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 and building partnerships

Singapore

Providing access to tertiary education

Education is a key pillar of Mapletree’s CSR framework. Since 2012, 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 FY17/18, Mapletree expanded the support under the Mapletree Academic Achievement Programme (MAAP) to include a five-year sponsorship for Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Most Outstanding Academic Performance Prize for the Diploma in Sustainable Urban Design & Engineering. Mapletree also supported a three-year sponsorship for Singapore Polytechnic’s Top Year 1 and Top Year 2 prizes for the Diploma in Hotel & Leisure Facilities Management. MAAP was launched in September 2015 to recognise academic excellence in fields relevant to Mapletree’s business.

In FY18/19, Mapletree increased the number of Mapletree Bursary Awards from five to eight awards per year to financially disadvantaged students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design with an additional endowment of S$300,000. We also supported the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) with a fund of S$200,000 to launch "The Mapletree Challenge" as a two-year pilot project, providing SIT undergraduates with essential interview and presentation skills.

 

To groom a new generation of practitioners who will meet the demands of the growing real estate sector in Singapore and globally, Mapletree launched the multi-faceted Mapletree Real Estate Programme at the Singapore Management University (SMU) in January 2018. A S$3 million gift from Mapletree to SMU was coupled with a 1:1 government matching and the total sum of S$6 million will go towards the establishment of a specialised Real Estate Track, the Mapletree Professorship in Real Estate, Mapletree Awards, Mapletree Real Estate Business Study Trip Grant, as well as Mapletree Speaker Events.

 

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

Mapletree has been a strong supporter for at-risk youths since 2012. To date, Mapletree has contributed more than S$720,000 to support the education, sports and arts programmes of local voluntary welfare organisations, focusing on assisting youths from challenging financial backgrounds.

The Group 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 that goes towards education needs including school fees, transport allowance and the purchase of textbooks. With the youths showing academic commitment and better self-discipline, support has been extended annually for the youths.

To date, Mapletree has provided more than S$138,000 of financial support for the youths through MYRP and continued its support for 11 youths across three local voluntary welfare organisations in FY18/19.

Since 2017, Mapletree has been organising an annual Youth Futsal Camp for youths from Mapletree’s youth beneficiaries, as well as children of employees working at MBC and PSA Building. The youths learnt futsal rules, basic futsal techniques and engaged in friendly matches.

The second edition of the Mapletree Youth Futsal Camp was held on 22 and 23 November 2018 at MBC for more than 60 youths, aged between 10 and 18 years, to kick start their school holidays. The two-day event was attended by youths from Beyond Social Services (BSS), children of employees and tenants working in the Alexandra Precinct, as well as students from two South Zone secondary schools.

This was followed by the annual Mapletree Futsal Challenge held on 21 and 22 March 2019 where 20 teams from Mapletree, MBC tenants, tertiary education institutes and youth beneficiaries participated. This was a significant increase from the 12 teams who took part last year. Donations from participating tenants were matched by Mapletree, and together, a record of over S$15,000 was raised for youth and education related programmes organised by BSS and Boys’ Town.

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 (NCS) and the Minhang District Branch of the Shanghai Charity Foundation. Mapletree has since assisted over 3,200 residents in both districts.



As part of our commitment to build long-term partnerships with stakeholders and beneficiaries, Mapletree donated RMB2,250,000 (~S$450,000) for another three-year partnership with NCS to provide school bags and hearing aids, as well as financial assistance to needy students in Foshan, China. For its contributions and continued support, Mapletree has received several awards including the “Nanhai Charity Outstanding Contribution Award 2017-2018 and the “Guicheng Charity Contribution Award 2017-2018” awarded by the Charity Society of Guicheng Street, Nanhai District, Foshan City in June 2019.

Mapletree also expanded our support for tertiary education to Hong Kong SAR with the Group’s first endowed donation to an overseas university. The Group donated HK$2 million (~S$350,000) to launch the Mapletree Scholarship and Mapletree Exchange Scholarships at the City University of Hong Kong. A maximum of eight awards will be awarded annually starting from Academic Year 2020.

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 November 2017, Mapletree and its subsidiary Vietnam Management and Consultancy Co Ltd donated VND702 million (~S$41,000) to sponsor health insurance for 1,800 people from underprivileged communities in HCMC, Vietnam. The sponsored health insurance card covers at least 80% of all medical expenses for a period of 12 months. This was in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of Saigon Co.op Investment Development Joint Stock Company, Mapletree’s joint venture partner for SC VivoCity.

In March 2019, Mapletree also collaborated with Faire Soapworks — a social cause co-founded by a team of students from Singapore Polytechnic and University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City to alleviate the livelihood of Vietnamese farmers in Cû Chi village. Through a start-up grant from Mapletree, each guest at the official opening of Oakwood Residence Saigon received a gift box of chemical-free soap, produced from excess cows’ milk.