On December 6, AmCham released the results of the survey of AmCham members to reactions to the onset of tariffs and the US-China trade war.

 

Member company Blackbox Research presented the results, followed by a panel of three distinguished members: David Hoffman, Senior Vice President for Asia of the Conference Board; Gerry Mattios, Expert Vice President of Bain & Company; and Cindy Owens, Associate with Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow and co-chair of AmCham’s Legal and IPR Committee as they discussed the implications of the results and what it means for companies. AmCham’s other co-chair of the Legal and IPR Committee Nathan Bush, Partner at DLA Piper, moderated the discussion.

 

A summary report can be found here. Stay tuned for updates on media coverage!

AmCham’s internship program is offered throughout the year to undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates from local and international universities interested in gaining experience working in the field of international business and government affairs.

 

This spring, we have a host of engaging, content-rich projects underway. We are currently looking for a Government Affairs intern and Public Affairs intern for the spring term.

 

Click here for more information on each position and instructions on how to apply by January 15.

 

 

Testimonials from previous interns:

 

I had an amazing summer 2018 internship at AmCham. As a Government and Public Affairs & Social Media Intern, I had an incredible opportunity to manage social media accounts for AmCham. I truly enjoyed the level of responsibility that was put before me, and I felt like I was a team member at AmCham, contributing to its success every day. During my time at AmCham, I improved my ability to write social media posts clearly and concisely, obtained skills of graphic design, as well as learned to take professional photos during events. In addition to the skills that I learned by executing multiple projects at the same time, I took every single opportunity to broaden my horizons at various events that happened at AmCham and off-site. I built a strong professional network that I will maintain throughout the years. I was privileged to find industry professionals with whom I share a lot of similarities. Interns and staff I worked with inspired me to push myself even further and never stop learning. AmCham helped me tremendously with defining my career path. AmCham staff supported me with advice, as well as organized various in-person sessions for interns interested in certain industries. Member company tours allowed me to get a greater insight into the work cultures of a diverse set of industries.

 

– Leisan Garifullina, Pomona College

 

 

As a business development intern at AmCham, I got the opportunity to work on various data and strategy products. I even got the opportunity to present my work to the staff and other interns. AmCham is great about letting interns have a say in what kind of projects they do. I was able to focus my work around my interests and career goals. The combination of the project work and networking opportunities available better positioned me to pursue many different career paths.

 

– Finn Rosenfeld, Syracuse University Abroad

 

 

Interning at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore has been an eye-opening experience. Being able to work at a nonprofit that does such important work for the American business community has helped me learn about business in Southeast Asia, and connect with the leading business minds in the region. From developing new programs for AmCham to attending fascinating talks about marketing and GDPR, I haven’t stop learning. The most rewarding aspect of interning at AmCham was the networking that I was able to do. This internship gave me the opportunity to meet with consultants and people working in finance, and helped cement my interest in both sectors. As I begin my job search for my sophomore summer internship, I am sure that I will be able to stay in contact with the professionals that I have connected with over the past two months. As someone fascinated by the world of consulting, AmCham made an impressive effort to connect me with people working in that sector. My supervisor organized a networking lunch with a consultant from Bain&Co, encouraged me to sit in on business meetings with consultants, and organized small group discussion sessions to learn about consulting. Through these meetings, I was able to garner a real understanding of each of the different firms’ cultures and practices, which will prove to be invaluable during my job search.

 

– Matthew Jourlait, Tufts University

 

 

Interning in business development at AmCham has been such a rewarding experience. Having toured half a dozen Singapore based corporations, engaging in networking events, and attending weekly speaking events, I’ve developed a global perspective in understanding how policy, innovation, and regulations are jointly affecting multinational firms and how they are actively evolving their business strategies to adapt to these structural economic changes. I’ve been exposed to various business models in a wide array of market sectors which has given me a first-hand perspective on how business is conducted on a global scale. In addition, to gaining a global perspective, I’ve also had the opportunity to apply my analytical skills to individually spearhead a comprehensive elasticity project, analyzing industry competition, researching economic indicators, and constructing complex financial models in efforts to optimally restructure current pricing systems .Having access to meet and hear from US congressmen, C-Suite executives, and some of the world’s leading visionaries, was an incredible learning experience which has both defined my familiarity with the APAC region and opened various avenues to position myself for future career opportunities.

 

– Brandon Schmetterer, Wake Forest University

 

 

My experience working as a Government and Public Affairs Intern at AmCham was one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve had both professionally and personally. Entrusted with important tasks such as drafting the ASEAN Business Outlook Survey, I was able to develop and build confidence in my writing skills while gaining insights about the economic and political landscape of ASEAN. This professional experience was further enhanced by the vibrant office community of staff and interns. Every day was busy yet enjoyable, and I met many friends and colleagues that I continue to keep in touch with. For anyone who has an interest in the ASEAN region that’s looking for professional development and a meaningful experience, I definitely recommend interning at AmCham.

 

– Scott Kim, New York University – Summer 2017, Government and Public Affairs Intern

 

 

I truly had a wonderful experience as a Business Development intern at AmCham. The work I undertook as an intern was very rewarding as I had the chance to work on multiple projects and dive deep into working on and learning more about specific areas. My supervisor, Kelli was really great about checking in and making sure that not only was my work meeting AmCham’s high standards, but that I was also enjoying the internship and developing my personal and professional skills. It was also clear that my ideas and suggestions were being taken seriously by the team throughout my time there. At the end of my internship, I had the opportunity to present my work, which was a great chance to work on my public speaking in a work setting.  Working at AmCham gives you access to a range of events and I had the opportunity to hear more about the region and business from people who are at the forefront in their fields. On a more personal note, the whole team is made up of wonderful people and the atmosphere at the office is one of friendly collaboration which made it even better by my co-interns at the time. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and hope that I will have the chance to visit AmCham again in the future.

 

– Ojaswee Rajbhandary, Columbia University – Summer 2017, Business Development Intern

 

 

It has been a privilege to work alongside colleagues with the collective pride of providing the vital link between local government agencies and the American business community. The weeks I spent as a summer intern with AmCham have certainly been fulfilling as a programming intern. This was due to the fact that we were privy to Signature events that cover current issues and set the tone as a forerunner on future trends. Of course, I have been lucky to be under the tutelage of warm mentors and company of kind colleagues. It was fun being able to experience American culture first hand at home and I would recommend this internship to those looking to broaden perspectives on the international community with a business take.

 

– Samantha Loh, National University of Singapore – Summer, 2017, Programming Intern

 

 

My internship at AmCham was a truly fantastic and fascinating experience. I was excited to be placed within the Government and Public Affairs team under the excellent supervision of Hazlyn and Morgan. The opportunity to work on multiple high-level publications provided me with great insight into AmCham Singapore’s work and the work of Chambers throughout the region. I was also able to greatly develop my research, writing and analytical skills as I worked through meaningful and challenging projects. I also had the truly rewarding experience of being able to help with AmCham’s Walk for Rice event, the largest volunteering event in Singapore. My time at AmCham was a highlight of my time in Singapore and I feel very lucky to have been able to join the AmCham team.

 

– Sarah O’Dowd, Australian National University – Fall 2017, Government and Public Affairs Intern

We’ve entered the busiest time of the year for AmCham! We ended September with 165 events delivered. We have many more coming your way (over 20 events in Oct), so please check our Events Calendar on our website as we’re adding new programs and events almost daily. Now on to my Top 10 List to update you on the latest happenings at the Chamber:

  1. US-China trade war survey: thank you to those that took the time to complete our survey on the impact of the US-China Trade War. We’ll be providing the analysis of the findings in the coming weeks with a series of events so stay tuned!
  2. SME committee co-chair announcement: we’re very pleased to announce that Georgiana Verdonk, Vice President, Asia, Be Found Online has been confirmed as the SME committee co-chair. Welcome to the leadership circle Georgiana!
  3. AmCham Startup 10x (accelerator) Program: we’ll be launching “Startup 10x”, an accelerator program for AmCham startup companies. If you’re an SME startup company, please keep a lookout for the application to participate in the Program as the 2019 cohort.
  4. Innovation & Growth series: we’re launching a new quarterly series in partnership with member company Ascendas-Singbridge aimed at bringing together enterprise, venture capital and startup leaders to facilitate open source dialogue, learning and exchange on critical and practical business growth issues. Our first session – The Innovation Journey: How to Get it Right in the Asian Context – will be held on Friday, Nov 2, 4-6pm at thebridge. For more details or to get involved in these quarterly meet-ups contact Ashley at amcinerney@amcham.org.sg.
  5. Diversity and inclusion survey: if you have not yet had a chance to provide your input on the AmCham Women D&I survey, please take the 6-minute survey. We’re seeking to better understand the current state of D&I in our member companies and what additional support is needed to assist AmCham member companies’ D&I journey. By the way, we had an incredible AmCham Women Accelerate Symposium last month.
  6. Bi-annual AmCham Townhall & Open House: there are many ways that you and your company can extract value from your membership with us. But we know that all of our events, programs, committees, publications and advocacy related activities can be overwhelming. So please join us for a townhall and open house on 31 Oct at 5pm to ask your questions and learn more about our offerings. It will be a casual setting with snacks, and drinks in a Happy Hour style. We also encourage you to bring your friends who might be interested in joining the Chamber. I look forward to seeing you there!
  7. AmCham’s 2018 Corporate Community Day Walk for Rice: join us for “Walk for Rice” supported by Citi on 27 October and in partnership with US Embassy at Bedok Reservoir Park to support low-income families of South East Community Development Council (SE CDC). Show your company’s spirit, put on your corporate t-shirts and Walk for Rice with us as we attempt to surpass the 11,000 bowls of rice we donated last year. I was excited to hear recently that Corning International will be bringing 45 of their team to the walk! Please register as an individual or contact Nathan at psivarajah@amcham.org.sg to register your company to participate. It’s for a great cause!
  8. Seats are going fast! Future of Work: Multi-generational Workforce with Minister Josephine Teo, Ministry of Manpower: do not miss our biggest HR event of the year on 19 October presented by Santa Fe Relocation. In addition to the Minister, we’ll have two incredible panels of leaders from Minerva Schools, FedEx Express, Mercer, General Electric, Salesforce, Grab, Maximus, Adobe, RedMart, and Yale-NUS College.
  9. NextGen leadership program nominations for 2019 cohort: we’ll soon be wrapping up our 2018 leadership development program, NextGen, for high-potential millennials nominated by AmCham member companies. We’ll soon be accepting nominations for the 2019 cohort and have a fantastic program lined-up. So please start thinking about the high-potentials in your company for this leadership development program. We’ll be sending out the program brochure and nomination form this month.
  10. Last Balestier luncheon featuring Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat: tickets will sell out soon as the venue has limited capacity, so if you’re keen to attend please register ASAP to attend our last Balestier event of the year on 2 Nov. To register a corporate table, please contact Nathan at psivarajah@amcham.org.sg.

 

Did you know that we offer complimentary co-working space to AmCham members at the Chamber? It has been great seeing so many of you using our lounge. We’re looking to properly outfit the lounge to make it into a cosier working environment. So please come by and take advantage of our central location at the heart of Orchard!

 

All the best,

Ann

AmCham is the only Chamber of Commerce to partner Temasek Foundation Cares for Project Silver Screen, a nationwide functional screen programme for seniors aged 60 years and above in Singapore. This collaboration allows senior citizens to have a better quality of life and support them to age gracefully. Our support is characteristic of our consistent contribution to the well-being of Singapore society. More information about our support is available here.

It’s exactly a year since I joined AmCham, and what a whirlwind it’s been! A lot has happened in one year and we implemented a number of new programs and initiatives, but as you may know, AmCham has been serving our member companies for over 45 years. So, I thought I’d start my Top 10 List this month by recognizing our 24 “Pioneer” AmCham Members who have been with us since our founding:

  1. Our (24) “Pioneer” Member Companies Since 1973, Founding of AmCham: the following companies have been a member with us consecutively since late 1973 and 1974 when AmCham was founded. They are: HP Inc (1973, our first member joined on December of 1973!), followed by other Pioneers that joined a couple of weeks after in early 1974. These include American Express, Caterpillar, Ernst & Young (EY), KPMG, United Airlines, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, AIG, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, Phillip Morris (PMI), Abbott Laboratories, Dow Chemical, Crown Worldwide, Burson-Marsteller, Chevron, Grand Hyatt, JP Morgan Chase, Accenture (formerly Arthur Andersen Consulting), Texas Instruments, and IBM. Thank you to our Pioneers and to ALL of our members for your support and engagement!
  2. We ended the month of August with the annual Welcome Back Reception attended by over 200 business leaders accompanied by fantastic live entertainment by Song Division. It was a great event, but we’ll already thinking about how we can change things up to make it even better! As of end of August, we conducted 139 events but the next few months will be the busiest time of the year for AmCham, so please stay tuned-in!
  3. Hosting Minister Chan Chun Sing, Ministry of Trade & Industry: we had one of our biggest turnouts for our Balestier Lunch with Minister Chan on 14 August. Missed the event? You can read the highlights from the media coverage of the event in Straits Times, Channel News Asia, and TodayOnline on the key issues the Minister discussed with AmCham members. Please check our Events Calendar on our website www.amcham.org.sg so that you don’t miss out on any of our future events!
  4. AmCham Women Accelerate Symposium, 28 September: our inspiring speakers (Iain McLaughlin, Coca-Cola; Vaishali Bhat, Johnson & Johnson; Dominic Iacono, Kimberly-Clark; Priyali Kamath, P&G; and Margie Warrell, Author, Leadership Speaker & Founder, Global Courage) and executive coaches have all been confirmed! Please join us for our first AmCham Women Accelerate Symposium & Cocktail Reception on 28 September sponsored by Medtronic. Get complimentary coaching in our “Micro-Coaching Lounge” at the Symposium while connecting with other passionate business leaders. Be inspired by our panel of speakers on what it takes to lead in an increasingly multicultural and diverse work environment. If you’re interested, please register soon as our AmCham Women events always reach over capacity.
  5. AmCham’s 2018 Corporate Community Day Walk for Rice, 27 October: want to make a difference in the Singapore community and give back? Don’t have your own CSR activity in Singapore? Please join us with your colleagues, friends and families to “Walk for Rice” supported by Citi on October 27 at the beautiful Bedok Reservoir Park to support low-income families of South East Community Development Council (SE CDC). For every 100 meters that you walk, AmCham will donate one bowl of rice to a needy family in Singapore. Last year’s event was attended by 360 which resulted in raising 11,608 bowls of rice for the beneficiaries. Show your company’s spirit, put on your corporate t-shirts and Walk for Rice with us!
  6. AmCham recognized as adopter of Tripartite Standard on Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA): we’re proud to have been officially certified by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) which differentiates AmCham as a choice employer for having progressive practices. AmCham has also adopted the broader Tripartite Standards (see TAFEP’s Pledge Signer for Fair Employment Practices). Do check if your company is one of over 5,000 existing Pledge Signers here.
  7. AmCham and Member Companies Support Ministry of Health & Temasek Foundation’s “Project Silver Screen”: we’re honored to be recognized as a Partner organization for the official launch of a program to support the functional screening programme for the elderly – to be named as Project Silver Screen. This transformative program to be launched later this month by Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong would provide mobile clinics to screen the elderly on their vision, hearing and oral health. We’re working closely with the Singapore Business Federation Foundation and Temasek Foundation to raise awareness and funding for this incredible program in partnership with the Ministry of Health. Please have your company consider contributing to this much needed program. Let’s make a difference and make an impact! Email me to learn more.
  8. Hosting Defense Minister and IRAS Commissioner, 18 September: as part of our Balestier Series, we’ll be hosting a lunch dialogue with the Minister of Defense and the Commissioner for the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore on 18 September (Defense) and 25 September (IRAS). This is the first time that AmCham is hosting these two key government officials for a dialogue, so please join us for what is sure to be a robust discussion on issues important to the AmCham business community.
  9. Cybersecurity Subcommittee Established and Co-Chair Appointed: due to popular demand, AmCham Board has officially approved the establishment of a Cybersecurity subcommittee under the ICT Committee. We’re pleased to also announce the appointment of Angelo Roxas, Booz Allen Hamilton as the first co-chair of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee. Please contact Ravi Alfreds ralfreds@amcham.org.sg or Stella Soh ssoh@amcham.org.sg if you’d like to learn more about joining this subcommittee or playing a leadership role as a co-chair.
  10. Attention HR Leaders – 2018 Human Capital Conference with Minister Josephine Teo, Ministry of Manpower on Multi-Generational Workforce, 19 October: if you’re an HR leader, please do not miss our biggest HR event of the year on 19 October presented by Santa Fe Relocation. In addition to the Minister, we’ll have two incredible panels of thought leaders who will share their insights on the theme of the multi-generational workforce. The conference will not only discuss how companies and educational institutions are managing and preparing for the different needs of the multi-general workforce, but also on how companies from different generations themselves from GE (founded in 1892), Adobe (founded in 1982) to Grab (founded in 2012) approach the multi-generational workforce in their companies. Curious? Please see our panel of other fantastic speakers and moderators and topics to be discussed here. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Please be sure to check our Events Calendar regularly, and keep a lookout for emails from AmCham Events, and our weekly Networker Newsletter so that you don’t miss out on future events! By the way, if you reply directly to this email with the code “Pioneers”, I’ll extend 1 complimentary ticket to the event of your choice this year if you’re one of first 25 to respond! Thank you for reading!

 

All the best,

Ann

BNY Mellon

 

For more than 230 years, BNY Mellon and its employees have supported their global communities by contributing solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. BNY Mellon is committed to helping countries, institutions and communities advance the financial well-being of people around the world by addressing specific economic and development challenges, as well as investing in developing the workforce of the future by building the next-generation business and technology skills to contribute to society in a digital world.

 

 

 

Edwards Lifesciences

 

Edwards Lifesciences’ commitment to corporate citizenship begins with their Credo, which guides their values, spirit, and conscience in everything they do. Edwards is driven by a passion to help patients, partnering with clinicians to develop innovative technologies in the areas of structural heart disease and critical care monitoring. Also in Singapore more than 85% of their 2,200 employees foster a Total Wellness Outreach Program, and 100% of employees participate in at least one charitable event every year.

 

 

 

Happi

 

Happi is a participation-driven donation platform so that charities, community groups, student groups, and individuals may leverage Happi as a fun, free, easy way for supporters to win prizes and drive money to their cause by responding to 5-question surveys. Clients pay Happi for the responses to the questions they provide, and Happi uses portions of this revenue to pay for the prizes people win and the donations to the charities, groups, and causes they support. To date, Happi has driven over $250,000 in donations to beneficiary organizations.

 

 

 

HP

 

In addition to creating technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere, HP and its employees are committed beyond innovation of devices, solutions, and services. HP’s Social Impact Committee works closely with the South West Community Development Council and beneficiaries around Singapore to create volunteer opportunities which benefit the elderly, persons with special needs, and low-income families. Some of the events include gatherings for the elderly, home cleaning for low income families, encouraging reuse and recycling of PCs, laptops and monitors, and supporting IT literacy for communities.

 

 

 

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 

The mission of Hewlett Packard Enterprise‘s Social Impact Committee is to instill community and volunteerism spirit among HPE employees, with the objectives of benefiting the needy and enabling our employees to grow in character, but at the same time, build mutually beneficial partnerships with charitable organizations to provide assistance to the less privileged in the communities. Their focus continues to be in the areas of reaching out to the elderly/seniors, providing IT training/education, as well as playing their part in conserving our environment.

 

 

 

Microsoft

 

Microsoft invests in enabling digital transformation for the non-profit sector in Singapore through technology donations to over 400 non-profit organizations. With a mission to bridge the digital divide for people with disabilities, they also continue to build inclusive technologies as well as innovations with communities such as the Enabling Village and Special Olympics. Microsoft also increases access to computer science education and opportunities for youths to acquire skills for the future by collaborating with various non-profit organizations.

 

 

 

TATA Consultancy Services

 

At Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Singapore, TCS chooses to focus P4L efforts in education — in order to build the STEM education pipeline, they partner with secondary schools to host impactful GoIT programs to drive students’ interest in the STEM industry. Additionally, to enable Singapore’s transition into a Smart Nation, TCS Singapore plays their part to build a closer community through technology via collaborations with IMDA for Silver IT Festival and PA for Project We Care Enrich. They conduct IT courses to empower the elderly and over 10,000 underprivileged residents to apply their newly acquired skills in their daily lives.

 

 

 

For more information about AmCham CARES, click here.

AbbVie

 

AbbVie colleagues have participated in the Week of Possibilities for the third year in a row in 2017, engaging with disadvantaged children, youth with special needs, the intellectually disabled, and the elderly. Volunteers gave it their all to also spruce up the Metta Home in Woodlands and to prepare food (and sing popular Chinese songs!) with the elderly at a rehabilitation center. Finally, AbbVie volunteers learned to make pasta and cookies with the Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home to help disadvantaged children.

 

 

 

AIG

 

AIG SG has promoted the importance of road safety from young age by providing approximately 4,800 pre-schoolers in Singapore with a meaningful learning experience under its Road Safety Program, in partnership with the Singapore Traffic Police. AIG has also supported communities through its Disabilities&Allies and Women&Allies ERGs — whether it is collaborating with UN Women Singapore under its “Girls2Pioneer” program or participating in basketball matches with Singapore National Wheelchair Basketball athletes.

 

 

 

Cargill

 

Every year, Cargill works with its charity partners to provide nearly 3,000 food packages to elderly and less-privileged families across Singapore, as well as organizing charity event Run for Rice and distributing 1,500 kg of rice to more than 3,000 migrant workers around Singapore. In addition, Cargill supports children’s education and well-being through their partnerships with Grace Orchard School, Pertapis children’s home, Junior Achievement Singapore, and Care Corner.

 

 

 

Deloitte

 

Through Deloitte SG Cares, Deloitte is led by their purpose to make an impact that matters, and it is this purpose that defines who they are, binds them together, and drives them to put their passion, determination, and skills to good use for the benefit of society. Through skills-based volunteering, strategic partnership with charities, and other initiatives, Deloitte professional are making a positive difference by focusing on chosen causes such as youth & education, disability integration, and the elderly.

 

 

 

Kemin

 

Way back in the 1980s, employees inherited Kemin‘s mindset on the philosophy of giving back, and this philosophy continues to be reflected in the work of Kemin volunteers in recent years. In January 2018, employees were sponsored by Kemin to distribute additional food items and gift vouchers to needy families on a door-to-door basis. In November of 2016, a group of Kemin employees went to Nepal to rebuild houses for victims of the Nepal Earthquake, and back in 2011, Kemin sent employees to Cambodia to help victims of war set up a chicken farm.

 

 

 

Kimberly-Clark

 

Kimberly-Clark is committed to improving the lives of 25 million people in need by 2022 by increasing access to sanitation, helping children thrive, and empowering women and girls. In support of SG Cares, Kimberly-Clark launched Singapore’s first community diaper bank in partnership with People’s Association and the South West Community Development Council. The Huggies Diaper Bank will provide a million diapers over three years to the district’s low-income families with babies, thus helping to defray the costs of this essential baby care item.

 

 

 

Mandarin Orchard

 

Mandarin Orchard jointly championed its annual Stars of Christmas community program with parent company OUE Limited for the eighth year, bringing Christmas cheer to beneficiaries of non-profit organizations providing programs and services to underprivileged children, and those with special needs and illnesses. The three-part program ended with a Toy Run activity, with volunteer riders on a fleet of Harley Davidson motorcycles and Maserati cars on Orchard Road. The employees of Mandarin Orchard SG cheered on the riders as their convoy set off to deliver Christmas presents to more than 1,500 beneficiaries.

 

 

 

PwC

 

PwC‘s CSR program matches their employees’ skills to the needs of local community organizations and encourages them to develop their life experience through volunteering. Since 2005, they have collaborated with YMCA of Singapore to send volunteers of various grades to more than 10 cities in 6 countries including locations such as Nepal, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The expeditions include teaching of English, life skills workshops, and building of infrastructure. They also regularly partner with Parkinson Society Singapore, Sundac, the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, and Community Chest.

 

 

 

Survival Chic

 

CSR has been a part of the Survival Chic (SC) philosophy since Day 1 — for every Survey Chic Membership sold, Survey Chic allocated $10 to an entrepreneur in a developing country via Kiva. To date, Survey Chic has allocated over $46,000 SGD to more than 1,300 entrepreneurs around the world, helping them realize their dreams and support their families. Survey Chic Team Members also regularly volunteer for specific projects in Singapore and the region, such as at the Cheshire Home for the Severely Disabled, Action Cambodge Handicap (ACH), and Junior Achievement (JA).

 

 

 

For more information about AmCham CARES, click here.

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.

 

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