Corporate Social Responsibility

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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 and Heartstrings Walk 2017..

Amongst the various other social organisations in Singapore that OUE continued to support 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.

OUE, through the Stephen Riady Foundation, also supported NTUC Education and Training Fund (NETF) and National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP).

 

 

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.

 

Stars of Christmas, an annual community programme championed by OUE Limited together with Mandarin Orchard Singapore and Marina Mandarin Singapore, marked its eighth year of bringing Christmas cheer to beneficiaries of non-profit organisations, providing programmes and services to underprivileged children and those with special needs and illnesses.

Leading the cast of supporting partners for Stars of Christmas 2017 were Komoco Motorcycles Pte Ltd (Harley-Davidson of Singapore—Sole Authorised Dealer), Tridente Automobili Pte Ltd (Official Maserati Importer for Singapore), and Community Chest, the fund-raising and engagement arm of the National Council of Social Service.

Stars of Christmas 2017 was held in support of Children’s Cancer Foundation, Club Rainbow, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and various other children’s welfare organisations under Community Chest.

The three-part programme 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 indicating beneficiaries’ information, so members of the public could pick the stars and purchase Christmas presents accordingly.

On 15 December, beneficiaries of Stars of Christmas 2017, 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 joined by employees of OUE and its affiliate companies for an afternoon of Christmas treats and entertainment at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, featuring a visit from Santa who helped give out Christmas presents.

Stars of Christmas 2017 ended with a highly anticipated Toy Run activity on the morning of 16 December, with volunteer riders on a fleet of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and in Maserati cars making for a festive spectacle along the Orchard Road frontage of Mandarin Gallery. Children and caregivers from Thye Hwa Kwan Family Service Centre, together with employees of OUE Limited and Mandarin Orchard Singapore, cheered on the riders as their convoy set off to deliver Christmas presents to various beneficiaries.

More than 1,500 beneficiaries received presents under Stars of Christmas 2017.