RHT Rajan Menon Foundation’s RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute launched to encourage ethical leadership

RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute, a social enterprise under RHT Rajan Menon Foundation (“Foundation”), was officially launched at a virtual forum held yesterday. RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute aims to promote an organisational culture anchored on the five core principles of Governance, Risk Management, Anti-money laundering, Compliance and Ethics.

RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute has developed an app named “ethBe”, as in be ethical, to build an online ecosystem which will connect like-minded leaders and professionals.

The launch, the ethBe app and Guest of Honour Minister Edwin Tong SC’s remarks were featured in local media.

The Straits Times, 5 Nov [Online]: Promoting good governance and ethics in organisations key to growth: Edwin Tong

The Straits Times, 6 Nov [Print]: Governance, ethics and risk management key to healthy firms: Minister

Channel News Asia, 5 Nov – Singapore Tonight @ 10pm

Watch the report here: New app helps professionals, companies share best practices

The RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute will drive change through its digital platform – the “ethBe” app

RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute, a social enterprise under RHT Rajan Menon Foundation (“Foundation”), was officially launched at a virtual forum held today. The RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute aims to promote an organisational culture anchored on the five core principles of Governance, Risk Management, Anti-money laundering, Compliance and Ethics.

During his address, Guest-of-Honour Mr Edwin Tong SC, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, highlighted the importance of the five G.R.A.C.E. principles to enable growth, attract customers and investors, as well as protect jobs and lives of people.

He added that the Singapore government has put in place policies, rules and regulations to support the growth of business while protecting their stakeholders.

During his opening speech, Mr Chew Heng Ching, Chairman of RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute, said, “Today’s launch marks the beginning of a long journey to promote a culture built on the G.R.A.C.E. principles of Governance, Risk Management, Anti-money laundering, Compliance and Ethics. With your support, we are confident that the RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute will grow as a force in years to come.”

Ms Kaylee Kwok, Deputy Chairman of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, said, “The Foundation has embarked on many charitable endeavours since it was established in 2015, supporting various beneficiaries involved in education, the environment, disadvantaged groups as well as the arts and sports. Given the Foundation’s aim to encourage the right philanthropic culture among the corporate and legal fraternity, it is only natural for the Foundation to advocate and promote the five G.R.A.C.E. principles amongst corporates, PMETs and other stakeholders.”

“Having identified the five G.R.A.C.E. principles as key enablers of sustainable growth, the Foundation set out to establish RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute to raise awareness on the importance of these principles,” she added.

Commenting on the ethBe app, Ms Kwok, who also serves as a Board Director of RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute, said, “With the increasing adoption of digital technology both in the workplace and at home, RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute has developed an app named “ethBe”, as in be ethical, to build an online ecosystem which will connect like-minded leaders and professionals. It is envisioned that the app will offer memberships powered by blockchain technology to facilitate sharing and learning of best practices.”

“We would like to thank Minister Edwin Tong SC for sharing his insights with us at the forum today,” she added.

The ethBe app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, functions as a platform to offer certifications, networking, community advice, events and partnerships relating to trending business and corporate issues surrounding the G.R.A.C.E. principles.

Also present at the event was Mr Richard R. Magnus, Chairman of Temasek Foundation Cares, who presented the keynote address as well as a panel of experts who discussed ethics in the US Presidential Elections.

RHTRMF’s GAIL Sustainability Forum 2020 to ensure sustainability efforts amid Covid-19

RHT Rajan Menon Foundation (“Foundation”) held its Greening ASEAN: Initiatives & Leadership (“GAIL”) Sustainability Forum virtually with more than 180 individual and organisation to ensure sustainability efforts remain at the forefront amid Covid-19.

During her keynote address at the forum, Guest-of-Honour Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, shared several ways in which companies can pursue sustainable growth. These include adopting a circular economy approach to resource management, enhancing energy efficiency and forging industry partnerships to harness greater synergies and spark new innovations that could improve operations and processes.

She added that the government is ready to partner businesses in their sustainability journey and highlighted the grants and schemes available to help companies adopt greener systems.

Mr Tan Chong Huat, Chairman of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, said, “As we tackle the crisis of a generation that is Covid-19, we cannot lose sight of the intensifying climate emergency that will affect generations to come. We believe awareness is half the battle and hope that our GAIL Sustainability Forum will help advance the sustainability agenda among the business community in these challenging times. We would like to thank Minster Grace Fu for sharing her insights at the forum today.”

The sustainability forum hosted insightful panel discussions to put a spotlight on success stories from businesses which are leading the way with their efforts to champion sustainable development. In addition, leaders in sustainability shared their insights on topics such as socially responsible investing, redefining consumer culture for a circular economy, carbon trading and the impact of Covid-19 on the sustainable development agenda.

Moderating the discussion titled “Circular Economy – Redefining Consumer Culture”, Mr Raymond Ang, Executive Director of RHT Governance, Risk & Compliance, said, “The tremendous plastic waste generated from takeaway and delivery food during the circuit breaker is a clear signal that our current linear economic model is not sustainable for the long term. Businesses and consumers need to rethink how products can be optimised to reduce waste and recover resources that can be channeled back into production in order to reduce pressure on the environment.”

Jaafar Latiff: Beyond the Familiar

Jaafar Latiff: Beyond the Familiar, supported by RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, was featured in The Straits Times as one of the highlights of Singapore Art Week 2020.

Jaafar Latiff’s (1937-2007) large scale acrylic works is a reflection of how fresh and relevant this second generation artist’s works have stayed. Jaafar began his early career in batik, and eventually moved on to more abstract works combining batik and acrylics. The exhibition features 26 works from the artist’s estate spanning over 40 years of his career.

It includes lesser known computer art and calligraphic pieces as well as a 2m 1978 abstract expressionistic batik painting, Wandering Wonder 3/78.

The exhibition is supported by RHT Rajan Menon Foundation and is curated by Syed Muhd Hafiz. Exhibition opens daily at ArtSpace@Helutrans, 39 Keppel Road, Tanjong District Park, Singapore 089065 from 9th – 19th January 2020.

You can read about the Straits Times feature here:
The Straits Times, 10 JanFour highlights of Singapore Art Week 2020 from Jan 11 to 19