AmCham firms lauded by President Halimah

President Halimah Yacob also noted how the American Chamber of Commerce has been working with the Community Chest to promote volunteerism among its members.
President Halimah Yacob also noted how the American Chamber of Commerce has been working with the Community Chest to promote volunteerism among its members.PHOTO: ST FILE

The strong culture of giving back to society exemplified by companies in the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) can inspire the wider business community, said President Halimah Yacob yesterday.

She told the chamber's Cares awards ceremony that such firms have made "significant and enduring contributions to Singapore" since the chamber started in 1973.

"Besides bringing technology and investment dollars to Singapore, AmCham member companies have inculcated a strong culture of corporate social responsibility, and are doing their part to create long-term social value for Singapore," she added.

The awards honoured 64 companies for contributions to society.

The winners included consumer goods giant P&G, which set up a programme for employees to volunteer in areas that they are passionate about.

Around 1,500 staff members have devoted more than 10,000 hours to skills-based volunteering at social service organisations.

The chamber's membership comprises both American and Singapore companies as well as firms from countries with significant US business interests.

 
 

Members include tech giant Google Asia Pacific, online payment leader PayPal and medical devices company Medtronic.

Madam Halimah also noted how the chamber has been working with the Community Chest to promote volunteerism among its members.

Singapore's Community Chest helps steer corporate volunteers to worthy projects and align them with the SG Cares movement to promote volunteer work.

Madam Halimah stressed the importance of getting corporates on board with such efforts.

"It's a lot easier to donate money, but it's a lot harder to get people to volunteer their time," she said, adding that a company's social responsibility efforts make a difference to young employees.

"When they want to work for a company, they don't just look at how much you pay... They also want to know how socially responsible you are in the different areas."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2019, with the headline 'AmCham firms lauded by President Halimah'. Print Edition | Subscribe