Public Sector Takes Lead in Corporate Social Responsibility

Press Release from Universum

SINGAPORE, September 2013 – Universum releases the benchmark index: “Best Corporate Social Responsibility Programmes in Singapore 2013”, based on the preferences of over 6,000 university students who participated in its 2013 student survey.  Eight out of the top 10 organisations best associated with CSR by the future talent population are homegrown, of which seven belong to the public sector. The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth takes the lead, followed by Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Singapore students consider CSR to be increasingly important in employers they find attractive to work for, as evident from the survey findings between last year and this year. Joakim Ström, Managing Director – APAC, Universum says, “Companies in Singapore have definitely caught up with their counterparts in other developed countries in incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility into their business as well as their culture. Talent is also starting to discern employers based on their CSR practices, so every organisation should communicate about their initiatives with current and future employees. However, we would caution against potential negative effects to the employer brand – and corporate brand – for organisations that currently pay lip service to CSR.”

Below is the list of Top 10 organisations with the “Best Corporate Social Responsibiilty Programmes in Singapore 2013”:

Rank Employer


Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth


Ministry of Manpower


Ministry of Social and Family Development


Life Technologies




Singapore Refining Company


Ministry of Education


Economic Development Board


Ministry of Home Affairs


Ministry of Health


The Universum Student Survey 2013 took place between December 2012 and May 2013. A total of 6,012 students from Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Singapore Institute of Management and Singapore Management University provided feedback on their career preferences as well as potential employers.

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Joyce Lee

Marketing Manager – APAC, Universum

Tel: 6536 7524 / 8181 2593

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About Universum

Universum is a global talent company specialising in employer branding*. Founded in 1988, its goal was to improve communication between students and the employers who want to recruit them. Today, Universum’s mission is to help employers excel in recruitment and retention by ensuring improvements to their employer brand. Universum delivers a full range of services in research, strategic consulting and communication solutions that enable employers to better understand, attract and retain current and future ideal employees. Universum is a trusted partner to 1 200 clients, including many Fortune 500 companies, and co-operates with 1 700 universities worldwide to conduct research on the career and employer preferences of top talent. Universum surveys on an annual basis over 400 000 students and professionals worldwide.

*Employer branding is the strategy companies use to appeal to desired current and future ideal talent.


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