ITE Eco Conference

An eco conference was held by ITE College West to host the ITE-SBR MOU signing and the ITE-SBR Youth Eco Friend Award, with 3 distinguished speakers invited to speak at the end of the event. The ITE-SBR Youth Eco Friend Award is awarded to ITE students who actively participate in various environmental projects or activities. Hence, we had decided to acknowledge them for their efforts. We hope to inspire more students to step up and plan activities related to environmental sustainability.

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Picture taken from: https://eco.ite.edu.sg/index.php/2017/10/13/eco-conference-2017/

The 3 speakers are Kim Stengert from World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Melvin Chow from Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and Nichol Ng, representing The Food Bank. They had given the audience a deep insight on sustainable seafood, food scarcity and redistribution of close-to-expiry food.

Mr. Stengert began by highlighting the need to feed the world’s ever-expanding population. He stressed that  endangered fishes needed to be protected. This calls for some action to reduce shark’s fin demand in order to prevent extinction. Also, approximately 85% of the fishing done worldwide is unsustainable. If it maintains at this rate, the last fish in the ocean would be fished in the year 2048.

Mr. Chow explained how food supply in Singapore should not be taken for granted. As most of Singapore’s food is imported from neighbouring countries, we would be in a difficult situation if those countries stop exporting food into Singapore.

The last speaker, Ms Ng, spoke about her spoke about her business, The Food Bank. She began speaking about her hard times maintaining a business. By overcoming hardship, she managed to start The Food Bank and was able to work with many charitable organizations. Most of these charities needed meals, hence The Food Bank was able to source for unwanted food items from external sources. These unwanted food items range from close-to-expiry food items to high-end chocolates. A shop was set up to sell food items that are close to expiry for just a dollar, hoping to reduce any food wastage. A lot of food is wasted in Singapore daily and this is one of the businesses

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ITE-SBR MOU signing

SBR is proud to announce our partnership with Institute of Technical Education. On the 3rd of November, the owner of SBR, Kelvin Ng and CEO of ITE signed the memorandum of understanding. This fosters a greater tie between SBR and ITE, and this allows both parties to embark on joint projects. These projects are related to sustainablility, involving ITE students and staff.

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One successful project we would like to mention is ITE College East’s wormery. Set up and fully sponsored by SBR, we had to provide them with the necessary materials and training. Today, their wormery produces a sizeable amount of natural earthworm castings, which can be used for fertilizer. A job well done!

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Wormery Booth @NUS

We are glad to set up our wormery booth at National University of Singapore on the 11th of November. Through this booth, we intend to share how we go about maintaining our wormery. Also, we try to inform people of this closed loop system, which enables us to sustain our vermicomposting project till today! But most importantly, our wormery is one of our socially responsible initiatives that serves as an educational purpose.

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4th Enabling Employers Award

On 21 July 2017, SBR was recognized at the 4th Enabling Employer Awards, organised by Sg Enable.  “The Enabling Employers Awards (EEA) is a nationally recognized award that honors and recognizes the efforts of employers in hiring and retaining employees with disabilities.” – sgenable.sg

SBR was among the 7 companies receiving the The Progressive Employer Award, which is the second-tier in the Employer Awards category (after Leaders, which was received by 3 companies).  In total, 72 companies were recognised at the ceremony.

This is a very significant recognition for Siloso Beach Resort, which for many years has made providing employment opportunities for those with disabilities a key focus of its CSR program.  Certainly the resort has seen many benefits from the program, both in terms of fostering greater independence and confidence for its employees with disabilities, as well as valuable contributions to the company operations and culture.

More information on the Enabling Employer Awards can be found in this article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/more-than-72-firms-and-individuals-recognised-for-hiring-and-working-with-people-with

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