Sabado, Enero 15, 2022

Sustainability requires diversity, people-profit balance, says UnionBank’s transformative leader

"When you talk about connection, it's all about people. UnionBank has been known as a digital bank but actually, we're more of a people organization, and diversity is big on our agenda. It's something that we feel is also a key part of ESG. But beyond ESG, we believe in diversity in an organization. And when you have that (respect), connection comes easy. It's important because if an organization is not connected to one another, it will never be engaged to its customers and stakeholders. So, that's how we do it. We don't put digital as the primary goal. We use digital as the enabler. We use digital means to connect with one another. To us, metrics on leadership are more about balance. Like most companies, we do have a balanced scorecard, but we always ask ourselves, 'Are we still seeing too much on the profit side, or are we building too much on the feel good side? Would you rather have a very profitable but toxic company, or not too profitable but people are so happy and healthy? You can be profitable in the short term, but if you don't take care of your employees, the long-term viability of the enterprise will not be assured. But then, if you don't have profit in the short term, you won't reach your long-term targets." ~Henry R. Aguda, UnionBank Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, and Chief Transformation Officer

Panelist Henry R. Aguda, UnionBank Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, and Chief Transformation Officer, shared insights on the challenges and rewards of leadership in a fast-growing industry; and the significance of innovation, reinvention, and resilience amid crises during the recently concluded CBRE Connect Series’ Perspective in Leadership Webinar: Navigating through Challenges & Uncertainty.

Aguda related that for UnionBank, digital transformation is not an end goal, but more of a means for people within the organization to be able to connect with each other, and ultimately, with the Bank's customers and stakeholders. More so, the Bank considers diversity as key to establishing a stronger connection, over and above being a necessary component of its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts.

As companies commit to sustainability, diversity and balance are among the most important focus areas that they must prioritize. This was highlighted by UnionBank during the recently concluded CBRE Connect Series’ Perspective in Leadership Webinar: Navigating through Challenges & Uncertainty.

According to Aguda, the diverseness is crucial to UnionBank's digital transformation as it allows ideas to flow from collaborators with various skill sets and experiences, enabling more innovation. He added that people’s respect for each other's ideas allows individuals to be more connected.

Aguda also underscored the importance of leaders being able to juggle both the needs of the company and its people. At the end of the day, it comes to balancing people and profit, an integral part of sustainability. 

Araneta City kicks off 2022 with irresistible discounts and promos

The New Year is officially upon us. And though the Holiday season is now in the past, the spirit of Christmas remains at the City of Firsts through various promos and offerings that are kicking off 2022 in a big way!

Here are some things that you can look forward to in Araneta City at the start of the year!

1. Enjoy big savings (and win prizes) at the Grand Clearance Sale.
Now that the Christmas rush is over, you can fully enjoy some great deals especially at the Grand Clearance Sale in the City of Firsts. Get up to 70% off on select items from some of your favorite brands in Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza. 

From clothing and accessories to toys and gadgets, you’ll find it in Araneta City and at prices that you can’t beat! So, make sure to rush to the City of Firsts as the Grand Clearance Sale will only last until January 16. 

Aside from the discounts, you may also win amazing prizes! Just present a P1000 single-receipt purchase from any Araneta City establishment to get a digital scratch card. Prizes at stake include Araneta City merchandise and surprises from Pizza Hut and Novotel Manila Araneta City! So don't miss this chance.

2. Continue to feel the magic of Christmas and win exciting prizes.
There’s still time to make your 2022 more magical and exciting! All you have to do is join Araneta City’s Bring Home the Magic of Christmas Promo for a chance to win one of 40 prizes from the City of Firsts! 

Simply present ₱1,000 worth of single or accumulated receipt purchases from any Araneta City establishment or four Gateway Cineplex or Ali Mall Cinema tickets at any mall concierge or redemption booth. So make your shopping more rewarding by joining the Bring Home the Magic of Christmas promo which lasts until February 6!

3. Feast on some delicious delicacies and take home a surprise.
Everything is more fun at the City of Firsts – including dining! Every ₱250 single or accumulated receipt purchase of any combo meal with a Coca-Cola product from any Araneta City Food Court or Dampa at Farmers Market entitles you to a free Coca-Cola eco bag or can. Just present your receipt/s at the redemption booth in any Araneta City Food Court or Dampa at Farmers Market to get your free item. 

Promo is until January 31 only, so don’t be left behind!

Whether you’re shopping or dining in Araneta City, your safety always comes first. That’s why strict health protocols are being implemented throughout the City of Firsts. Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza have received the Safety Seal certification from the Quezon City local government as a testament to its adherence to health and safety guidelines.
Customers are also required to present a valid ID and COVID vaccination card. 

Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza are open 10 AM to 8 PM from Sunday to Thursday and 10 AM to 9 PM from Friday to Saturday for Retail/Service establishments. For Food and Beverage/Restaurants, operating hours are 10 AM to 9 PM from Sunday to Thursday and 10 AM to 10 PM from Friday to Saturday. 

Have a safe and rewarding shopping and dining experience at the City of Firsts!
Araneta City is managed by ACI Inc, one of the five business units of the Araneta Group of Companies. With a long history of pioneer business ventures, the progressive and diversified Araneta Group is anchored on property development, food service, leisure and entertainment, and hospitality. Visit the Araneta Group's official website for more details.

For updates on Araneta City, visit its official website, or follow it on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Tiktok. Download the Araneta City mobile app on Apple App Store (for iOS) or Google Play Store (for Android) to get the latest on promos and events.