1 December 2021
SINGAPORE — This holiday season, Manulife is giving each member of its 37,000-strong global team, including over 700 employees in Singapore, the equivalent of $50 CAD in their local currency to create an act of kindness in their local communities. Titled the #ManulifeActofKindness programme, the initiative was first launched in 2020 to enable Manulife staff all over the world to pay good deeds forward and extend benevolence to their neighbours who need it most.
All members of its global team are encouraged to take the time to carry out a personal act of kindness that is most meaningful to them and share their stories of support on social media using the #ManulifeActofKindness hashtag. These stories will also be rechannelled to the official campaign website, manulife.com/actofkindness.
“A company is only as strong as its community and we at Manulife firmly believe that every person has a role to play in building up a resilient, well-resourced and altruistic society,” said Dr. Khoo Kah Siang, Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Singapore. “As many in our midst continue to navigate through the effects of the pandemic, we wanted to empower people to lend practical help to the ones around them, especially in this year-end season. Small gestures can create a big impact and we’re excited to see how the #ManulifeActofKindness programme can truly be an effective force for good.”
In Singapore, the organisation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) council is stretching their commitment to the #ManulifeActofKindness programme with a fundraiser for the beneficiaries of Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) and Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). The proceeds will go towards providing special education, vocational training and employment support services for APSN special needs trainees and supporting YWCA’s community programmes such as Sustenance for Families, Meals-on-Wheels, the Empowering Mums Project and the YWCA House that serves as a platform for young women to start anew and rebuild their lives for a better future.
Globally, Manulife has continuously partnered with and supported like-minded organisations that seek to help people live healthier and more financially secure lives. In 2020 alone, Manulife’s total direct corporate donations amounted to $21 million, with an additional $4.2 million in colleague donations contributed. These donations have also been amplified by deeds, with a total of 31,795 volunteer hours invested to meaningful causes across the globe in the same year.
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services provider that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we provide financial advice and insurance, operating as Manulife across Canada, Asia, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. Through Manulife Investment Management, the global brand for our global wealth and asset management segment, we serve individuals, institutions and retirement plan members worldwide. At the end of 2020, we had more than 37,000 employees, over 118,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving over 30 million customers. As of September 30, 2021, we had CAD$1.4 trillion (US$1.1 trillion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made CAD$31.6 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia and Canada, and the United States, where we have served customers for more than 155 years. We trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong. Not all offerings are available in all jurisdictions. For additional information, please visit manulife.com
About Manulife Singapore
Established in 1899, Manulife Singapore provides insurance, retirement and wealth management solutions to meet the financial needs of our customers across their various life stages. Customers can readily access our solutions through our extensive multi-channel distribution network. In addition to our established agency force, we distribute our products through a number of specialist partners, including banks and financial advisory firms.
For more information on Manulife Singapore, visit manulife.com.sg.
Jason Lee / Esther Subramaniam