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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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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

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