathtaking presentation of the Underground River of Palawan, giving the audience more reason to vote it as one of the Natural Wonders of the World; as well as Senator Miguel Zubiri and HE UK Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie, who both gave inspirational talks.
Atty. Felipe Gozon, Chief Executive of GMA and VP for the Environment of the PCCI gave an introduction to SM Supermalls environmental thrust via a speech titled, Green Philippine Islands of Sustainability.
SM Prime Holdings President Hans T. Sy and Supermalls President Annie S. Garcia welcomed the participants, while Architect Fides Garcia gave an introduction to the AVP on the SM Supermalls Environmental Program and Green Retail Design.
Environmental champions Reese Fernandez of Rags to Riches, Miss Earth Philippines 2006 Cathy Untalanand My Shelter Foundation’s Illac Diaz, likewise, gave interesting glimpses relating to sound ecological practices.
The “Green Retail Agenda” is a project of SM Prime Holdings in partnership with the DENR, The World Bank, Epson, Firefly Lighting, Meralco, NARU technology Inc., and National Geographic.