Our Corporate Governance

Our commitment to strong corporate governance practices benefits our customers by ensuring transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior in all our operations. This helps to build trust, foster long-term relationships, and strengthen our reputation as a responsible business.

Our Board

Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.

Chairman, Independent Director

Amando M. Tetangco, Jr., 71, first elected on 16 June 2023, is the Chairman and Independent Director of the Board of SMIC.

Teresita T. Sy

Vice Chairperson, Non-Executive Director

Teresita T. Sy 73, first elected in May 1979, is the Vice Chairperson of SMIC and Adviser to the Board of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

Henry T. Sy, Jr.

Vice Chairman, Non-Executive Director

Henry T. Sy, Jr. 70, first elected in May, 1979, is the Vice Chairman of SMIC, and Chairman of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and Synergy Grid & Development Phils., Inc.

Harley T. Sy

Executive Director

Harley T. Sy 64, first elected in May 1993, is the Executive Director of SMIC. He is a Director of China Banking Corporation and other companies within the SM Group, and an Adviser to the Board of Directors of BDO Private Bank.

Frederic C. DyBuncio

President and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Frederic C. DyBuncio 64, first elected in April 2017, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SMIC. He is the Chairman of the Board of Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation.

Tomasa H. Lipana

Lead Independent Director

Tomasa H. Lipana 75, first elected in April 2016, is the Lead Independent Director of SMIC. She is a former Chairperson and Senior Partner of Isla Lipana & Co., the Philippine member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Robert G. Vergara

Independent Director

Robert G. Vergara 63, first elected in April 2019, is an Independent Director of SMIC. He also sits as an Independent Director of Metro Pacific Health, Inc and STI Education Systems Holdings. Inc.

Ramon M. Lopez

Independent Director

Ramon M. Lopez 64, first elected in August 2022, is currently an Independent Director of SMIC. He also currently serves as an Independent Director of the AIC Group of Companies Holding Corporation, and a Board Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Valenzuela City Technological College (ValTech).

Advisers to the Board

Advisers to the Board

SM Investments Corporation (SMIC) practices good corporate governance in all its dealings with all stakeholders, investors, business partners, creditors, customers and employees because SMIC believes that good corporate governance will provide the long-term growth, sustainability and success to the Company. SMIC’s good corporate governance framework and practices are part of the Company’s core values that are anchored on the principles of fairness, integrity, accountability, transparency and stakeholder engagement.

Our Company is recognized for practicing good corporate governance through the ASEAN Corporate Scorecard and was cited as Hall of Famer in the Corporate Governance category of the Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards (AREA) in 2022. SMIC’s various awards and recognition are identified in this Report. We aim to create value in all our businesses we operate, not just with our customers but as well as communities and the environment to ensure sustainable growth and development.


SMIC’s Board of Directors is at the helm of our governance structure. The Company’s directors possess the necessary qualifications, competencies and skills to effectively participate and help secure the achievement of the Company’s vision, mission and corporate objectives. The Company adheres to a board diversity policy that ensures a diverse composition of Board of Directors, which assists in advancing SMIC’s strategic objectives. By virtue of the said policy, the Company commits to having a diverse organization in terms of age, competency, experience, business background, ethnicity, culture, skill, knowledge and gender, among others. To monitor progress in achieving the Board’s diversity, the relevant board committee utilizes a board matrix, which provides for the mix of attributes, skills, competencies, experience and affiliations the members of the Board currently possess vis-a-vis the needs to complement its existing composition. Both the board diversity policy and board matrix may be found in the Company website.

Our Board is composed of eight (8) highly qualified directors, four (4) or fifty percent (50%) of whom are independent directors including our Chairman of the Board. In accordance with the Company’s Manual on Corporate Governance, the Board shall always have at least three (3) independent directors. Independent directors are directors that are free from management responsibilities, substantial shareholdings and material relations, which could be perceived to impede the performance of independent judgment. Independent directors are tasked to encourage impartial discussions at board meetings, monitor and provide feedback on Management’s performance, and safeguard the interests of the Company’s various stakeholders.

In addition to fostering the Company’s culture of corporate governance, the Board is tasked to do the following in accordance with the Manual on Corporate Governance:

  • Install a process of selection to ensure a mix of competent directors and officers.
  • Determine the Company’s purpose, vision, mission and strategies to carry out its objectives and review it annually, or sooner should the need arise.
  • Oversee the development of and approve the Company’s business objectives and strategy, and monitor Management’s implementation of such.
  • Ensure that the Company complies with all relevant laws, rules and regulations and adopt industry best practices.
  • Identify the Company’s major and other stakeholders and formulate a clear policy on communicating or relation with them through an effective investors relations program.
  • Adopt a system of internal checks and balances.
  • Identify and monitor key risk areas and key performance indicators, and ensure that a sound Enterprise Risk Management framework is in place.
  • Keep Board authority within the powers of the institution as prescribed in the Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws and in existing laws, rules and regulations.
  • Ensure that an effective succession planning program for directors, key officers and management is in place.
  • Ensure that each elected director, before assumption of office, be required to attend a seminar on corporate governance conducted by a duly recognized private or governance institution.
  • Ensure that each director annually attend continuing education programs conducted by an accredited training provider of relevant government agencies.
  • Ensure that directors with material interest in any transaction affecting the Company abstain from taking part in the deliberations for the same.
  • Formulate and implement group-wide policies to ensure the integrity of related party transactions, especially those which pass certain thresholds of materiality, between and among the Company and its related companies, business associates, major shareholders, officers, directors and their spouses, children, dependent siblings and parents, and of interlocking director relationships.
  • Ensure that the Company’s Code of Ethics, which provides the standards for professional and ethical behavior, as well as articulates acceptable and unacceptable conduct and practices in internal and external dealings, is properly disseminated to the Board, Management and employees, and is available to the public via the Company’s website.
  • Establish and maintain an alternative dispute resolution system to settle conflicts between the Company and its shareholders or other third parties, including regulatory authorities.

Board Performance and Attendance

Per our Manual on Corporate Governance, the Board should meet at least six (6) times annually. For the year 2023, there were nine (9) meetings conducted of which 100% attendance was achieved. The Board meetings are scheduled a year in advance to encourage higher participation. Special board meetings may be called by the Chairman, the President or Corporate Secretary at the request of any two (2) directors. A director’s absence or non-participation for whatever reason in more than 50% of all meetings, both regular and special, in a year may be a ground for temporary disqualification in the succeeding election. Furthermore, non-executive directors meet at least once annually, without any executive directors or representatives of Management present. Board papers and other materials to be used during Board meetings are distributed to the relevant parties at least five (5) business days before the actual meeting.


To address specific tasks and responsibilities, the Board adopted six (6) board committees, namely the Executive Committee, the Audit Committee, the Related Party Transactions Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Risk Management Committee, and the Corporate Governance Committee.

Each committee has a Charter which defines its composition, roles and responsibilities in line with the provisions found in the Manual on Corporate Governance. The Charters include administrative provisions on the conduct of meetings and proceedings, reportorial responsibilities and provide the standards for evaluation of the respective committee performance. The Charters are disclosed in the Company’s website.

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of both executive and non-executive directors and acts on behalf of the Board during the interim periods between Board meetings. The Committee meets, at least, on a monthly basis to assist the Board in overseeing the implementation of strategies, set and monitor the Company’s performance goals and foster the sharing and dissemination of best practices in all areas of the business group. The Executive Committee also defines the group-wide policies and action, relating to sustainable development, including environment, health and safety, internal communications, innovation and research and technology and purchasing.

Office Name
Chairperson (NED)
Teresita T. Sy
Member (NED)
Harley T. Sy
Member (NED)
Frederic C. DyBuncio
Jose T. Sio

The Audit Committee

The Audit Committee exercises the Board’s oversight of the Company’s financial reporting, internal controls system, internal and external audit processes and compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulation. The Committee is composed of three (3) non-executive and independent directors, including the Chairperson. The Committee members each possess relevant background, knowledge, skills and/or experience in areas of accounting, auditing and finance. The Chairperson of the Audit Committee, Ms. Tomasa H. Lipana, is a certified public accountant and does not serve as the chairperson of any of the other board committees. Learn more through the Audit Committee Charter.

The Related Party Transactions Committee

The Related Party Transactions Committee reviews all material related party transactions of the Company and ensures that said transactions are conducted fairly and at arms’ length. The Committee is composed entirely of non-executive and independent directors, including the Chairman. Learn more through the Related Party Transactions Committee Charter.

The Compensation Committee

The Compensation Committee is tasked with the oversight of policies on salaries and benefits, as well as promotions and other forms of career advancement. The Committee is composed of three (3) directors with a majority of independent directors.

The Compensation Committee establishes a formal and transparent procedure for developing a policy on executive remuneration and for fixing the remuneration packages of corporate officers and directors, and provides oversight over remuneration of senior management and other key personnel, ensuring that compensation is consistent with the Company’s culture, strategy and control environment. The remuneration structure of SMIC is composed of fixed remuneration, benefits, performance bonus and long term incentives. The variable component of the remuneration increases as one gets higher in the corporate ladder, which applies to all employees, including the executive directors. SMIC disallows any director to decide his/her own remuneration. Learn more through the Compensation Committee Charter.

Board Remuneration

The annual compensation paid to each director is disclosed annually in the Definitive Information Statement sent to shareholders, together with the Notice of the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. For compensation as Director, each member of the Board received Php5,400,000 annually except for the outgoing and newly elected Director whose remuneration is pro-rated.

The Risk Management Committee

The Risk Management Committee is responsible for the oversight of the Company’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) system. The Committee is composed of three (3) independent directors, including the Chairman. Per the Committee’s charter, at least one (1) of its members must have relevant knowledge and experience on risk and risk management. The Committee Chairman, Mr. Robert G. Vergara does not serve as the chairman of any of the other board committees. Learn more through the Risk Management Committee Charter.

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

SMIC’s ERM approach begins with the identification and prioritization of risks, followed by the assessment of risk interrelationships and analysis of risk sources. This is followed by the development of risk management strategies and action plans, and ultimately, the monitoring and continuous improvement of the risk management process.

SMIC’s business unit heads are responsible for managing operational risks by implementing internal controls and risk management systems within their respective units and ensuring these remain adequate and effectively working in place. The Risk Management Committee is regularly updated on the Company’s risk management systems, as well as on improvement plans of SMIC, while the Executive Committee provides oversight on the assessment of the impact of risks on the strategic and long-term goals of the Company.

Actions adopted to mitigate the Company’s risks include investments in technology, the provision of continuous training of personnel, the performance of regular audits, the establishment and implementation of policies for strong information technology (IT) governance, and continued partnerships with the Company’s various stakeholders. 

Technological risks are addressed via continuous risk assessments, wherein potential threats to assets, vulnerabilities and likelihood of occurrence are evaluated and possible impacts are estimated in the areas of networks, operating systems, applications and databases in production. Specifically, system vulnerability assessments and penetration testing are regularly conducted to proactively detect and address threats.

The Company’s approach to other risks such as environmental risk starts with an assessment of the potential impact it has to the community where it operates. The Sustainability Team regularly reports the group’s sustainability road map and progress to the Steering Committee, headed by the President of the Company. The Company is committed to protect the environment by implementing effective and efficient resource utilization measures in its daily operations.

The Company was registered with the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) as a Designated Non-Financial Business and Profession (DNFBP) on December 1, 2021. As such, SMIC is also committed to strict adherence with the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) rules, laws and regulations and ensures that the Company will not be used as a conduit for the proceeds of unlawful activity to help prevent the country from being used as a money laundering/terrorism financing site.

The Corporate Governance Committee

The Corporate Governance Committee is tasked to assist the Board in its corporate governance related responsibilities, such as but not limited to, climate change, anti-money laundering act, information technology. Risk and social impacts in terms of sustainability reporting. The committee also performed the review and evaluation of the qualifications of all candidates nominated to the Board of Directors, and those nominated to positions that require Board approval under the Company’s By-Laws. The Committee is composed entirely of independent directors.

Nomination and Election of Directors

SMIC sets a reasonable period of time for the submission of nominations of candidates for election to its Board of Directors. All nominations for directors submitted in writing to the Corporate Secretary within the said nomination period are considered valid. Any shareholder of record may be nominated as a board of director. All shareholders are, including a minority shareholder, entitled to be notified of the schedule and other details of the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting for the election of board of directors and is entitled to vote as such. When searching for candidates for the Board of Directors, the Company engages the services of professional search firms and/or other external sources, such as director databases set up by director or shareholder bodies.

The Corporate Governance Committee meets to screen and check the qualifications of all persons nominated to be a board of director from the pool of candidates submitted by the nominating shareholders. The Manual on Corporate Governance prescribes the following qualifications to be a director of the Company:

  • Holder of at least one (1) share of stock of the Corporation;
  • Shall be at least a college graduate or have sufficient experience in managing the business to substitute for such formal education;
  • Shall be at least twenty-one (21) years old;
  • Shall be proven to possess integrity and probity;
  • Shall be diligent, hardworking and reputable;
  • Shall be proven to possess the appropriate level of skill and experience in line with the strategic plans and goals of the Company; and
  • In addition to the qualifications for membership in the Board required in relevant laws, the Board may provide for additional qualifications which may include practical understanding of the Company’s business, membership in good standing in relevant industry, business or professional organizations, and previous business experiences.

In addition to the aforementioned qualifications, the Corporate Governance Committee also identifies qualifications of directors that are aligned with the Company’s strategic direction. Likewise, the Committee ensures that those nominated to the Board possess none of the disqualifications enumerated in the Manual on Corporate Governance. Further to this, the Committee ensures that nominees have attended an orientation or training program related to corporate governance before assuming office pursuant to pertinent regulatory requirements. The committee also recommends continuing education/ training programs for directors and key officers with training providers that are duly accredited by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In 2023, the members of the

Board of Directors and key officers participated in various training programs such as the 2023 CG Seminar on October 16 conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors in partnership with UBS Global Wealth Management, Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC), Wunderman Thompson Intelligence and Gartner, Inc. Topics included Global Economic and Geopolitical Outlook, Business trends, Retail and Outlook, and Generative Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Members of the Board also attended the 2023 Annual CG Seminar conducted by BDO Unibank, Inc. with topics that included Global Trends in Banking and Generative Artificial Intelligence. Attendance of the members of the Board to these seminars and training programs are disclosed.

The Corporate Governance Committee also determines the number of directorships which a member of the Board may hold simultaneously with their SMIC board seats. No individual independent director holds more than five directorships in other publicly listed companies.

Evaluation of the Board

Through the Corporate Governance Committee, the Board conducts an annual performance evaluation of the collective Board, Board Committees, individual directors, the Company’s Chairman of the Board, President and selected officers. The evaluation criteria are based on the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, Board Committees, individual directors, Chairman of the Board, President and the heads of the control functions (Chief Audit Executive, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer) as provided for by SMIC’s By-Laws, Manual on Corporate Governance and respective Board Committee Charters.

Directors are asked to rate the annual performance of the respective bodies and individuals, as well as identify areas for improvement, such as the quality and timeliness of information provided to them, the frequency and conduct of regular, special or committee meetings, their accessibility to Management, the Corporate Secretary and Board Advisors as well as training/continuing education programs or any other forms of assistance that they may need in the performance of their duties. The Board then reviews the results of the evaluation and agree on action plans to address the issues raised. The forms used for the evaluation may be viewed via the Company’s website.

Every three (3) years, the annual board evaluation is conducted by a third-party facilitator. SMIC engaged the services of Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), an accredited provider, to facilitate our board evaluation in 2021.

Every three (3) years, the annual board evaluation is conducted by a third-party facilitator. SMIC engaged the services of Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), an accredited provider, to facilitate our board evaluation in 2021.


SMIC regularly reviews and enhances its Manual on Corporate Governance, Code of Ethics, and other corporate governance related policies and programs to promote the continued development of its corporate governance culture. All corporate governance related policies and information are available to the public through the Company’s website at www.sminvestments.com.

The Manual on Corporate Governance

The Manual on Corporate Governance institutionalizes the principles and best practices of good corporate governance in the organization and remains a testament to the belief that good corporate governance is a critical component of sound strategic business management. In addition to the provisions relating to the Board of Directors and Management, the Manual also contains the Company’s policies on disclosure and transparency, and mandates the conduct of communication, and training programs on corporate governance. It also outlines the rights of all stakeholders, and the protection of the interests of minority stockholders. There have been no deviations from the Manual since it was adopted. SMIC certifies that the Company, its directors, officers and employees have adopted and fully complied with all leading practices and principles of good corporate governance as provided by the Manual.

The Code of Ethics

SMIC’s Code of Ethics provides the Company with the backbone for its culture of corporate governance. All directors, officers and employees are required to adhere to the Code in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. The Code highlights the importance of integrity in all the dealings with investors, creditors, customers, contractors, suppliers, regulators, co-employees, and the Company’s other various stakeholders. It also highlights the Company’s duties to its employees, shareholders, and the importance of corporate social responsibility.

The Sustainability Policy

SMIC is committed and complies with all applicable laws and regulations in all aspects of its operations pertaining to human and labor rights and environmental responsibility. It also aims to minimize the Company’s risks and impacts through the development of a robust and documented system of implementation, measurement, monitoring, dissemination and evaluation of globally accepted standards of social development and environmental sustainability performance both within its scope of operations and to the broader community. We are focused on enhancing the sustainability of our business ecosystem and are actively addressing the climate adaptability of our business, our cities and communicates. Our Sustainability Policy guides our efforts, which we divided into two initiatives, namely the SM For Social Good and SM Green Movement. SMIC’s Sustainability policy and programs are publicly accessible through our Company website.

Other Corporate Governance Related Policies

Insider Trading Policy

Directors, officers and employees are prohibited from trading in the Company’s shares during the period within which a material non-public information is obtained, five (5) trading days before and two (2) trading days after the disclosure of any material, stock price-sensitive information. SMIC issues reminders of the “trading ban”, before the release of financial reports or the disclosure of other material information to ensure compliance with the policy. All directors, officers and employees are required to report their dealings in company shares within three (3) business days of the transaction. Reports indicate the date of the trade/s and number of shares traded, at least, and should be submitted to the Company’s Compliance Officer.

Related Party Transactions Policy

SMIC discloses in detail the nature, extent and all other material information on transactions with related parties in the Company’s financial statements and quarterly and annual reports. The Company ensures that its related party transactions are conducted at fair market prices and at arms’ length. The full policy may be found in SMIC’s website and describes the process by which the Company handles its related party transactions, particularly those that cross the Company’s materiality threshold.

Conflict of Interest Policy
SMIC’s Conflict of Interest Policy defines a conflict of interest as a situation wherein a director, officer or employee has or appears to have a direct or indirect personal interest in any transaction, which may deter or influence him/ her from acting in the best interests of the Company. Any director, officer or employee involved in an actual or potential conflict of interest is required to immediately disclose annually said conflict to the Company
Guidelines on Gifts/Hospitality and Entertainment

Based on the provisions of the Code of Ethics, SMIC’s directors, officers and employees are prohibited from soliciting or accepting gifts, hospitality, and/ or entertainment in any form from any business partner. The term gift covers anything of value, such as but not limited to cash or cash equivalent. The guidelines provide exceptions such as corporate giveaways, tokens or promotional items of nominal value. In the same manner, accepting travel sponsored by any current or prospective business partner is prohibited.

Guidelines on Placement of Advertisements

SMIC issued a policy to prohibit the placement of advertisements in publications that solicit for such ad placement prior to the release of the official results of an awarding process conducted by the publication and where an SM company or director, officer or employee is one of the nominees vying for the award. SMIC may consider placing advertisements in such publications as part of its over-all marketing strategy, but only after the release of the results of the awarding process and where it will not create reasonable doubt that such ad placement influenced in any way an award given to an SM company or director, officer or employee.

Policy on Accountability, Integrity, and Vigilance (Whistleblowing Policy)
SMIC issued a policy to prohibit the placement of advertisements in publications that solicit for such ad placement prior to the release of the official results of an awarding process conducted by the publication and where an SM company or director, officer or employee is one of the nominees vying for the award. SMIC may consider placing advertisements in such publications as part of its over-all marketing strategy, but only after the release of the results of the awarding process and where it will not create reasonable doubt that such ad placement influenced in any way an award given to an SM company or director, officer or employee.
Policy for Vendor Selection and Purchase of Goods and Services
Existing and potential vendors and suppliers are required to conform to the Company’s Code of Ethics as a pre-requisite for the accreditation process.
Alternative Dispute Resolution System
Ensures that the Company maintains an alternative dispute resolution system to settle conflicts between the Company and its stockholders or other third parties, including regulatory authorities.
Human Rights Policy
SMIC respects and promotes human rights in accordance with the International Bill of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We are committed to the principles that all persons should be treated with respect.
Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy
SMIC respects and promotes human rights in accordance with the International Bill of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We are committed to the principles that all persons should be treated with respect.
Anti- Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy
SMIC is committed to providing a working environment that is safe and free from harassment (including sexual harassment) for all its employees and will not tolerate any form of behavior that is based upon an individual’s sex, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, age and religion.
Operational Health and Safety Policy
SMIC is committed to the protection of health, safety and wellbeing of all members of the organization including its subsidiaries. The Company strives to promote a strong and sustainable culture that will facilitate the awareness of risk and the prevention of injury and illness.
Privacy Policy

Our Company collects, uses, protects or otherwise handles our data subjects’ personal data in accordance with Republic Act No. 10173, or the Data Privacy Act of 2012, and its Implementing Rules and Regulations and other issuances (collectively known as “Data Privacy Act”)


SMIC ensures that its stakeholders receive timely and accurate information on all facets of its business through its website and disclosures. SMIC’s website has a separate corporate governance section that has subsections where its policies, programs and other relevant developments may be found. The Company also ensures that shareholders are provided with periodic reports that include relevant information on its directors and officers and their shareholdings and dealings with the Company.

SMIC regularly discloses its top shareholders and its beneficial owners who own more than 5% of its shares. Shareholdings of directors and senior management are disclosed in the Definitive Information Statement sent to shareholders prior to the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting.

The Company also uses non-financial performance indicators discussed in this Report.

The Investor Relations Department

SMIC’s Investor Relations (IR) Department is the main avenue of communication between the Company and its various stakeholders. The IR Department arranges regular teleconferences and site visits for investors, participates in investor conferences, and conducts annual roadshows with stops in various locations throughout the world. In 2023, the IR Department and senior management conducted roadshows across Asia, Europe and North America. The SMIC IR Department also coordinates with the different IR departments of the Company’s subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as participates in various investor fora and conducts regular briefings with analysts, investors and members of public media alongside other capital market participants and stakeholders. The Company’s IR Department ensures that the Company has constant engagement with its shareholders, including minority shareholders, and all other stakeholders. SMIC’s shareholders or other various stakeholders may reach out to the Company for information or details on the Company, its operations, directors and/ or officers, to provide feedback and/or make other relevant suggestions/recommendations to the Company:


The Annual Stockholders’ Meeting (ASM) provides SMIC shareholders, including minority shareholders, the opportunity to raise concerns, give suggestions, and vote on relevant issues. Voting methods are clearly defined and explained to shareholders before the ASM to ensure the observance of their voting rights and continued participation in the voting process in accordance with pertinent regulatory requirements and CG standards.

Under the Company’s By-Laws and Manual on Corporate Governance, and in accordance with applicable law and pertinent regulations, shareholders may cumulatively vote for the election or replacement of members of the Board of Directors. Prior to the ASM, shareholders are furnished a copy of the annual report, including financial statements, and all relevant information about the current and nominated directors and key officers. Elected directors hold office for one (1) year until their successors are elected following the procedures set forth in SMIC’s By-Laws. SMIC also includes rationales and explanations for each agenda item which requires shareholder approval in the Notice of the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. Furthermore, the Company appoints an independent party to count and validate votes made during the ASM.

Proxy voting is permitted and facilitated through proxy forms, which are distributed to shareholders prior to the ASM. Proxy forms may also be downloaded from the Company’s website. To encourage shareholders to exercise their right to vote through the proxy forms, notarization of such is not required. Shareholders are also given the opportunity to vote on certain corporate acts in accordance with the law. These resolutions, along with shareholder questions and the corresponding responses are recorded in the minutes of the ASM, which are posted on the Company’s website immediately following the ASM. To ensure that all shareholders’ concerns are properly addressed, the Chairman of the Board, Board Directors, the President, Board Committee Chairpersons and Members, Management, the Corporate Secretary, Compliance Officer, Internal Auditor and the External Auditors are always present during the ASM.


Based on its Manual on Corporate Governance, Code of Ethics and other relevant rules, laws and regulations, SMIC is required to recognize and protect the rights and interests of its key stakeholders, namely its shareholders, employees, customers, business partners, creditors, as well as the communities it operates in and the environment.

The Investor Relations Department

The Manual on Corporate Governance protects the shareholders’ appraisal right as well as their rights to vote, inspect corporate books and records, gain access to material information and receive an equitable share of the Company’s profits.

The exercise of a shareholder’s voting right is encouraged by SMIC to ensure meaningful participation in all shareholders’ meetings. Voting methods and vote counting systems employed by the Company are clearly explained to ensure the effective exercise of shareholders’ right to vote. SMIC follows the system of cumulative voting for the election of directors to allow shareholders an opportunity to elect each member of the Board of Directors individually. Shareholders maintain the right to receive dividends subject to the discretion of the Board. They may exercise their appraisal right or the right to dissent and demand payment of the fair value of their shares in accordance with the Corporate Code.

Minority shareholders are given the right to propose the holding of a meeting as well as the right to propose items in the agenda of the meeting, provided that the items are for legitimate business purposes and in accordance with the law, jurisprudence and best practice. Minority shareholders are also given access to information relating to matters for which Management is accountable.

Dividend Policy

The policy of the Company is to provide a sustainable dividend stream to its shareholders. The Board determines the dividend payout taking into consideration the Company’s operating results, cash flows, capital investment needs and debt servicing requirements. Dividends shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the date of declaration.

Employee Welfare

SMIC strives to be an employer of choice and provides for the health, safety and welfare of its employees. Through the efforts of its Human Resources Department (HRD), the Company has established policies and programs that promote a safe and healthy work environment that caters to all cultures and creeds and encourages employee development and growth.

SMIC encourages good health and wellness through its various sports and fitness programs. There are courts and fitness facilities in the workplace where the employees can use and participate in HRD supported aerobic and dance activities. The pandemic from 2020 to 2021 temporarily suspended these activities, which were resumed in 2022.

Work from home arrangement is being implemented for the health and safety of the employees. SMIC provides a fully functioning clinic and employs the services of a 24-hour roving ambulance service in case of an emergency.

The Company continues to conduct seminars and various learning sessions via online platform, such as training on Integration of New Employees in SM, the use of Microsoft word, Excel and PowerPoint and various technological applications, health and wellness seminars, proper business email writing skills to name a few. The Company believes that a happy and healthy workforce promotes business sustainability.

Emergency Preparedness Program

As part of its Enterprise Risk Management, SMIC implements an emergency preparedness program that aims to safeguard its workforce, operations, and customers against emergencies, and natural and manmade disasters. Led by its Emergency Preparedness Committee, and in coordination with fire and security agents, the Company conducts regular safety drills throughout the SMIC workplace. These drills, along with emergency management related orientations and training are conducted to ensure a competent, composed and efficient response from SMIC’s workforce in the event of an emergency.

The Company has implemented an emergency text blast system for emergency announcements and a hotline where employees can call for an update or/and instruction.

The company has also developed Business Continuity Planning that will be activated in case of an emergency in order that business operations can be carried out as usual. Critical functions of each departments are identified to prevent business disruption. Regular table top exercises are conducted to ensure preparedness and that the protocols will be implemented as planned when the need arises.

Training and Employee Development

Awareness and understanding of the principles of good corporate governance are essential to the continued development of SMIC’s corporate governance culture. Through the Orientation for New Employees of SM (ONE SM), new employees are given an overview of SMIC’s corporate governance framework, including all the different corporate policies and its various components. A substantial portion of the orientation is devoted to the discussion of SM’s core values and the Code of Ethics, and highlights the roles that each individual can play in the overall development of the corporate governance culture. Skills and Leadership development courses are also conducted regularly, covering topics such as Basics of Customer Service, Effective Listening, Guidelines for Writing Effective Business Emails and Value Formations.

For issues or concerns, all stakeholders may refer to:

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