Our environmental responsibility: Now is the time to take action
By Thomas Thomas , Executive Director, Singapore Compact for CSR
Over the past few days, we have seen picture after picture of desolation in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda: families torn apart, cities in ruins, people in great need of food and water.
Super typhoons and other extreme weather phenomenon are sadly becoming more common in the past decade. While debates are still ongoing as to whether there is a causal connection between extreme weather conditions – typhoon, heat waves, snowstorms – and the rise in greenhouse gas emissions, one thing is certain: climate change is happening and such destructive forces of nature, as seen in the Philippines last week, would not be the last. It is crucial for us to re-think the way in which the world is producing and consuming today. As businesses and as citizens of the world, we need to make different choices now.
Echoing the call made by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, I would also like to appeal to you, friends and supporters of CSR, to donate generously towards relief efforts in the Philippines. You can make a donation to the Singapore Red Cross. If your organisation is a UN Global Compact signatory, you can contribute to the UN Central Emergencies Response Fund or register with the UN-Business Partnerships Hub website to offer goods or services.
Please give generously.
[Image taken from www.rappler.com]
Singapore Compact recognises the best in CSR practices
Winners of the Singapore Compact CSR Award 2013 were lauded at the opening ceremony of the 5th International Singapore Compact CSR Summit on 4 September 2013.
Set up four years ago, the annual Awards has been a way for Singapore Compact to recognise companies that have done well in a given aspect of CSR and encourage a greater and more holistic CSR adoption in Singapore. Through the Awards, past winners have been held as examples for other companies to follow and emulate.