We partner organisations that share our values and invest in programmes aligned with Keppel's focus areas of Protecting the Environment, Empowering Lives through Education and the Arts, and Caring for the Underprivileged.
Charitable contributions by the Group's philanthropic arm, Keppel Care Foundation, are complemented by employee volunteerism led by Keppel Volunteers. The Foundation has disbursed close to $29 million to worthy causes to date, since its launch in 2012.
In 2017, the Group spent $4.5 million on social investments. Meanwhile, Keppel Volunteers achieved about 12,000 hours of community service, exceeding the target of 10,000 hours.
The Keppel Discovery Wetlands at the Singapore Botanic Gardens was officially opened in March 2017 by Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong. Established with a $2.08 million commitment from Keppel, the Wetlands includes a plant collection of over 200 species. Since its launch, over 600,000 people have visited the Wetlands. Keppel Volunteers act as ambassadors for the Wetlands by leading tours for students and seniors to promote conservation.
In recognition of the Group's contributions to the arts, Singapore's National Arts Council presented Keppel with its 10th consecutive Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award in 2017.
The Keppel Centre for Art Education at the National Gallery Singapore is the first art education facility of its kind in the region. Established with a $12 million commitment from Keppel, the Centre has benefitted over 850,000 visitors since its launch in 2015. Guided school tours and workshops introduce visual literacy, analytical and interpretive skills to students. In 2017, several key spaces at the Centre were refreshed with new exhibits incorporating elements that cultivate a sense of adventure and exploration among children.
Keppel Nights, developed in partnership with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, provides students from heartland schools with access to world class performances and exposure to various art and cultural forms. Since its re-launch in 2013, the programme has benefitted close to 20,000 students from 72 schools.
Caring for Communities
Keppel continued to work with key partners in Singapore and overseas to organise regular activities for beneficiaries. Beneficiaries in Singapore include children from Care Corner and the Muscular Dystrophy Association Singapore, senior citizens from Thye Hua Kwan Senior Activity Centre, as well as underprivileged households supported by North West Community Development Council.
Abroad, Keppel Land works with non-governmental organisations in China like Bless China International and local hospitals to provide medical support for underprivileged villagers in Yunnan. Volunteers also regularly visit remote villages to donate essential supplies.
BrasFELS engineers lead the Teach‑It‑Forward programme in Brazil, providing public school children and youth in Angra dos Reis with supplementary classes and educational visits.
Keppel's initiatives in the Philippines include the College Scholarship programme that provides technical training for out‑of‑school youth.
Keppel Land promotes child literacy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, through its sponsorship of Words on Wheels, a mobile library programme in partnership with Singapore International Foundation. To date, over 3,000 students have benefitted from the English lessons and exposure to online resources provided under the programme.