Singapore – September 5, 2019 Ayala Corporation (Ayala) Head of Group Risk Management and Sustainability Unit Maria Victoria Tan was included among Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen, an annual listing of exceptional female sustainability leaders in the region. Only 27 women from 11 countries were chosen out of 126 nominations from 20 countries across Asia. These “Sustainability Superwomen” were selected by an international jury, who reviewed nominees’ contributions in leading change through sustainability strategies and initiatives both within and outside of their organizations. Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen is a non-profit project initiated by CSRWorks International, Singapore’s most trusted name in sustainability consulting, training and thought leadership.
Among her other accomplishments in the Ayala group, Tan was instrumental in formulating the Ayala Sustainability Blueprint that was launch in April 2019. The blueprint is a long-term, group-wide plan specifically designed to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by 2030. It enables Ayala to tangibly contribute to areas where its businesses can generate the most significant and lasting impact. Ultimately, it aims to bridge the Filipino to 2030, where Ayala sees him rooted in a safe, secure, sustainable, inclusive, and progressive country.
“At Ayala, it is necessary for our companies to be sensitive to the needs of our communities, which helps us determine our business models and methods and work toward our sustainability goals… This drive for sustainability is meant to ensure that Ayala’s businesses not only create value but leave a meaningful impact in the communities where we serve,” said Ayala CFO and Chief Sustainability Officer Jose Teodoro K. Limcaoco. (taken from FTSE press release)
The 2019 List was announced by Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) CEO Tim Mohin, and Ásthildur Hjaltadóttir, GRI’s Chief of Network Engagement and Regional Implementation Officer, who were Guests of Honor at the Asia Sustainability Reporting Summit’s networking cocktail reception in Singapore. They presented Superwoman Certificates as a mark of honor to the Sustainability Superwomen attending the event.
Rajesh Chhabara, managing director of CSRWorks International, said, “We’re delighted to see Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen go from strength to strength. These women have led the way on sustainability and diversity throughout Asia. We hope that by celebrating their numerous achievements we will inspire more women to become future sustainability leaders.”
Sustainability continues to shape the Ayala group, which first formally aligned its businesses with the UN SDGs in 2016, and became a founding member of the UN Global Compact Network Philippines in 2017. It also became the first Philippine member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in 2019.