Community Investment

Over the years, we have gone beyond shaping cityscapes to contributing towards community building. This has generated very strong social capital and goodwill for CDL in the communities we operate in. By actively initiating and supporting sustained outreach programmes in four focus areas – environmental conservation, youth development, the arts, and caring for the less fortunate – CDL aims to deliver a lasting and positive impact in the communities we operate in.

Influencing our Value Chain

Key Initiatives Impact
12th CDL 5-Star EHS Awards

CDL reiterated its commitment towards Construction Industry Workplace Safety and Health Action Plans through the signing of the “Pledge Towards Vision Zero Through Safe Design – Safe Practices – Safe Culture” with 24 of its key builders and consultants. Witnessed by Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State for the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Manpower, it marked the first time that a developer in Singapore has galvanised collective action along its supply chain to support the Plans.

To further promote excellence in EHS practices, various recognition awards were also given out to exemplary builders and workers.

Workplace Well-being Partnership with HPB

To promote a healthier work environment amongst its office tenants, CDL partnered the HPB to offer a series of weekly health-related activities and programmes.

The initiative consisted of regular fitness activities and workouts, health education sessions on how to live a healthier life, and healthy cooking sessions that give participants tips on cooking healthier meals. As of end February 2017, 1,456 office workers have benefited from this.

“Let’s Live Green!” Homebuyer Outreach

CDL actively encourages its homebuyers to adopt low carbon and eco-friendly lifestyles. In 2016, 1,640 specially-customised “Let’s Live Green!” guides, containing information and instructions such as the energy-saving features in their new homes, were distributed during the handover of apartment units.

Promoting a Low-Carbon and Zero-Waste Society

Key initiatives Impact
EcoBank – a CDL & Eco-Business Initiative

For the second year running, the EcoBank campaign aims to promote a zero-waste nation by raising awareness on responsible consumption and disposal. With the support of tenants, customers and partners, about 10,800kg of pre-loved items were collected from seven CDL-managed buildings.

Through a three-day charity bazaar and an online and on-site auction, the initiative raised more than $35,000 for disadvantaged children under the care of the Children’s Charities Association (CCA). Over 230 CDL employees, students and volunteers from CCA and the National Environment Agency put in close to 1,800 volunteer hours to help achieve this.

Clean & Green Singapore

In support of Singapore’s clean and green vision, CDL has continued to support the annual carnival jointly organised by 10 government agencies. Through a CDL-branded Eco-Home exhibit, more than 20,000 visitors picked up everyday tips on green living.

Reduce @ North West – “North West Power Up Scheme”

CDL has partnered the North West Community Development Council since 2015 in a scheme to help needy families defray their electricity bills while raising awareness amongst the community. The awareness programme has since reached out to 131,000 households. CDL will be contributing up to $100,000 over three years, helping 210 low-income households that have signed up for a six-month energy audit in 2015 and 2016 to defray utilities costs.

Advocating Best Practices in Sustainability

Key initiatives Impact
Promoting Sustainability Thought Leadership

As an early adopter of sustainability and pioneer of Singapore’s green building movement, CDL’s Senior Management are often invited to share its value-driven sustainability strategy at high-level conferences and student lectures.

In 2016, CDL’s CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer were invited to speak at 43 key events, notable ones include:

  • Business & Climate Summit 2016
  • Green Growth & Business Forum 2016
  • International Green Building Conference 2016
  • IR Magazine Awards & Conference South East Asia 2016
  • Principles of Responsible Investment in Person Conference 2016
  • Responsible Business Forum 2016
  • SGX Briefing for CEOs on Sustainability Reporting
  • SGX Briefing on Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

Nurturing Sustainability Champions of Tomorrow

Key initiatives Impact
CDL-Compact Singapore Young CSR Leaders Award 2016

Into its sixth year, this annual competition seeks to nurture youths to become future sustainability champions. This has become highly relevant as the global call for climate actions and sustainable development agenda is at an all-time high. The programme benefitted close to 470 students, with a record sign-up from 101 student teams in 2016.

CDL E-Generation Challenge 2016

Themed “Make The SMART Move”, the annual eco-race aims to raise awareness amongst the youths of the need for “smart-eco” choices for a more sustainable future. The Challenge attracted 360 youth participants in 2016.

Since its launch in 2010, the Challenge has reached out to some 2,560 youth participants, with an expanded outreach via social media networks.

My Tree House – World’s 1st Green Library for Kids

Built using eco-friendly and recycled materials, My Tree House boasts an eco-centric book collection, interactive green features and programmes which enable children to learn and discover about our natural environment, especially during their formative years.

In 2016, My Tree House received a visitorship of over 312,500.
Some 5,830 children attended 145 educational activities organised
by National Library Board.

Youth-led Programmes – Local and Overseas

Through the CDL-Singapore Management University (SMU) Young CSR Leaders Fund and direct sponsorships, CDL has supported a total of 16 youth-led projects and Community Involvement Programmes which contributed to social-environmental causes in the local and neighbouring communities. Over 510 youth leaders and volunteers directly benefitted from CDL’s support.

These youth-led events, in partnership with leading educational institutions, have reached out to about 120,000 youths in 2016:

  • SMU Challenge 2016
  • National University of Singapore (NUS) Geography Challenge 2016
  • NUS Goes Lite 2016 organised by NUS SAVE (Students Against Violation of the Earth)
  • Keep Them e-Live 2016 organised by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Earthlink
  • NTU Asian Business Case Challenge – Sustainable Enterprise Challenge 2016

Developing Singapore’s Arts Scene

Key initiatives Impact
6th CDL Singapore Young Photographer Award 2016

Inaugurated by CDL’s late Deputy Chairman Mr Kwek Leng Joo and in line with CDL’s long-standing commitment to develop the arts and youths in Singapore, this competition aims to discover local photography talents. In 2016, the competition saw a four-fold increase in participation rate with close to 1,600 entries received since it started 10 years ago.

6th CDL Sculpture Award 2017

Themed “Towards Zero Waste!”, the 6th edition of this biennial award draws inspiration from circular economy and Singapore’s vision of becoming a zero waste nation by 2030. The competition invites participants to design sculptures with residual materials from the construction of the Singapore Sustainability Academy. The winning sculpture will be displayed at the Academy, Singapore’s upcoming hub for sustainability capacity building, advocacy and networking.

Caring for Our Community

Key initiatives Impact
Assisi Hospice Charity Fun Day 2016

Into its 13th year of support, CDL and its subsidiaries, including four hotels in Singapore, continued to contribute towards Assisi Hospice’s mission of providing compassionate and quality palliative care to the terminally ill adults and children. Close to $64,000 was raised for the charity event. Close to 250 CDL employees volunteered, while its subsidiary CBM Pte Ltd provided in-kind support in logistics, cleaning, waste management and security.

“Amazing Race” Fund-raising Challenge for Arc Children’s Centre

CDL collaborated with Zenith Optimedia and various media owners to create an “Amazing Race” excursion in our “Bring Your Kids to Work” programme that raised $22,000 for the Arc Children’s Centre.

The Arc Children’s Centre helps children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. As a commitment for the donation, the children participating in the programme would have to finish the “Amazing Race”, instilling determination and charity in our children, while also contributing to a good cause.

“Bringing Cheer @Bendemeer” – A collaboration with Housing Development Board (HDB)

As part of our community outreach, CDL partnered with HDB to refurbish the homes of 27 elderly staying in 1-room rental flats. The contributions included providing fresh coats of paints and general cleaning of flats, installation of curtains and sponsorship of household items such as electric fans, bed frames and mattresses, rice cookers and other household products.