2018 Winners

National Advisory Panel

Soo Yee Leong - Director, ASEAN & ANZ, ACCA

Sanjaya Pathirage - , President Director, Control Union

Anthony Tan - Deputy, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Press Holdings

Tony Gourlay - CEO, Global Initiatives

Best Strategy & Sustainability Management

Singtel

Singtel’s sustainability strategy stems from the very top. They reward management on various Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) KPIs which form part of their balanced scorecard. For example, the Singtel Group CEO has specific ESG KPIs tied to her performance-based compensation such as creating a bigger impact through community strategy.

 

Best Sustainability in the Community

APRIL

APRIL’s Fire Free Village Programme, which incentivises safe practices and environmental protection through no-burn targets has reached more than 200 villages. Villages that achieve these no-burn targets qualify for infrastructure grants given by APRIL to help improve the quality of life for these communities.

 

Best Water Management

Unilever

Through science-based processes, Unilever has identified customer use of products is where greater water consumption takes place in a product’s life-cycle. With the aim of halving the water associated with their products by 2020, they innovate to reduce amount of water required in the use of their products such as 2-in-1 laundry powders and detergent bars.

 

Best Climate Change

Singtel

Singtel’s science-based targets include reducing carbon emissions intensity by 30% by 2020 and 50% by 2030 using 2015 as their baseline. They have also conducted a formal climate adaptation and resilience study to identify and address their greatest risks and life-cycle assessments to measure the direct and indirect impacts of their products. SingTel is one of the first global companies to endorse the Climate-related Financial Disclosures, or TCFD in 2017.

 

Best Climate Change

CDL

CDL’s science-based targets include reducing their emissions intensity by 38% 2030 compared with 2007 levels. They are currently conducting a climate risk scenario study in line with TCFD recommendations.

 

Overall winners

Unilever

Unilever’s Sustainability Living Plan sets out their vision for growing their business while decouple their environmental footprint from their growth. They have been a leader in sustainability globally for many years and continue to set ambitious targets across all aspects of their business.

 

Overall winners

CDL

CDL has integrated sustainability into their core strategy since 1995 and its Future Value 2030 blueprint encapsulates their longstanding commitment and best practices of over 20 years by setting clear directions guiding them to sustainable future. They continue to lead the way for Singapore.

 

Best Flagship Initiative

DBS

DBS’s flagship initiative to spend S$20 million over the next five years to future-proof and upskill their workforce demonstrates an excellent joint development and growth of their business and their employees. The programme involves the use of artificial intelligence powered e-learning, a digital finance curriculum to train staff to be digital bankers in a digital economy. They also offer employees the opportunity to go on paid sabbaticals to work on prototypes and start their own businesses.

 

Best Social Enterprise

The Bliss Group

The Bliss Group is a social enterprise working with marginalised employees including ex-convicts and those with disabilities and trains them to work in catering. Their triple bottom line is defined as: employment opportunities for marginalised workers, reducing their carbon footprint by supporting local farmers and reducing food waste, and increasing community-level financial sustainability.

 

Best Public Sector Service

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The MPA is a committed industry leader, mobilising the reformation of the maritime industry. With the ambition of making Singapore a globally renowned green port, MPA has several grants and programmes in place to support the maritime industry in achieving targets above and beyond minimum green standards.

Importantly, MPA has demonstrated excellent reporting standards, and seeks to assist SGX-listed maritime companies writing their first sustainability reports through their initiative, the Report Co-Funding Scheme.

 

Best Workforce

Sodexo

Aiming to be one of the world’s most admired employers, Sodexo makes concerted efforts to engage and support its employees. The company provides a mental health support hotline for its employees and conduct at least 2 region-specific employee engagement surveys a year. Additionally, Sodexo has an ambitious goal of increasing women in leadership by 40% by 2025 and have chosen to hold its senior executives accountable by linking their annual incentive to the achievement of this target.

 

Best Energy Management

Ericsson

A leader in telecommunications products, Ericsson closely monitors its energy consumption and emissions production and have succeeded in reducing their absolute emissions by 48% since 2011. Through a life cycle assessment of its products, Ericsson discovered their products require the greatest energy during their operational use and are innovating to make their products more energy efficient during operational use.

 

Best Waste and Material Productivity

Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark has a Zero Waste to landfill by 2022 target and keeping 150,000 metric tonnes of post-consumer product and packaging waste out of landfills goal. They have worked closely with the Ngee Ann Polytechnic to use wet wipe trimming waste in place of saw dust that is used to dispose of medical and hazardous waste.

 

Best Supply Chain Management

Unilever

With their long supply chain, Unilever are leaders in supply chain management, working closely with their suppliers to conducting trainings and engaging in joint innovation. Through Partner to Win, Unilever fosters closer collaborations with their most strategic suppliers on 5 core areas: quality and service quality, innovation, value to achieve long term sustainable growth, responsible and sustainable living, capacity and capability to grow their business.

 

Best Business Responsibility & Ethics

Accor Hotels

Accor Hotels is the first hotel group to sign ECPAT (End Child prostitution and Trafficking) and train its staff to look out for this and other suspicious behaviour. They have committed to conducting information campaigns, aimed at travellers, training and awareness programmes, fund-raising events, and in-kind contribution in service of the cause.

Best Stakeholder Engagement & Materiality

DSM

On top of an annual employee engagement survey, DSM’s customer satisfaction results are updated and reported via Sustainalytics, Fortune’s Change the World list and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2017, DSM’s thorough materiality refresh included analysing public disclosures of thousands of relevant stakeholders, supplemented by desk research and interviews.

 

Best UN SDGs

Keppel Corporation

Keppel Corp’s board and C-suite are directly involved in and have oversight of their UN SDGs. They are the official main sponsor of SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities at UNLEASH 2018, a global innovation lab which brings together 1,000 people from all over the world to create disruptive solutions to tackle SDGs. Additionally, Keppel Corp reports on their SDG progress and achievement globally but also in Singapore specifically.

 

Best Newcomer

Sembcorp Industries

Sembcorp Industries has long held a strong commitment to sustainability, which shows in their listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index, and the SGX Sustainability Leaders Index. With a recent focus on renewable energy and environmental solutions, Sembcorp is showcasing its commitment to being a responsible company that builds sustainable businesses.

 

Best SME

Sindicatum

Sindicatum Renewable Energy Company is headquartered in Singapore with operations across India, Thailand, Indonesia, UK and the Philippines. They are an independent renewable energy producer that develops, owns, operates and acquires contracted clean power generation facilities in South and Southeast Asia. Sustainability lies at the heart of their business – they practice sustainable investing and was the first Singaporean company to issue an international green bond.

 

Special Recognition

Stakeholder Engagement & Materiality

United Overseas Bank

UOB establishes its material topics based on principles from the Association of Banks in Singapore’s Responsible Lending Guidelines and UN Principles for Responsible Investment and the Equator Principles.

 

Strategy & Sustainability Management

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Chartered Bank has demonstrated its commitment to integrating sustainability throughout its Asia Pacific operations by creating a well-defined sustainability framework based on three ESG pillars – Sustaining Growth, Empowering Lives, and Nurturing Communities – that are guided by global frameworks such as UNGC, UN Principles on Business and Human Rights and the UN SDGs

 

Sustainability in the Community

DBS

DBS engages in community practices that support its core mission by working closely with Singaporeans to inculcate responsible finance practices. Programmes such as the POSB National School Saving Campaign and its SkillsFuture programme to hire seniors, among others, reached 400,000 children and 10,000 seniors in Singapore.

 

Water Management

Kimberly-Clark

Following water risk assessment studies, Kimberly-Clark has conducted watershed analysis and target setting for 5 key areas. In high stress water regions such as in Kluang, Malaysia, Kimberly-Clark has worked closely with communities to educate them on better water use practices and have also invested in cleaning up their operations and water sources. They have achieved a 15% water intensity reduction since 2012.

 

Climate Change

Unilever

Unilever’s science-based targets include becoming carbon positive in its operations by 2030 and halving the greenhouse gas impacts of their products across their lifecycle by 2030. Since 2008, Unilever has reduced CO2 emissions by over 47% in its operations since 2008.

 

Land Use and Biodiversity

Sindicatum

Sindicatum Renewable Energy conducts environmental and social impact assessments prior to construction of their renewable energy sites. They have pledged to resettle any communities that may need to be relocated due to their developments with the aim of ensuring livelihood improvement and maintains clear channels for grievance-raising.

 

Flagship Initiative

Ericsson

Ericsson’s community and biodiversity flagship project, Connected Mangroves uses Internet of Things technology to help conserve the marine ecosystem of Bangkung Malapad—a critical habitat and ecotourism area in the Philippines. A first of its kind in Philippines, the project uses wireless connectivity to capture data relevant to mangroves’ survival, such as water level and humidity among others, and transmits this information over a cloud system to a dashboard accessible to concerned stakeholders.

 

Flagship Initiative

APRIL

Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER), is the largest peatland restoration programme to be funded and managed by a private sector company in Southeast Asia. US$100 million has been committed by APRIL over ten years for long-term restoration and conservation of the ecologically important peat forest in Kampar Peninsula and Padang Island, Riau province covering approximately 150,000 hectares, or an area twice the size of Singapore.

 

Social Enterprise

Comcrop

Comcrop is an urban farm on the Scape building, which will expand to a second farm in Woodlands. Comcrop employs the elderly and disadvantaged, and pledge to put back 10% of their proceeds back into the community. As a result, they run free farm tours once a month and volunteer programmes twice a month.

 

Workforce

CDL

CDL have implemented sustainability performance by linking it to employee performance indicators. CDL launched its women4Green network in 2017, which hopes to celebrate and empower women in creating a sustainable future. CDL also has an Employee Assistance Programme to provide staff with support for any issues concerning work, family matters, interpersonal relationships.

 

Energy Management

Interface

Interface’s ambitious Mission Zero Plan was announced in 1994, with a target of 0 non-renewable energy by 2020. Already, they have managed to achieve 88% renewable energy use in their manufacturing sites. Their latest initiative, Factory as a Forest, seeks to integrate renewable energy and greenery to sequester carbon and produce clean energy at the same time.

 

Waste and Material Productivity

Interface

Interface has a zero waste to landfill by 2020 target. They have several initiatives in place to reduce waste to landfill, including ReEntry, a global carpet takeback programme to “take back” old carpets and divert them to the most sustainable option: either by reusing, recycling or through energy recovery depending on the carpet’s condition.

 

Supply Chain Management

Evonik

Through the chemical industry initiative, Together for Sustainability (TfS), Evonik conducts supplier trainings to raise awareness on the importance of sustainability and aims to have all their most relevant suppliers complete this training by the end of 2018. They also have a vocational training and educational initiative, Shaping Procurement and Developing Excellence (SPADE), a programme for professional development of their suppliers.

 

Business Responsibility & Ethics

Evonik

Evonik has introduced a new whistle-blower system to supplement their established system for reporting compliance violations. Operated by a third party, the system enables employees and external stakeholders such as locals, residents, suppliers and customers to report suspected breaches of human rights. Additionally, they are currently working on a human rights risk map based on a range of human rights indicators.

 

UN SDGs

Akzonobel

Akzonobel are paving the way for the chemicals sector to contribute to the realisation of SDGs. They align their goals using the SDG Compass, and have created the Human Cities Coalition, which is a public-private partnership bringing together business, governments, academic and civil society to make megacities in emerging markets more liveable.

Newcomer

SAP Asia

SAP’s purpose is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. SAP has been an industry leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for many years. In Singapore they are active members of the Global Compact Network and are also co-organisers of an ASEAN-wide competition to inspire youths to take action on the UN SDGs.

 

SME

Greenpac

Greenpac specialises in sustainable, innovative and environmentally friendly packaging solutions for fortune 500 companies. They partner with their customers to re-engineer industrial packaging processes through the creation of innovative, environmentally friendly packaging solutions which help to achieve bottom-line savings and enhance their supply chain efficiency.

 

Public Sector Service

National Environment Agency

NEA is an indispensable component of Singapore’s sustainable journey. They have demonstrated outstanding achievements through creative and successful partnerships supporting several industries and sectors attain greater sustainability standards.

In December 2017, NEA launched the Environmental Services Industry Transformation Map. The strategy seeks to drive innovation and wide technological adoption, upskilling the workforce to take on better jobs, improve productivity through better procurement practices and capturing value overseas.

 

2017 Winners

National Advisory Panel

Victor Tay - Vice Chairman, United Nations Global Compact and Chief Operating Officer, NTU,

Constant Van Aerschot - Executive Director, Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD),

Reuter Chua - Head, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants’ (ACCA), Singapore,

Lee Su Shyan - Money Editor, The Straits Times,

Tony Gourlay - CEO, Global Initiatives,

Dirk Teichert - Chairman, Asia Region of Control Union

Overall Winner

City Developments Limited

Since 1995, CDL has integrated sustainability into its business and been a steadfast leader in Singapore. In March 2017, they launched a new blueprint – CDL Future Value 2030. It encapsulates their longstanding commitment and best practices of over 20 years, and sets clear directions for contributing towards a sustainable future.

Workforce

Keppel Corporation

With a broad spectrum of operations, Keppel Corporation has gone above and beyond in this sector. They have created an annual employee engagement survey in 8 languages spanning 12 countries, a corporate statement on Human Rights according to ILO and UN Principles and an Employee Code of Conduct with detailed definitions and context.

Energy Management

Evonik

A leader in specialty chemicals, Evonik has found a way to not only guide the industry to where it should be, but has also pledged formal document regarding their Energy Policy stating key commitments and principles to reduce energy and comply with ever tightening legal requirements. One of their targets encapsulated under GHG emissions target of 12% by 2020 starting from 2012.

Waste Management and Material Productivity

Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific

With a Zero landfill company-wide policy, Fuji Xerox has invested in their own integrated recycling system across all of their operations, following the highest standards of waste management, the BASEL convention, a United Nations Environment Programme on the control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous wastes and their disposal.

Supply Chain Management

Friesland Campina

By 2020, Friesland Campina aims to only purchase agricultural raw materials and paper packaging acquired from fully sustainably managed sources. To achieve that goal, they have worked directly with farmers to improve farming techniques and improve quality and quantity of milk as well as reducing environmental impacts.

Business Responsibility and Ethics

Unilever

Unilever has an all-in-one extensive document on their code of business principles that includes anti-corruption, external communications, discrimination, safety, etc. t provides a clear framework for integrity and governance & management in the company all the way down to the employee level.

UN SDGs

Essilor

As a leader in the eye-care industry, Essilor has developed a whole separate report targeting their SDG performance and impacts detailing assessments on how they impact or contribute to each SDG with 2020 targets for each SDG across value chain and impacts.

Best SME

Loola

A company that operates an Eco friendly resort off the coast of Singapore in Bintan, Loola has collaborated immensely with schools in Singapore for leadership and team building camps. In regards to their operation, Loola is in the process in converting to a solar-powered air-conditioning system of using completely environmentally friendly “thermal batteries”.

Strategy & Sustainability Management

City Developments Limited

As part of a sustainable future, CDL has introduced their Future Value 2030 strategy that is an integrated strategy for value creation as part of their sustainability blueprint. Mentioned in their plan, 2030 is a significant year for the global sustainable development and green building movement.

Community

SingTel

Singtel has made it’s mark on community investments of about SGD$35.67 million in Singapore and Australia. With the growing threat of cyber security, Singtel has created programs targeted towards Cyber Wellness, educating the public, people with disabilities, special education schools about digital citizenship and online safety. Leveraging on technology, Singtel has also supported social innovation to create enabling solutions for community

Water Management

Kimberly-Clark

By 2022, Kimberly-Clark plans to implement a water strategy with a clear 4-step process with ley initiative for each step. This includes a Water Compliance Strategy brief detailing how they are impacted by water issues and what they are doing to mitigate the risks. They have taken a step further by starting to collaborate with their external stakeholders, starting from their suppliers on water stress.

Climate Change

Unilever

Unilever targets to be carbon positive in its operations by 2030 and halve the greenhouse gas impact of their products across the lifecycle by 2030. They have also cut CO2 emissions from energy by over 40% operations by 2008. This has led them to being on CDP’s A list for 5 years in a row and named industry leader on the DJSI.

Land use, Biodiversity and Environment

Armstrong Asset Management

As a clean energy asset manager, Armstrong Asset Management conducts due diligence on all new projects, requiring them to meet IFC Environmental and Social Performance standards. They also have a policy to not invest in projects or activities that are in Exclusion and Restricted List of activities which are based on external guidelines like the IFC, DEG, FMO and Proparco.

Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality

Starhub

Starhub has been able to identify strategic areas for each identified and how they create value, what the challenges are, and who the beneficiaries are. They have gone further and identified key stakeholders for each describing how they engage with them, expectations and progress and plans for 2016 & 2017.

Best Flagship Initiatives

DBS

DBS organizes an annual DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia for aspiring social entrepreneurs to raise awareness of social entrepreneurship and to build a robust community of social entrepreneurs and capacity builders across Asia.

Best Newcomer

Evonik

Evonik believes that responsible action and business success are inseparable. They are committed to the balanced management of economic, environmental and social factors and continue to undertake innovative initiatives to reduce their impact.

Special Recognition

Strategy & Sustainability Management

Keppel Corporation

Keppel Corporation has gone further into their sustainability practice by targeting focus area and creating sub-targets specifically, covering sustainability strategy aspects. They have produced a clear sustainability framework and pillars with detailed descriptions and are guided by the UNGCC, UN Principles on Business and Human Rights and UN SDGs.

Community

Unilever

As a global conglomerate, Unilever has several strategies in place that contribute to economic well-being through wealth-creation, employment, improving skills and access to markets.

Water Management

Unilever

With global operations underway all the time, Unilever has identified 4 key focus areas where they can make the biggest impact, highlighting specifically how they plan to go along with it. Further commitments also include halving the water associated with the consumer use of their products by 2020.

Climate Change

Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark has a 2022 goal to reduce absolute GHG emissions by 20% vs 2005 baseline, modeled using the Science-based Targets Initiative’s “Sectoral Decarbonization Approach”. They are constantly reevaluating GHG emissions from upstream and downstream supply chains, assessing improvement opportunities.

Land use, Biodiversity and Environment

Keppel Land

Keppel Land requires contractors to conduct an impact assessment for all projects prior to construction and to establish a management plan to mitigate significant environmental impacts.

Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality

Accor Hotels

Accor Hotels has conducted major studies to update their materiality assessment, showing continuous updating on their KPIs. Apart from that, they have identified key stakeholder groups and key topics for each for value creation levers for the company and CSR levers.

Best Flagship Initiatives

UOB

UOB has been working in partnership in the Autism Resource Centre’s Employability and Employment Centre in Singapore to redesign work processes, modify office environments and develop structured training programmes for people with autism to work at their Scan Hub operations centre in Singapore.

Best Newcomer

Barilla Group

Barilla Group’s strategy ‘Good for You, Good for the Planet’ forms their core values. In operations for 140 years, they have managed to expand their operations worldwide and taken responsibility of their entire supply chain. Their Sustainable Durum Wheat Programme aims to maximize the output of wheat in the industry.

Workforce

City Developments Limited

With a global presence as well, CDL has a Code of Business Conduct and Human Rights policy that includes corporate guidelines on workplace diversity and equal opportunity, which also includes supporting the Board Diversity Pledge initiated by the SID and SGX. Another standout is also their Employee Grievance Handling Policy that includes a comprehensive and structured three-stage procedure.

Energy Management

City Developments Limited

A household name in Singapore, CDL was the first developer in Singapore to achieve the ISO50001 Energy Management System. They have implemented the Green Lease Partnership Programme to support commercial tenants in reducing energy consumption by identifying each stage in a project life cycle and focus areas for energy efficiency in each.

Waste Management and Material Productivity

Accor Hotels

A major player in Singapore’s hospitality industry, Accor Hotels focuses on 3 priority areas on waste itself, including food waste, with a specific target to reduce food waste by 30% by 2020. Further targets include recovering 65% of waste from hotel operations by 2020 and 100% of hazardous waste treated properly.

Supply Chain Management

Ericsson

Ericsson has a supplier code of conduct that covers 6 main areas that are available in 16 languages on their website. As part of their supplier screening process, potential suppliers would have to complete a mandatory Supplier Self-Assessment before getting selected, using a risk-based approach for audits to identify relevant suppliers to audit and report on audit reports in the their Sustainability Report.

Business Responsibility and Ethics

Evonik

Evonik provides a code of conduct, global social policy and policy statement on human rights and code of conduct for suppliers in the public domain. They also have house of compliance to manage and define minimum group-wide standards along with a compliance management system.

UN SDGs

Accor Hotels

Accor Hotels has identified relevant SDGs to their business and listed specific targets under each describing contributions through initiatives, including 2020 goals for them.

Best SME

Buy1Give1

A social enterprise and non-profit organization with a mission to create a world full of giving. Buy1Give1 is changing the way people give in the aspects of water and consumer staples.

2015 Winners

Advisory Panel

The final shortlist of SBA Singapore 2015 was presented to the leading sustainability expert as part of the National Advisory Panel:

Prof. Michael Quah – Executive Advisor, NUS Enterprise
Joseph Alfred  - Head of Policy and Technical, ACCA
Lee Su Shan – Money Editor, the Strait Times
Monica Hira  - Partner, PwC Singapore
Tony Gourlay – CEO, Global Initiatives
Strategy & Sustainability Management

Keppel Corporation

Sustainability is an integral part of Keppel’s business operations, as clearly articulated in their Annual Sustainability report.
Their sustainability initiatives are also aligned to the different business activities of the Keppel Corporation

Workforce

Ikea Singapore

• Sustainability forms a core part of IKEA SINGAPORE’s business strategy, as stated in their People & Planet Positive strategy 2020.
• Their strategy covers individual development plans for staff members as well as the development of community activities in their respective local areas.

Supply chain management

DSM

DSM has a Global Supplier Sustainability Program and actively pursues the concept of sustainability throughout its entire value chain.
For example, DSM asks suppliers to engage in its ECO+ and People+ projects.

Energy Management

DHL

• DHL commits to innovate and promote energy efficient, sustainable supply-chain practices across the industry.
• This commitment can be seen through DHL’s development of GoGreen products and services, research investment and the increased uptake of renewable energy sources throughout its business.

Waste management and materials productivity

Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific

• Waste management and materials productivity are integral parts of Fuji Xerox’s environmental activities.
• As an extension of their own Integrated Recycling System, Fuji Xerox partnered with a materials manufacturer to develop a technology for recycling plastic materials which offers the same level of quality as newly made plastic.

Best Overall Winner

DSM

• For their commitment to embracing the concept of sustainability and creating value along the three dimensions of people, planet and profit.
• They have shown that the overriding value steering their business is sustainability

Business responsibility & ethics

Ricoh Asia Pacific

Ricoh ensures that all suppliers comply with their Supplier Code of Conduct, which covers areas related to environmental conservation, human rights and conflict minerals.

Sustainability in the Community

Olam International

As a company, Olam believes that its responsibility is to empower local communities and to create long-term development.
Various aspects of their sustainability strategy include;
• Providing agricultural training, production inputs and finance to farmers
• Embarking on social investments in health, education and community infrastructure
• Engaging with local government and communities

Stakeholder engagement & materiality

SINGTEL

• Singtel undertook a structured stakeholder exercise with the feedback applied directly into their materiality assessment and the material issues are also applied to Singtel’s value and supply chain.
• This exercise provides Singtel with a clear overview of the focus areas, for sustainability in the coming years.

Water Management

Kimberly Clark

Water is a essential resource to Kimberly-Clark’s business.
• They have invested significantly to support the water needs of communities in which they operate.
• Ambitious water reduction targets have been set to minimize their absolute water use.

Climate change

DSM

Through its ECO+ program and promoting the circular economy, DSM integrates its response in tackling climate change and enhancing energy efficiency into the design and innovation phase of products.

Special Recognition Winner

Asia Pacific Breweries

In addition to a global Sustainability Report, Asia Pacific Breweries developed concise, clear country-specific factsheets highlighting approaches and performance on material sustainability topics for the countries it operates in.

2014 Winners

Advisory Panel

The final shortlist of SBA Singapore 2014 was presented to the leading sustainability experts as part of the National Advisory Panel:

Constante Van Aerschot – Executive Director BCSD Singapore
Jenny Costelloe - Founder & CEO Skylark Advisory
Lee Sushyan – Money Desk Editor Straits Times
Leong Soo Yee -  Head ACCA Singapore
Monica Hira – Senior Partner PwC Singapore
Tony Gourlay - CEO Global Initiatives
CSR in the Community

Loola Adventure Resort

Loola engages the local government as well as the local community (schools,orphanages and local villagers and communities) to identify worthwhile Community Involvement Projects in which their guests can meaningfully participate. A significant number of Loola’s guests are from Singapore based schools, and they are encouraged to join this process, all the way from identification to design and implementation. Loola’s core view is community engagement is a win-win set-up that benefits all stakeholders.

CSR in the Community

Unilever

Unilever considers community programmes as a core part of the corporate brand and reputation. As such, their CSR activities are closely connected to their core business. Lifebuoy, Unilever’s soap brand, co-founded Global Handwashing Day. They also visited schools in Singapore to teach kids hand washing habits.

Water Management

Heineken

Water is a key focus area of Heineken’s sustainability strategy “Brewing for a Better Future”. Their commitment to water sustainability is translated into various initiatives undertaken in the markets they operate in. In Vietnam, Heineken advocated “1 Minute Less for Million Smiles” campaign to encourage people to conserve clean water and raised financial donations to provide people in rural areas better access to clean water. In Thailand, Heineken worked with Kasetsart University to conduct research on their waste water sludge which then enabled them to turn it into fertilizers. Heineken targets to significantly reduce water usage by 2020, continuously monitors water usage in their breweries and partners with NGOs to drive water stewardship programmes.

Climate Change

Interface

Interface has achieved 71% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per unit of product from 1996 to 2014 through diverse strategies including process efficiencies, energy efficiencies (such as lighting and equipment replacement), fuel switching and use of renewable energy. Interface’s carbon neutral carpet, Cool Carpet, further demonstrates their commitment to address climate change issues. Using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Interface measures the total greenhouse gas emissions created during the entire life cycle of their products and balances the carbon footprint through the purchase and retirement of offsets. In addition, Interface continuously benchmarks climate change impact of their products against other carpet manufacturers.

Landuse, biodiversity and the environment

Loola Adventure Resort

Loola has successfully converted the land on which it is situated from a wasteland to a thriving green resort. Loola has also been active in biodiversity conservation efforts in its local area, with the company and guests supporting in mangrove and forest re-planting efforts. The company has planted around 10 hectares of forest, fruit trees and mangroves to date. Additionally, Loola has found an innovative way to recycle water through the creation of a waste water treatment system (vegetated leach fields), which not only services the resort, but has started supplying some of the local households in the kampong, making it a net contributor of clean water to the community in which it operates.

Land use, Biodiversity and Environment

Keppel Land

Keppel Land requires contractors to conduct an impact assessment for all projects prior to construction and to establish a management plan to mitigate significant environmental impacts.

Overall Winner

Unilever

Unilever’s commitment to achieving sustainable living by improving health and wellbeing, reducing environmental impact and enhancing livelihood is a key component of their corporate strategy and well embedded in their business operations. They consistently demonstrated remarkable sustainability practices across all categories we evaluated, a clear testament to their holistic approach.

Workforces

SingTel

As part of their sustainability efforts Singtel has demonstrated a strong commitment to employee welfare, fair employment practices and transparency. Singtel’s annual sustainability report clearly articulates the relevant policies and initiatives in addition to reporting relevant metrics that help track progress against the organization’s aspirations

Energy Management

Keppel Land

Keppel Land adopts a holistic and proactive approach towards environmental management, guided by its vision to develop properties that harmonise with and enhance the environment. Going beyond statutory requirements, Keppel Land has committed to achieve a minimum Green Mark GoldPlus rating for new developments in Singapore to ensure they are energy efficient. The company also has a comprehensive tenant engagement programme to help occupants improve their energy efficiency.

Energy Management

DHL

DHL prioritises energy management to minimise the environment impact. DHL is the founding member of Green Freight Asia to promote innovation in and adoption of green transportation. DHL also actively promotes environmental protectionism by carbon transparency, reduction in emissions throughout the supply chain, and supporting research in energy management and alternate fuels.

Waste Management:

Ricoh Asia Pacific

Ricoh deploys sustainable environmental management practices that help to preserve the Earth’s ecology. Ricoh tracks and enforces waste reduction and reuse policies in the product development life cycle. They take active steps to minimise waste-to-landfill by means of product design as well as material recovery processes.

Supply chain management

Unilever

Unilever’s sustainability sourcing agenda is embedded in their portfolio of products and business operations. Lipton tea and Magnum ice cream’s Rainforest Alliance certification as well as Ben & Jerry’s Fairtrade certification highlight Unilever’s commitment to sustainable agricultural sourcing. Unilever’s Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Policy has been designed to drive market transformation by working with key suppliers and the industry to put a halt on deforestation and protect peat lands. All of Unilever’s palm oil currently comes from or supports sustainable production.Unilever has also been working with their suppliers to help them move to sustainable agricultural practices.

Business responsibility and ethics

Swire

Swire Pacific Offshore is strongly committed to operating ethically, prudently, responsibly and safely. SPO requires all suppliers to abide by its robust Supplier Code of Conduct which covers areas such as discrimination and rights, child labour and health and safety. The company undertakes regular audits of their suppliers, not only to ensure compliance with this policy, but also to look at opportunities on how they can work together towards achieving SPO’s sustainable development goals.

Environmental Disclosure (Trucost)

City Developments Ltd

City Developments Ltd actively evaluates environmental aspects of its business operations that can potentially have significant environmental impacts, takes measures to reduce the impact, and monitors through environmental disclosures. CDL monitors the key environmental aspects at its worksites, investment buildings and Corporate Office.