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. 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 (in AY16/17 and AY17/18) and NTU (in AY16/17) who have achieved satisfactory academic results.

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.

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.

In FY17/18, we expanded the support under 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 and a three-year sponsorship for Singapore Polytechnic’s Top Year 1 and Top Year 2 prizes for the Diploma in Hotel & Leisure Facilities Management, to continue to recognise academic excellence in fields relevant to Mapletree’s business.

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 November 2017, Mapletree organised a Youth Futsal Camp for youths from YouthReach and Beyond Social Services, 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.

 This was followed by the Mapletree Futsal Challenge held on 16 March 2018 where 12 teams from Mapletree, MBC tenants, and youth beneficiaries participated. Donations from participating tenants were matched by Mapletree and S$6,000 was raised for youth and education related programmes.

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 for the youths and Mapletree also expanded the MYRP support from 5 to 11 youths, across three local voluntary welfare organisations in FY17/18.

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.

For its contributions and continued support, Mapletree has received several awards including the the “Outstanding Organisation of Foshan Charity 2017” in the “Foshan Charity Award of 2017” in March 2018, awarded by Foshan Charity and the “Outstanding Organisation for Guicheng Poverty Alleviation 2017” award presented by Guicheng Charity Fair. 

 

   

  

 

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 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.