SM Cares Joined Earth Hour 2023

It's that time of the year when the whole world stops and gives an hour to Mother Earth. SM Supermalls together with SM Cares, its corporate social responsibility arm, joined the rest of the world in observing Earth Hour last March 25 as the company renews its commitment to environmental stewardship.

This 2023, Earth Hour is all about "creating the Biggest Hour for Earth." Those who wanted to participate in global activity were encouraged to spend 60 minutes doing something positive for the planet, in addition to switching off their lights.

Since 2008, SM Supermalls has been supporting Earth Hour and the WWF. This year, customers, tenants, and employees at SM malls nationwide were once again encouraged to “Give an Hour for Earth” as SM Supermalls joined the annual Global Lights Switch Off from 8:30 PM to 9:30PM last March 25. 

This day also marked the start of the World Wildlife Fund’s Virtual Earth Hour Run, a self-paced run supported by SM Cares, which will be held from March 25 to April 30, 2023. The run aligns with SM Supermalls’ bid to make “Earth Hour, Any Hour” as participants are encouraged to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle by running and win prizes along the way. Joiners may register here and tag SM Cares and WWF as they post their stopovers at SM malls with hashtags #BiggestHourForEarth and #EarthHourVirtualRun.

Aside from these, SM Supermalls has been pushing to minimize its carbon footprint in support of the global green movement through various programs ranging from responsible energy consumption to investing in renewable energy.

To boot, more than 50 percent of the energy consumed by SM malls all over the country now comes from renewable sources. In terms of solar energy usage, SM now has 12 malls equipped with energized solar panels, with SM Mall of Asia as the latest mall to receive a solar panel installation, which has a capacity of 2.003 MWp.

In addition, SM was recognized for exceeding compliance with RA7920 or the New Electrical Engineering Law, which regulates the practice, licensing, and registration of electrical engineers and electricians. 

SM Cares' sustainability initiatives include:

  • Trash-To-Cash Market
  • Plastic Waste Collection program, which encourages responsible solid waste disposal among Filipinos
  • The annual Green Film Festival promotes environmental awareness among students and the youth
  • International Coastal Cleanup encourages stakeholders to do their part in keeping our seas and oceans clean.

SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, the country’s biggest chain of malls built by one of Southeast Asia’s leading real estate developer, SM Prime Holdings. It is responsible for initiatives that promote sustainability and the development of the community, including programs on Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, and Children and Youth, as well as the Bike-Friendly SM initiative, in addition to its Programs on the Environment.

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