Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Group continued its commitment to supporting the communities we operate in while caring for its people.
Giving back to the community
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Singapore government distributed aid to companies in the form of a Job Support Scheme to help subsidise wages and retain staff. After careful deliberation, our Executive Board decided that Jebsen & Jessen would accept only a portion of the allocated funds, opting instead to pass on the remainder to local charitable organisations. The Group made philanthropic efforts to support five charitable organisations — Children’s Aid Society, Riding for the Disabled Association Singapore, Children’s Cancer Foundation, Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), and St. John’s Home for Elderly Persons.
In the spirit of giving back and standing in solidarity with our community, our colleagues in Singapore have also launched a food drive to help those in need.
Racing for avoidable blindness
We wrapped up the Jebsen & Jessen-Orbis Virtual Race4Sight: 40-Day Challenge ahead of World Sight Day on October 14, 2021. Organised as part of our partnership with Orbis Singapore, an international charity that prevents and treats avoidable blindness, the event gave supporters the opportunity to learn about the challenges faced by the visually impaired. Several Jebsen & Jessen employees also had the chance to pair up with visually impaired participants to be their ‘eyes’ for a day.
“We are proud to be supporting Orbis in its initiatives to prevent avoidable blindness. It was a privilege for me to walk with Orbis Ambassador Bernard Chew at the Singapore Bukit Timah Hill and learn how the community can contribute towards Orbis’s outreach and sight-saving initiatives,” said Group Chairman Heinrich Jessen.
Promoting health and wellness
In 2020, we piloted the Health & Wellness programme as part of our commitment to supporting our people. Our Health and Wellness initiatives build on five elements which are Physical, Environmental, Mindfulness, Social and Financial that our employees have shown strong interest in.
We are grateful to our 2021 Health & Wellness Committee members and to all colleagues for actively participating in these initiatives. From organising talks on vaccinations and mental health to sweating it out together via Fun-Fit Classes and Sports Day, the Committee created fun and engaging opportunities for colleagues to participate enthusiastically. This togetherness was prominently demonstrated during the Group’s Sports Day, with team spirits running high, showing that we are inherently #JJStrongerTogether.