As a global citizen, Keppel believes in giving back to communities wherever it operates, through its multi-faceted approach towards corporate social responsibility. At the same time, it seeks to cultivate a green mindset among its employees to spur them towards adopting a sustainable lifestyle.
Keppel has committed $2.08 million to the Garden City Fund to support the restoration of a freshwater forest wetland ecosystem historically found in the vicinity of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which is Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. In recognition of Keppel’s contribution, the restored freshwater forest wetland will be named the Keppel Discovery Wetlands.
Located in an upcoming Learning Forest extension of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the restored 1.8-ha forest will be designed with ecological considerations in mind, and include a carefully curated plant collection of over 200 species.
It will enhance the biodiversity found in the area and provide opportunities for the public to access and experience a freshwater forest wetland habitat right in the heart of the city.
On 27 August 2016, NParks and Keppel unveiled plans for the Keppel Discovery Wetlands. In marking the occasion, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance, Mr Lawrence Wong; Chairman of Keppel Corporation, Dr Lee Boon Yang; and CEO of Keppel Corporation and Chairman of Keppel Land, Mr Loh Chin Hua planted a Keppel Tree at the Wetlands.
Senior management from the Keppel Group, including Mr Tan Swee Yiow, President, Singapore, at Keppel Land, gamely rolled up their sleeves to plant Keppel Trees at the Wetlands. They were joined by over 50 Keppel Volunteers, who planted trees of various species, as a symbol of the Group’s commitment towards environmental conservation.
In his address to audience present, Dr Lee Boon Yang shared that the initiative to restore and conserve a unique freshwater wetland habitat resonates with Keppel’s commitment to sustainability.
He said, “We believe that Singapore’s natural heritage is a precious resource and all Singaporeans share a responsibility to care for the environment. The Wetlands will be of aesthetic and educational value, and beyond that, will inspire more Singaporeans to discover, understand and embrace our biodiversity.
“Keppel strongly encourages our employees to get involved in community service. As such, Keppel Volunteers will serve as Green Ambassadors for the Keppel Discovery Wetlands, engaging schools and community groups so that students and other visitors can discover and learn more about this freshwater swamp ecosystem and its flora and fauna”.