Singapore, 2 August 2011 - Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) was honoured with the President's Social Service Award (PSSA) today for its extensive corporate social responsibility efforts.
The PSSA is a highly prestigious award conferred by the Office of the President of the Republic of Singapore. Organised by the National Council of Social Service, with support and funding from the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, it honours and recognises outstanding voluntary contributions made to the social service sector. There are four categories: individual, informal group, formal group/non-profit or public sector organisation, and corporation. SPH is the only corporate winner this year. There were 11 other winners in the corporate category since the PSSA's inauguration in 2001. Past PSSA winners would not be eligible for the award for the next five years.
Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH who received the award from President S R Nathan, said: "SPH reaches out to different segments of our community with our wide range of products and services. In particular, our newspapers, magazines, websites and radio stations have become a part of Singaporeans' lives and have grown with them over the years. It is our responsibility and long term commitment to give back to the society that we thrive in. We are very honoured to receive this award. It is a great recognition for SPH and our staff who have championed many charitable causes."
Over the last 10 years, SPH has contributed an average of one percent of its profit to charitable and social causes. Last year, SPH donated and helped raise more than $8 million for the needy in the community.
At the corporate level, SPH's annual charitable events include the SPH and SPH Foundation charity giving, SPH Red Apple Day (a blood donation drive) with the Singapore Red Cross, SPH Flea Market in aid of the Salvation Army, and company-wide participation in The Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box programme.
SPH's multiple products and services also help different causes. These include The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund in aid of needy children, as well as The New Paper's Project Helping Hands with the Lions Befrienders and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
Both the Chinese Newspapers Division and The New Paper raise funds annually for the President's Challenge through its charity show and The New Paper Be Yourself Day respectively. SPH also sponsors media space to promote community involvement for the President's Challenge every year.
SPH's subsidiaries, such as SPH Magazines and Orchard 290, give to charitable organisations like the Children's Cancer Foundation and Community Chest regularly.
In June last year, SPH set up a Staff Volunteers Club to promote staff volunteerism in the company. Over the years, different departments have also adopted and helped various charities, with the company providing some financial assistance and giving the staff time off to pursue such charitable activities.
Besides giving to charity, SPH's diverse corporate social responsibility programme also involves supporting the arts, education, conservation, and sports, among others. As a leading media organisation, SPH also tries to encourage and propagate charitable acts on its multimedia platforms.
SPH has won many awards for its active corporate citizenry, including the Distinguished Patron of the Arts for 18 consecutive years, Community Chest's Corporate Platinum Award, and the Advocate Award for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Singapore HR Awards 2009.
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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 77 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 263 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV.
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Chinese and 91.3FM in English.
Events and Outdoor Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.