Inaugural Sustainability Impact Awards to recognise exemplary leadership in sustainability
Singapore, 1 February 2023 - To recognise the sustainability efforts of individuals and businesses in Singapore, and to encourage such business practices, UOB and The Business Times (BT) have come together to launch the inaugural Sustainability Impact Awards. The launch ceremony and the unveiling of the Awards’ logo was witnessed by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment this morning at SPH Media’s News Centre.
The Awards seek to recognise and celebrate the people and businesses that have made a significant positive impact on the environment and societal well-being through their sustainability initiatives.
The Centre for Governance and Sustainability (CGS) at the National University of Singapore Business School is the Knowledge Partner for the Awards.
Ms Chen Huifen, Editor of The Business Times, said, “In recent years, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues are key concerns for many. To help our readers navigate this rapidly evolving ecosystem, BT has prioritised and continues to strengthen our ESG coverage. We are honoured to be working with UOB on the Awards which we trust will become a useful platform for sustainability champions to further develop and share their stories as they serve as beacons of success to others.”
Prior to the unveiling of the Awards’ logo, Mr Eric Lim, UOB’s Chief Sustainability Officer, spoke about the bank’s longstanding commitment to partnering its stakeholders in fulfilling a purpose centred on creating positive environmental and social impact.
Mr Lim said, “In a recent SME survey by UOB, we found that 76 percent of companies across key industries in Singapore now appreciate the importance of sustainability, up from 60 per cent in 2021. Sustainable impact is fundamentally linked to the concept of corporate and personal purpose when creating value in a meaningful way, and the Sustainability Impact Awards exemplify the essence of this belief.”
The Awards - which will open for nominations from 1 February to 31 March 2023 - will be assessed by an esteemed panel of judges chaired by Mr Lee Chuan Seng, Chairman of the National Environment Agency. He will be joined by:
- Ms Chen Huifen, Editor of BT;
- Professor Lawrence Loh, Director of CGS at NUS Business School;
- Mr Chia Ngiang Hong, Group General Manager of City Developments Limited;
- Mr Jeffrey Siow, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Enterprise Singapore;
- Mr Michael Tang, Head of Listing Policy & Product Admission, Singapore Exchange Regulation; and
- Ms Theresa Goh, Managing Founder of 360 Dynamics.
On the judging criteria for the Awards, Professor Loh said good governance would be a prerequisite for all categories. While nominees may come from any industry, applicants in the “Individual” category will be assessed on the basis of qualitative and behavioural traits, and companies under the “Enterprise” category must demonstrate their Internal Sustainability Practices and the scale of their impact.
“In our quest for sustainability, it is essential that we go beyond the outputs and outcomes. Most critically, it will be the actual impact on people’s lives and their living environments that ultimately matters. Through the Sustainability Impact Awards, we hope to identify these role models who have made a real difference in advancing the frontiers of environmental and social impact, rooted in good governance,” said Professor Loh.
Interested individuals and businesses may download the application form via the Awards website. Nomination closing deadline is 31 March 2023.
- Annex - Sustainability Impact Awards' Assessment Criteria
- Group Photo - (From left to right) Ms Chen Huifen, Editor of The Business Times; Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment; Mr Eric Lim, UOB’s Chief Sustainability Officer; and Professor Lawrence Loh, Director of CGS at NUS Business School
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For more information, please visit bt.sg.
UOB is a leading bank in Asia with a global network of around 500 offices in 19 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Since its incorporation in 1935, UOB has grown organically and through a series of strategic acquisitions. UOB is rated among the world’s top banks: Aa1 by Moody’s Investors Service and AA- by both S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings. In Asia, UOB operates through its head office in Singapore and banking subsidiaries in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as branches and representative offices across the region.
Over more than eight decades, generations of UOB employees have carried through the entrepreneurial spirit, the focus on long-term value creation and an unwavering commitment to do what is right for our customers and our colleagues.
We believe in being a responsible financial services provider and we are committed to making a difference in the lives of our stakeholders and in the communities in which we operate. Just as we are dedicated to helping our customers manage their finances wisely and to grow their businesses, UOB is steadfast in our support of social development, particularly in the areas of art, children and education.
About the Centre for Governance and Sustainability (CGS)
The Centre for Governance and Sustainability (CGS), formerly known as Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO), was established by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School in 2010. It aims to spearhead relevant and high-impact research on corporate governance (CG) and corporate sustainability (CS) issues that are pertinent to institutions, government bodies and businesses both in Singapore and Asia. This includes corporate governance and corporate sustainability, governance of family firms, government-linked companies, business groups, and institutions. CGS also organises events such as public lectures, industry roundtables, and academic conferences on topics related to governance and sustainability.
CGS is the national assessor for the corporate sustainability and corporate governance performance of listed companies in Singapore. More information about CGS can be accessed at https://bschool.nus.edu.sg/cgs/
NUS Business School is known for providing management thought leadership from an Asian perspective, enabling its students and corporate partners to leverage global knowledge and Asian insights. For more information, please visit bschool.nus.edu.sg, or go to the BIZBeat portal which showcases the School’s research.
The School is one of the 16 faculties and schools at NUS. A leading global university centered in Asia, NUS is Singapore’s flagship university which offers a global approach to education, research and entrepreneurship, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. Over 40,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives.