Baxter

 

Baxter is dedicated to addressing fundamental healthcare needs of patients worldwide, and therefore bring their CSR work to life through their mission of “Save and Sustain Lives.” In the past year, Baxter Singapore’s employees volunteered nearly 1000 hours, working closely with 4 charities to help the underserved in the community. The team participated in nearly 15 events including providing meals to the needy and helping renovate a home in the community.

 

 

 

 

Boeing

 

Boeing has been innovating to meet the needs of an ever-changing, fast-paced, worldwide environment for over 100 years. Boeing employees in Singapore have been involved in a number of community engagement activities such as the Community Chest Heartstrings Walk, SIA Engineering Company FunRun@Zoo charity event and Project HomeWork, where they partnered with Habitat for Humanity Singapore. Boeing has globally invested US$163 million to help build better communities and engaged with almost 12,000 community partners.

 

 

 

Caterpillar

 

In 2017, Caterpillar‘s corporate social responsibility group in Singapore incorporated more elements of employee engagement through a Shoe Donation Drive and Food Bundling initiative. Caterpillar’s Shoe Donation Drive introduced an inter-facility competition across four facilities in Singapore over 4 weeks, and by the end of the event, Caterpillar had collected, cleaned, and donated 1,300 pairs of covered-toe shoes for the poor worldwide. The Food Bundling initiative allowed Caterpillar employees to pack a total of 700 food bundles to deliver door-to-door to low income families in Singapore.

 

 

 

CenturyLink

 

Last year, CenturyLink Asia Pacific embarked on at least three charity initiatives led by volunteers from various teams: Knitting for the Children in Mindat Village (northern Myanmar), Frost the Trail Charity Run, and Donation Drive to support the Andrew Youth Development Centre, a home for displaced children. Myanmar, despite being in the tropics, faces very harsh winter conditions. As part of these initiatives, CenturyLink’s employees delivered over 60 scarfs and 60 beanies for the children of Mindat Village, bringing warmth not only to them physically but to their hearts too.

 

 

 

 

Molex

 

Molex Singapore’s CSR program focuses on aiding Singapore’s bottom 10% income group to bring a positive impact to the community. In line with this, Molex adopted two rental blocks in Boon Lay Drive under the Adopt-a-Rental-Block Scheme by Southwest Community Development Council. Partnerships with other external community service agencies helps Molex address the “poverty cycle” affecting the residents in the key four areas of environment, parenting, transport, and literacy. Over the past years they have run programs such as food distribution, children literacy workshops, and home cleaning.

 

 

 

 

Moody’s

 

In communities all over the world, Moody‘s enriches people’s lives with their time, talent, and resources. Through their employee engagement programs and new product innovations, they invite global business units to participate in a team-based service activity during the workday that benefits the local community. By combining community service with internal team building, Moody employees strengthen colleague relationships while positively impacting nonprofit partners. In Singapore, eight volunteer programs were completed, including an innovation workshop, waterways cleaning session, and multiple community outreach activities.

 

 

 

Pfizer

 

In Singapore, Pfizer has a well-established and highly popular employee volunteer program where Pfizer employees volunteer their personal time in supporting various charities in the country. Pfizer coordinates the volunteer efforts and encourages employees to participate in such meaningful activities to play a part in giving back to society, especially providing support to those in need. Pfizer Singapore is proud of all its employee volunteers for their passion and enthusiasm towards contributing to society by helping the less privileged.

 

 

 

 

Travelport

 

Travelport had established Travelport Cares to provide structure, focus, and support for employees to pledge their support for community well-being. Individuals are given time off to carry out approved CSR work, and Travelport matches any fund-raising activities with a top-up. Some of the organizations they have supported over the past year include HImmapaan Foundation in Thailand, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Jodie O’Shea Orphanage in Bali, and Sheng Kung Hui St. Christopher’s Home in Hong Kong.

 

 

 

UPS

 

In Singapore, UPS employees focused on UPS’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. During Global Volunteer Month, UPS’s annual celebration of volunteerism, UPSers dedicated time, skills, and efforts to make a difference in the communities where they live and do business. These ranged from activities aimed at ending hunger, which include packing and delivering dry rations and preparing food for underprivileged individuals.

 

 

 

 

Visa

 

The Visa Foundation was formed in 2017 to support Visa‘s efforts in supporting broader community needs, financial literacy and inclusion, as well as humanitarian response in times of crisis. In Singapore, Visa launched an Employee-Directed Charitable Grant in 2014, where employees could submit proposals to nominate their charities of choice to receive US$10,000 charitable grants as well as support from Visa’s employee volunteers. Visa Singapore also launched an initiative called Project 8 — a pledge system for employees to pledge at least 8 hours of independent volunteering a year, which has since been adopted as a 16-hour Volunteering Time Off policy by Visa globally.

 

 

 

For more information about AmCham CARES, click here.

I know how busy you are, so let me get straight to my July-August Top 10 List to keep you updated on the Chamber happenings and priorities!

  1. Welcoming our New Head of Government and Public Affairs: we’re very pleased to announce that our new Head of GPA, Ravi Alfreds, will start on 13 August. A big thank you to VOLT and Ben Batten for the incredible expertise in attracting great candidates for the role! Ravi brings over 10 years of experience with Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs including as the Deputy Chief of Mission at UAE. He has also spent 6 years in Washington DC during his undergraduate and graduate studies at the George Washington University. With this fantastic addition to our A-team, you can expect to see new advocacy initiatives to better serve our member companies!
  2. Successful Washington DC Doorknock Advocacy Mission: last month, AmCham Singapore had the largest delegation joining the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) in DC to advocate for key policy priorities that impact US businesses in Asia. Our 10-member strong delegation were joined by 40-total delegates from 11 other AmChams in the region. We met with senior officials in the Trump Administration and over 60 congressional offices in the House and the Senate.
  3. Our Washington Policy Positions and Report: we’ll continue to build on our policy positions and policy report to strengthen our advocacy efforts. As the Vice Chair of APCAC, I also published an Op-Ed in a Washington paper pushing for greater US engagement with the Asia-Pacific region.
  4. AmCham Women Accelerate Symposium & Cocktail Reception (Friday 28 Sep): we continue to maintain our strong momentum in advancing diversity & inclusion in the workplace through major events (and there’s been a lot of strategic planning and research being conducted behind the scenes as well). Click here to learn more and to register to attend what is sure to be an inspirational event which will also include micro executive coaching session. Also let me know if your company would like to recommend a dynamic c-suite regional leader to speak on the panel. To sponsor or participate as a coach at this inaugural Accelerate Symposium, please contact Kelli at klane@amcham.org.sg.
  5. Appointment of New Committee Co-Chairs: the two newly appointed Co-Chairs are Ganga Nirmal Kumar, Head of Government Affairs & Markets, Singapore, 3M Technologies Pte. Ltd.for Government & Regional Affairs Committee and Mike Molloy, Global Procurement Category Leader – Travel & Expense, Rio Tinto for Travel & Leisure Committee. Welcome to our leadership circle!
  6. US Secretaries of State and Commerce Announce America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision: on 30 July, Secretary Pompeo shared the Trump Administration’s vision and strategy on its engagement with the region. The Commerce Secretary Ross also announced the Department’s trade engagement priorities aligned with the “free and open” engagement with the region. The US Commercial Service senior officials also provided AmCham members an in-depth briefing on these issues last week. We’ll continue to watch closely on its rollout and impact in the region.
  7. Don’t Miss Out on Our “Welcome Back Reception” — the Biggest Networking Event of the Year (Thursday 30 August): with a live band, a great array of delectables, and a chance to win attractive prizes, this Welcome Back Reception is one evening which you do not want to miss. Please mark your calendar and register to attend! A big thank you to our presenting sponsor Stamford American International School as well as our many other amazing supporters for making this event possible.
  8. Calling on Investors and Entrepreneurs for AmCham “Lions Den” Pitch Fest: by popular demand, we’re looking to put together our first ever “Lions Den” Pitch Fest where entrepreneurs will get a chance to pitch their innovative businesses to AmCham investor “Lions” in the “Den”. If your company has a venture capital arm or are an entrepreneur whose courageous enough to enter the Den and pitch your innovation, please let me know!
  9. Expedite Your International Travel and Enroll in the Global Entry Program to Apply for APEC Business Travel Card at AmCham Office (3-5 Sep): in coordination with the US Customs and Border Protection, from 3-5 Sept AmCham will provide our venue for interviews for enrollment into the Global Entry Program which is required to apply for the APEC Business Travel Card. If you are a U.S. Citizen or a passport holder of selected countries with which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has International Arrangements, please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to interview at our Office.
    If you are interested in participating, you will need to apply through the CBP Trusted Traveler/Global Entry website.
  10. 121 Total Events So Far, 100 Plus More Coming Your Way: I’m really proud of the AmCham team for delivering a total of 121 events as of end of July. We also know that it’s not about quantity but that the quality and the diversity of our events are critical in ensuring that you get value out of your membership with the Chamber. So please don’t hesitate to let me know what types of offerings you’d like to see and visit our Events Calendar on a regular basis so that you don’t miss out on another 100+ great events coming your way!

Thanks for reading and I look forward to staying in touch!

 

All the best,

Ann

Boeing

For 100 years, Boeing has been innovating to meet the needs of an ever-changing, fast-paced, worldwide environment. Boeing Global Engagement comprises of five segments, with Environment being one of the main focuses. Globally, Boeing has invested $163 million to help build better communities, contributed $18M to non-profit organization through gift matching, awarded US$ 8.5 million worth of grants to universities, and engaged with almost 12,000 community partners.

 

 

 

Coca Cola

The Coca-Cola Company is committed to creating more long-term sustainable value for everyone connected to the business and the communities they proudly serve across more than 200 countries and territories. In Singapore, Coca-Cola’s efforts focus on community recycling and well-being. Supported by a US $350,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola partners with the Singapore Environment Council to inspire Singaporeans to make recycling a way of life and support Singapore’s vision of becoming a zero-waste nation by 2030.

 

 

 

ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil believes in making a positive impact in every country they operate, and also focus on the area of Environment as one of their top focus points. They work with the South West Community Development Council to help support the needs of the immediate community around where their offices and manufacturing facilities are located. In the past year, around 1,300 employees with family and friends contributed their time to volunteering, which was more than six times the number of participants seen in 2009.

 

 

 

KeySight Technologies

Keysight Technologies has a vision to build a better planet by moving the world’s technology forward by while employing a global business framework of ethical and environmentally sustainable operations. Besides prioritizing natural resource conservation, emission reduction, waste minimization, and pollution prevention, Keysight is also committed to making positive contributions in the communities where they have a presence, supporting initiatives like Environment Day and Earth Day.

 

 

 

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins has a long-standing commitment to providing pro bono legal services, financial support, and volunteer time to those most in need within our communities. Recently, the Singapore office advised Mera Gao Power, a social enterprise providing energy services to rural villages in Uttar Pradesh, India, on a complex financing agreement among three social investors to raise funds to scale the enterprise’s impact.

 

 

 

Medtronic

Medtronic believes in their mission to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. Through the Medtronic Caring Together Committee last year, Medtronic initiatives included cleaning shelters at Causes for Animals (Singapore) and volunteering at Kampung Kampus to perform landscaping and farm maintenance tasks. They continued to serve the underprivileged in Singapore by organizing treasure hunts for teenagers with special needs and preparing hearty meals for 120 elderly folks and 400 families in low-income homes.

 

 

 

P&G

Beyond Borders is P&G Singapore’s Regional HQ CSR program that aims to make a positive and lasting impact in our community and improve the lives of underprivileged children and families in the areas of health, hygiene, education and safe drinking water. Recently in partnership with Waterways Watch Society, more than 250 P&G employee volunteers participated in a coastal clean-up event clearing 3 kilometers of beach and collecting 1,129 kilograms of debris. In addition, the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) has delivered more than 13 billion liters of clean drinking water to communities around the world.

 

 

 

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma, Inc. is committed to addressing the impact of their operations by reducing waste, increasing efficiency, and creating an inclusive and diverse workplace. They have been providing customers with high-quality, beautifully designed, responsibly-made products that last for generations and are safe for families, as well as being committed to responsibly sourced materials, like wood and cotton. Their Fair Trade and HERProject programs directly invest in the well-being of workers who make the products, and their associates also invest in volunteer activities to serve local communities around the world.

 

 

 

Xylem

Xylem‘s corporate citizenship and social investment program has a mission to provide and protect safe water resources for communities in need while educating people about water issues. In Asia, Xylem’s employees are actively involved in building aqua towers that provide clean water to communities and schools in need, while in Singapore specifically, they focus on partnering with local schools and associations to create awareness about water issues. Committed to the cause, employees also regularly participate in water source clean-up activities.

 

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

A key focus of Carlson Wagonlit Travel‘s Responsible Business efforts in Singapore was its partnership with the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) to raise funds as well as awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Initiatives included talks by breast cancer survivors at the CWT office as well as a fundraising drive at CWT’s annual event for clients and partners. CWT employees also participated in the Pink Ribbon Walk and volunteered their time with the Breast Cancer Foundation to help them prepare for various campaigns.

 

 

 

CHI

Complete Healthcare International (CHI) believes in creating an awareness of optimum health within the community and strives to provide a comprehensive high standard level of care for the whole family as well as maintain and optimize individuals’ health. As part of their social engagement program, CHI is also very proud to support AIDHA, a non-profit empowering and providing opportunities for foreign domestic workers and lower-income women to transform their lives through sustainable wealth creation.

 

 

 

Conjunct Consulting

Conjunct Consulting is committed to strengthening social good organizations by engaging, mobilizing, and empowering pro bono talent in Singapore with a mission to develop high-impact social-sector leaders and to build a community of socially conscious changemakers. Through their three university chapters at NUS, SMU, and NTU, Conjunct Consulting empowers students to serve the priority needs of the non-profit sector to work alongside organizations such as The Salvation Army, AWWA, and Singapore Cancer Society.

 

 

 

Crown

Crown Singapore was the Official Logistics Support for the past 5 years for Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) month-long Awareness Campaign. Crown Volunteers made up of both office and operations team assisted in the logistics delivery and collections of Donations Boxes to all participating organizations. Through this partnership BCF raised over $17K with the amazing joint efforts of Crown volunteers & BCF. Crown is committed to promoting employee engagement in such activities and forming this as part of Crown’s CSR ethos.

 

 

 

Dow Chemical Pacific

In support of the autism community, Dow introduced its award-winning water-based, low VOC (volatile organic compound), low odor binder for the running track, basketball court, and parade square in Grace Orchard School this year. Dow employees also organized a 400-people Walk for Autism event in partnership with Autism Association (Singapore) and ActiveSG in order to raise awareness for autism. They also carried out several other fundraising activities throughout the year as a means for impact and providing a safe environment for the autism community.

 

 

 

Emergenetics

Emergenetics International leverages its expertise in people and organization development by conducting pro bono Emergenetics workshops to positively impact leaders in the non-profit sector in Singapore, and through them, make a positive impact on the wider community. This is done through our Emergenetics Realising Potential Initiative (RPI), an on-going partnership with National Council of Social Service (NCSS) launched by Tan Chuan-Jin, then Minister for Social and Family Development. So far, almost 200 leaders from 5 organizations have benefited from RPI.

 

 

 

GE

Employees at GE are always encouraged to identify local needs and mobilize resources to address challenges in education, environment, health, and community development. GE volunteers work closely with non-profit organizations and partners to enable positive changes within local communities, and GE was one of the founding organizations that initiated the island-wide Corporate Community Day (CCD) with AmCham back in 2002.

 

 

 

Marsh & McLennan

Marsh & McLennan Companies uses its Corporate Social Responsibility programs to empower colleagues to make a meaningful difference in the communities in which they live. They have instituted several programs in order to drive colleague participation and engagement, such as Global Volunteer Month, Volunteer Recognition Program, and Paid Day Off To Volunteer. All these initiatives, coupled with the tracking of volunteer hours in 2012, have served to increase colleague engagement with volunteer initiatives and charitable organizations.

 

Adecco

Focusing on solving youth unemployment issues, Adecco has been helping young people access work opportunities through their flagship Win4Youth and Way to Work programs. Through the Win4Youth program, Adecco Singapore clocked in kilometers and hours doing sports activities to raise funds for youth development. Through the Way to Work program, youth are given an opportunity to shadow employees and gain an understanding of possibilities for their future careers.

 

 

 

Expedia

At Expedia, there is a constant goal to be a force for change to create a more compassionate, peaceful, and just planet. One way Expedia achieved this the past year was through monthly education talk series as part of their Asia Pacific programs. In the Singapore office, Expedia launched regular lunchtime education talks with local charities raised awareness around issues that our community faces, followed by events such as a STEM tour day for underprivileged high school girls through the Singapore chapter of Zonta International.

 

 

 

International SOS

In Singapore, International SOS has been immensely proud to work closely with Melrose Home, the Children’s Aid Society of Singapore, to provide a supportive environment for children between the ages of 4 to 18 years old who require care and protection in a residential setting. In the past two years, International SOS has executed programs intended to provide support in the educational and academic development of the children, their experience enrichment and recreation, and the enhancement of the existing facilities and infrastructure.

 

 

 

London School for Business & Finance

In line with their aim to groom responsible global citizens of the future, London School of Business & Finance (LSBF) in Singapore has held various civil education talks and career-related workshops to allow their students to gain insights from industry experts. These talks, which cover themes such as sustainability and employment opportunities, are tailored to help students thrive in their careers and the real world, enabling them to make meaningful contributions in the future.

 

 

 

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands leverages its unique resources to lead and contribute to a range of community investment initiatives focused on supporting youth, education, and the arts in Singapore. Through such programs intended to inspire youth through hands-on career workshops, over 80 local charities have benefited through Sands for Singapore’s fundraising and active volunteerism efforts by Marina Bay Sands’ over 9700-strong workforce.

 

 

 

MasterCard

With a goal of driving gender equity across STEM fields, Mastercard‘s CSR efforts includes Girls4TechTM, the organization’s signature education program aimed at school-going girls aged 10-12 years old. Employees are engaged as mentors to demonstrate the value of STEM-related subjects and careers through various hands-on, discovery-based exercises, impacting more than 37,000 girls across the Asia Pacific alone.

 

 

 

Seagate

Seagate‘s primary objective is to advance awareness of and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through hands-on learning opportunities for children. As part of this focus, Seagate looks for opportunities to inspire tomorrow’s digital creators, consumers, and innovators, placing importance on extending these learning experiences to the disadvantaged within our community.

 

 

 

The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore launched the Fullerton Academy to provide youths from low income families with mentorship in the areas of hospitality and creative arts in order to equip them with skill sets to take on meaningful careers in the travel and hospitality industries in the future. The Fullerton Academy offers two tracks, the first equipping youths with skills pertaining to hospitality trade and the second empowering youths to cultivate their creative arts interests through music and photography.

 

 

 

For more information about AmCham CARES, click here.

I know that many of you will be taking an extended holiday in July, so the month of July will not be our usual hectic month. But we will still be offering a number of great events, so please view our Events Calendar for upcoming events. During July, we’ll be spending a lot of time planning and recalibrating our operations to prepare for what we know will be a super busy Q3. A couple of new initiatives of note in June included our Secret Speaker Networking Night, the first meeting on Singapore Joint Cybersecurity Working Group, first AmCham Women Taskforce Meeting, and the first ASEAN Smart Cities Network briefing. In total, we had 20 very diverse events during the month of June – we try to offer something for everyone! Before this list gets too long, below is my Top 10 List for June and July.

 

1. AmCham in the media spotlight, officially endorses Singapore Summit (Trump-Kim Summit): we were very proud to have officially come out in support of the historic dialogue between President Kim and North Korea’s Kim Jung Un. We also garnered great media coverage in the New York Times, Singapore Business Review, The Seattle Times, Business Times and more, putting AmCham Singapore on the global map. We’re looking to hold a panel event on market entry to North Korea, so please let me know if you have expertise on market entry/development and/or on North Korea.

 

2. AmCham issues official statement urging the US to join CPTPP: once again, AmCham Singapore was the first to come out urging the US to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) which was covered by various media outlets including the Straits Times. This along with other key trade and policy issues will be on our agenda for our upcoming advocacy mission to DC, 15-18 July.

 

3. Washington Doorknock: we’ll be bringing a strong delegation to represent AmCham Singapore to DC this month to meet with government officials, members of Congress, and policy influencers during our 4-day back-to-back meetings. A big thank you to United Airlines, for your generous in-kind contribution for the Doorknock flight to DC (for the Executive Director). I’m excited about my first Singapore to San Francisco non-stop route!

 

4. Exclusive C-Suite Fireside Chat Series: we had the pleasure of hosting two c-suite leaders in June with PayPal’s CTO Sri Shivananda and Peter Eastwood, CEO & President of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI). Thank you to our colleagues at PayPal in particular Suu Wei Ho who is also our Committee co-chair for Government and Regional Affairs, and BHSI for working with us on the events. Both events turned out brilliantly and our members really enjoyed the insights shared as well as the intimate networking opportunity. We’d love to do offer more of these intimate engagement sessions, so if your company’s c-level leaders will be coming through Singapore, please let me know so that we can curate a meaningful opportunity for sharing and networking!

 

5. We’re hiring a Member Relations Manager: it was bittersweet as we said farewell to Jessie Levin, Member Relations Manager, as she is moving on to join one of our member companies. But we’re excited about adding another dynamic account manager to join our A-team. Please spread the word to those that you think would be a great fit for our business development/sales team. Here is the job announcement which provides more information about the role.

 

6. Virtual & live participation for our seminars and talks will be available soon: for our overseas members, and for those of you that have very tight schedules, we will soon be offering virtual & live participation so that you continue to get value out of your membership. Starting in August, we’ll look to pilot a software to enable virtual participation thanks to the technology offered by an AmCham member company Meet and Engage. So please do continue to register for upcoming events, even if you cannot physically attend. We’ll also start using this platform for regular member engagement with the member relations team to host virtual “Townhall” meetings.

 

7. Cybersecurity Subcommittee established under the ICT Committee: we are very pleased to announce that due to popular demand from our members, AmCham has officially established a subcommittee on Cybersecurity (under the full ICT committee). Thank you to Booz Allen Hamilton for submitting the official application to create this new committee. If you’re interested in learning more about this Subcommittee, and becoming an active member, please contact Stella at ssoh@amcham.org.sg.

 

8. Manpower Survey results and Report now available: every year, we conduct a survey to gather feedback from AmCham member companies on any challenges and changes in manpower related issues. The results from this survey is then shared in a Report with the officials at the Ministry of Manpower and the Singapore Economic Development Board. The Manpower Survey Report continues to serve as an essential barometer for not just AmCham policy staff as we advocate on Manpower issues, but also to the Chamber’s Singapore government stakeholders. Thank you to all those that participated in this survey. You can find the official Report on our website.

 

9. New member reception at Agoda Outside: our new member welcome reception for Q2 was hosted by Agoda Outside at their beautiful office overlooking the water on 8 June. Thank you to the team at Agoda, in particular Peter Allen, who is also AmCham’s Committee Co-chair on Government and Regional Affairs. The event was supported by our generous sponsors GEMS World Academy, Certain Cellars and Laeta. It was a lively evening with great wine, rum, food and chatter. Thank you to the committee co-chairs (Victor Chin, Jeff Weisel, Chris Hall, Paul Wilt, Tom Kraabel, Cindy Owens, and Marine Queniart-Stojanovic) and AmCham Governor (Lisa Liaw, Amex) for attending the reception to welcome our Q2 new members.

 

10. Registering/sponsoring upcoming Balestier events before spaces run out: we have a great line-up of Balestier speakers in Q3 and Q4. If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring these events and the VIP sponsorship benefits, please contact Kelli at klane@amcham.org.sg. If you’d like to reserve a corporate table for priority seating, please contact Aisyah at ajaafar@amcham.org.sg.

 

Minister Chan Chun Sing (MTI) on 14 August, Register
Minister Ng Eng Hen (Defence) on 18 September, Register
Mr. Ng Wai Choong (IRAS) on 25 September, Register
Minister Heng Swee Kiat (Finance) on 2 November, Register

 

I always get very excited about getting your feedback, suggestions and requests for a catch-up meeting. So please do reply to this message and let me know if you and your company are getting value out of your membership with us. I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

All the best,
Ann

With Canada, Japan and Mexico all moving forward on legislation approving their respective entry to the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”), the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (“AmCham Singapore”) calls on the U.S. government to re-join the CPTPP and for the U.S. Congress to approve the agreement.

 

AmCham Singapore has been a leading advocate for the CPTPP as the agreement negotiated provides the foundation for implementing the high standards needed to further economic growth and development in the Asia-Pacific region and represents the future of sustainable international trade. The CPTPP will simplify trade, support investment, facilitate the internationalization of small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”), and instill market confidence.

 

Click here for the full press release.

Over the past few years, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has continued to adapt its policies related to manpower in an effort to increase productivity and build a future ready workforce. In light of this, AmCham recently conducted our sixth annual Manpower Survey to gather feedback from our membership on the impact of recent manpower policies.

 

The Manpower Survey is an annual survey sent to AmCham’s membership to gauge perceptions of challenges and opportunities facing companies when it comes to issues around manpower and foreign talent. The survey was open from October 16 – November 26, 2017. For the first time, we sent out two versions of surveys — one to C-Suite executives and the other one to AmCham members, and received 41 and 336 responses from each, respectively.

 

Please click here to access the full report.

 

Looking at the overall workforce composition from 2014 to 2017, 60% of the companies have over half of their workforce comprised of Singaporean citizens, with an increasing trend of promoting Singaporean citizens to C-Suite level roles.

 

From the aspect of Work Pass/Permit logistics, nearly two–thirds of respondents indicate that they had no challenges with work passes in 2017, a number that has steadily increased since 2013.

 

In terms of education and recruitment, the majority of respondents believe that Singaporean universities are preparing fairly well-qualified graduates for the workplace. However, graduates and professionals from national academies in general lack creativity/critical thinking, entrepreneurial spirit, and leadership skills.

 

For more information, please contact Morgan Hughes at mhughes@amcham.org.sg.

Singapore has been taking center stage not only as this year’s Chair of ASEAN, but also on what would be an unprecedented US-North Korea summit Singapore which is (as of 28 May) scheduled to take place on 12 June. More security issues will surface as part of the upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue (Asia’s Defense Summit) early next month. Related do this, we are thrilled to feature as our Balestier speaker Singapore’s Minister of Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen on July 31st. Tickets are expected to go quickly, so please register for the event soon.

 

The US-China trade talks had been ongoing since my last update and there appeared to be a framework in place to suspend plans to impose tariffs. But President Trump this week called for a “different structure”, amid mounting pressure from Congress, which was a setback to the ongoing talks further adding to the uncertainty over the trade negotiations.

 

In Singapore, following the cabinet reshuffle, we are very pleased to share that the recently appointed Minister of Trade and Industry Mr. Chan Chun Sing has confirmed to speak at our Balestier Luncheon on August 14th. So do register soon and let Kelli know if your company is interested in sponsoring the event.

 

Now for the Top 10 List for May and what to look out for in June:

  1. Malaysia’s election, a dawn of a new era: this month marked a dawn of a new era in Malaysia with a historic election by the opposition party gaining a simple majority for the first time in over 60 years. Join our diverse panel of experts on May 30 over lunch to hear about what this election means in the short and medium term for both foreign and local businesses.
  2. AmCham Women Pioneers Series Gala Dinner: we always try to bring our members new and fresh programs and speakers. So when we were able to bring together a never-before held panel of four pioneering Ambassadors (from Norway, Israel, Costa Rica and the Netherlands) on one stage, we took this opportunity to launch the AmCham Women’s Pioneers Series on May 9th. This pioneering panel of female Ambassadors was moderated by US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath. The second panel, moderated by CNBC Anchor Nancy Hungerford, was equally inspiring and featured passionate business leaders who have been true champions of diversity & inclusion – Wanda Hope, Johnson & Johnson (who flew in from the US for this event), and Vikram Subrahmanyam, Citi. Attended by over 250 senior business leaders and the diplomatic community, it was an evening to remember thanks to our speakers and attendees, and to our corporate sponsor Johnson & Johnson who made the event possible.
  3. Exclusive C-Suite Fireside Chat Series in June: with the great feedback we received on our first C-Suite Fireside Chat (April was Mastercard’s Global CFO Martina Hund-Mejean), we will have two more in June – PayPal’s CTO (from California) on 21 June and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (from Boston) on 22 June. These are invitation-only, intimate events for no more than ~30 senior business leaders from AmCham. If you’re a senior leader and would like to learn more about our C-Suite series, please email me.
  4. Ministry of Manpower & OneWorkplace.sg Initiative: if your company has strong workplace practices that build capabilities to support local-foreign employee acceptance in the workplace, please let me know so that we can share this information with MoM. In particular, if your company is part of MoM’s Human Capital Partnership Programme, please check with your HR colleague and see if your company has a programme that could be featured in the launch (in Q4 this year) of the OneWorkplace movement.
  5. AmCham’s Washington Doorknock Advocacy Mission: as the Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers (APCAC), AmCham Singapore will help lead this year’s advocacy mission to DC on 15-19 July. If you’re interested in joining our AmCham Singapore delegation, please let me know.
  6. AmCham Women’s (first) Taskforce Meeting: now that we’ve officially launched AmCham Women, the real work begins! If you’re passionate about advancing diversity & inclusion in the workplace and have a little bit of time to commit to contributing towards achieving the mission of AmCham Women, please register to attend our first taskforce meeting on 14 June to learn more about the projects we’ll be rolling out in 2018-2019.
  7. Briefing on ASEAN Smart Cities Network: as this year’s ASEAN Chair, Singapore has proposed to establish an ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) – a collaborative platform where up to three cities from each ASEAN Member States work towards the common goal of smart and sustainable urban development. AmCham Singapore and the US-Asean Business Council will hold a briefing on the ASCN on June 12 following our attendance at the ASCN meeting this week organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We recommend companies in the infrastructure, ICT, and energy industries in particular to join us for this session. If this would be of interest to your company, please register to attend the session.
  8. Appointment of new AmCham Committee Co-Chairs: we are very pleased to announce the confirmation of our two newly appointed Committee Co-Chairs for the Government & Regional Affairs, and Property Committees. They are: Ho Suu Wei, Director of Government Relations, PayPal for the Government & Regional Affairs Committee (Suu Wei will join his fellow Co-Chair Peter Allen, Managing Director, Agoda Outside) and Joseph Yau, Managing Director, DPR Construction for the Property Committee (Joseph will join his fellow Co-Chair Manish Kashyap, Regional Managing Director, Head of Advisory & Transaction Services (A&T), Asia Pacific).
  9. Seeking Co-Chair nominees for Energy and Property Committees: we are currently taking nominations for Co-Chairs for the Energy and Property Committees. If you’re interested in learning more about serving as an AmCham Committee Co-Chair and driving our thought leadership in the areas of energy and property for the Chamber, please contact Stella Soh at ssoh@amcham.org.sg.
  10. AmCham Summer Interns: our summer interns will start their “adventure” with us in early June through the first week of August. This year’s cohort of interns includes 9 talented students from the US and one from NUS who will all be stationed in our office. So do expect to see some new energetic faces at our upcoming events!

 

All the best,
Ann

Since my last month’s message on 21 March, we’ve had a number of “firsts” at AmCham. I’ve highlighted these “firsts” in my Top 10 List below. While we welcomed many new initiatives and new members the past month, it was bittersweet as we wished farewell to our Head of Government & Public Affairs, Dustin Watson and to the outgoing AmCham Governors Killick Datta, Bob Harayda, Jeff Hardee, and Elizabeth Hernandez.

 

On the trade front, President Trump indicated the US would reconsider its position on TPP but the situation remains precarious on whether the US would rejoin. In Singapore, we’ve had a cabinet reshuffle including Mr. Chan Chun Sing as Minister of Trade and Industry, and Mrs. Josephine Teo taking on Ministry of Manpower. They replace Mr. Lim Hng Kiang and Mr. Lim Swee Say — both Ministers who spoke at AmCham events last year at our ASEAN Business Outlook Survey launch and annual Human Capital Conference.

 

Now for the Top 10 List for April and what to look out for in May:

 

  1. AmCham Women Launch: building on the incredible momentum coming out of the amazing International Women’s Day (IWD) luncheon (our biggest attendance to date), on 12 April we officially launched AmCham Women – AmCham’s primary platform aimed at accelerating diversity & inclusion in the workplace. Thank you Workday for sponsoring this launch dinner and to Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., at the US Embassy who shared her personal leadership journey during the intimate fireside chat. Like the IWD lunch event, the AmCham Women launch dinner was over capacity. Thank you everyone for your ongoing support and engagement!
  2. Exclusive C-Suite Fireside Chat Series Launch: in April, we launched an exclusive invite-only event customized for AmCham’s senior business leaders with a fireside chat with Mastercard CFO Martina Hund-Mejean. The event was capped at 30 business leaders who had an opportunity to network and reflect on their leadership experience as Martina candidly shared her insights on market trends as well as on diversity & inclusion. I’ve written an article on Linkedin on the key takeaways from Martina, so please feel free to view and comment. We’re already planning our next two C-Suite Fireside Chats, so if you’re a senior business leader within the AmCham community, please stay tuned!
  3. Upcoming Balestier Events in May: we have two Balestier speakers in May including from Ministry of Health, Prof Tan Chor Chuan, Chief Scientist & Executive Director Office for Healthcare Transformation on 16 May, and Monetary Authority of Singapore, Ravi Menon, Managing Director on 30 May. If you have not yet registered to attend these events, please do so as the seats are limited. A big thank you to our sponsors Johnson & Johnson for supporting both events, and to Citi and Stamford American International School for supporting the Ravi Menon Balestier lunch. If you’d like to purchase a corporate table for these events, please contact Aisyah at ajaafar@amcham.org.sg.
  4. Quarterly Dialogue Session with Ministry of Manpower: after receiving feedback from many of you on the importance of an ongoing dialogue with MoM at a smaller scale, we launched our dialogue series with MoM on 20 April. Directors from MoM’s Foreign Workforce Policy, Manpower Planning and Policy Division and the Strategy Department with the Work Pass Division provided a briefing on the Ministry’s foreign workforce policy, followed by an extended Q&A session. The event went so well that we are looking to conduct these sessions more frequently. A big thank you to all those that attended this meaningful session, and to the Human Capital Committee co-chairs Paul Wilt (Yale-NUS) and Tom Kraabel (Lebaark Consulting) for driving the session.
  5. Young Professionals Forum: on the same evening as the AmCham Women launch, the Young Professionals also held their own event (which I am very sad to have missed!) at Marina Bay Sands – a behind the scenes and underground tour followed by drinks & hors d’oeuvres at The Bird. This was an event we had planned for many months with our outgoing Governor, Bob Harayda (SVP at MBS) through his generous support and time and with Adam Click (Google). The YPF is aimed at the 40 and under rising star young professionals, and led by a core group of AmCham YPFs. I understand the next event will be wine tasting with a master sommelier. We’ll keep you YPFs updated on this and I look forward to seeing this group continue to expand!
  6. 45th Annual General Meeting: on 19 April, we held our 45th annual general meeting with nearly 350 attendees (our biggest turnout in recent history). AmCham Chairman Dwight Hutchins gave the State of AmCham remarks; new board members were announced, and we recognized 52 member companies with AmCham Cares awards for their innovative social impact programs. A big congratulations to the 52 companies that received the award! If you would like a copy of the 2018 AmCham Cares Commemorative Booklet, please email Hazlyn at haidzil@amcham.org.sg or simply grab a copy at our office.
  7. AmCham Cares Special Recognition: this year, for the first time, we awarded the top three companies Gold, Silver and Bronze in both the Enterprise and Entrepreneur categories for their outstanding social impact programs. Congratulations to Edwards Lifesciences and Survival Chic (Bronze); Procter & Gamble and Emergenetics Asia Pacific – Emergenetics International Showcase Page (Silver); Moody’s Investors Service Singapore and Xylem Water Solutions Singapore Pte Ltd (Gold) for being at the forefront of strong commitments in corporate social responsibility.
  8. Newly elected AmCham Board of Governors: we are thrilled to welcome our newly elected Board of Governors Daphne Au (AIG), Simon Kahn (Google), Shakilla Shahjihan (Abbott Laboratories), and Lisa Williamson (Marina Bay Sands), and re-elected Governors David Katz (KKR) and Steve Okun (APAC Advisors). I’d like to express our sincere thanks to the outgoing Governors (Killlick Datta, Bob Harayda, Jeff Hardee, and Elizabeth Hernandez) for their tremendous support to the Chamber as well as to me personally as I joined AmCham last year and look forward to their continued active engagement and leadership!
  9. Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers (APCAC): AmCham Singapore had a strong showing at this year’s APCAC annual conference held in KL in early April. We remain fully engaged in the 29-AmCham strong Council to ensure that US businesses operating in Asia continue to have a powerful collective voice at the global stage. I am also pleased to share that as a representative of AmCham Singapore, I’ve been appointed as the Vice Chair of APCAC. The annual Washington Doorknock (our advocacy mission) will be on on 15-18 July, so please mark your calendars to join us for this important visit to DC.
  10. ASEAN Business Outlook Survey (ABOS): every year, AmCham releases its flagship business insights publication ABOS in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce in DC. If you are senior business executive working in an American company, you should have received a unique link to fill out this survey by Kadence International. Please take 15 minutes to complete this important survey which serves as a barometer on the state of business and investments in Southeast Asia. The survey goes out to senior US business executives across all ASEAN countries. Last year, the launch of the ABOS publication was marked by Minister Lim, and gained over half a million dollars in earned media. It was also referenced by the Prime Minister of Vietnam at the APEC Forum as well as by policymakers in Southeast Asia. If you have not received the link to the survey or would like more information, please contact Morgan at mhughes@amcham.org.sg.

 

If you have any questions regarding the above items, or any other AmCham related matters, simply reply to this email and let me know. I’d love to hear from you!

 

All the best,

Ann

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