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Building a Strong Volunteerism Spirit

Recognising that successful community initiatives go beyond financial giving, Mapletree’s employees volunteer their time actively and engage the communities where they are based at.

The Mapletree Staff CSR Programme was launched in 2014 to encourage employees to lead ground-up CSR initiatives. Employees were encouraged to form teams and submit ideas, and selected teams were awarded seed funding of S$5,000 to carry out their activities.

The criteria for the award of seed funding include the quantifiable impact of the initiative, staff commitment, and long-term partnership with the beneficiaries.
In FY18/19, a total of 14 teams carried out staff CSR projects, seven more teams than the previous year. The teams were from our offices in Singapore, Australia, Greater China, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

Singapore-based staff CSR initiatives

The Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust team was one of the Singapore teams who was awarded seed funding, and the team collaborated with Food Bank Singapore to pack and distribute food bundles to needy communities near Mapletree's properties. Staff from Group Corporate Services celebrated the Lunar New Year with elderly from St. Andrew's Nursing Home (Henderson).

 

Outreach efforts by overseas staff volunteers

In China, the staff team from Chongqing distributed winter clothes to underprivileged students at a public school while the Nanhai, Foshan team organised a holiday camp for migrant workers' children in Nanhai. In Hong Kong, Mapletree staff facilitated an art and craft session for elders at Caritas Harold H.W. Lee Care and Attention Home.

 


While teams from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, carried out minor renovation works to improve a primary school where most of the students are from low income families and the Australian team participated in “Cooking for a Cause”, run by Oz Harvest, a charity in Sydney, where leftover produce was cooked and delivered to needy families.


Over in the United States, staff teams from Chicago supported low income children by providing them with educational opportunities and hockey training and the New York team partnered with Art Start, a non-profit organisation that uses creative arts to transform at-risk youths, to organise and participate in workshops.