“Leading for Sustainable Solar Powered Housing Community”

Emma Imperial

President, Imperial Homes Corporation
FWN100™ Global 2015

I will discuss what it means for my company, Imperial Homes Corporation (IHC), to be shortlisted for the 2016 Financial Times/IFC Transformational Business Award, not only on a personal level, but for the Philippines as well. I will share the beginnings of the IHC business and how it progressed in the past 30 years as my vocation to make housing accessible to every Filipino. Fueled by my firm belief in housing being a basic human right, what began as a desire to improve the quality of life for homeowners and addressing the country’s housing backlog evolved into a movement to mitigate climate change through the widespread use of solar power. I will also reflect on the leadership qualities I possess guiding my actions that have defined the growth and success of IHC. The various recognition the company has been receiving is a validation of the value of our work and how we are headed in the right direction. The leadership attributes I will outline are also qualities that I seek to develop in others as I wish for them the same success and to be partners in the movement. With this in mind, I end the chapter with an invitation, especially to those in the real estate industry, to adopt my transformational business model to contribute to the vision of making the Philippines the Solar Capital of Asia and on a larger scale, to be stewards of the environment.