CapitaLand is a strong advocate of staff volunteerism, an epitome of the company's corporate values of building people to build for people and caring for the community. CapitaLand organises a series of volunteer programmes to interact with underprivileged children supported by CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF) and staff are recruited as volunteers to facilitate the activities.
CapitaLand is the first company in Singapore to formalise a three-day Volunteer Service Leave system and expand its leave policy to include Volunteer No Pay Leave and Volunteer Part-Time Leave in May 2006. To further promote the spirit of volunteerism, CapitaLand recognises volunteer service rendered by staff beyond office hours.
CapitaLand staff volunteered more than 50,000 hours in Asia and beyond from 2007 to 2013. In 2013, about 2,000 CapitaLand staff volunteered about 17,000 hours1. Volunteer efforts doubled between 2011 and 2012, when 2,182 staff are reported to volunteer more than 19,000 hours. The strong commitment of staff volunteers embodies the true spirit of community development at CapitaLand.
As part of CapitaLand's efforts to recognise and acknowledge staff's social contribution as volunteers for charitable and green-related causes, CHF will make a donation to a registered Singapore/ China-based children's charity of the staff's choice if the staff has taken all three days of Volunteer Service Leave within the year.
1. Sustainability Report 2013 calculations were based on standardised 8.5 hours in a workday and included non-workday volunteer efforts (excluding Australand). The statistics in Annual Report includes Australand’s efforts – a total of about 2,100 CapitaLand staff volunteers contributed more than 18,000 hours.