For creating sustainable urban landscapes and using indigenous flora that promotes the Philippines’ natural heritage, Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) was recognized once again with a prestigious Asian CSR Award for Environmental Excellence.
ALI was cited for its Native Landscapes for Site Resilience and Urban Biodiversity program last September 21 during the 14th Asian CSR Awards, organized by the Asian Institute of Management – Ramon V. del Rosario Sr. Center for Corporate Social Responsibility (AIM-RVR CSR). The 14th Asian CSR Awards was a featured event at the annual Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) held in Yangon, Myanmar.
ALI received its first Asian CSR Environment and Value Chain Management Award in 2012 for establishing the first eco-city in the Philippines—Nuvali in Santa Rosa, Laguna—and integrating conservation and biodiversity protection initiatives into its developments.
Over the years, Ayala Land has deepened its understanding of native plants and recognizes the importance of landscaping with the right plant or tree species in its developments. Employing a scientific approach to sustainability, Ayala Land uses indigenous plants for its developments and continuously works with experts in Philippine native plants, such as the Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society (PNPCSI).
About 60 to 80 percent of the trees planted in new large-scale Ayala Land developments are native. To date, the company has planted more than 60,000 native trees in Nuvali alone. Thousands more are planted in other developments, and to ensure a sustainable supply, ALI has established native plant nurseries in its communities.
Art Corpuz, Group Head of ALI’s Urban and Regional Planning Division, received the Asian CSR Award on behalf of the company in Yangon. “We thank the organizers of the Asian CSR Awards for once again recognizing one of our major programs for the environment, which is part of a comprehensive sustainability strategy. We consider this as a significant opportunity to share with a larger audience the importance of carefully planning landscapes and conserving urban biodiversity through the increased use of native plants and trees,” said Art Corpuz.
The awards program which is presented by AIM-RVR CSR is one of the longest running and most prestigious CSR awards programs in the region. It recognizes organizations that have demonstrated corporate social responsibility in their business philosophy and operations.
“The recipients of the Asian CSR Awards embody the kind of integration between business and society that we aspire to see across Asia — that businesses, through responsible and innovative leadership, are applying their core strengths to solve some of the greatest challenges of our time. This is aligned with AIM’s thrust of developing leaders who drive meaningful growth for the region’s businesses and societies,” said Dr. Jikyeong Kang, AIM President and Dean.
ALI, the Philippines’ leading developer of sustainable estates, is committed to create the most positive impact on people and the environment by building communities that are well-integrated, resilient to climate change, and supportive of local economic development.
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