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Key Community Investment Programmes


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their accompanying targets were ratified by 193 states at the UN Summit in September 2015. The scale and ambition of the SDGs mean they cannot be achieved by governments alone, and require the collective effort of businesses, organisations and all levels of society.

Our community investment efforts focus on supporting the following five sustainable development goals:

Some examples of our key programmes include:

 The Sembcorp Water Initiative
In many of the emerging markets where we have operations, communities surrounding our sites lack access to clean water. The Sembcorp Water Initiative was established in 2013 to address this need. This is aligned with SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), one of the two priority SDGs that Sembcorp has adopted.

Under the initiative, we work with local authorities to implement solutions or develop facilities to improve access to water for communities in the immediate vicinity of our operations. To date, the Sembcorp Water Initiative has been launched for communities in Andhra Pradesh in India, where we have two thermal power projects, and in Myingyan in Myanmar, where we have an Independent Power Plant. So far, these initiatives have benefitted more than 39,000 people and brought these communities closer to meeting targets under SDG 6 to achieve access to safe drinking water.

 The Sembcorp Garden City Fund
The Sembcorp Garden City Fund was established in 2010 to support the conservation of Singapore's natural heritage, in line with SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), one of the supporting SDGs that Sembcorp has adopted. Specifically, we address SDG 11 by strengthening local efforts to protect and safeguard Singapore’s natural heritage. Through the fund, we sponsored the establishment of the Sembcorp Forest of Giants, a living gallery of rare giant tree species under threat.

The fund has also supported public green education programmes such as the Festival of Biodiversity. In celebration of Singapore's golden jubilee in 2015, Sembcorp pledged S$10 million through the fund to expand and enhance the Cool House in the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a temperature-controlled glasshouse where visitors can view rare and beautiful orchids from Asia, the Americas and Africa. The enhancements are targeted to be completed in 2020.

 The Sembcorp Youth Education Initiative
Sembcorp’s youth education initiative addresses SDG 4 (Quality Education) by providing opportunities for learners to acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. The Sembcorp-EMA Energy Challenge and the Singapore Junior Water Prize were established in 2014 and 2017 respectively, to give our youth exposure to the water and energy challenges faced by countries and governments, and inspire these bright young minds to consider a career in the energy and water industries.

The Singapore Junior Water Prize is an annual national competition co-organised with Lien Foundation and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and supported by Singapore's national water agency, the Public Utilities Board. It is open to students from secondary schools, integrated programme schools, junior colleges, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnics, while the Sembcorp-EMA Energy Challenge is co-organised by Sembcorp and the Energy Market Authority (EMA) for students from ITE, polytechnics and universities. Winners have the opportunity to compete with international participants at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Sembcorp Gives Back
Sembcorp's operations all over the world actively contribute to a range of causes, whether in cash, in -kind or through our employees' time and expertise. Sembcorp encourages employee volunteerism by organising regular volunteering events, and by giving volunteers time off from work to help out with local worthy causes. In October 2019, we launched Sembcorp Gives Back Week.

Over 1,000 staff volunteers across nine countries came together to give back to local communities, with a host of employee-led activities centred on the theme of “Zero Waste”. Together, the Sembcorp family clocked approximately 5,000 volunteer hours.

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