San Miguel Corp. (SMC) emerged as Top Employer of the Year at the 2021 Asia CEO Awards—at a time dominated by continuing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, SMC said it bested other major Philippine conglomerates across several criteria, including outstanding leadership, improving employees’ professional careers, providing recognition, talent development, social commitment, and promoting work-life balance.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) President Ramon S. Ang

In a video address for the event, SMC President Ramon S. Ang emphasized the importance of instilling a deeper sense of purpose among employees, and the role of a strong values system, in helping the compony weather challenges and even thrive, amid the difficult business environment.

Ang said that throughout the pandemic, SMC remained resilient and was able to contribute to COVID-19 response, as well as continue its major strategic projects, in large part because of these factors.

“This crisis gave us the opportunity to redefine normal. We focus on the things that matter most, and we are single-minded about getting things done the right way,” he noted.

Ang added that, “as one of the largest companies in the Philippines, we know we have a responsibility to use our resources to help rebuild lives and our economy, better. Despite the uncertainties, we keep pushing to help our country recover.”

SMC employees

After the program, Ang further expressed gratitude for the award, saying he dedicated it to employees of SMC and its various subsidiaries, who have been working hard despite the continued threat of COVID-19.

He also cited that the company’s nationwide effort to reach and vaccinate all SMC employees and extended workforce throughout the archipelago, as among its most significant achievements this year.

SMC’s Ligtas Lahat vaccination task force has since vaccinated 90 percent of SMC’s nationwide network, with full completion of the program expected by November.

Last year, SMC also was the first private company to put up its own RT-PCR testing laboratory to regularly test employees and ensure their safety in the workplace, and the safety of those they do business with.

According to the Asia CEO Awards, the Top Employer of the Year award is given to any Philippines-based organization that has “achieved important employer success while overseeing a business enterprise either within Philippines or outside of it.”

Criteria are management achievement, workplace enhancement, recognition, talent development, social commitment, and work-life balance.

“San Miguel has gone through many challenges throughout its 131-year history and I think, this pandemic is one of the biggest challenges the company has ever encountered. But we remain steadfast in our commitment to help in the country’s recovery from the pandemic and we pay tribute to our employees for helping us achieve our goals,” said Ang.

Last year, Ang received the Asia CEO Awards’ Lifetime Contributor Award.

Source: Manila Bulletin (