CSR
Developing for success and sustainability
Empowering Communities

We strive to invest in the communities that we operate in by empowering people through supporting educational and healthcare initiatives, enriching living environments with the arts and functional design, and building environmentally sustainable real estate developments. The full list of awards recognising our sustainable development efforts can be found here.

Supporting Communities & Education

Investing in our communities through providing assistance to the disadvantaged

Singapore

Providing access to tertiary education

Education is a key pillar of Mapletree’s CSR framework. As a strong supporter of tertiary education in Singapore, Mapletree has accumulatively contributed S$3 million to the endowment funds of all six universities in Singapore – National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), offering financial support to over 90 university students annually through bursaries and study grants.

In FY 16/17, Mapletree extended its support and committed an additional S$3 million to education programmes in Singapore.

Mapletree also encouraged academic excellence by sponsoring book prizes of S$1,000 each to select bursary recipients from NUS and NTU who have achieved satisfactory academic results.

As practice-oriented education pathways are gaining favour in Singapore, the Mapletree Academic Achievement Programme (MAAP) was launched in September 2015 to recognise academic excellence in this area. MAAP’s maiden initiative is the five-year sponsorship of select diploma graduation book prizes, aligned to our business, across all five local polytechnics, starting from Academic Year (AY)15/16. The MAAP has also committed to sponsoring graduation prizes for the diploma programmes of SIM Global Education, which will fund 30 prizes annually for a period of five years from AY16/17.

Continued support for youths-at-risk

Since 2012, Mapletree has contributed S$430,000 to support the education, sports and arts programmes of Boys’ Town and Assumption Pathway School to uplift youths from difficult financial and social circumstances

In 2016, Mapletree sponsored approximately S$4,000 worth of jerseys and soccer boots for the Boys’ Town soccer team.

Mapletree also involved its employees and tenants in the Mapletree Charity Futsal Challenge 2017 in March, which raised S$6,000 for youth programmes organised by Beyond Social Services.

 

The Group also piloted the Mapletree Youth Resilience Programme (MYRP) in 2016, which aims to provide long-term financial aid to youths with the potential and drive to pursue an education despite their disadvantaged backgrounds. Under the pilot, five youths from Boys’ Town and YouthReach were identified to receive a one-year sponsorship of schooling-related costs. With the youths showing academic commitment and better self-discipline, support was extended for another year with Mapletree contributing more than S$25,000 to continue the financial support in 2017.

We aim to expand the scope and scale of MYRP to further establish Mapletree as a strong supporter of youths-at-risk in Singapore.

China

Engaging communities in our overseas markets

In China, Mapletree’s CSR support has been focused on providing education and healthcare assistance to the underprivileged.

Since 2012, Mapletree has been providing assistance to low-income residents in the districts of Minhang (Shanghai) and Nanhai. This is under a RMB10 million programme committed in 2012 through which funds are being disbursed over five years to both the Nanhai Charity Society and the Minhang District Branch of the Shanghai Charity Foundation. Mapletree has since assisted over 3,200 residents in both districts.

In January 2016, Mapletree, together with another corporate sponsor, contributed over 45,000 books to the Nanhai Charity Society’s Caring Schoolbag programme in China. Schoolbags were packed with at least 10 children’s books, and given out to the children of migrant families in Nanhai (Foshan, Guangdong), where Mapletree is currently developing two large-scale projects.

 

 

For its contributions, Mapletree has received several awards including the ‘Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award’ from the Minhang district government and was named ‘Charity Star’ by the Minhang Division of Shanghai Charity Foundation in 2015.

 

   

  

 

Vietnam

Supporting healthcare and helping the disabled

Vietnam CSRMapletree is committed to building partnerships with local communities to support the needy. In conjunction with SC VivoCity’s first anniversary in September 2016, the mall donated VND500 million (~S$30,650) to Operation Smile Vietnam to support the medical needs of 100 underprivileged children with congenital harelip and cleft palate.

In January 2017, responding to a request by the Singapore Embassy in Vietnam, Mapletree donated 20 wheelchairs to the Thuy An Centre for Nurturing Old People and Disabled Children in Ba Vi, an hour drive from Hanoi’s city centre. The Centre is currently home to 175 elderly and 190 disabled children. Mapletree’s management and staff delivered the wheelchairs and interacted with the beneficiaries at the Centre.