Singapore Polytechnic pipped other contenders such as Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing to be the 2005 winner for Best Environmental Report.
The award by the ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in Singapore aims to encourage non-financial reporting and underline the business case for sustainable practices and development.
Though Singapore Polytechnic is not a business organisation unlike all previous winners, it won this year because the judges felt the polytechnic demonstrated comprehensive coverage of its environmental performances and initiatives. They also said SP had successfully communicated the strategies and policies underlying its environmental and sustainability efforts.
'ACCA is delighted that Singapore Polytechnic has won. We are also pleased that it is taking the lead in introducing and inspiring in students the need for environmental and social consciousness," said Penelope Phoon, head of ACCA Singapore. Singapore Polytechnic Principal Low Wong Fook said: 'As a responsible corporate body, Singapore Polytechnic owes a duty to the community to ensure that the activities it carries out do not harm the environment. We believe that if we educate our students well and they bring these lessons with them to the workplace, we would have contributed to the collective efforts to save the environment.'
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Acceptance Speech by Mr Low Wong Fook, Principal, Singapore Polytechnic, for Best Environmental Report
Assoc Prof Koo Tsai Kee, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Environment and Water Resources
Ms Penelope Phoon, Head of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Singapore
Fellow Participants in the Singapore Environmental and Social Reporting Awards 2005
Ladies and Gentlemen
On behalf of the Singapore Polytechnic, I would like to thank the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants for presenting us with the award of the Best Environmental Report.
This award is a recognition of the dedication and commitment of our staff and students. I would like to thank them, especially those who play active roles in the ISO 14000 team and the SP GREEN Committee, for their untiring effort both in living up to our GREEN Pledge to nurture in our young a love for our environment.
As a responsible corporate body, Singapore Polytechnic owes a duty to the community to ensure that the activities it carries out do not harm the environment. That is basic.
However, as an educational institution, the Singapore Polytechnic is also given the privilege of working with our young to protect our environment. We, in the polytechnic, are keenly aware that with this privilege, we are entrusted with the added responsibility of educating our students on green issues and imbuing in them a set of values that make them care for the environment. Our Polytechnic has a set of six values, SP CORE, which stands for Self-discipline, Personal Integrity, Care and Concern, Openness, Responsibility and Excellence, and many of these values such as Care and Concern and Responsibility, are environmentally friendly values.
So, we believe that if we educate our students well, and they bring these lessons with them to the workplace, we would have contributed to the collective efforts to save the environment.
Our Polytechnic is therefore deeply committed to the Green movement, so much so that we voluntarily subject ourselves to certification under ISO14000 and participate in this sustainability and environmental reporting exercise. Winning this award will give us further encouragement as we continue on our Green journey.
Before I end, I would like to once again thank the organiser for presenting this award to the Polytechnic. My wish is that our generation and every succeeding generation will leave our planet earth in a state better than we have found it.