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 FY19/20, Mapletree renewed the support under the Mapletree Academic Achievement Programme (MAAP) for another five years for all local polytechnics. These include Top Year 1 and Year 2, as well as graduate book prizes for respective diploma programmes at the polytechnics.

MAAP was launched in September 2015 to recognise academic excellence in fields relevant to Mapletree’s business.

Its maiden initiative was the five-year sponsorship of select diploma graduation book prizes, aligned to our business, across all five local polytechnics, 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.

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.

To expand the Mapletree Real Estate Programme at SMU, Mapletree committed another S$2.5 million in FY19/20 that will fund scholarships and research fellowships; more details will be announced soon.

 

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$740,000 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$187,000 of financial support for the youths through MYRP and continued its support for 12 youths across three local voluntary welfare organisations in FY19/20.

Since 2017, Mapletree has been organising an annual Youth Futsal Camp for youths from Mapletree’s youth beneficiaries, as well as children of staff and employees working in the Alexandra Precinct. The youths participate in a series of drills to improve their physical, technical and mental speed, as well as to improve their ball control skills. They also have the chance to put their skills and techniques, as well as sportsmanship to a test with friendly matches.

The third edition of the Mapletree Youth Futsal Camp was held on 21 November 2019 at MBC for more than 50 children and youths, aged between eight to 18 years old, to kick start their school holidays. The annual event was attended by youths from Beyond Social Services (BSS), as well as children of employees and tenants working in the Precinct.

Mapletree also supported the first Boys’ Town Sport Climbing Competition, held from 30 to 31 August 2019. This is an expansion of its adventure-based intervention programmes and an effort to build a vibrant and inclusive sport climbing environment. 24 teams, comprising participants aged 10 to 17 years old took part in the inaugural Competition, held at the Boys’ Town Adventure Centre (BTAC).

 

Supporting our local communities

In FY19/20, Mapletree also sponsored a new training space for Bakers Beyond of Beyond Social Services at Blk 75 Whampoa Drive. The space will serve members of Bakers Beyond, largely low-income mothers from the community, as a place for them to meet and develop new recipes, receive training and conduct workshops.

 


Overseas

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 2019” awarded by the Foshan Nanhai Charity Society in 2020.


 

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 overseas communities and relief efforts

Vietnam CSR Mapletree is committed to building partnerships with local communities to support the needy. China is one of Mapletree’s largest overseas markets. Over the years, Mapletree has developed and invested in a wide spectrum of real estate that includes residential, office, retail, logistics and mixed-use properties.

In response to Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ request for corporate support, Mapletree made a donation of RMB$1 million (~S$200,000) towards Covid-19 relief efforts in China.

Funds donated will be used for the following:

  • Procurement and distribution of essential personal protective equipment;
  • Medical equipping for hospitals in Hubei Province;
  • Distribution of hygiene items and communication of health messages to social welfare homes, and
  • Support other areas of intervention such as risk communication, community engagement, health and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) promotion.

Over the course of FY19/20, months of severe drought and extreme temperatures fuelled a series of massive bushfires across Australia. Mapletree committed A$100,000 (~S$90,588) in aid of the Australian bushfire relief efforts via the Australian Red Cross. Funds donated will be used for providing assistance grants to support people whose homes were destroyed as well as mid- to long-term community recovery for three years or more.