SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Bukit Sembawang Estates Limited and its subsidiaries (Group) is committed to achieving sustainability benefits for the environment, our people and the community and in the process, safeguard the well-being and interests of its diverse stakeholders.  This Report describes the sustainability efforts of the Group during the financial year ended 31 March 2016 in the areas of environmental, social and governance aspects of business and strategy.

Green Office Practices

The Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) promotes Green initiatives and encourages staff to be conscientious about the saving of electricity and recycling to preserve the planet for a better tomorrow.  Activities/efforts such as recycling, reducing paper usage, using energy saving light bulbs and refillable ink pens, spring cleaning conducted periodically to reduce waste and switching off electricity at all power points after office hours have become regular/daily habits in the office.  Green mailer is emailed to all staff on regular basis to reiterate the importance of reducing consumption of natural resources to benefit future generations.

During the year, spring cleaning exercises were conducted quarterly.  The Group also supported Earth Hour on 19 March 2016.  The ESC in emphasizing the importance of our Environmental Sustainability Policy has collated green tips into an e-manual in November 2015 as an educational reading for all staff so as to encourage them to commit towards environmental sustainability.

The Group was granted the Eco Office label by the Singapore Environment Council in May 2015, which is valid for 2 years.  This is in recognition of the Group’s green office practices.

Sustainable Development

The Group is committed in its efforts to include environmentally sustainable features in its property developments.  The Group has obtained many Green Mark awards by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) since 2008 for its development projects for constructing environment-friendly buildings and promoting sustainability in the built environment from project conceptualisation and design, as well as during construction stage.

The Group was awarded the Green Mark Gold Plus and Platinum certification by BCA for Luxus Hills Phase 8 and 9 in 2015.

Environmental Protection

The Group is committed to contribute to green and environmentally friendly living surroundings.  As in the previous financial year, the ESC organised a tree planting day during the year, which was held on 25 November 2015, and in which almost all the staff participated.  More than 25 trees were planted on the Luxus Hills open space area along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5.  This marked the significance of the Group’s policy to pursue Green initiatives.

Human Capital – Learning & Development

The Group provides opportunities for staff to improve their levels of skills and knowledge to increase workplace productivity and to help them in their personal development.  Our employees are encouraged to attend seminars, workshops and skills programmes to enhance their expertise and perform to their full potential.  When new employees first join the company, they are provided with on-the-job training and are orientated on the Group’s businesses, policies, corporate culture and core values.

Workplace Safety and Health

The Group promotes a strong safety culture in the workplace to achieve a safe working environment.  The Group has an established Workplace Safety and Health policy manual for staff to adhere to recommended safety standards and practices.  The Group strives to fully integrate health and safety into all aspects of its activities through a continuous improvement of process.  Matters relating to health and safety at the workplace are regularly assessed and deliberated during management meetings.  Safety planning and management is diligently practiced through the various stages of our projects from design inception, development, construction and property management.  During the year, a major briefing and update on workplace safety and health was conducted.

Risk assessments are carried out to identify hazards.  The Group has established a Risk Assessment team for this purpose.  The risks involved are analysed and adequate controls are put in place to minimise or eliminate these exposures.

Community and Society

Donations to Charitable Organisations:  Donations are made to various charitable organisations annually with the recommendation by the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee.

Community Involvement:  Led by the CSR Committee, the Group reaches out to the community by making meaningful contributions.

During the year, the CSR Committee organised four outreach programs to the community:

  • 17 June 2015: Fathers’ Day celebration with patients at Bright Vision Hospital
  • 21 August 2015: Trip to Gardens by the Bay-Flower Dome for residents of Hong Kah North Day Care Centre
  • 18 December 2015: Christmas celebration with the elderly from THK Bedok Radiance Senior Activity Centre
  • 1 February 2016: Chinese New Year celebration with the residents from Bright Hill Evergreen Home

In the above activities, the staff and management of the Group interacted and shared time with the residents, and distributed gifts and presents to them.  The activities were well received by all participants.