As President of SM Supermalls, Steven Tan has exhibited leadership values which go far beyond the boundaries of the retail sector that he is most comfortable and adept with.
Fueled by his passion to promote positive social change and global peace, Tan has supported the Global Youth Summit for over six years now; working as the primary force behind the platform, offering partnership venues and logistical assistance for its annual execution.
The milestones achieved by the Global Youth Summit are considerable, with Mr. Tan’s commitment helping them amass the following notable records – 586,500 engaged youth, 950 schools reached, and presence in 62 countries.
Tan empowers the next generation by fostering dialogue and understanding, and by creating positive global change through service.
This was duly recognized by the Global Peace Foundation during their Global Peace Awards held last December 14.
Tan was bestowed the Award for Philanthropy and Corporate Citizenship.
This award recognizes leadership that has demonstrated significant commitment to peace-building initiatives through funding and partnership engagement, that strives to improve and enhance the quality of life for all.
The Global Peace Awards’ other categories include Legacy of Service and Peace, Interfaith and Spiritual Leadership, Freedom of Religion and Conscience, Strengthening Families, Outstanding Service, Innovative Scholarship, Moral and Innovative Leadership, and Culture of Peace.
In his acceptance speech, Tan spoke of how, “I only stand here tonight as a representative of SM Cares and the many incredible individuals as well as our partners, who work tirelessly for a more inclusive and empowered world. A better world.”
“SM Supermalls’ commitment to developing the youth through SM Cares has been a journey filled with purpose and passion. The collaborations we’ve had with esteemed organizations like the Global Peace Foundation, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the National Youth Commission, and many others show the power of unity in creating a better world for tomorrow.”
The Global Peace Awards were first conferred in 2011 at the Global Peace Convention in Seoul, South Korea.
They were established to honor government, civil society, faith leaders, and organizations whose exemplary efforts have substantially advanced the vision and mission of building a world of peace and shared prosperity.
It’s a distinct honor for Tan, SM Supermalls, and SM Cares to have their tireless and sustained efforts duly recognized.
It serves as inspiration to stay the course, work harder in the name of peace and shared prosperity, and to believe.