Because It Matters

CapitaLand recognises stakeholders at the inaugural Because iCare Awards for Environment, Health and Safety

Issue: Nov 2012

The inaugural BiC Awards for EHS was held in September to recognise its stakeholders for their contributions to Environment, Health and Safety in CapitaLand
The inaugural BiC Awards for EHS was held in September to recognise its stakeholders for their contributions to Environment, Health and Safety in CapitaLand

The buzz of excitement grew with every passing minute as Capital Tower’s STI Auditorium began filling up fast with people from a myriad of companies. The binding factor that brought them together was a common desire to uphold environmental and occupational safety.

It was CapitaLand’s inaugural Because iCare Awards for Environment, Health and Safety (BiC Awards - EHS). Held in September to recognise its stakeholders – contractors, tenants, service providers and staff – for their contributions to Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) in CapitaLand, over 20 company representatives and individuals took the stage that morning to receive their awards. The Awards were part of CapitaLand’s Because iCare campaign launched in February, which reinforces CapitaLand’s ‘Building People’ credo and strengthens its commitment towards the people it builds and the people it builds for.

A strong show of close to 150 attendees turned up for CapitaLand’s inaugural Because iCare Awards for Environment, Health and Safety
A strong show of close to 150 attendees turned up for CapitaLand’s inaugural Because iCare Awards for Environment, Health and Safety

As stakeholders’ commitment to EHS is of paramount importance in achieving CapitaLand’s sustainability objectives, the Awards recognise stakeholders who have gone the extra mile in the EHS journey with CapitaLand.

Mr Liew Mun Leong, President and CEO of CapitaLand Group said: “We would like to take this opportunity to applaud both our internal and external stakeholders for having shared goals towards building sustainability. There’s no doubt that the partnership with our stakeholders is integral to CapitaLand’s achievement in environmental, health and safety excellence.”

Mr Francis Wong Hooe Wai, Chairman of CapitaLand Green Committee, said: “Over the past six years, CapitaLand has established its three pillars of EHS, namely EHS Management System, Environmental Tracking System and its Building a Greener Future programme. The EHS pillars would not have been effective if not for the support from our stakeholders. We are pleased to be able to recognise their commitments.”

A Work, Safety and Health exhibition showed how one can prevent everyday risks or “hazards” in the workplace
A Work, Safety and Health exhibition showed how one can prevent everyday risks or “hazards” in the workplace

Building on the Foundation of Care

Stakeholders were awarded based on winning attributes of innovation, outstanding performance, being a role model, going the extra mile and impacting the community. Clearly, these attributes stem from the basis of care, be it for the environment, staff or community.

For main contractors Woh Hup, Shimizu Corporation and Tiong Seng Contractors, they were recognised for implementing innovative EHS management systems and having exemplary safety records at CapitaLand’s residential project sites for The Interlace, and d’Leedon, Urban Resort Condominium and The Wharf Residence respectively.

(Design meets safety – Woh Hup implemented comprehensive health and safety systems at the sites of d’Leedon and The Interlace
(Design meets safety – Woh Hup implemented comprehensive health and safety systems at the sites of d’Leedon and The Interlace

Notably, faced with the unique designs of The Interlace and d’Leedon, Woh Hup put in place innovative construction support, staging systems and safety solutions that reaped the results of zero accidents in 2011. Its Director, Yong Derong emphasised, “Safety, being everyone's responsibility, is about having close co-operation between developers, subcontractors and ourselves to achieve a common goal of Zero Accidents in our sites.”

Indeed, no man is an island. The spirit of collaboration is especially evident in the case of One George Street’s tenant Borouge, which received the award for working closely with CapitaCommercial Trust for the unique ‘Troubled Waters’ exhibition at several CapitaCommercial Trust properties.

Another tenant, McDonald’s at JCube, received the award for its extensive green fit out at its JCube outlet such as extensive use of sustainable materials and LED lightings as well as CO2 sensors for indoor air quality monitoring.

Caring to Do Good

Combining CapitaLand’s EHS and philanthropic efforts, service providers and consultants COEN Design International and Nature Landscape were recognised for their contribution to the CapitaLand Hope Foundation ‘Garden of Hope’ project at Jamiyah Children’s Home.

The ‘Garden of Hope’ at Jamiyah Children’s Home – a tropical fruit and vegetable garden where children can develop their natural interest in nature
The ‘Garden of Hope’ at Jamiyah Children’s Home – a tropical fruit and vegetable garden where children can develop their natural interest in nature

“We are honored to receive this award as it is a milestone testament to our continued commitment to the betterment of built environments,” said Ann Teo, Managing Director of COEN Design International.

Managing Director of Nature Landscapes, Michael Teh shared, "This opportunity to make a small contribution at Jamiyah Children's Home affirms our commitment towards sustainable environmental practices and is a reflection of our corporate social responsibility to bring nature closer to our community."

CapitaLand also accorded Special Mention awards to the following tenants for their various green initiatives: Giant Hypermarket, NTUC FairPrice, Starbucks and service providers G-Energy Global, Win Line Maintenance Services, Exceltec Property Management, Integrated Property Management and ISS Facility Management.

Caring Starts from Within

Hernan Reyes outside the Ascott Host Lounge which he and his colleagues refurbished with green in mind
Hernan Reyes outside the Ascott Host Lounge which he and his colleagues refurbished with green in mind

When it comes to the implementation of the EHS Management System, CapitaLand certainly walks the talk. The Group’s CEOs are its Green Champions and Green Committees are set up in every strategic business unit with staff who are highly committed to serving the cause. There are even staff members who promote EHS beyond their functional duties.

Take Hernan Reyes, Engineering Manager at Somerset Millennium Makati for example. A passionate green advocate, he is known to his colleagues as the “energy consumption police”. Together with his colleagues, he refurbished the Ascott Host Lounge creatively with re-upholstered and re-varnished furniture and repaired the computers in-house.

CEO of CapitaValue Homes Limited, Mr Chen Lian Pang, handing the award to role model, Li Ke
CEO of CapitaValue Homes Limited, Mr Chen Lian Pang, handing the award to role model, Li Ke

In China, Li Ke, Administrative Executive at CapitaValue Homes Limited, served as a role model by inspiring her colleagues to save energy and paper. Touched by this award, she shared “The existing environmental conservation measures currently implemented in the office may not be very significant or impactful in the immediate future. However, I believe that every single initiative or effort, no matter how small, will eventually bring about significant improvements in an unexpected way, just like an old Chinese saying滴水成河,积水成渊which means droplets of water collected can eventually form a river.”

As the awards ceremony drew to a close that morning, the EHS journey continued. When it comes to doing one’s part for EHS, everyone’s efforts matter and everyone is certainly, a winner.

 Award recipients smile with pride with the CapitaFrog
Award recipients smile with pride with the CapitaFrog

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