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.