Keppel is committed to uplift communities wherever it operates. With volunteerism as a key thrust of the group’s community engagement programmes, August has been designated Keppel Community Month. During this month, Keppelites rally behind good causes that make a positive impact on people in need and the environment.
Seeking to inspire the next generation of eco-warriors, Keppel Land volunteers led students from Changkat Changi Secondary School on a tour of Marina at Keppel Bay’s coral reef, where they learned more about marine conservation. This was part of the school’s Young Enriched Scientist Program where students get a glimpse of what field work involves by trawling for plankton and using a microscope to identify organisms from the collected water samples.
Separately, Keppel Land and Keppel REIT, in association with United International Pictures, Singapore (UIP Singapore), hosted business partners and schools at the movie premiere of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to power’ on 15 August 2017, which was screened to help raise awareness on the threat of climate change.
The event was graced by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.
Mr Ang Wee Gee, CEO of Keppel Land, said, “As a responsible green developer, we are committed to sustainable development. Our support of this movie premiere is in line with our proactive and holistic approach to sustainability and is also aligned with our commitment to fight climate change. Through initiatives such as this, we seek to raise awareness of environmental issues. Together, we can shape a cleaner, greener future for generations to come.”
Ms Flora Goh, MD of UIP Singapore, said, “As we applaud corporations like Keppel who are already leading the way by engaging in sustainable practices as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts, we hope that the film will cause a ripple effect to inspire the wider public to do their part as a community, to stop climate change and pursue sustainable living for the sake of future generations.”
The documentary, a riveting sequel to the award-winning “An Inconvenient Truth” released in 2006, is a follow-up of former United States Vice President Al Gore’s efforts around the world to rally climate champions and influence international climate policy.
REDUCING CARBON FOOTPRINT
Volunteers from Keppel Land, including its senior management, participated in a tree planting activity organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore on 24 August 2017 as a lead-up event to the Singapore Green Building Week 2017.
A total of 50 trees were planted in the Kranji Marshes to help the International Green Building Conference 2017 achieve carbon neutrality in 30 years.
RUNNING FOR A CAUSE
On the morning of 27 August 2017, 60 Keppelites from Keppel Land Vietnam, together with their families, participated in a charity run held near the site where Keppel Land is developing Empire City, a waterfront mixed-use development in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area.
Sponsored by Keppel Land Vietnam, the run was organised by the Big Friend Foundation (BFF) as part of its ongoing campaign to raise funds for 100 underprivileged college students.
Finishing in first place was Ngo Truong Duy of Project Department. He shared, “My family and I enjoyed the run very much! It is heartening to know that all proceeds will go towards supporting the education of underprivileged students and I look forward to participating in more of such meaningful activities.”
Mr Pham Chan Quang, Founder and Co-Director of BFF, added, “We are appreciative of Keppel Land’s support and are happy to see so many like-minded Keppel volunteers participating in this run.”
In Myanmar, Keppel Land volunteers spent a day at the Mandalay Children’s Hospital where they helped with cleaning the wards and interacted with the children over a nutritious lunch.