Ayala is committed to Sustainable Development and strives to embed these practices into its business operations, products, and services. The Ayala group is presently the only conglomerate in the Philippines to publish a set of sustainability reports for all its major companies using the Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) standard. In 2009, six GRI reports were issued covering Ayala Corporation, Ayala Land, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecom, Manila Water, and Cebu Holdings. These reports covered a wide range of triple-bottom-line reporting on the group’s economic, social and community investments, and environmental practices, reflecting the group’s concern for People, Planet, and Profits.
Some activities of volunteers at work include:
• The team up of the entire Ayala group with Habitat for Humanity to develop a low-cost housing site in Calauan, Laguna, a resettlement area for the displaced flood victims from along the Pasig River, Marikina and Pasig Cities in Metro Manila. The resettlement site has space for over 1,000 units, with the first 175 built with the help of employee-volunteers. Resources have been raised to build over 450 houses thus far. Adjacent to the resettlement site, Ayala has set aside a 17-hectare company-owned property to build a community center and livelihood area for the community’s residents. This community center will include a church, vocational school, community clinic, transportation terminal, gas station,vegetable gardens, and spaces for light industry and small businesses which will be set up in partnership with other corporations and religious orders.
• Ayala employee volunteers participating in efforts as diverse as tree-planting, Earth Day painting of pedestrian underpass entrances with air-cleaning paint, and Earth Hour (in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund).
• Partnership between Ayala Automotive, through Honda Cars Makati Inc. (HCMI), and ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Bantay Kalikasan to support and participate in forest protection efforts. HCMI’s support goes towards the protection of the forest area in the La Mesa Watershed for a period of three years. The effort is geared towards the prevention of soil erosion and flood control, and promotion of La Mesa Watershed as a bio-diversity nature park destination for the general public.
• Globe Telecom’s integrated environmental program called Globe Goes Green, a program designed to integrate key environmental initiatives into Globe’s business strategy. In partnership with Blacksmith Institute, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the MMO Water Quality Management Board, Globe has organized separate bamboo and mangrove planting activities in Bulacan to help revive the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando River System. Volunteers from public and private sectors participated in planting 10,500 bamboo and mangrove seedlings in San Jose Del Monte and Obando, Bulacan. Globe also spearheaded an annual environment signature event called the Globe Cordillera Challenge.