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The ONE (SINGAPORE) Awards 2013

At ONE (SINGAPORE), we are fortunate to meet like-minded companies and individuals who share our passion to Make Poverty History and create The World We Want. Often, they go about their work quietly and we would like to recognize them for their extraordinary dedication and service to the community. So without further ado, we bring you The ONE (SINGAPORE) Awards!

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The ONE Hero: Jolovan Wham

The ONE Hero Award recognises an individual who is making an outstanding contribution to the community and positive impact in the world around them. The ONE Hero shares our passion to Make Poverty History and create The World We Want.

Jolovan consistently stands up for the rights of impoverished migrant workers and locals alike. On any given day, you might find him rushing to the airport to stop the forced deportation of foreign workers who have injury or non-payment cases pending with their employer. Or he could be making a late night visit to a worker dormitory to document appalling sanitary conditions. Although Jolovan is best known for his work with the migrant community, he is increasingly involved in other rights issues as well.

Johan van Vuuren, Dimension Data’s Director of People & Culture for Asia Pacific (centre) with ONE (SINGAPORE)’s Joe Wan and Michael Switow.

Corporate Community Engagement Award: Dimension Data Asia

This award is presented to a company in recognition of outstanding community initiatives that are in line with the campaign to Make Poverty History. The winner should demonstrate a commitment to the community, not just profits.

Dimension Data Asia has a strong employee-driven culture, which extends into their operations, of giving back to society. Across the region, the company’s employees have joined the global campaign to Stand Up and Take Action Against Poverty as well as purchased student-made t-shirts to fund the distribution of malaria nets. With ONE (SINGAPORE), Dimension Data has supported flood relief in Pakistan and contributed to our MDG Fund, which works with a number of MDG-related projects throughout the region. The company also has a great internal CSR programme called Heads, Hearts and Hands (HHH) that operates across the breath of their global business, involving 51 countries across five regions.l.

Schneider Electric’s Country President for Singapore and Brunei, Ang Koon San, is presented The ONE (SINGAPORE) Award by NMP Laurence Lien while ONE (SINGAPORE) co-founder Michael Switow looks on.

Corporate Community Engagement Award: Schneider Electric Singapore

This award is presented to a company in recognition of outstanding community initiatives that are in line with the campaign to Make Poverty History. The winner should demonstrate a commitment to the community, not just profits.

Schneider Electric Singapore has put its core business strengths to use to help non-profit organizations. For example, instead of simply donating money (which they also did) to Willing Hearts, Schneider sent some of their best people to the soup kitchen to help it find ways to cut its energy costs, which is a win-win for the environment and Willing Hearts’ bank balance. Schneider Electric is also a key supporter of The ONE Food Drive.

This article was written by Charlene Ng and edited by Michael Switow. The photos were taken at The ONE Ball 2013, where the inaugural awards were presented.

See the winners of the 2015 ONE (SINGAPORE) awards here.

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