We strive to invest in the communities that we operate in by empowering people through support for educational and healthcare initiatives, as well as enriching their everyday living environment with the arts and functional design, and 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 through providing assistance to the disadvantaged
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 contributed S$3 million to date to the endowment funds of all six universities in Singapore, and currently offers financial support to over 90 university students annually.
To date, Mapletree has contributed S$3 million to the university endowment programmes of Singapore’s six universities – 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 SIM University (UniSIM).
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 across all five local polytechnics, starting from Academic Year (AY)15/16.
These book prizes cover areas of specialisation aligned to our business, such as real estate, facilities management, business management, and accounting and finance. The MAAP has also committed to sponsoring graduation prizes for the diploma programmes of SIM Global Education (SIM GE), which will fund 30 prizes annually for a period of five years, from AY16/17.
Caring for our youths
In 2012, to celebrate the grand opening of one of our flagship developments, Mapletree Business City, we made a commitment to provide support to at-risk youths, specifically to Boys’ Town and Assumption Pathway School (APS).
Since 2012, Mapletree has contributed S$430,000 to support the education, sports and arts programmes of Boys’ Town, which seeks to uplift boys from difficult financial and social circumstances by providing various intervention and residential assistance.
APS, on the other hand, provides education and opportunities for students to gain vocational skills, enabling them to progress to technical colleges after graduation.
The majority of APS students enrol at the specialised school after failing to graduate from primary school or are dropouts from secondary school.
Mapletree supported the APS iStay Residential by contributing S$210,000 to fund the cost of engaging the programme caregivers from 2012 to 2013. The programme was designed to emphasise character development and focused on creating a positive environment by giving students a routine and structured life through communal living.
In 2016, Mapletree donated S$25,000 to YouthReach, an affiliate of Boys’ Town, to help fund its development programmes for troubled youths such as art therapy and cooking sessions. This is an extension of our support to youths-at-risk.
The year also saw the Group pilot the Mapletree Youth Resilience Programme (MYRP), 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 MYRP pilot, five youths from Boys’ Town and YouthReach have been identified to receive a one-year sponsorship of schooling-related costs, with support to be extended for another year if they show academic commitment.
Over the longer term, we aim to expand the scope and scale of MYRP to other youth-related charities and to further establish Mapletree as a strong supporter of troubled youths in Singapore.
Engaging communities in our overseas markets
As Mapletree’s largest overseas market to date, Mapletree has carried out various community investing initiatives in Greater China over the years, with a focus 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 we committed to 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. Both organisations run a range of community support programmes. Mapletree has assisted over 3,200 residents in both districts since 2012.
In January 2016, Mapletree, together with another corporate sponsor, contributed over 45,000 books to the Nanhai Charity Society’s Caring Schoolbag programme in China. Packed into schoolbags that each contained at least 10 children’s books, they went to the children of migrant families in Nanhai (Foshan, Guangdong), where Mapletree is currently developing two large-scale projects.
For its contributions, Mapletree has received several awards including the ‘Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award’ from the Minhang district government and was named ‘Charity Star’ by the Minhang Division of Shanghai Charity Foundation in 2014. Earlier in 2013, Mapletree was accorded the Silver Award at the Rose Charity Cup for its community efforts in Nanhai.
Disaster relief efforts
In 2014, Mapletree donated RMB250,000 to post-disaster reconstruction in China. The funds went towards social development projects and to Ludian county, the epicentre of the earthquake that struck Yunnan province in August 2014.
In the wake of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, Mapletree pledged S$1 million to disaster relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts. Our employees also stepped forward to make personal donations to add to the Group’s contribution.
At the groundbreaking of SC VivoCity in Ho Chi Minh City, Mapletree donated VND1 billion to the Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients (SAPP), a non-governmental organisation that provides healthcare and surgical treatment to low-income patients living in Ho Chi Minh City. With the contribution, access to free healthcare was made available to 10,000 poor residents of the city for a year.