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Finance Minister: Corporate giving key to engaging stakeholders


Corporate giving these days is an integral part of how companies engage stakeholders and inspire their employees, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.

At the inaugural Champions of Good event yesterday, he said: "Each of us has an important part to play in giving. None of us can go at this alone.

"(The) Government's efforts alone will not be sufficient nor sustainable. A caring and inclusive home for all must be built by all of us together."

The event recognises businesses here that practise good giving and are committed to "influencing and multiplying" corporate giving in Singapore.

The event is an extension of the Company of Good programme launched by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NPVC) in June last year.

The programme helps companies kick-start or design more meaningful ways to give.

The Business Leaders Network, which the NVPC had earlier launched, will help these companies connect with one another.

"Today, we celebrate the Champions of Good as powerful catalysts of change and meaningful contributors to our community," said Mr Heng, referring to the 25 large enterprises and 20 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) recognised for their outstanding giving efforts in the past year.

This year's award recipients included large enterprises such as United Overseas Bank,Singapore Press Holdings and OCBC Bank, and SMEs including Spic & Span, Direct Funeral Service and Dynasty Travel.

Microsoft, for example, holds the annual We Tech Care event, where the public can take part in hands-on activities or talks on digital transformation, innovation and digital literacy for those with disabilities.

Eco-friendly packaging company Greenpac, one of the SMEs recognised, has sponsored hydroponics systems in schools to teach students about sustainability. Its volunteers also teach students how to take care of the plants.

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