Commercial success and community engagement go hand in hand at NTUC Income with about 1,200 staff contributing over 7,500 corporate volunteer hours in the past three years.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2010, Income launched OrangeAid – its corporate social responsibility initiative, to equalise, empower and enable youths in disadvantaged circumstances. Through OrangeAid, the staff at Income have provided financial and volunteering support to a number of local and overseas organisations.
Riding on Income’s leadership in the industry, the insurer pledged to commit 1% of its annual insurance operating profits to OrangeAid’s adopted beneficiaries. Customers also support OrangeAid through regular contributions via a premium roundup programme.
One of OrangeAid’s 10 beneficiaries is Assumption Pathway School (APS). Income staff have been actively involved in supporting the APS Challenge, designed to help students who have faced setbacks, hardships and failures in their lives to achieve personal success and contribute back to the community.
Theodore Teo, Senior Manager and Head, Corporate Social Responsibility of Income said, “The challenges take the students out of their comfort zone to pursue a self-directed goal. NTUC Income is glad to journey with APS students and inculcate in them values of resilience, confidence and adaptability.
Sarah Teo is one of the APS students who benefitted from OrangeAid’s programmes. “I am glad I was part of the APS Challenge in Cambodia,” said Sarah Teo. “We did many things including painting murals to brighten up the school walls and teaching the local children. I was very shy at first, meeting new people and not knowing their language. But I learnt how to use signs to communicate and soon we began to understand each other. I’m glad I took on the challenge as I have learnt to overcome my shyness and have made friends from a foreign country.”