SMC continues drive for water conservation
But in these bleak and trying times, indeed the new normal activities for us seem to revolve around heightened consciousness of our hygiene, limiting our exposure to the outside world, and acceptance of the fact that these restrictions would be part of our lives for years to come. Big corporations aren’t spared as well. Conglomerates in various industries have reeled from the effects of government-imposed lockdowns. Forecasts paint a grim outlook on the world economy, making bouncing back after this pandemic a seemingly insurmountable uphill climb. Indeed these are the “new normals” of our society but these did not stop companies from pioneering another new normal in these times: we are all affected, but helping others in need is still a top priority. San Miguel Corporation or SMC, led by its President and COO Ramon S. Ang, is one such conglomerate. It has have been spearheading monumental initiatives to fight the effects of this pandemic since the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon was imposed back in March.
Banking on its “Walang Iwanan” campaign, SMC’s COVID-19 effort has produced billions of pesos worth in relief projects and has helped hundreds of thousands of people not only in Metro Manila but also in other parts of the country. Though truth be told, selfless acts are nothing new for one of the Philippines’ largest and most diversified conglomerates. In fact, by 2025, SMC commits to reduce its use of water in all processes across the San Miguel group by 50 percent as part of its 50 x 2025 campaign. While their water management efficiency level is among the highest in the Philippines, and while water conservation and protection has always been a key component of its operations, they are challenging themselves to do more. How they will do so is based on a 4-point agenda aimed at reducing their water consumption and protection of vital water resources. Eliminate wastage of water across operations