Announcing Winner of ‘Business as a Force for Good Award – 2020’

 

Congratulations to Right People Renewable Energy (RPRE) for winning Business as a Force for Good Award Singapore – 2020 Edition. The Jury was particularly impressed by RPRE’s transformation journey, their commitment to climate and their inclusive company values.

RPRE founder Robin Pho GEMBA’17 has guided his family business, transforming from providing manpower to the energy industry, to fighting climate change in Singapore and Indonesia. His company, RPRE, is a registered social enterprise in Singapore, and is the only certified B Corporation in South East Asia doing renewable energy. RPRE has a triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit, and has an Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) focus. RPRE helps businesses operating in remote off-grid areas switch from fossil fuel energy sources to clean renewable energy, primarily solar and batteries.

Since inception, they have commissioned the largest solar and battery system for an Indonesian dive resort (Gangga Island Resort and Spa), helped Kuhlbarra – Barramundi Asia, the largest sustainable fish farm in Singapore, switch their floating fish farm from diesel generators to 100% solar, and also install solar for zero energy residential homes in Singapore.

Social impact is an important element in their projects. Often the local community including women and children also benefit, with increased employment, increased income, and having access to clean energy in their environment. One project they are working on is with the UNDP, to provide energy to rural fisherman in Indonesia to make ice, so that they can preserve the day’s catch better and prevent fish from spoiling while out fishing. Other projects in the pipeline include the world’s first floating hospital barge in Indonesia, and floating solar systems for island resorts – so that trees are not cut and land does not need to be cleared.

In addition, they have an inclusive hiring policy such as working with the UNHCR to hire Afghanistan refugees in Indonesia and hiring people from disadvantaged backgrounds (such as persons with disabilities) in Singapore.

RPRE has shown thought leadership and leads the way, showing that business can indeed be a force for good.

We would like to thank all participating companies for their time and effort in building businesses which provide societal impact and enrich the world!

2020 Jury: Anne-Ev Juette-Enzmann MBA’01J, Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA’16Jan, Jean-Francois Legourd MBA’12D & Laurent Simon TGM F/S’14Jul.

Call to Action: Support Singapore residents in need

For alumni looking to make a difference during these trying times: Project Green for Impact is bringing together the global INSEAD community to fight the COVID-19 crisis. To support those most affected here in Singapore, we will be highlighting impactful local initiatives: It’s Raining Raincoats and SUN-DAC.

We’ve already started supporting by donating clothes and healthy snacks to migrant workers hosted at the temporary medical facility in a call by physician Dr Estelle Tan. Thank You to the Alumni community that already supported for last week’s donation drive with clothes and snacks!

Whether you choose to contribute financially or in kind, give your time, or share your encouragement and support with the most vulnerable, these are simple ways you can be a force for good in our community, today:

It’s Raining Raincoats

Foreign Workers Need Our Help! If you are wondering how to help those most impacted by Covid 19 in Singapore, consider donating to ItsRainingRaincoats (IRR).

Founded in 2015 by Dipa Swaminathan, a Haravard educated lawyer, is also the spouse of an INSEAD alum, the organization received the President’s Award for Volunteerism and Philanthropy in 2017 for their commitment to improving the lives of migrant workers, and several other awards and recognition since then. They are also featured quite regularly in the media for the unique, authentic and imaginative initiatives they float to bridge the gap between migrant workers and Singaporeans. From distributing raincoats, food, phone cards, Deepavali treats and Xmas gifts to hosting nationwide potlucks to advocating for the ethical rights of these workers, IRR has made its mark in Singapore, bringing to focus the plight of this “invisible” community.

Now, even more so, they need your help. IRR is collecting food and essential items for distribution to the foreign workers in isolation/quarantine. Most needed products are snacks (chips, cookies, nuts, candy bars etc), personal hygiene items (soaps, toothpaste, toothbrush), and hand wash/sanitizers.

If you can source the items above please contact IRR.

To access the one-stop portal for all IRR initiatives to help the migrant workers, click here.

Here’s how YOU can help

Please note they are inundated at the moment and what they ask for are minimal questions and offers of help from individuals and groups who can be self starters, get organised and then reach out for last mile assistance.

SUN-DAC

The 30 Seconds Challenge – Overcoming COVID-19 and YES to Social Inclusion
#SUNDACCares #SGUnited #30SecondsChallenge #PAssionWaVe

Helping others is happiness, even in difficult times. Physically apart, but still socially inclusive.

This year SUN-DAC marks 30 years of community care service for persons with disabilities and their caregivers. In this current challenging COVID-19 situation, we wish to encourage Singapore and communities that together we can overcome COVID-19, and we also want to encourage Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and vulnerable groups, to do the same! The 30 seconds challenge may be simple, but it may not be so for our vulnerable groups.

Take part and spread hope and encourage others! COVID-19 can’t stop us.

  • Step 1 – Take a pic or video of yourself doing a 30 seconds activity, eg. yoga pose, jumping jacks, running on the spot, steps machine etc. Say/ type “Together we can overcome COVID-19!” and any other encouraging message at the end. Be creative!
  • Step 2 – Copy this message. Post message with your pic or video on social media, tag 5 friends to do the same 30 seconds challenge and post on their social media. I nominate (name1), (name2), (name3), (name4), (name5) to do this challenge, and/or make a donation.
  • Step 3 – Help us serve and support persons with disabilities and caregivers. Say YES to Social Inclusion! Together we can overcome COVID-19!
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Join the Challenge

 

2020 AGM – electronic voting notice

Notice is hereby given that electronic voting will be conducted for 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 14 to 29 April 2020.

INFORMATION

Please find the 2019 Annual Report inclusive of the proposed 2019 AGM minutes (pages 21-22) and Financial Reports (pages 18-20) relating to The INSEAD Club of Singapore (INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore). We revised the Constitution and Bye-Laws during the 2019 AGM. The revised constitution was submitted to the Registry of Societies and has been approved.

Please refer to these documents:

Don’t hesitate to contact our President Cintia Tavella MBA’07D, Secretary Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA’16Jan, or Treasurer Abel Van Staveren EMBA’08Dec if you have questions by 20th April.

ELECTRONIC VOTING

Due to Covid-19 and the measures put in place, we have changed the AGM to electronic voting.

Members will receive an email from Jaz Athenia Chua noreply@electionrunner.com with the subject: INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore Annual General Meeting 2020 – Voting. Do check your SPAM folder if you have not received this email.

We require your participation to vote on 3 motions:

  1. Vote on the proposed 2019 AGM minutes (pages 21-22) and
  2. Vote on the 2019 Financial Reports (pages 18-20) of the 2019 Annual Report
  3. Vote to elect the following:
  • New Board Members at 2020 AGM:
    • Treasurer: Amy Xu MBA’14J
    • Board Member (Clubs & Interests Groups): Julie He MBA’13D
    • Board Member (Professor & Company Visits): Tan Eng Hwa TIEMBA’16Jan
  • Re-Election for a second term for:
    • Secretary: Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA’16Jan

THANK YOU

We thank the following retired board members for their contributions

Retiring in 2020

  • Abel Van Staveren EMBA’08Dec for his role as a Treasurer for 4 years and a mentor to the Exco and Alumni
  • Ankit Kedia MBA’14D for his role as Board Member of Lifelong Learning and Career Development as well as leading Global INSEAD Day 2019

Retired in 2019

  • Lydia Astill for her role as Executive Director for nearly 4 years.
  • Rani Francois-Marie Saad AMP’15N for his role as a Board Member in Clubs & Interests Groups, onboarding clubs during his tenure, onboarding FUTR event for Alumni and his role as the NAA representative for DUAL.
  • Reshmi Rajendran EMBA’16Dec for her role as Board Member (Sustainable Innovation) organising events and panel discussion with industry professionals and professors.
  • Amit Puri MBA’06J for his role as a Vice President and organising company visits and professor series

Stay Safe, Stay Close Virtually

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to protect our community and our volunteers while staying in touch with each other.

Following a meeting with our Executive Committee this week, we have committed to be an even stronger enabler of connections for our Singapore alumni during these difficult times. We will be launching and moving to virtual / remote events whenever possible. We are also working with other Alumni Associations worldwide and with INSEAD to make available more webinars for our members.

This will allow all of us to stay engaged, educated and connected wherever you are in the world. The online events are free of charge for MEMBERS (join us now). We will give you access with a link sent by email after you register for the event.

The team of Alumni Association of Singapore also remains available for 1o1 meetings and conference calls if you need to reach any of us.

Follow our social media pages Facebook and LinkedIn to stay updated. We have over 1,500 members in our Facebook Alumni Group! All of you can participate and start a conversation.

If you would like to send supporting messages or good wishes to our Dean, Ilian Mihov, please direct your messages to Alumni relations team at INSEAD. They are collecting all the support messages.

As a global business school, INSEAD and INSEAD faculty are also leading from the front during the COVID-19 crisis. Professor Phanish Puranam just launched a short online survey to analyse how it is to really work together when we’re apart. It only takes 5 minutes and we’d love your feedback! Learn more in this article.

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Important Notice – COVID’19

Given the latest COVID’19 developments, we want to update you on the following implications for our INSEAD Alumni in Singapore:

  • Our Dean, Ilian Mihov, has tested positive and is in isolation following the measures in Singapore. We would like to wish our Dean a quick and speedy recovery.
  • INSEAD will not be able to welcome alumni on any of its campuses or facilities at this time. Therefore, we kindly ask all our Alumni to help support the school in these challenging times and refrain from accessing any INSEAD campus or facilities over the next few weeks.
  • In order to safeguard our Alumni and INSEAD’s reputation, the INSEAD Alumni Association in Singapore has postponed its Annual General Meeting, initially scheduled for Thu March 19th.
  • Singapore government has also issued additional precautionary measures to prevent further importation of cases. These include travel advisories against all non-essential travel abroad, and further restrictions on travellers coming into Singapore.

The most important thing currently is to ensure our community is safe. Please follow Singapore government guidelines HERE and be socially responsible.

Thank you for your support and understanding at a difficult time for all of us.

Stay Safe and Positive

Kind regards,

Cintia Tavella MBA’07D
President
INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore

2020 AGM documents available here

Please find links to the documents relating to The INSEAD Club of Singapore (INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore) upcoming Annual General Meeting on 19 March 2020.

Please also refer to these documents:

If you are a financial member of the INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore but cannot attend the AGM, please provide us with a proxy for your vote here.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact our Secretary, Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA’16Jan, or Treasurer, Abel Van Staveren EMBA’08Dec.

2020 “Business as a Force for Good” Award

In the years following World War II, Georges Doriot came up with the idea that the world needed a new kind of educational institution—one that united people, embraced diversity, and leveraged business to rebuild nations and promote peace. He envisioned an institution that could make a meaningful contribution to society.

That institution, of course, was INSEAD. And in the decades since its founding in 1957, our school has never wavered from that vision. Our belief in using business as a force for good has come to define who we are, what we stand for and how we conduct ourselves in the world.

The INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore and the INSEAD Alumni Fund are proud to launch Singapore’s “Business as a Force for Good” Award.

What is the Award about?

The award will recognise businesses in Singapore who have demonstrated thought-leadership with respect to “Business as a Force for Good”, have a vision, mission statement and strategy clearly demonstrating their commitment, have developed corporate social responsibility best practices and have achieved remarkable economical results and meaningful societal impact.

The award will be presented during the members-only INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore 2020 Annual Gala Dinner & AGM, which will be hosted on 19 March 2020, in presence of Mr. Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD.

Top nominees and the award winner will gain visibility through various PR activities and social media articles sharing details about the award and their company’s accomplishments.

What is the selection criteria?

A jury made of business leaders from various industries will identify the award winner. Selections will be based on the positive impact the organisation has had on society through its corporate social responsibility program or its core business activities.

How can you participate?

Please simply send us the name of either your company or a company that you know well, deserving to be nominated. We will need the name of a representative (yourself or another contact person who is an INSEAD alumnus) whom the selection committee will contact for further details. Nominations must be received no later than 15 February 2020.

The “Business as a Force for Good” Award is a wonderful opportunity to recognise best practices, to give visibility to deserving companies and to promote INSEAD’s mission. We are very much looking forward to hearing from you soon. 

Contact us to find out more.

Lifelong Learning Webinar: Is a Portfolio Career Right for me?

Missed our sold out Career Development and Lifelong Learning Series event with Avalyn Lim TIEMBA14’J and Abel van Staveren EMBA’08D “A Portfolio Career – is that something for me?” in May 2019?

Here is your chance to not miss it again. INSEAD Lifelong Learning is organising a Webinar on the topic, which is free of charge for NAA members.

Not yet a member? Sign up here today to enjoy the following benefits:

Benefits of membership include:

  • Discounted or exclusive access to a wide range of alumni events (click here for our full calendar of events):
    • Business speaker events
    • Roundtable lunch/dinner events
    • Career Development Series
    • Lifelong Learning Series
    • Professors Lecture Series
    • Social/networking events
  • Access to INSEAD-organised events as well as DUAL (Distinguished Universities Alumni League)-organised events
  • Reciprocal membership benefits with other INSEAD National Alumni Associations around the world
  • Substantial discounts for INSEAD’s Lifelong Learning initiatives for alumni i.e. a 30% discount on Executive Education programmes, 40% on open online programmes, 50% on alumni pop-up programmes and free access to webinars.
  • Discounted access for certain other INSEAD webinars