Inaugural Champions of Good Honours Businesses Catalysing Change Through Collaborative Partnerships

The inaugural Champions of Good by the NVPC recognises 45 Singapore-based businesses for their sterling efforts and commitment.

Singapore, 7 November 2017 – The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) held the inaugural Champions of Good recognition event at the Shangri-La Hotel earlier today. Among the recognised businesses were 25 large enterprises and 20 small and medium enterprises in Singapore that have been outstanding leaders and ambassadors of corporate giving. The event was graced by guest-of-honour, Minister Heng Swee Keat as well as senior business leaders and corporate giving practitioners from across several industries.

“Society is facing complex challenges at an unprecedented level and we believe that businesses have the potential to make a significant difference. Besides driving economic stability, businesses can also catalyse social change through their influence, partnerships and business models,” says Melissa Kwee, Chief Executive Officer of NVPC. “Today, we are celebrating 45 Champions that have harnessed their resources, expertise and partnerships to create both social and business value. We hope that they will inspire fellow businesses in Singapore to help build a City of Good,” she adds.


The Champions of Good is a national recognition framework under Company of Good that was launched by NVPC in partnership with the Singapore Business Federation Foundation in June 2016 to “make goodness the business of every organisation”. The Company of Good programme is designed to empower businesses to give better and more holistically and to guide companies in their corporate giving journey. The Champions of Good seeks to recognise leaders in corporate giving who are also influencers and multipliers.


2017 CHAMPIONS

A few notable Champions from the large enterprise category include:

CapitaLand
CapitaLand’s CSR activities ranges from profit donation, employee volunteerism, to customer integration by providing opportunities for customers to get involved in giving back. CapitaLand has been partnering its tenants at its office properties in Singapore for its annual ‘Gifts of Joy’ initiative which brings together office tenants and CapitaLand employees to wrap and deliver gifts to underprivileged children.

Mastercard
Mastercard’s CSR programmes focus on the empowerment of women and girls through educational, financial, and business literacy programmes. Their initiatives include partnership with ASKI Global Limited to provide women migrant workers in Singapore and their respective families in the Philippines appropriate training and technical coaching on basic entrepreneurship, which may lead to setting up and subsequently, growing of family enterprises. 400 women migrant workers have received training so far.

Microsoft
We Tech Care is an annual event by Microsoft open to the public where anyone from families, students, non-profits and seniors can participate in hands-on activities or talks related to digital transformation, innovation and digital literacy for people with disabilities. The goal is to develop and raise awareness of innovative solutions and technologies that can help solve societal issues. The last We Tech Care in December 2016 involved more than 150 volunteers from all entities of Microsoft based in Singapore, 13 partners, including 9 non-profits, 4 start-ups and 8 business partners, and was attended by 450 people.

A few notable Champions from the small and medium enterprise category include:

Spic & Span
Spic & Span, a professional dry cleaning and laundry service provider in Singapore, centres its hiring processes around creating opportunities for workers from different social backgrounds. In its initial efforts, Spic & Span hired mature workers and gradually increased their social outreach to the Yellow Ribbon Project, the destitute, and persons with special needs, partnering over 20 voluntary welfare organisations in the past three years to achieve this.

They believe in connecting resources and the marriage of the strengths of other organisations to help complement what they do, and have since hired more than 50 full-time and flexi-time workers from varying backgrounds.

Carousell Carousell held a #AllForFree campaign to encourage their app users to declutter by giving their things away to someone who needed them more instead of selling them. They received a lot of positive feedback from the users and the campaign was in line with the company’s mission of creating a culture of meaningful consumerism. Through the campaign, over 10,000 items were given away.

TSMP Law Corporation 

TSMP’s pro-bono programme requires each lawyer to pledge a minimum of 25 hours pro bono work annually. Their partners also volunteer as ad-hoc Appointed Referees of the Sm

Singapore, 7 November 2017 – The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) held the inaugural Champions of Good recognition event at the Shangri-La Hotel earlier today. Among the recognised businesses were 25 large enterprises and 20 small and medium enterprises in Singapore that have been outstanding leaders and ambassadors of corporate giving. The event was graced by guest-of-honour, Minister Heng Swee Keat as well as senior business leaders and corporate giving practitioners from across several industries.

“Society is facing complex challenges at an unprecedented level and we believe that businesses have the potential to make a significant difference. Besides driving economic stability, businesses can also catalyse social change through their influence, partnerships and business models,” says Melissa Kwee, Chief Executive Officer of NVPC. “Today, we are celebrating 45 Champions that have harnessed their resources, expertise and partnerships to create both social and business value. We hope that they will inspire fellow businesses in Singapore to help build a City of Good,” she adds.

The Champions of Good is a national recognition framework under Company of Good that was launched by NVPC in partnership with the Singapore Business Federation Foundation in June 2016 to “make goodness the business of every organisation”. The Company of Good programme is designed to empower businesses to give better and more holistically and to guide companies in their corporate giving journey. The Champions of Good seeks to recognise leaders in corporate giving who are also influencers and multipliers.

2017 CHAMPIONS

A few notable Champions from the large enterprise category include:

CapitaLand
CapitaLand’s CSR activities ranges from profit donation, employee volunteerism, to customer integration by providing opportunities for customers to get involved in giving back. CapitaLand has been partnering its tenants at its office properties in Singapore for its annual ‘Gifts of Joy’ initiative which brings together office tenants and CapitaLand employees to wrap and deliver gifts to underprivileged children.

Mastercard
Mastercard’s CSR programmes focus on the empowerment of women and girls through educational, financial, and business literacy programmes. Their initiatives include partnership with ASKI Global Limited to provide women migrant workers in Singapore and their respective families in the Philippines appropriate training and technical coaching on basic entrepreneurship, which may lead to setting up and subsequently, growing of family enterprises. 400 women migrant workers have received training so far.

Microsoft
We Tech Care is an annual event by Microsoft open to the public where anyone from families, students, non-profits and seniors can participate in hands-on activities or talks related to digital transformation, innovation and digital literacy for people with disabilities. The goal is to develop and raise awareness of innovative solutions and technologies that can help solve societal issues. The last We Tech Care in December 2016 involved more than 150 volunteers from all entities of Microsoft based in Singapore, 13 partners, including 9 non-profits, 4 start-ups and 8 business partners, and was attended by 450 people.

A few notable Champions from the small and medium enterprise category include:

Spic & Span
Spic & Span, a professional dry cleaning and laundry service provider in Singapore, centres its hiring processes around creating opportunities for workers from different social backgrounds. In its initial efforts, Spic & Span hired mature workers and gradually increased their social outreach to the Yellow Ribbon Project, the destitute, and persons with special needs, partnering over 20 voluntary welfare organisations in the past three years to achieve this.

They believe in connecting resources and the marriage of the strengths of other organisations to help complement what they do, and have since hired more than 50 full-time and flexi-time workers from varying backgrounds.

Carousell Carousell held a #AllForFree campaign to encourage their app users to declutter by giving their things away to someone who needed them more instead of selling them. They received a lot of positive feedback from the users and the campaign was in line with the company’s mission of creating a culture of meaningful consumerism. Through the campaign, over 10,000 items were given away.

TSMP Law Corporation

TSMP’s pro-bono programme requires each lawyer to pledge a minimum of 25 hours pro bono work annually. Their partners also volunteer as ad-hoc Appointed Referees of the Small Claim Tribunals of the State Courts, and as directors and company secretaries of charities like the Smile Mission and IC2 Prephouse. TSMP also uses their marketing platforms and social media pages to raise awareness of social causes. For example, they encourage clients and business associates to contribute by co-organising events such as Dress for Success, where TSMP lawyers and staff, and business associates and clients, were encouraged to donate pre-loved clothing for needy women re-entering the workplace.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHAMPION

Companies are recognised as Champions of Good for one year from the date of recognition. As recognised peer leaders for corporate giving in Singapore, Champions will have the opportunity to engage with a wider community of like-minded companies, intermediaries and NPOs at Company of Good’s networking events. Through the sharing of their values and approaches to corporate giving, as well as the benefits it has brought both to society and to their business, Champions can guide and inspire other companies in Singapore to strive towards creating a better giving journey.

Companies that wish to take the first step to giving can join the Company of Good programme by visiting: https://www.nvpc.org.sg/progra…

all Claim Tribunals of the State Courts, and as directors and company secretaries of charities like the Smile Mission and IC2 Prephouse. TSMP also uses their marketing platforms and social media pages to raise awareness of social causes. For example, they encourage clients and business associates to contribute by co-organising events such as Dress for Success, where TSMP lawyers and staff, and business associates and clients, were encouraged to donate pre-loved clothing for needy women re-entering the workplace.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHAMPION

Companies are recognised as Champions of Good for one year from the date of recognition. As recognised peer leaders for corporate giving in Singapore, Champions will have the opportunity to engage with a wider community of like-minded companies, intermediaries and NPOs at Company of Good’s networking events. Through the sharing of their values and approaches to corporate giving, as well as the benefits it has brought both to society and to their business, Champions can guide and inspire other companies in Singapore to strive towards creating a better giving journey.

Companies that wish to take the first step to giving can join the Company of Good programme by visiting: https://www.nvpc.org.sg/progra…