DBS unveils new caf concept to embed sustainability ethic among employees


Singapore, November 18, 2022 – DBS has opened the doors of DBS Better World Cafea new 11,300 square foot employee cafe that aims to inspire the DBS team to do their part for a more sustainable world through food.

Erwin Chong, Group Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration at DBS, said, “At DBS, we are advancing our sustainability agenda through multiple avenues, and that includes embedding sustainability into the fabric of our operations. In conceptualizing DBS Better World Café, we challenged ourselves to create a differentiated employee experience that goes beyond the functional. We hope that by incorporating elements of sustainability into as many aspects of coffee as possible, DBS Better World Café can serve as a beacon of inspiration for our employees and guests, and perhaps even encourage them to become advocates for sustainability in their own lives.”

Located in Tower 3 of Singapore’s Marina Bay Financial Center, DBS has incorporated a host of new sustainability features into the cafe’s operations:

Sustainable kitchen

  • DBS worked with local catering company Chilli Padi Holding Pte Ltd to curate a menu using ingredients sourced from local farms and suppliers with responsible farming practices. These products include cage-free chicken and eggs that are “Cruelty-Free Certified” by HFAC.[1]BAP labeled fish[2] aquaculture and mushroom farms without pesticides.

  • DBS has partnered with Chilli Padi to create kitchen job opportunities for disadvantaged people at local social enterprise The Social Kitchen. Discussions are also underway to provide internship opportunities for students studying at APSN[3].

  • Bettr Barista, a social enterprise supported by the DBS Foundation as well as Singapore’s first Certified B Company[4]also opened a coffee bar offering drinks made from responsibly sourced coffee beans.

Minimize the carbon footprint

  • With its experience in the development DBS Newton green, Singapore’s first net-zero bank building, DBS deployed occupancy-based lighting and air conditioning systems along with energy-efficient appliances to minimize the café’s energy requirements. Heat pumps have also been installed in the kitchen to exploit waste heat generated by refrigerators and freezers to produce hot water.

  • Only eco-concrete certified by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore has been used for all café screeds. To avoid generating unnecessary embodied carbon, cafe furniture was recycled or repurposed from other parts of the bank where possible, while cafe walls and artwork were made from of recycled waste.

Giving new life to food waste

  • In line with the bank’s Towards Zero Food Waste initiative, DBS has deployed food composting stations for employees to dispose of leftover food, diverting food waste from Singapore’s shrinking landfills. All tableware and take-out packaging used at the cafe is fully compostable, making food composting even easier.

  • DBS contracted Aperion Twin Gem Biofuel, a local company specializing in used oil recycling, to convert used cooking oil from the kitchen into biofuel to power the cafe’s backup generator.

Patricia Lee, Director of Chilli Padi Holding Pte Ltd, said: “Committing to sustainability is not just a commitment – the collective effort of like-minded partners is more important than ever as we look for ways better and innovative ways to move towards a more sustainable future for generations to come. We are pleased to partner with DBS to push the boundaries and bring our first sustainable kitchen concept to their employees.

Chong added, “We are grateful to embark on this journey with an ecosystem of like-minded partners who share our vision for a better world. DBS Better World Café is a living experience of how the employee experience can be merged with sustainability, and we look forward to new collaborations as we continue to introduce new spaces and concepts within the café in the months to come.”

[1] Humane Farm Animal Care is a leading international certification organization based in the United States dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals in food production, from birth to slaughter. In 2019, DBS provided Chew’s Eggs with Singapore’s first sustainability-related loan for an SME to support the egg farmer’s transition to more sustainable and humane egg production methods.
[2] Managed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance, the Best Aquaculture Practices, or BAP, certification is the only third-party aquaculture sustainability certification program in the world.
[3] APSN is a social service agency in Singapore that provides special education, vocational training and employment support services for people with mild intellectual disabilities.
[4] The B Corp certification is one of the strictest sustainability certifications in the world and recognizes companies that voluntarily meet high standards of social and environmental performance.

About DBS
DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, present in 19 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is present in all three major Asian growth areas: Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The bank’s “AA-” and “Aa1” credit ratings are among the highest in the world.

Recognized for its global leadership, DBS has been named “The best bank in the world ” by Global Finance, “The best bank in the world” by Euromoney and “World Bank of the Year” by The Banker. The bank is at the forefront of using digital technology to shape the future of banking, having been named “World’s Best Digital Bank“by Euromoney and the world”The Most Innovative in Digital Banking by The Banker. Additionally, DBS was granted the “Asia’s Safest Bankawarded by Global Finance for 14 consecutive years from 2009 to 2022.

DBS offers a full range of services in the area of ​​personal, SME and corporate banking. As a bank born and bred in Asia, DBS understands the intricacies of doing business in the region’s most dynamic markets. DBS is committed to building lasting relationships with its customers because it does its banking the Asian way. Through the DBS Foundation, the bank creates an impact beyond the bank by supporting social enterprises: enterprises with a double profit and social and/or environmental impact. The DBS Foundation also gives back to society in a variety of ways, including equipping communities with future-ready skills and building food resilience.

With its extensive network of operations in Asia and a focus on engaging and empowering its people, DBS presents exciting career opportunities. For more information, please visit www.dbs.com.


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