Corporate Philanthropy and Volunteering

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Corporate Philanthropy and Volunteering

In 2017, we ran three events for our Singapore employees:

  • Kallang River clean-up in partnership with Waterways Watch Society
  • Weeding at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
  • Project ‘Painting Smiles’ in partnership with Central Singapore CDC & Lions Befrienders Senior Activity Centre (Bendemeer)

Helping to rebuild the Hanabuada Village

At least 150 villagers in Papua New Guinea were left homeless (and some of our Swire Shipping colleagues were also affected) after a fire tore through 18 homes in Hanuabada Village, just five minutes from downtown Port Moresby, on 19 August 2017.

Through a fundraising activity coordinated by the Sydney office, the Swire Shipping team managed to raise AUD 5,000 for the villagers. In collaboration with key customers, Brian Bell and KK Kingston, Swire Shipping received fantastic discounts which allowed the donations to go a lot further. With the donation, the team purchased an assortment of household goods from bedding, water storage and kitchenware for the 18 families.

The Swire Shipping team in PNG spent their Saturday to help clean up the village in partnership with World Vision. Over the course of the day, tonnes of rubbish were collected and removed from the village. It was a meaningful day for our colleagues in PNG doing their part for the local community in times of need.

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Cleaning up the waters in Singapore

In our journey towards sustainability, we believe in doing right by our communities. One of the focus areas is environment and biodiversity.

On 15 June 2017, 42 CNCo and Swire Pacific Offshore employees in Singapore headed to the Waterways Watch Society’s office where they learned about the overwhelming amount of rubbish that accumulates in Singapore waters daily and what individuals and organisations can do to make a difference to keep the waters clean.

The volunteers spent the afternoon on kayaks and paddleboats, clearing the debris and floating rubbish around the Kallang Basin. Cyclists cycled around the areas from Kallang River to Marina Bay Sands, retrieving rubbish near the waters and nearby coastal areas.

The team collected about 56 kilograms of trash, and more importantly, each of them returned home with a heightened sense of environmental consciousness and a deeper sense of appreciation of the clean river we see every day.

Our employees in Singapore spent 364 hours doing voluntary work in 2017.