Overview

DBS Foundation champions social entrepreneurship – businesses for good. We believe that businesses can and should play a key role in solving complex social and environmental issues in a sustainable way, to improve lives and livelihoods. We work with social enterprises in Singapore, India, Indonesia, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong to scale their business and impact. Together, we are building towards our vision of a more inclusive Asia.

Our Approach

ADVOCATE for social enterprises

We build awareness through regional and local events and competitions, bootcamps, workshops, learning forums, and collaborations with like-minded ecosystem partners. Read more about our past programmes and events to see how the Foundation champions businesses for good.

NURTURE to scale impact

Promising social enterprises at various stages of growth are supported through grant funding; customised programmes and mentorship to help them build capacity and expand market access; and gain access to a regional network of social enterprises through DBS Foundation.

INTEGRATE with DBS’ culture and operations

We work across DBS’ six key markets to engage employees in solving challenges faced by social enterprises via skills-based volunteering, introduce procurement of social enterprise offerings, and is the first bank in Singapore to offer a Social Enterprise Banking Package.

 

Our History

Asia’s economic growth in the past few decades have drastically improved the lives of many, but it has also given rise to a myriad of socio-economic problems such as widening income gaps, gender inequality, ageing populations, and environmental challenges. Increasingly, the public, employees, governments and shareholders expect companies to also create positive impact in the society they operate in.

 

Our Impact

DBS Foundation strives to develop a thriving ecosystem to support innovative and sustainable social enterprises. The Foundation supports social enterprises to scale up their businesses and multiply their social impact.

Since inception, DBS Foundation has supported social enterprises engaged in various causes, such as children and youth, women and girls, elderly, disabilities and special needs, rural communities, healthcare, urban poor, environment, capacity building, and heritage and culture.

Partner with DBS Foundation to champion the causes of social enterprises across Asia.

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