SPH among 74 organisations hailed for going extra mile to help society

It is the third year in a row that Singapore Press Holdings has been conferred the Champions of Good award.
It is the third year in a row that Singapore Press Holdings has been conferred the Champions of Good award.PHOTO: ST FILE

Media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) is among more than 70 organisations that have been lauded for making social contributions that go beyond corporate social responsibility initiatives. It is the third year in a row that SPH has been conferred the Champions of Good award.

The National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) gave the honour to 74 organisations yesterday.

In a video on his Facebook page, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said: "All companies hope for good times, but true champions make time for good. If there is a silver lining from this crisis, it is how the pandemic has strengthened our sense of common purpose as a nation and brought out the best from each one of us.

"Many companies have stepped forward during this crisis to support vulnerable members of our society and rallied their staff and stakeholders to support these causes."

SPH chief executive Ng Yat Chung said: "As a socially responsible company, we believe in giving back to the community. We are honoured that SPH has been recognised as a Champion of Good.

"It is a strong affirmation of the impact of our corporate giving and how volunteerism is embedded in our company's culture.

"I am proud of the work of our staff volunteers, who have rallied to good causes and care for the vulnerable in our community."

Champions of Good was launched in 2017 as a national recognition framework under the Company of Good, an arm of NVPC.

It recognises organisations that are exemplary in doing good and have multiplied the positive impact by engaging their partners and stakeholders in collaborations.

As of this year, there are 97 recipients of the Champions of Good award, including yesterday's batch.

Some of the 2020 award winners include Barclays, Maybank Singapore, TSMP Law and Pan Pacific Hotels Group.

NVPC chairman Mildred Tan said: "By looking beyond conventional business goals, these Champions of Good have displayed resilience and adaptability in their fight to overcome the economic downturn and are setting the precedent in robust corporate citizenship for other stakeholders and industry peers to follow."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 20, 2020, with the headline 'SPH among 74 organisations hailed for going extra mile to help society'. Print Edition | Subscribe