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


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 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 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.

Land use, biodiversity and environment

City Developments Limited

• CDL conducts a Biodiversity Impact Assessment (BIA) during the planning stage for their development projects.
• This ensures that environmental mitigation will be provided if any plant or animal life of national conservation importance exists at the intended development site.

Best Overall Winner


• 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 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


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
Strategy & Vision


Unilever’s sustainability strategy and vision is an integral part of their business model and is clearly articulated in their Sustainable Living Plan. Progress against this plan is tracked and made accessible to shareholders and the wider public through their annual report and website. Unilever’s CEO gave speeches and public appearances at various international sustainability events, further demonstrating their commitment to achieving a sustainable business. Recently, Unilever was named leader of the Food, Beverage and Industry group in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review and received top ranking in 2014 Sustainability Leaders survey from GlobeScan/SustainAbility.

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 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


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 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.

Overall Winner


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.



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 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’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 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.