Sustainability Report 2011
City Developments Limited


CDL continued our support of student-led environmental, social and economic developments projects both in Singapore and abroad.

In 2010, CDL supported four student-led overseas expeditions of which three groups were students from Singapore Management University (SMU) and one from NUS. The projects, based in neighbouring countries including Indonesia, Philippines and Cambodia, focused on promoting education, skills development and infrastructure.

In line with CDL’s commitment towards sustainable programmes, it was CDL’s second year of involvement in Project Aphireak in Cambodia. This community service expedition by students of SMU, with the support of SMU Office of Student Life and National Youth Council’s Youth Expedition Project, aimed to assist Community Capacities for Development in the development of eco-tourism in Konleng Phe Village (located about 91 km north of Phnom Penh in Cambodia), as a new source of income and natural resource conservation, given the dwindling fishing harvests for the local community due to excessive environmental degradation in the area.

Phase 1 of the project comprised of the building of a home-stay facility for tourists and co-training the community members in the planning, running, and management of the facility to ensure a new sustainable alternative source of income, coupled with community training sessions to impart natural resource management knowledge and application to the local community to enable them to design a tourist trail in the conservation areas.

In Phase 2 of the project, the team gathered eco-tourism information for the publishing of the Tourist Information Guide, and also mapped the village, experienced the proposed tourist activities, as well as conducted English lessons in tandem with the overall plan to create alternative income source for the villagers of Konleng Phe village via eco-tourism.

Moving forward, the team plans to carry out additional skills training for the facility staff (including honing their English proficiency, levelling their expectations with that of the visitors in terms of hospitality, living conditions, hygiene, etc.) together with further trials, to ensure the successful operation of the guest house when it officially opens its doors in 2012/2013.

Amongst various events spearheaded by university students which CDL supported was the 11th Annual NUS Youth Volunteerism Camp, designed to promote volunteerism, nurture student participants to become better volunteers as well as to help needy beneficiaries during the four-day camp attended by 65 participants and 45 children beneficiaries.

CDL also supported the NUS Green Carnival 2010, presented by NUS environmental group Students Against Violation of the Earth (SAVE), to drive the urgent message of environmental conservation to NUS undergraduates, staff and academics, through studentinitiated environmental projects that promote energy conservation, recycling and the uptake of other green habits. As a Founding Partner, CDL had been supporting the annual student-led environmental event since 2008.

Dedicated CDL volunteers chalked up a total of 2,894 hours of community work in 2010, extending friendship to the needy and disadvantaged. During the March school holidays, CDL volunteers organised a special outing for over 70 underprivileged children to City Square Mall, where they were treated to a magical performance, “World of Toys”.


2010 was a busy year for CDL volunteers as they embarked on a plethora of community activities benefiting those in need including the young, elderly and sick.

CSC also helped organise various exciting activities for its young beneficiaries throughout 2010 as part of the club’s ongoing youth development activities for less privileged youths in society.

These included an excursion for 24 children from the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) during the June school holidays to an exclusive Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Singapore Zoological Gardens. In September, over 30 children from CAS also celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival at City Square Mall participating in fun-filled activities including an Eco-Lantern workshop, City Green Lantern Tour and story-telling.

In December, excited children from Dreams @ Kolam Ayer experienced a truly unforgettable lesson in marine discovery when they embarked on a unique sleepover programme with sharks, rays and other ocean inhabitants swimming above them as they slept! The sleepover programme gave these children an opportunity to observe and learn about the ocean in the safe sanctuary of Underwater World Singapore. Over 45 volunteers from CDL participated in this one-of-a-kind activity. The same month, CSC volunteers brought a group of under-privileged children from the Family Service Centre & Student Care Centre at Jurong to City Square Mall where they enjoyed the Santa Bubbles Musical Live Show.

Not forgetting the elderly in our greying population, each month, CSC volunteers continue to distribute supplies to the elderly at Indus Road in its ongoing befriending programme. In June 2010, these beneficiaries received an additional bonus when they were treated to a 7-course lunch at Copthorne King’s Hotel. In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, CSC volunteers helped to spread the festive spirit by distributing mooncakes, in addition to the usual food supplies.

In addition, CDL also lent its support to a wide range of fundraising activities organised by its community partners. One such partner is the Assisi Hospice, a charity organisation that provides palliative care to adults and children suffering from cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, which CDL has been a supporter of since 1999.

At the Assisi Hospice Charity Fun Day in May, CDL employees turned up in full force as a show of support. Together with our sister hotels in Singapore, we took up a 37-metre long pavilion offering delectable delicacies and hotel specialties for the young and old. The event was an overwhelming success, attracting over 10,000 visitors and raising over S$800,000, well over the Hospice’s target of S$600,000. In response to feedback from Assisi Hospice which expressed the need for more manpower for other booths as well as additional logistical support for the event, CDL volunteers stepped up to extend the needed assistance.

Each year, we make it a point to engage Assisi Hospice in evaluating the efforts for the year and discuss possible collaborative efforts for the coming year, making the relationship more productive, and our contributions more meaningful.

Assisi Hospice Assisi Hospice Charity Fun Day
  • The event was co-organised by CDL and its subsidiary company CBM Pte Ltd.
  • CDL, along with its sister hotels - M Hotel, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Orchard Hotel, Copthorne Orchid Hotel and Copthorne King's Hotel - took up a 37-metre pavilion selling multi-racial delicacies and hotel specialties.
Café Diplo Asia Humanitarian Forum (AHF) A public educational platform to promote both humanitarian and environmental causes to the community.
  • CDL was a Gold Sponsor of the inaugural AHF.
  • CDL also co-presented a photography exhibition by Ernest Goh titled "Altered Land", a chronicle of black and white photographs of the destruction wrecked by the tsunami at Banda Acheh in 2004, and the reconstruction and rebuilding efforts which followed.
"Haiti Haiti" and "Haiti Haiti 2" Charity Concerts
  • CDL was a joint organiser and venue sponsor of two charity concerts, held at City Square Mall and Chinatown Point, aimed at raising funds towards humanitarian relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Haiti.
  • CDL also launched a donation drive amongst employees, which was matched dollar for dollar by the company, raising a total of S$30,000 for World Vision's Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund in just three days.
TOUCH Community Services shareURmeal This novel initiative first started in the United States. The project called for the public to send in photos of their meals to generate donations for local food programmes. The project is chaired by a SMU undergraduate.
  • CDL donated S$3 for each submission that went towards TOUCH Community Service's Meals-on Wheels programme which delivers meals to the elderly, especially those living alone.
  • The project received overwhelming response, well exceeding the target of 1,000 photographs.
The Boys' Brigade (BB) BB CARES 2010 (Community Activities to Rally Everyone to Serve) programme
  • CDL was a Gold Sponsor for the Highlight Special held at the Sky Deck @ Singapore Flyer.
  • Over 70 beneficiaries from the Asian Women's Welfare Association (AWWA) and Dreams @ Kolam Ayer enjoyed a scenic ride on the Singapore Flyer, followed by a mini funfair with exciting games and entertainment. 29 CSC volunteers lent their support as chaperons for the event.

Sustaining The Arts

2010 was a high point for CDL as it actively supported key national initiatives in promoting the arts in Singapore.

To commemorate Singapore's hosting of the first ever Youth Olympic Games (YOG), two specially-designed Olympic-themed public artworks were commissioned by CDL for installation at the Marina Bay waterfront promenade before the start of the YOG in August 2010.

The two sculptures are the first public art sculptures to be showcased under the Marina Bay Public Art Programme, and made possible through a collaborative effort between the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC), CDL and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

In the spirit of engaging the wider arts community for the YOG, SYOGOC, URA and CDL wanted to provide an opportunity for the local arts community to take part by conceptualising artworks that would encapsulate the artistic expressions of the Olympic ideals.

Chosen from some 90 concept submissions based on the Olympic themes of Peace and Sport, Culture and Environment received from 30 local artists, both artists were exhibited open category finalists of the CDL Singapore Sculpture Award, a biennial competition held since 2003.

Mr Edmund Cheng, Chairman of National Arts Council (2nd row, second from left), RADM Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts (2nd row, third from left) and Mr Kwek Leng Joo, Managing Director of CDL (2nd row, fourth from left), with winners of the Singapore Young Photographer Award and the CDL Young Photographer Award.

The idea to commission the artworks was first mooted by SYOGOC in 2009 who approached CDL as a partner of choice given our active promotion of sculptural art through the CDL Singapore Sculpture Award.

CDL's support of the sculptural arts is in line with our corporate vision to provide space that is conducive for better living, playing and working, as sculptures enhance spaces and as a developer, CDL does not just construct buildings, but it is also our aim to incorporate artistic touches where appropriate.

Held for the 3rd time, the biennial Singapore Young Photographer Award (SYPA) aims to nurture young photographic talents and elevate the standard of photography in Singapore. It attracted some 1,000 submissions from schools, youth organisations, photography clubs and freelance photographers.

This biennial national photography competition was initiated by CDL in 2006, in partnership with five major photo clubs, the National Arts Council and the National Youth Achievement Award Council. To nurture young local talents, the SYPA features a junior and youth category - The CDL Young Architectural Photographer Award recognises those with a creative eye for architecture and building.

In Focus:

Cultivating Environmental Consciousness Amongst Singapore’s Youths consumption.

NUS team, "Green Wednesday", clinched the top prize at the finals of the inaugural BCA-CDL Green Sparks Competition 2010. Presiding as Guest-of-Honour was Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Development (centre). He is joined on-stage by Mr Lim Tow Fok, CDL's General Manager, Property and Facilities Management (fourth from left) and Mr Benedict Tan, BCA Academy's Managing Director (fifth from right).

In championing the green cause, CDL not only focuses on engaging its stakeholders and the wider community through various platforms – but also in cultivating environmental consciousness and action amongst the next generation.

To reinforce CDL’s sustained efforts toward youth development and environmental outreach in Singapore, we launched two inaugural competitions targeted at youths in 2010.

BCA-CDL Green Sparks Competition 2010

In Singapore, buildings and households account for about half of the nation’s total electricity consumption. Existing buildings, in particular, are responsible for the consumption of a third of our national end-use electricity.

One of the greatest challenges the built environment faces is the need to reduce the carbon footprint of existing buildings by adopting innovative green building features that are cost effective and energy efficient.

A first-of-its-kind initiative designed to raise awareness and engage tertiary students in the greening of Singapore’s built environment, the BCA-CDL Green Sparks Competition aims to engage local tertiary students in the national effort to green the built environment and to raise awareness of best green building practices and solutions amongst future practitioners.

Participants were presented with the challenge of enhancing the environmental performance of Fuji Xerox Towers, an existing 38-storey office building owned by CDL which attained the BCA Green Mark Gold award in 2008. They were tasked to submit a proposal to improve the energy efficiency of Fuji Xerox Towers, so that the retrofitted building could qualify for the Green Mark Platinum rating, the highest accolade under BCA’s Green Mark Scheme.

The first public-private initiative by BCA and CDL, the competition was well-received, with a total of 20 teams from NUS, Nanyang Technological University, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic, made up of 152 students, submitting their proposals, out of which, eight teams were selected for the final round by a pre-judging panel from BCA and CDL. The teams then presented their proposals to a panel of five judges made up of experts from the industry.

At the finals of the BCA-CDL Green Sparks Competition 2010, “Green Wednesday”, a team from the NUS pipped the 19 other teams to clinch the top prize of S$10,000 cash and a plaque.

While all the teams showed commendable efforts and enthusiasm in the research of sustainable solutions for Fuji Xerox Towers, the winning team stood out with their insightful and comprehensive presentation, and displayed a keen awareness of innovative and practical ideas that were also cost-effective and suitable for real life application.

They had proposed a detailed plan and analysis of viable and practical green building solutions for Fuji Xerox Towers, which takes a holistic life-cycle approach, from the implementation of energy efficient infrastructure such as regenerative motors for lifts to sustainable building management practices and stakeholder engagement initiatives, such as a green portal for tenants. Their proposal was clear and well thought-out, reflecting the maturity of their understanding towards the green cause.

Other interesting innovative ideas proposed by the other winning teams included the use of vertical axis wind turbines to leverage on the building’s orientation and unblocked facing. CDL plans to conduct feasibility studies for the most viable ideas with its consultants, for possible implementation as part of the retrofitting plans for Fuji Xerox Towers.

In line with BCA’s 2nd Green Building Masterplan, which places special emphasis on greening existing buildings, this first-of-its-kind green building competition in Singapore was designed to inspire green ideas and thought in the retrofitting of existing buildings with the aim of reducing the building’s energy consumption and lowering its carbon footprint, which could also translate into greater cost savings for building owners.

CDL E-Generation Challenge 2010

The CDL E-Generation Challenge 2010 Champion team, Solar Energy. The group of students from various tertiary institutions walked away with S$1,800 cash - and a fun eco-learning experience. Ms Esther An, CDL's Head of CSR (extreme left), presents the cheque to the jubilant students.

CDL initiated the inaugural CDL E-Generation Challenge, an ecothemed “Amazing Race” style national competition targeted at youths, in celebration of Earth Day 2010. By utilising an eco-tainment platform in the form of a fun green rally, this competition aimed to help raise the level of eco-consciousness amongst the youths in Singapore.

Supported by National Environment Agency and Clean and Green Singapore, the inaugural competition saw some 260 youths in 22 teams taking on a series of eco-challenges in the form of brain teasers, physical tasks, quizzes and activities, that were not only fun but also showcased a range of environmental-related issues including resource conservation, climate change and action.

With “Green Transportation” as the theme, all travel during the competition was designed to be eco-friendly. Beyond moving on foot and public transport, CDL also included innovative electric and hybrid forms of transporters in the Competition as an important message that our choice of transportation has a significant impact on our environment.

Event partners comprised innovators of green transporters in Singapore such as GoGreen Holdings Private Limited (Segway and Sanyo Eneloop e–Bikes), The Green Car Company Pte. Ltd. (electric car model NO More Gas), Greenlots (Electric Scooters) and Hybrid Motors Pte. Ltd. (Prius and Estima hybrid cars from Toyota and the Insight hybrid cars from Honda).

Other supporting organisations included Singapore Polytechnic, Environmental Challenge Organisation (Singapore), Singapore Motor Sports Association as well as CDL’s own City Square Mall, Singapore’s first-eco mall.

Apart from the race, participants and the community-at-large also enjoyed a programme of green exhibits, games and eco-quizzes at the CSM Fountain Square and City Green.

The “greenest” teams walked away with S$1,800 as the 1st prize, S$1,200 for the 2nd prize and S$600 for the 3rd prize, with all participants receiving goodie bags.

Following the success of the inaugural CDL E-Generation Challenge which reinforces CDL’s sustained efforts towards youth development and environmental outreach in Singapore, the eco-themed rally was held for the second year in 2011, centred on the theme of Sustainable Living.

Over 260 youth participants aged 15 to 25 covered 2,300 km using green transport via the inaugural CDL E-Generation Challenge 2010.