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About Us

The Global Compact Network Singapore advances the UNGC initiative and its 10 principles at the country level. We help companies understand what responsible business means within different national, cultural and language contexts and facilitate capacity building, outreach, learning, thought leadership and partnerships.

Our flagship event, the International CSR Summit by the Global Compact Network Singapore, is a gathering that includes business leaders, government officials, CSR practitioners, policy makers, entrepreneurs, academics, union and civil society leaders. Spanning over two days, it is an exchange of focused analysis and dialogue on the latest in the world of CSR. Find more details here.

We offer training workshops to build companies’ capacity in adopting corporate responsibility principles in their business strategy and practices. The programmes are offered in a range of areas such as sustainability reporting, supply chain management, ISO 26000, measuring and reporting organisational carbon footprint and more. More information on our training programmes can be found here.

At Global Compact, we understand the rich value that idea exchanges have. We organise Quarterly Sharing and Networking events, learning journeys and seminars that give our members opportunities to network and exchange ideas with likeminded CSR leaders and practitioners. If you are keen to attend or partner with us for a networking event, please contact us for more details.

We conduct research to provide thought leadership in the areas of CSR and sustainability and also document best practices in CSR. These are a free resource and are available on our website for downloading.

It is our endeavour to make available to those interested in gaining more knowledge about CSR to be able to do so with utmost ease. We also host a resource micro-site, ‘Enabling CSR Journeys’, which serves as an online repository of CSR-related information and case studies of companies practicing and doing well in their CSR journeys.

While the Compact is an independent, self-governed and self-managed entity, we work closely with the UN Global Compact in New York and act as a point of contact for UN Global Compact signatories in a country.

 

Mr. Christopher Ang, Executive Director, 
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Mr. Christopher Ang is the Executive Director of the Singapore Compact for CSR. Christopher holds a MBA in Marketing and a First Class Honours Degree in Electronics & Computer Engineering. Over the last 20 years, he has held several appointments with expansive portfolios ranging from leading 3P partnership initiatives in NEA to running the AsiaOne online business operations in SPH. In MDA, Christopher spearheaded the first China-Singapore Media Business Forum where a 200-strong Singapore media delegation went to Beijing and Shanghai to foster partnerships, resulting in the signing of 11 B2B MOUs. In STB, he was leading internet marketing activities and ground campaigns for the North/South American and Australia/NZ Offices. Outside of work and family, Christopher is active in sports and outdoor activities.

Ms. Bernadette Low, Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
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Bernadette joins Singapore Compact to manage its communications efforts: to raise greater awareness of corporate social responsibility and the positive impact it can have on businesses and society. A graduate of the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences with double majors in Political Science and Theatre Studies, Bernadette began her career in public administration and policy making, before making a career switch after obtaining a Masters degree in Mass Communications from the Oklahoma City University.  She has built a wealth of experience with more than a decade of work in public relations and marketing communications, both in the public and private sectors, and has enjoyed her work tremendously. Beyond work, Bernadette spends her time mentoring youths, enjoying brisk walks in parks, travelling to expand her world view and capturing it with her trusty camera.

Ms. Diana Chng, Manager, Projects
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At Singapore Compact, Diana oversees the annual CSR Summit, administrative matters and provides support for event organisation. She has a passion for helping the disadvantaged and had spent 7 years working in non-profits communicating the need to help children-in-need, save endangered species and tackle environment issues. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelors of Commerce and her current interest is in cooking.

Ms. Aditi Tembe, Manager, Corporate Engagement
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Aditi comes with over 3.5 years of experience in research and programme management in the areas of maternal & child health; and gender with community based organisations in India. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management from IIHMR, Jaipur.  Aditi is responsible for driving membership at Singapore Compact. She also actively engages members and provides support to them as they embark on CSR programmes and initiatives with us. 

Ms. Bhavana Murjani, Manager, Outreach and Youth 
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Armed with a Masters degree in Communication from RMIT University in Australia, Bhavana Murjani joins Singapore Compact and is tasked for driving publications and research for the organisation.Bhavana has been a freelance writer and an entrepreneur in developing and running popular F&B franchised cafes for over 5 years. She also has proven experience in the areas of marketing, communications and events management. Some of her imperative conferences which she has organised are Investing in The Ageing Boom 2011 and Islamic Finance 2007 amongst many othersBhavana enjoys travelling around the world to exotic places, reading light fiction and watching world cinema.

Ms. Pamela Heng, Executive, Administration
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Pamela is responsible for Executive Adminstration which covers HR and finance related matters at Singapore Compact.  She has many years of working experience with various private sectors and organisations such as Trading Firm, Retail Sales amongst many others. Her areas of experience over the years include procurement of materials management, supply chain management and a wide range of admistrative functions. Pamela spends her free time learning decorating arts and other handcrafts. 

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What is the UN Global Compact?  

The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. 

First launched in 2000 with just over 40 business members, the UNGC has grown to over 10,00 members across 130 countries. Companies and organizations are encouraged to sign up to the UN Global Compact to show their commitment to good practice for sustainable business and social success and development. Signatories regularly report on their progress and initiatives in the four areas. COPs, or communications-on-progress, are available by country and by industry on the UNGC website for peer benchmarking and communication, with 63 participants from Singapore as of May 2015.

The benefits of engagement include the following:

  • Adopting an established and globally recognized policy framework for the development, implementation, and disclosure of environmental, social, and governance policies and practices.
  • Sharing best and emerging practices to advance practical solutions and strategies to common challenges.
  • Advancing sustainability solutions in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including UN agencies, governments, civil society, labour, and other non-business interests.
  • Linking business units and subsidiaries across the value chain with the Global Compact's Local Networks around the world — many of these in developing and emerging markets.
  • Accessing the United Nations' extensive knowledge of and experience with sustainability and development issues.
  • Utilizing UN Global Compact management tools and resources, and the opportunity to engage in specialized workstreams in the environmental, social and governance realms.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the UNGC can be found here.


THE TEN PRINCIPLES

Human Rights

  • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labour

  • Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
  • Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
  • Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. 

Environment

  • Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti-Corruption

  • Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
     

sc_logo_low_res is the local focal point for the UN Global Compact, and is proud to have members who are signatories to this global policy initiative. We support local signatories through our capacity building activities and events like training workshops, seminars and sharing sessions.

For more details on the UN Global Compact and links to related information, click here.

Please contact Singapore Compact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your organisation wishes to become a UNGC Signatory.

For a full list of signatories and participants, the searchable database is accessible here.

Being tasked to start CSR initiatives for your company can be quite a daunting task. Where do you begin? What to do? How do you get colleagues on board? What is CSR?

We know it can be tough, and that is why Global Compact Network Singapore has set up the 'Enabling CSR Journeys', a CSR resources web portal where you can find out more information about CSR and examples of what other companies have done successfully.

Click here to find to start your journey!

To be the go-to agency for companies that are based in Singapore to begin, deepen and widen their understanding and implementation of CSR and Corporate Sustainability practices.

We organise a vast variety of CSR-related events and programmes that are designed to suit the needs of all the stakeholders within an organisation.

From Training programmes & Networking sessions that aid in developing the capacity of executives to fulfil their role most effectively; to Thought Leadership events which aim to add local perspectives to global trends; to Distinguished Dialogue events that create platforms for our members to interact and network with eminent speakers – our events aim to build the vision and capabilities of our member organisations in ways that will not only make the organisation sustainable but through them build a larger, more sustainable business eco-system in Singapore.

 

Our member activities include:

  • Anchor events
    a. The International CSR Summit
    b. Youth Forum
    c. The Singapore Apex Corporate Sustainability Awards
    d. The Young CSR Leaders Awards
  • Thought Leadership Series
  • Industry Round Tables 
  • Distinguised Dialogue Series 
  • Networking Sessions
  • Trainings, Workshops, Seminars, Master Classes 


members We have 3 main categories of membership.

  • Corporate Membership

    Open to all companies and government agencies.

    Annual fee of $250 (non-SME) and $150 (SME) 

  • Institutional Membership

    Open to all trade unions, cooperative societies or business associations.

    Annual fee of $150

  • Associate Membership

    Associate Membership, open to institutions, academia, VWOs, NPOs, NGOs and other interest groups.

    Annual fee of $100

 

gold-members Gold Membership

At the 2010 Annual General Meeting of members, a gold membership scheme was introduced. It is a voluntary scheme to enable organisations to do more in promoting CSR by providing more financial support to the Global Compact. Organisations which choose to contribute $1,500 as their membership fees are considered gold corporate members, gold institutional members or gold associate members depending on their membership category. Gold members enjoy the same benefits as those of ordinary members and abide by the same Constitution and Rules of the Global Compact.


You can see the full list of our Gold members alongside.

Full list of membership benefits
Click here to view our membership benefits. 

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