A total of 15 companies and organisations were recognised as Exemplary Employers on Friday (Apr 8) by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP).
Among those who received the award were the American Club, Aviva and West Spring Primary School. The American Club also received a special mention for building an inclusive workplace culture, while Aviva and West Spring Primary School also received special mentions for supporting fair and progressive employment practices.
TAFEP also introduced a new category called the I-Future Award, which recognises organisations that have put in place “holistic and progressive strategies to prepare for the workforce of tomorrow”. DBS Bank won the inaugural award.
The number of recipients this year is the highest since the award’s inception in 2010. It also coincides with TAFEP’s 10th anniversary.
This year’s number of recipients increased despite a more stringent judging criteria and challenging business environment, TAFEP said. The evaluation process included site visits and interviews with employees, senior management and HR representatives.
Mr Douglas Foo, Co-Chairperson of TAFEP and Vice-President of the Singapore National Employers Federation, said: “Their achievements positively demonstrate how far we have come in terms of building fair, inclusive and progressive workplaces that benefit both organisations and their staff. I encourage more employers to work with TAFEP to create workplaces that value diversity and nurture the development of different strengths and capabilities.”
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, who was the guest of honour at the event, said employers must invest in their human capital, in addition to investing in technology and automation to enhance competitiveness.
“The desired outcome is to help workers be happy, healthy, productive and purposeful – H2P2. Companies with H2P2 workers will do better. They can better attract and retain good workers and stay competitive,” he said.
Commenting on “triple weak” – those with a weak Singaporean core, weak commitment to nurture a Singaporean core, and making weak contributions to the economy and society – and “triple strong” companies, Mr Lim said TAFEP will be repositioned to play a more active role in countering the triple weak companies and engaging the triple strong companies.
More details will be announced during Friday’s Committee of Supply debate in Parliament, he said.
The recipients of the Exemplary Employers award are:
- 3E Accounting
- Admiralty Primary School
- Courts (Singapore)
- Federal Express (Singapore)
- MatchMove Pay
- Maybank Singapore
- National Environment Agency
- Network Express Courier Services
- Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC Bank)
- Singapore General Hospital
- SSTC Institute
- The American Club
- West Spring Primary School
news source: channelnewsasia.com