Roxy Sustainability

BOARD STATEMENT

The Year 2020 had been an extraordinary time for each one of us here at Roxy-Pacific Holdings Limited (“the Group”). Economic uncertainties caused by the trade war and Brexit as well as climate events were drastically worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic that brought about major disruption to the world.

As the hotel and tourism industry took one of the largest and most direct hits from the pandemic, the Group poured in substantial efforts to support and sustain our hospitality arm through these challenging months. Just days after the Circuit Breaker was announced nationwide, Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy (“the Hotel”) heeded the government’s call for temporary accommodation to house returning Singaporeans. Since then, our Hotel has responded effectively to the needs of the Government by adapting the property based on the changing phases of the pandemic and corresponding needs of the managing agency. As of January 2021, the Hotel remains contracted as a Government Quarantine Facility and seeks to meet the lodging needs of community members under quarantine orders. Despite the uncertain environment, our hospitality team remains committed to providing the best service possible while adhering to existing guidelines.

Our management has also kept a close watch on the progress of the pandemic while taking into consideration the safety and wellbeing of our employees. The Group has implemented an alternate team arrangement since March 2020 to ensure business continuity. Currently, our employees are still encouraged to work from home and limit their time in office premises for their safety and wellbeing. The Group has also implemented various safety measures and efforts for the wellbeing of all our stakeholders and the details are disclosed in the respective sections of this report.

With regards to our community and social responsibility activities, the Group has continued to engage our communities and core charity groups. Despite being unable to hold our physical fundraising activities and events, we have remained flexible and sought alternative channels of communication and outreach with our beneficiaries to ensure that they continue to receive our support. Over the 12 months, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) network has provided approximately S$68,000.00 in assistance to various charity organisations and community arms.

Against this challenging backdrop, the Group remains committed to building a sustainable business and will continue to reach out to all our stakeholders. The material factors covered in this report remains relevant and we strive to improve on our efforts in managing the environment, social and governance (ESG) factors, especially in this unprecedented climate. Roxy-Pacific Holdings Limited hopes that we, together with our stakeholders, will emerge stronger from this pandemic and economic downturn by turning this period of challenges into new opportunities and growth for the years ahead.

 

 

Roxy Foundation

REMAINING DYNAMIC

In year 2020, we journeyed through one of the worst pandemics the world has ever experienced. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered and affected the lives of many as businesses and communities struggle to get through this unprecedented time.

Unfortunately, the need for social distancing has disrupted our normal operations which has led to the cancellation of our annual carwash fundraising event and numerous activities that we usually organize during the festive period for our beneficiaries. However, this has not stop us from adapting and thinking of new ideas to engage with our beneficiaries while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all. Notwithstanding, the challenges and uncertainties brought by the pandemic, we look forward to more engagements and charity events in the year to come.

Old is Gold

Touch Fund-raising – January 2020

Prior to COVID-19, in January 2020, TOUCH’s fund-raising event was held in our Hotel with Mrs. Goh Chok Tong as the Guest of Honor. Apart from sponsoring both the dining venue and meal, we had 28 staff who volunteered to serve the elderly patrons their meal as well.

Chinese New Year Lunch – Feburary 2020

The following month, we funded another Chinese New Year lunch for 100 senior citizens from the Marine Parade Foo Hai Elderly Lodge. The meal was conducted in the safety and comfort of their centre due to the onset of the pandemic.

 

  • Distribution of food items to families in Marine Parade

  • Distribution of food items to families in Marine Parade

  • Receipient of Roxy Foundation

  • Chinese New Year Lunch with the Elderly

  • Christmas dinner at Evangeline Booth Girl's Home in Medan

 

We Are Family

Sharing and Caring for Families

As per previous years, Roxy Foundation continued to commit a sum of $25,000 to the South East Community Development Council. The funds will be used to purchase essential items for needy families across six of their family services centres. This year, South East CDC received an increased number of requests, especially for help in purchasing infant formula and other essentials due to the loss of income and financial uncertainty faced by numerous families because of the pandemic.

Hari Raya Distribution – May 2020

During the Hari Raya festival in May, we partnered with WeCare Marine Parade to reach out to 30 low-income families in the Marine Parade housing estate by giving them $150 worth of Hari Raya cooking and food items each.

Roxy Strong Families Initiative – May 2020

$5,000 was donated through the Roxy Foundation Strong Families initiative to WeCare Marine Parade for their year-end event in which Book Prizes, Outstanding Student Awards and Partnership in Parenting Awards were given out to nominated students and parents.

 

  • Distribution of food items to families in Marine Parade

  • Distribution of food items to families in Marine Parade

  • Receipient of Roxy Foundation

  • Chinese New Year Lunch with the Elderly

  • Christmas dinner at Evangeline Booth Girl's Home in Medan

 

We Are The World

Helping Migrant Workers – April 2020

In April, during the peak of the COVID-19 cases in Singapore, we donated a sum of $10,000 to the Real Estate Developer’s Association of Singapore (REDAS) to aid their efforts in helping affected migrant workers in the built environment/construction sector.

Red Cross Donation – November 2020

In November, countries like Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam experienced one of the worst storm surges and torrential floods in recent history. These events severely impacted their communities, which were already suffering due to the pandemic. In response to the Singapore Red Cross’ public appeal, we donated a sum of $10,000 to aid in disaster relief and recovery operations in these affected countries.

Christmas Event for Salvation Army Evangeline Booth Girl’s Home

As part of our overseas efforts, we sponsored a Christmas dinner and prepared gifts for the children at the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth Girl’s Home in Medan.

Make a Wish Foundation – Australia/New Zealand

Lastly, our team in Australia/New Zealand continued with their annual support to the Make a Wish Foundation by donating NZ$11,500 to the Over the Edge for Wishes event and by sponsoring our 205 Queen Street building as the venue. Unfortunately, due to the unpredictability of the current situation, the event was cancelled due to a sudden lockdown. Regardless, we look forward to supporting the foundation again next year and through other means if necessary.

 

  • Distribution of food items to families in Marine Parade

  • Distribution of food items to families in Marine Parade

  • Receipient of Roxy Foundation

  • Chinese New Year Lunch with the Elderly

  • Christmas dinner at Evangeline Booth Girl's Home in Medan