SM commitment towards local communities
What: the retailer conducted several projects to help the ones in need.
Why is it important: the pandemic took us by surprise last year and became a priority in today’s society. Nevertheless, there are still natural disasters, children without the possibility to receive quality education, and many more problems that were eclipsed by the pandemic. Through its SM Foundation, SM Group made various actions to support the people in need.
- Donation of food, shoes, clothes and face masks to the victims affected by the typhoons in Barangay Kasiglahan, Rodriguez, Isabela, Rizal, Rolly, Ulysses and other hard-hit areas in Philippines
The country is prone to tropical cyclones due to its geographical location, therefore SM Foundation distributed a total of 60,470 “Kalinga packs” to families displaced by the recent typhoons that hit the country, through its Operation Tulong Express (OPTE) program. This program serves as a place for employees to volunteer by providing time and effort in packing and distributing the aid kits.
- The construction of a school in Sorsogon City
SM Prime Holdings (SMPH), through SM Foundation (SMFI), turned over a fully furnished two-story, four-classroom school building, part of Basud Elementary School in Sorsogon City. It also has rooms for a clinic, a mini library, and a guidance office. This social initiative promotes quality public education by building classrooms nationwide and is part of its School Building Program (an active partner of DepEd’s Adopt-a-School program). To date, it has turned over more than 100 school buildings to grassroots communities nationwide.
SGV & Co., through SMFI, provided the teachers with laptops which they can use to hold virtual classes. Through SM Retail, Stationery at The SM Store donated backpacks and various school supplies to all the students.
- The observation of the 25th Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week
Through its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, SM Cares supports the Autism Society in the Philippines. This is one initiative among others to support persons with special needs and disabilities. They highlight the uniqueness of these persons and promote safer environments where they can feel valued. “These initiatives support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the SDG 10 programme dubbed “Reduced Inequalities,” which aims at ensuring the equal and fair treatment of every individual, including those with disabilities”.
Check out SM Foundation website to learn more about their social initiatives.