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About the Competition

Launched in 2011, the CDL-GCNS Young CSR Leaders Award is a case-competition that promotes thought leadership amongst our future business leaders to embrace Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles into a company’s business strategy and practices. Targeted at youths aged between 18 and 25, the Award hopes to cultivate a new generation of young leaders to champion a sustainable future for Singapore and beyond.

This competition is a cross-sector partnership between City Developments Limited (CDL) and the Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS) which aims to:
• Educate our future leaders to appreciate the corporate, social and environmental challenges and to promote the fundamental importance of weaving sustainability principles into the fabric of any organisation.
• Provide youths with a platform to execute sustainability principles within a real-life business scenario.
• Encourage and engage organisations to practise sustainability and possibly adopt viable sustainablity strategies proposed by the student teams.

CSR-1117-1               Winning teams of CDL-Compact Singapore Young CSR Leaders Award 2016. The event was graced by Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam,
               Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies.

Practical Attachment with Large Organisations
Advancing the Award to the next level, the competition in 2015 introduced large organisations as business cases for the first time. The rare opportunity to work on the sustainability strategy of these large organisations attracted a record high participation of 101 teams from various education institutions in Singapore. Back for the seventh year, the 2017 CDL-GCNS Young CSR Leaders Award will feature new business cases from multinational and large organisations.

The companies who we worked with in 2016 includes: DNV GL, DSM Singapore, Hilton Worldwide, Interface Asia, Marina Bay Sands, National Environment Agency, NatSteel Holdings, NTUC Income, Ricoh Asia Pacific and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

These organisations will identify specific sustainability aspects that they are concerned with, and each participating team will propose a feasible sustainability strategy for the organisation of their choice. The 10 finalist teams can also look forward to a practical attachment with one of these organisations to learn first-hard about the challenges of implementing sustainability across complex operations for business excellence and sustainability. The top three teams and seven finalist teams will receive attractive cash prizes as follows:

First Prize

$ 5,000 cash

Second Prize

$ 3,000 cash

Third Prize

$ 2,000 cash

Finalist (7 teams)

$500 cash

Participating teams who submit their preliminary proposals will each receive a Certificate of Participation in recognition of their efforts. Prizes and certificates will be given out at an award ceremony during the 2017 International CSR Summit organised by the Global Compact Network Singapore on 29 August 2017 (TBC).

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Competition Schedule

Launch Date of Competition

9 December 2016

Closing Date of Competition

17 February 2017

Competition Briefing

1 March 2017

CSR Workshop at the Youth Forum

22 April 2017

Submission of Case Study Proposals

5 May 2017

Notification of Results to Teams

19 May­ 2017

Work Attachment for Students

1 – 30 June 2017

Submission of Final Proposals

14 July 2017

Final Judging

27 / 28 July 2017

Award Presentation (will be held at the 2017 Conference)

29 August 2017 (TBC)


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For judging criteria, please click here.