The Youth & Outreach Appreciation Tea (Appreciation Tea) held on 5 July 2017 had 29 attendees. The attendees comprises of Institute of Higher Learning lecturers, programme administers and youth officers from youth organisation. The objective of the Appreciation Tea was to firstly, thank the stakeholders of the Youth & Outreach business unit of Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS) for their support over the years and more importantly, to foster stronger relationship between GCNS and its stakeholders.
Dr Ryan Wun, Deputy Executive Director at GCNS gave his opening remarks. Following which, Ms Mayshan Mashita, Assistant Manager of Youth & Outreach introduced the different Youth & Outreach activities at the session. Ms Shonalie Raha and Ms Rachel Kenyon, Co-Chairperson and committee member of Volunteer Management of the GCNS Youth Forum 2017 Youth Organising Committee (YOC) respectively were invited to share their experience as a YOC and how being involved in the YOC had benefitted team as an individual.
Ms Wong Dan-Chi, Director, Paia Consulting was also invited to share her experience as a past participating mentor at the CDL-GCNS Young CSR Leaders Award (YCSRLA). She shared the role of the mentor to the finalist teams of YCSRLA and the benefits to the student teams. After the series of sharing session, upcoming events of the Youth & Outreach business unit were shared with the participants.
The Appreciation Tea ended with a short networking session.
The 12th Global Compact Network Singapore Annual General Meeting was well attended by members.
During the meeting, our newly appointed President, Ms Goh Swee Chen, shared three key updates.
In April 2016, the Singapore Business Federation’s Sustainable Development Business Group was formally integrated with GCNS. This initiative brings synergy in engaging businesses in Singapore in their corporate sustainability efforts. One such example is the Singapore Apex Corporate Sustainability Awards. The organisation also increased the number of members’ activities, including Networking Sessions, Training Workshops, Thought Leadership Events and our Annual GCNS Summit benefitting a total of 1,116 participants. The organisation has also successfully engaged 383 youth to understand the importance of Sustainability in the private sector.
Going forward, the organisation will broadly focus in three areas: First, it is to raise the emphasis on the stewardship of corporate sustainability strategies among businesses in Singapore Second, it is to build ourselves to be a credible knowledge hub on corporate sustainability Third, it is to coordinate an ecosystem to facilitate capacity building for companies to integrate sustainability as part of their business modus operandi for growth and longevity
Management Committee Members
Appreciation to the following MC members who have kindly served the society and wish them the best in their future endeavours:
Mr Chui Tau Siong, Regional Director at Jebsen and Jessen Packaging South East Asia
Mr Theodore Teo, Senior Manager and Head of CSR at NTUC Income
Mr David Kiu, Vice President Global Sustainable Business and Communication at Unilever
Mr Ang Hin Kee, Member of Parliament (Ang Mo Kio GRC) and Executive Secretary, Education Services Union, National Trades Union Congress
Mr Frederick Ho, Deputy Director, International Affairs Department, National Trades Union Congress
The MC welcomed the following new replacement appointees to the MC. They are:
Ms Shannen Fong, Head of Strategy and Communication at NTUC Income
Mr Desmond Choo, Member of Parliament (Tampines GRC), Mayor, North East CDC and Director of the Youth Development Unit, National Trades Union Congress
Ms Angeline Lee, Deputy Director, U Associate, National Trades Union Congress
Mr Ho Meng Kit, CEO of the Singapore Business Federation, and Mr John Lim, Chairman of Boustead Projects Ltd, have been elected to serve as Vice Presidents for the organisation.