OUE became the first commercial property developer to adopt the cutting-edge Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) method to build the extension to the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel. The PPVC method significantly reduces the time and the manpower needed for construction. Hotel room modules are fully fabricated off-site, complete with finishes, fixtures and fittings, and then delivered to be assembled on-site. The use of PPVC underlines OUE’s commitment to the Singapore government’s call for companies to raise productive and labour-efficient construction processes in the building environment sector.
At OUE, we believe that by giving back we not only ensure the sustainable growth of our organisation, but more importantly, that of the communities we are part of.
Corporate Social Responsibility
At OUE, corporate social responsibility is rooted in our corporate culture and forms an integral part of our business strategy. We give through community-based initiatives that focus on the environment, education, the arts, sports and other areas.
In support of children from less privileged backgrounds, OUE contributed to the Equestrian Federation of Singapore for the establishment of a special Equine Assisted Learning Programme for At-Risk Youth. The programme provides an enabling environment for at-risk youth to interact with horses and pick up life skills and employment in the process.
The Eagles Leadership Conference 2015, a renowned leadership capacity-building event by the Eagles Leadership Institute, was presented by OUE. The annual conference is aimed at encouraging leaders across various sectors to pick up and learn best-in-class leadership tools for their workplace.
OUE also contributed to Community Chest – the national fund-raising and engagement arm of the National Council of Social Service, in support of the latter’s efforts to mobilise all segments in Singapore to launch a series of grassroots activities in celebration of SG50.
Amongst the various other social organisations in Singapore that OUE continued to support in 2015 are Dover Park Hospice, LEAP SchoolHouse, Salvation Army and St Luke’s Hospital.
In line with OUE’s commitment to promoting knowledge and learning in the community, the company supported various projects that provide youths and adults from all backgrounds a chance at getting a good education. OUE contributed to the SJI International Scholarship Fund and as a Founding Benefactor of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The company also contributed to research initiatives being undertaken by the Centre for Family and Population Research, as well as the Future Ready Singapore project and the Asia Competitiveness Institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.
The LKY Musical, produced by Metropolitan Productions, formed the backdrop to OUE’s support of SG50. The musical paid tribute to the life and legacy of Singapore’s founding father, and sought to build awareness of and appreciation for Singapore’s beginning amongst the youth of today.
2015 was also a big year for the architectural scene in Singapore as OUE and local architecture consultancy, The Artling, partnered to launch the inaugural OUE Artling Archipavilion Design Competition that provided a national platform for local architects and interior designers to demonstrate their talent in front of an international team of experts. The first such design competition in Singapore, it encouraged local architects to push their limits and come up with ingenious and creative yet functional designs that fulfilled the brief of serving as a temporary art space in the heart of the CBD.
In the performing arts scene, OUE continued its strong support of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s three-pronged mission of artistic excellence, community engagement and capacity building.
Into its second year, the OUE Singapore Open played host to the world’s top badminton players for a week from 7 to 12 April 2015 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The OUE Singapore Open is a marquee badminton tournament in Singapore that continues to raise the profile of the sport in Singapore through support for the national badminton team and the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) youth programmes. OUE, together with SBA, held badminton clinics for beneficiaries of Community Chest including participants from the Youth Guidance Outreach Services.
For the sixth year running, OUE continued its tradition of holding the annual Stars of Christmas community project. Teaming up with Meritus Hotels & Resorts, Mandarin Orchard Singapore and Marina Mandarin Singapore, OUE also collaborated with Chrysler Jeep Automotive of Singapore Pte Ltd, Komoco Motorcycles Pte Ltd (Harley-Davidson of Singapore – Sole Authorised Dealer) and Community Chest for Stars of Christmas 2015.
The three-part programme is aimed at engaging the community to share in the joy of giving every Christmas by contributing presents to children with special needs and illnesses. Stars of Christmas 2015 commenced with the ceremonial hanging of Christmas stars at the lobby of Mandarin Orchard Singapore, led by OUE Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director Mr. Thio Gim Hock. Giant Christmas trees at Mandarin Orchard Singapore and Marina Mandarin Singapore were adorned with stars bearing the name, age and gender of every beneficiary, for donors’ reference when buying the presents for the beneficiaries, which were then placed under the trees.
On 10 December, beneficiaries of Stars of Christmas 2015, along with their parents, siblings and caregivers, were guests of honour at a Christmas luncheon hosted by OUE Executive Chairman Dr. Stephen Riady. The children were treated to an afternoon of entertainment and a scrumptious feast, including a visit from Santa and his helpers who handed out Christmas presents.
Stars of Christmas 2015 culminated in a Toy Run activity on the morning of 19 December. The event saw a fleet of volunteer Harley-Davidson and Chrysler Jeep riders creating a festive spectacle as they set off from the Orchard Road frontage of Mandarin Gallery to deliver the donated Christmas presents to various locations. More than 800 beneficiaries received presents through Stars of Christmas 2015.