Maybank, KFC, FedEx recognised as CSR champions
Singapore – While FedEx was given silver for the best workplace practices in Asia Pacific, Maybank has the best workplace in Singapore and KFC is the most caring employer here.
FedEx was presented with the silver award for best workplace practices at the recent Global CSR Awards held in the Philippines. It was the third consecutive year the global express transportation company was recognised for maintaining a safe and rewarding environment for employees to grow.
FexEx says its culture of volunteerism has encouraged employees to “give their own time and energy” to causes such as its child pedestrian safety programme and ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital programme.
The Singapore Compact CSR Awards, which received 49 entries across four categories this year, has awarded Citi Singapore as the best “Community Developer” and Samwoh Corporation as the “Green Champion”. While Maybank will take home the Best Workplace award, KFC Management has been recognised as the most Caring Employer.
The event’s organiser Singapore Compact for CSR has also launched a new initiative with City Developments Ltd (CDL) to encourage local youths to work with businesses on CSR practices.
The inaugural CDL-Singapore Compact Young CSR Leaders Award assigned 27 teams from tertiary institutions to work with 10 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help implement CSR programmes for their businesses.
The winning teams are from Murdoch University Singapore which worked with ADDP Architects, Singapore Management University which worked with Siloso Beach Resort and National University of Singapore which partnered Mainguard Security Services.
Thomas Thomas, executive director for Singapore Compact, believes that CSR awareness is gaining momentum in Singapore, especially among the youth. “Having been exposed to the benefits of CSR, they are more likely to embrace it in their workplaces and companies in the future.”
Thomas added that more companies have recognised the importance of behaving responsibly to the environment, their community and various stakeholders. He has seen membership to the national organisation increased by 60% over the past two years to 365 members currently. More than 70 companies now also provide a sustainability report in some form, compared to three years ago when there was none.
The winning companies and youth teams will be honoured at the third International Singapore Compact CSR Summit 2011 on 5 to 6 September. Subjects to be discussed at the summit include investor relations, sustainability reporting, CSR and supply chain management, as well as the role of media in CSR.
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