Milestones & Highlights

Knowledge Garden at Jamiyah Children's Home

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In December 2012, Ascott contributed S$18,000 to the Garden City Fund (GCF), a registered charity in Singapore supported by National Parks Board (NParks). GCF works with organisations and individuals to cultivate a love for the environment through education, outreach, conservation efforts and research. In July last year, Ascott launched a Corporate Online Booking campaign which pledged a donation of SGD$1 from every corporate online booking to GCF.

Ascott's contribution has gone towards creating the Knowledge Garden at Jamiyah Children's Home in Singapore. Based on research, gardens promote healthy psychological benefits which stimulate the senses and soothethe mind. The children will not only enjoy the natural environment in their Home but will also be involved in tending to the garden and contributing ideas on the types of vegetables they would like to harvest. The garden will enable the children to harvest several types of crops including chilli, coriander, eggplant, pepper, lemon grass, pandan, spinach, tomatoes and vegetables such as Kang Kong and Kai Lan. The crops will then be harvested and passed to the kitchen to prepare food for the children. The Home has also created a new curriculum, surrounding nature and gardening, to educate the children on the importance of green living.
 
Vice President of Jamiyah, Dr. H. M. Saleem, said that such gardens can educate children about food sources and foster a sense of ownership. He believes that a great deal of knowledge can be learned and positive values can be inculcated to the children through the Knowledge Garden.
 
Ascott's Chief Corporate Officer, Mr Tony Soh, and a group of staff visited the home to present the donation and took part in gardening activities with the children. Some staff and the older children worked together to plant and fertilize various vegetable, while the younger children sang and played games with the staff, presenting a truly heartwarming scene. 
 

Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Certification

As an international corporate socially responsible citizen, Ascott, together with its parent company, CapitaLand, is committed to protecting the environment and upholding the occupational health and safety of everyone in the workplace. The objective is to carry out exemplary Environmental, Health and Safety practices to minimize pollution and health and safety risks; seek continual improvement on its environmental, health and safety performance; comply with pertinent legislations and other requirements, and implement the CapitaLand Green Buildings Guidelines and Occupational Health and Safety programmes across all of CapitaLand’s business units.

At Ascott, our goal is to achieve ISO 14000 and OHSAS 18000 certification at all our operating countries. To generate greater environmental sustainability, we want to ensure that our partners and vendors are on board with us by being EHS certified.

To date, Ascott has achieved the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications for 106 serviced residences across 15 countries[1] in Asia Pacific and Europe.

[1] Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam