Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Environment

We began our green journey in 2007 by adopting practices like recycling and energy-saving measures in our buildings.

In Singapore, our customers can choose to receive electronic versions of their statements.

Our head offices now feature energy-saving lighting and air-conditioning systems, as well as automatic sensor taps in toilets and recycling bins.

In May 2011, we received the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark (Gold Award) for OCBC Centre and OCBC Centre South. OCBC Centre is the oldest historic site to receive this award. OCBC Centre's adjoining building, OCBC Centre East, received the same award in May 2012.


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OCBCCares Fund for the Environment

Are you passionate about environmental sustainability? Do you have a good plan that would advance the cause – if only you had the money to implement it? 

If your project can sustainably impact the environment – to ultimately deliver meaningful, long-term benefits for the community in Singapore – then our new fund, the #OCBCCares for the Environment Fund, may be just what is needed to make things happen.

OCBC Bank recognises that there are many passionate individuals and interest groups with good ideas about how sustainability can be achieved in Singapore. The #OCBCCares for the Environment Fund is the first initiative of its kind to fund, in full, all projects that it backs. It looks to focus each year on no more than a handful of projects – prizing quality over quantity – and will pay out a total of $100,000 annually.

Training by OCBC Bank staff volunteers will also be offered in key related skills – project management, financial planning, budgeting know-how and presentation skills – to help you prepare robust proposals and structure projects.

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What projects are we funding?

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for initiatives that meet the following criteria:

  • Are realistic and scalable
  • That would provide direct and tangible benefits to Singapore
  • Deliver visible outcomes that have a sustainable impact on our environment
  • That would benefit a broad segment of the community.

Applications will be carefully assessed to ensure that the projects can achieve outcomes that include:

  • The adoption of environmentally responsible behaviour or habits among residents in Singapore
  • Successful efforts to conserve, recycle or minimise waste of environmental resources including water, energy, natural habitats and food
  • Biodiversity conservation initiatives, including habitat enhancement, habitat restoration and species recovery
  • Resolution of pressing local environmental sustainability issues
  • A stronger call, from ground-up, for the community to make lifestyle changes and adopt more environmentally responsible habits.  

Who is eligible to apply

  • Individuals (Singaporeans and permanent residents)
  • Interest groups (Singaporeans, permanent residents and non-residents) including Non-Governmental Organisations and Non Profit Organisations). Each participating non-resident must partner at least 2 Singaporeans.

This Fund is not available to individuals and groups with existing commercial interests; or for government-initiated projects.


Applications and closing date

Applications must be submitted using the form that can be downloaded here. Forms submitted after that will not be considered.

The closing date for submission of applications is 30 November 2017.

There are two ways to submit your applications:

    1. Email to: environment@ocbc.com
    2. Post to:  
OCBC Bank
Group Corporate Communications Division
65 Chulia Street
#32-01, OCBC Centre
Singapore 049513
Attention: Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Department


Points to note


To help applicants prepare robust proposals, structure projects and make effective presentations before the evaluation committee and then implement projects successfully, OCBC Bank staff volunteers will provide training in four key areas: project management; financial planning; budgeting know-how and presentation skills. This will equip applicants with key skills that can help bring their proposals to fruition. The training workshops are scheduled for:

 

Date            : 24 August 2017, Thursday

Time           : 4 – 7 pm

Venue         : OCBC Bank
                      65 Chulia Street
                      50th floor, OCBC Centre (west lobby) 
                      Singapore 049513


All prospective applicants are encouraged to attend the training workshops.


Your commitment

  • Shortlisted applicants will be required to present their proposals to an evaluation committee for final selection
  • Successful project owners are required to complete their projects and present results within 8 months. For example, if the proposal is approved in January 2018, the project must be completed by August 2018.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Let’s work together to enrich Singapore’s environmental landscape.