New York, 14 September 2017 – UN Global Compact, recognized Ayala Corporation’s sustainability strategy and named Ayala Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala as the country and Southeast Asia’s first SDG Pioneer. He is part of the 10 individuals recognized all over the world for championing sustainability and integrating the pursuit of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in businesses.
UN Global Compact is a United Nations initiative that encourages companies worldwide to implement sustainable and socially responsible policies. Each 2017 SDG Pioneer awardee shows how companies and individuals can drive meaningful impact in today’s setting. “Mr. Zobel has been impactful in reaching a wider segment of the business market through innovation and diversification. He has been a Pioneer in the inclusion of long-term sustainability in business strategy and operations,” says Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact CEO and Executive Director.
Under Mr. Zobel’s leadership, Ayala learned to embrace shared value and has entered sectors crucial to national development and inclusive growth. The conglomerate is also the first in the Philippines to produce an integrated report that captures the group’s positive impact on society through the SDGs.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Source: www.un.org
“I believe that now, more than ever, a deeper engagement with society is indispensable to the survival and success of private enterprises. From both a practical and moral standpoint, businesses cannot thrive in an environment rife with economic inequity,” said Mr. Zobel. “Ignoring these issues threatens our ability to create long-term value and jeopardizes the sustainability of the enterprise and markets.”
Aside from businesses in power, infrastructure, healthcare, and, education, the conglomerate also has Ayala Foundation as its social commitment arm. The Foundation has been in the business of improving lives with programs anchored to SDGs.