Companies in Singapore recognised for corporate giving efforts
Some 60 organisations in Singapore have been recognised as ‘Champions of Good 2018’ for their corporate giving efforts, and their commitment to amplifying the impact of giving.
The recognition was conferred by Singapore’s National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).
Each ‘champion’ was selected by a panel of 7 judges based on their contributions as a role model for corporate giving, and their ability to rally others and amplify the impact of their giving.
This year’s ‘champions’ include CapitaLand, DBS Bank, Microsoft Singapore, and IBM Singapore, among many others. Some half are ‘returning’ Champions.
“I commend our Champions of Good, who come from different industries, and range from large corporations to SMEs to public agencies. They are recognised not only for their contributions to non-profit organisations but for also inspiring and working with other partners to make a greater impact,” said Singapore’s Minister for Finance, Heng Swee Keat, who was the guest-of-honour at the conferment ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
“Corporates can encourage and empower their employees to take charge and be the catalyst of change themselves. For example, some of you allow room for employee-led initiatives to grow, by building a team of motivated staff volunteers and supporting staff-initiated [corporate social responsibility (CSR)] activities. This will ensure greater employee engagement and staff ownership in the CSR initiatives,” he added.
Melissa Kwee, CEO of the NVPC noted that businesses are increasingly expected to lead and be a force for good in society.
“Many companies are responding to the demand for good stewardship, and the growing link between social impact and financial performance,” she said.
“The power is in the hands of CEOs and leaders to walk the talk and drive meaningful change.”