CLIMATE change is one of the most pressing and defining global issues today.

The Philippines currently ranks third globally when it comes to climate change vulnerability. In relation to its geographical location, it is more exposed to altering intensities of climate change, manifested through erratic weather systems and natural calamities.

In 2014, SM Prime achieved an important milestone in the country with SM City North EDSA becoming then the world's largest solar-powered mall.

Today, SM Prime is adding eleven more malls with solar roof decks.

"I constantly encourage the private sector to work closely with the government. This way, we can be more cohesive in our efforts to make more meaningful progress towards a better and sustainable future," averred Hans Sy, SM

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Prime Holdings chairman of the executive committee.

"As a private enterprise, SM Prime will continue to do its share in addressing climate change for the benefit of communities," he added.

Sustainability at SM Prime is at the core of its corporate identity. SM Prime spearheads sustainable practices as well as set records in pioneering programs to consciously protect the environment and strongly focus on resilience in its developments.

In a video interview for the 50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders initiative, Sy also stressed that "Climate change is looming over our Mother Earth. If we can contribute no matter how little, and if I can get everybody to be aware of it, I think we will make an impact. It's never too late."