Singapore, 28 April 2021 – AIA Singapore today announced a new green pledge to mark its 90th anniversary in Singapore, pledging S$5 million to the National Parks Board's (NParks) registered charity, Garden City Fund, to plant 16,666 trees in Singapore's parks and nature reserves over the next 5 years. These trees will contribute to NParks' OneMillionTrees movement, which aims to plant more than a million trees across Singapore over the next 10 years, as we transform into a City in Nature. AIA's contribution is the largest by an organisation to the OneMillionTrees movement and Garden City Fund's Plant-A-Tree programme, to date.
The life insurer is commemorating this new green pledge and its 90-year milestone today by planting 90 trees at the tranquil Rower's Bay, located at Lower Seletar Reservoir, led by Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration, Mr Desmond Lee. Together with Regional Chief Executive and Group Chief Life Operations Officer of AIA Group, Mr Tan Hak Leh, Chief Executive Officer of AIA Singapore, Ms Wong Sze Keed, Chief Executive Officer of NParks, Mr Kenneth Er, Chairman of Garden City Fund, Professor Leo Tan, as well as the senior management team together with its longest service employees and representatives from AIA.
First opened in 2019, Rower's Bay serves as a rest stop and gathering point for park visitors along part of the first phase of the 150km Round Island Route (RIR). Featuring a picturesque boardwalk, the park brings visitors closer to the water and wetlands that provide food and shelter for native wildlife such as the White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) and Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea). Among the trees planted today include ciritcally endangered native species, namely the Penggu (Horsfieldia irya) and the Powder-Puff Tree (Barringtonia racemosa), which provide food for hornbills and sunbirds.
The trees donated by AIA will enhance the green spaces along island-wide recreational corridors, such as the RIR and Coast-to-Coast Trail, bringing communities closer to scenic parks, as well as strengthening ecological connectivity. The planting of trees will also help create more naturalised landscapes, improving habitats for fauna such as garden birds, butterflies and dragonflies, and enabling visitors to get a closer experience with nature.
Ms Wong Sze Keed, Chief Executive Officer of AIA Singapore, said: "Environmental wellness is a key focus for us moving forward as we look to connect our community more deeply with the environment. Spending time outdoors is integral to our wellbeing and there's nothing like an invigorating green space to keep our minds and bodies healthy. We're delighted to be taking proactive steps to advance the nation's Singapore Green Plan 2030, co-creating more naturalised green spaces and a more sustainable society for families to live healthier, longer, better lives together. As AIA celebrates 90 years in Singapore, we remain dedicated to making positive, long-term contributions to our customers, the community, and the wider environment and ensuring Singapore is a sustainable home for generations to come."
AIA Singapore's green pledge is the first step in the leading life insurer's long-term commitment and investment in Environmental, Social, and Governance, which will see the company make positive contributions to Singapore's sustainability, health, and families. Through engaging initiatives, AIA aims to encourage, enable and empower Singaporeans, and champion inclusion and economic prosperity, while supporting those less fortunate by giving back to the community. In 2020, AIA Singapore also invested more than S$5 million to support employees, the local workforce and the wider community amid COVID-19.
Professor Leo Tan, Chairman of Garden City Fund said: "AIA's contribution today is in line with their purpose to help people live healthier, longer and better lives. The planting of these trees under the OneMillionTrees movement is restoring nature across Singapore, beautifying our surroundings and creating a therapeutic environment for all. In the long-term, as the trees grow, it will not only benefit the local flora and fauna but also contribute to the general well being of generations of people living in our City in Nature. We are grateful to AIA Singapore for their commitment and donation to this programme, and look forward to the start of a long-term partnership."
In celebrating its 90th year in Singapore, AIA will be giving back to customers and the community, where they can look forward to a year of activities and initiatives that is focused on fulfilling its brand promise of enabling people to live healthier, longer, better lives.
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