Spearheading Socially Responsible Initiatives
Story by: Lim Yen Shuen
Photos by: Chris Pang
For three months straight, four SBM students – David Wang and Malcolm Teo (Diploma in Banking and Finance), Darren Goh (Diploma in Business Management) and Isabel Lim (Diploma in Accountancy and Finance) stayed in school until the wee hours in preparation for a competition.
Their hard work paid off when they won the Young Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Leaders Award as part of the CDL-Global Compact Young CSR Leaders Award Competition 2017. They were also the first NYP team to have won in this competition.
The award seeks to cultivate future leaders to plan and initiate ideas for a sustainable future in Singapore.The proposal impressed the judges so much, a Special Recognition Award was created just for them.
“We benefitted from hearing their ideas to look at how better, smarter volunteerism can be achieved in the future,” said one of the judges, Mr Panneer Selvam, People Advisory Services Partner and Chairman, Corporate Responsibility Committee from Ernst & Young.
The team proposed three initiatives: Smarter Corporate Volunteering for Busy Professionals, Gamified Youth Mentoring and A Sustainability 3.0 SME Workshop.
“The initiatives are all linked in a way to help co-market each other, to becomea social platform for volunteering,” team leader David explained.
Being up against older and more experienced teams meant that the team had to work twice as hard.
“Besides having good teamwork and ideas, we had to balance feasibility and idealism,” said Darren.
On future plans, Darren said: “The school is currently looking into implementing the ideas and collaborating with us to develop the app.”