SM obtains 3rd Gold award in Asia Sustainability Reporting

    SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) attained a Gold Rank for the third straight year for its 2019 Sustainability Report from the Asia Sustainability Reporting Rating (ASRRAT) organized by the National Center for Sustainability Reporting (NCSR) in Indonesia.

    News: NewsSustainability reporting provides key stakeholders with an understanding of the impacts of key business activities to future needs and the strategic actions taken by companies in response to these impacts.

    “We are grateful for this recognition by our international partner, the National Center for Sustainability Reporting. This demonstrates our commitment to integrating sustainable practices in the way we conduct all of our businesses,” said SMIC president Frederic DyBuncio.

    Established in 2005, NCSR is the first independent organization to develop sustainability reporting in Indonesia. In 2011, it was appointed by the Global Reporting Initiative as the Official GRI Training Partner for Southeast Asia.

    As an acknowledgment and appreciation of companies that have made sustainability reports, the ASRRAT rewards outstanding attempts to communicate corporate performance in three aspects (economics, social and environment) and primarily focuses on transparency and reporting compliance to sustainability reporting guidelines developed by the GRI.

    CEB offers COVID insurance add-on

    Cebu Pacific (CEB) introduces COVID Protect, its newest add-on to CEB Travelsure, to give travelers peace of mind when flying during this time. This upgrade, which will cover COVID-related hospitalization and treatments, is timely as the carrier aims to provide more passenger options as it prioritizes everyJuan’s health and safety.

    With COVID Protect, guests traveling who test positive for COVID-19 will get up to P1 million coverage for hospitalization and medical expenses. This upgrade to the airline’s comprehensive travel insurance plan may be availed by all passengers flying to and from all of CEB’s domestic and international destinations for as low as P 270. Coverage begins on the date of departure from origin and ends two hours upon arrival back at origin, with a maximum travel duration of 30 consecutive days.

    Certified Lokalista winners bared

    J&T Express Philippines announced the 10 winners of the Certified Lokalista campaign which will enjoy P20,000 worth of delivery services.

    Top winner is  Pasig-based online business Craftcha, which converts upcycling discarded items such as flour sacks, cloth scraps, old jeans, and outdated clothing into tote bags, pants, masks, and everyday items.

    Craftcha’s entry garnered a ratings score of 98.33 percent from more than a thousand total entries from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

    J&T Express launched Certified Lokalista to promote small and medium enterprise’s (SME) online-based businesses and to celebrate their founders’ hard work, creativity, and nationalism.

    Other winners include Philocalist by Venus, Sheila Ann Soriano’s Arts and Crafts Handicrafts Store, Made By Pearl Sewing Services,  Uniquely Online Store and Gawang Pinoy Shoe,  Germano’s Chili,  Meridian Pet Supplies , CHYReativehandSZ,  Batik Atbp and Lorna’s Gourmet.

    Nutrition program launched

    Operation Smile Philippines (OSP) is set to roll out a nutrition feeding and education program for children afflicted with oral cleft and their mothers in partnership with Security Bank Corp. (SBC) and Caritas Manila, Inc. (CMI).

    OSP signed recently the partnership agreement for the program’s pilot run with SBC, a bank well known for advocating education and training as a means to promote national progress, and with CMI, the Catholic Church’s NGO that runs numerous social programs, including nutrition intervention, in Metro Manila.

    Under the agreement, SBC is providing P1 million to fund the program. “

    CMI will handle the program implementation on the ground, covering four sites, namely, Tondo, BASECO, Smokey Mountain and Intramuros .

    RAFI announces new president and CEO


    The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI)  announced the appointment of Amaya Cristina Aboitiz-Fansler as its new president and chief executive officer after the retirement of Dominica Chua, effective Jan. 2.

    Chua will serve as a member of the Board of Trustees and assume the role of senior consultant and adviser to the entire enterprise.

    Aboitiz-Fansler is the eldest daughter of the late Roberto Aboitiz and has been a part of the organization as the executive director of the RAFI Dolores S. Aboitiz Children’s Fund in 2011, and then became one of the members of the Board of Trustees and program champion of the RAFI Education Development Unit and Center for Leaders .

    RAFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization in Cebu dedicated to elevating the Dignity of Man through solutions that enable people to achieve higher levels of well-being.

    Tento Health adopts MultiSys’ pandemic mitigation platform

    Global leading digital health and diagnostics technology provider Tento Health is adopting a Filipino-made pandemic mitigation technology developed by Multisys Technologies Corp., the software solutions company behind the Philippines’ contact tracing platform,

    Tento Health is a healthcare technology company based in the United Kingdom that provides accessible, easy-to-use and secure health solutions to over 30 countries and more than 600 cities around the world.

    The UK-based company invested $4-million to acquire the technology behind its new platform, Tento Safe, which offers a contact track and trace solution to help manage the spread of COVID-19, as well as aid governments and businesses for post-pandemic preparations.

    Tento Safe features digital identification (ID), digital logbook, comprehensive diagnostic system and vaccination monitoring, among others. Users are protected via the application’s advanced contact tracing and auto-detection feature, which uses Bluetooth and GPS technology.


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