SM named to corporate governance hall of fame

Published August 10, 2022, 1:12 PM

by James A. Loyola

SM Investments Corporation was recently named as a Hall of Famer in the Corporate Governance category of the Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards (AREA) 2022.

In giving the award, AREA recognized SM Investments for “demonstrating transparency and completeness of disclosure and reporting of governance practices in their annual report.”

This is “while also safeguarding integrity in financial reporting, promoting ethical decision making through a structured board of committee, respecting the rights of shareholders and remunerating fairly and responsibly.”

“We are pleased to receive this award which is a recognition of our practices as we endeavor to uphold good governance and transparency in our businesses,” SM Investments President and Chief Executive Officer Frederic C. DyBuncio said.

SM President Frederick Dybuncio

He added that, “As SM is a company that touches different industries in the country, we ensure our publicly-listed business units produce a transparent report through our Integrated Reports that tell the story of our sustainability across the group’s wide ecosystem of businesses.” Widely regarded as the gold standard for CSR and sustainability practice, the AREA is the most prominent CSR recognition program across Asia initiated by Enterprise Asia.

The AREA aims to recognize and honor Asian businesses and leaders for championing sustainable and socially responsible business practices.

“I am proud that many of the participants this year have strived to adopt this practice as well as manage the continuance of their CSR initiatives and evolve them into larger ventures,” said AREA Judging Committee Chairman Dr. Eugene Chien.

He noted that, “This results in projects that are more sustainable, of greater relevance to the target community, and create a meaningful positive change in society.”

Since 2011, the AREA has been recognizing businesses from various industries while honoring their achievements in the categories of Social Empowerment, Investment in People, Health Promotion, Green Leadership, Corporate Governance, Circular Economy Leadership, Responsible Business Leadership, and Corporate Sustainability Reporting.

This year, a total of 260 submissions across 19 countries have undergone a stringent judging process which is based on the three criteria of effectiveness and reach, relevance, and sustainability.

In recent years, SM Investments’ awards have reflected excellence in management, governance, investor relations, and sustainability.