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Our Sustainability Journey

Each pillar represents Sheng Siong’s commitments to create a sustainable and positive impact in the business, the workplace, the community and the environment.
Please refer to our annual Sustainability Report for more information.
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Care for our Community

Honey cannot be made from a single bee Nor porridge, from a single grain
– Chinese Proverb –
As a retailer, our core business revolves around the day-to-day running of our stores, but we also recognise our standing as neighbours who are part of a greater local community. Through a collaborative joint effort, we can realise something more worthwhile. Having benefitted greatly from the Singapore customer base and community, we also strive to play to our strengths as a major retailer and do what we can to reciprocate and enrich the lives around us.

Sheng Siong strongly believes that we should always give back to the society with gratitude. Every year, we make an effort to provide financial assistance as well as sponsorships in-kind, lending our hands to those who are less fortunate. The spirit of giving has been well embraced by the Group as care for the community, for our customers, and for employees.

We believe that charitable contributions should go beyond the monetary form. Therefore, when it comes to giving back to the community, Sheng Siong’s focus has consistently been a contribution of resources such as space, time, effort and labour.

The supermarket is a space where the community congregates and we believe that we have an important role to play in promoting the community spirit, racial harmony, and neighbourliness, as well as supporting conversations on what matters to our community and environment.

Some of our initiatives include:

Since 2012, we have collaborated with the Red Cross Youth annually in collecting hampers of food, toiletries and household items for the needy. We assisted in preparing the hampers for distribution to beneficiaries from skipped-generation families, single-parent households and low-income households each year.

Sheng Siong Queen Bee Programme

Sheng Siong collaborated with SkillsFuture Singapore in 2020 to drive the Sheng Siong Queen Bee programme. We are also the first Queen Bee partner to be appointed for the retail sector. As a Queen Bee, Sheng Siong has been championing the development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and suppliers, equipping them with the necessary skills to scale up their digital capabilities. In August 2022, we hosted a closed-door visit for Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat to share on this programme.

Since 2017, we partnered with Heartwarmers Volunteer Group for a ground-up initiative called “Project 100=50”, through a collaboration with multiple parties including Henderson-Dawson CCC, Nee Soon Central Grassroots Organisations and Sree Narayana Mission Home, and has since expanded to include Tampines North CCC, Kembangan-Chai Chee Social Team and Jurong Spring CCC. Project 100=50 allows selected beneficiaries to purchase items at a 50% discount, up to a maximum discount of $50. These invited beneficiaries typically belong to lower middle-income families who require some form of financial help. The programme had helped these beneficiaries save money when buying groceries through discounted prices.

Sheng Siong had supported these events by setting up booths, providing shopping trolleys, baskets, fridges and shopping bags. Our colleagues from the House Brand Department have also volunteered their services, contributing many volunteer hours at these events.

Since 2014, we have collaborated with the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDs) through their enclave work model. We host 10 MINDs beneficiaries to work at our vegetable packing department. They work alongside our staff, dine with us for lunch at our canteen, and are invited to our company’s annual family day event to socialise with our employees.

Support Local Farms

In the recent 2019 Budget announcement, Singapore targets to produce 30 per cent of Singapore’s nutritional needs locally by 2030 in a bid to strengthen food security amidst increasing threats from climate change. Here are a few examples of local farms that we support among others:

Quan Fa Organic Farm (全發有机农场) is an organic farm located in Lim Chu Kang near Singapore’s western water catchment area. By carrying Quan Fa’s organic farm produce at our selected retail outlets, we join the government’s effort to make Singapore a more vibrant society. We hope that the presence of organic product at Sheng Siong’s mass market distribution channels will encourage venture capital interest for the support of farms in Singapore’s rural areas.

Yili Vegetation & Trading Pte Ltd is a local farm for leafy vegetables producing some of Singapore’s favourite vegetables like Xiao Bai Cai, Kang Kong, and Cai Xin. By carrying Yili’s vegetables in our stores, we hope to help them to build a value brand of safe, quality, and affordable locally produced vegetables and improve demand among our customers.

N&N Agriculture is an egg producer which operates its own egg laying farm in Singapore. For over a decade, Sheng Siong has been stocking up fresh eggs from this homegrown producer. Today, all our stores carry local eggs packed by N&N. Since 2017, Sheng Siong has also worked with N&N to produce our housebrand “Heritage Farm Fresh Eggs (10s)”. Besides playing our part to support local produce, we are also mindful of reducing our carbon footprint by distributing the eggs through our central distribution centre to all our stores.

Support for World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed globally on 31 May every year to raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and to encourage people to quit smoking. Sheng Siong has been actively supporting this initiative by voluntarily halting the sale of tobacco products in all its stores on this day since 2015.