DBS partners Singapore Management University (SMU) to launch DBS-SMU Sustainability Initiative

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About the DBS-SMU Sustainability Initiative

The DBS-SMU Sustainability Initiative was launched in February 2019 to support academics, businesses and students passionate about tackling real world sustainability challenges.

It includes the introduction of Singapore’s first sustainability major, as well as funding for sustainability research, scholarships, fellowships and community engagement.

The sustainability major aims to develop graduates with the knowledge and skills to implement sustainable practices in businesses that lead to long-term, measurable impact. It will be offered from Academic Year 2019, which commences in August.

DBS plans to commit over SGD 1 million to this first-of-its-kind initiative in Southeast Asia.


SMU students share what sustainability means to them

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As part of the initiative, SMU will, annually, pair students with relevant skills to work on projects related to organisational improvement in social enterprises which DBS Foundation supports.  Watch on to find out more about some of these social enterprises.

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Four undergraduates share their internship experience at social enterprises


The DBS-SMU Sustainability Initiative includes:

Two DBS Sustainability Fellowships to attract and retain research scholars who will conduct research in sustainability and expand outreach efforts to create meaningful impact. The inaugural fellowships are expected to be awarded in time for Academic Year 2019.

Two DBS Sustainability Scholarships per academic year for students with a view to creating impact for sustainability in Singapore. The inaugural scholarships are expected to be awarded in Academic Year 2019.

An annual DBS Sustainability Business Study Mission, starting in Academic Year 2019, for SMU students to visit regional centres of excellence in sustainability.

DBS-SMU Talent Enterprise Development, where SMU will, annually, pair students with relevant skills to work on projects related to organisational improvement in (up to) 10 social enterprises which DBS Foundation supports. The first batch of project teams is expected to be in place from May-July 2019. Participating social enterprises include Adrenalin, Bettr Barista, Boxgreen, CaptionCube, Edible Garden City, Homage, Treedots, UglyGood and WateROAM.