Building an World

Our collective action is required to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Adopted by the 193 members of the United Nations (UN) in September 2015, the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, cover a wide - ranging set of ambitions to uplift human life, and safeguard our world for future generations. They resonate with Temasek’s commitment to sustainability and good governance as a steward, institution and investor.

We aim to do our part for a better world; an ABC World of Active economies, Beautiful societies, and a Clean Earth. We work with like - minded partners to translate the SDGs into reality.

Active economy Productive jobs Sustainable cities Fulfilling lives
Beautiful Society Resilient individuals Cohesive families Inclusive communities
Clean earth Fresh air Clean water Cool world

An active, robust economy delivers good jobs and creates opportunities.

It is the foundation of stable, secure and sustainable societies. Productive workers can have a sense of pride and dignity, provide for their loved ones and themselves, and look to the future with confidence.

A sustainable and beautiful society fosters resilient individuals, cohesive families and inclusive communities.

Shared values that embrace justice and equality, and expand our common spaces, will strengthen our tolerance, mutual respect, and the ties that bind us together.

A clean, cool Earth is our home and common inheritance.

We must act today to preserve our living space for ourselves and future generations. Fresh air, clean water and a cool world are Earth’s natural gifts, which we must treasure and protect.

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An active, robust economy delivers good jobs and creates opportunities. It is the foundation of stable, secure and sustainable societies. Productive workers can have a sense of pride and dignity, provide for their loved ones and themselves, and look to the future with confidence.

A sustainable and beautiful society fosters resilient individuals, cohesive families and inclusive communities.

Shared values that embrace justice and equality, and expand our common spaces, will strengthen our tolerance, mutual respect, and the ties that bind us together.

A clean, cool Earth is our home and common inheritance.

We must act today to preserve our living space for ourselves and future generations. Fresh air, clean water and a cool world are Earth’s natural gifts, which we must treasure and protect.

Investing for a Sustainable World
A platter of Impossible Burgers, served during a food tasting organised by Impossible Foods.

As an investor, owner and shareholder committed to doing things today with tomorrow in mind, we consider environmental, social and governance factors, alongside commercial considerations, in our business decisions.

We believe that a clean and green environment must go hand in hand with economic development, to deliver prosperity and well-being for our people and communities. We take a long term view of our investments and seek to safeguard the interests of our communities through innovative solutions and sustainable systems, science and technologies.

An example is our investment in Impossible Foods, a company that develops plant-based burger patties with the look, taste and texture of meat. Compared to animal sources, the production of patties from plants requires less land and water, and emits less greenhouse gases.

Science for Improved Lives and Livelihoods
Researchers validating samples, while working to shorten development cycles of treatments for viruses like Zika.

Through initiatives endowed by Temasek such as the Singapore Millennium Foundation (SMF), the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL), and Temasek Foundation (TF) Ecosperity, we contribute to research which can help improve lives.

Established in 2001, SMF funds research in areas such as special needs education, ageing and palliative care, as well as non-medical bio‑science. Projects funded last year include the development of bio-sensors to monitor foodborne bacteria.

TLL was set up in 2002 for basic and applied research. Supported by a team of some 200 scientists led by 25 principal investigators, TLL’s research ranges from the growth of healthy and resilient rice in Tsunami affected areas, to the biological control of disease-spreading mosquitoes.

Among the projects funded by TF Ecosperity last year is one to shorten the development cycle of new antivirals, and another to develop bio-based pesticides for mosquito vector control, as the world warms and mosquito-borne diseases spread.

Better Business for a Better World
Unilever’s CEO, Paul Polman, sharing his experiences running a business focusing on sustainability, at Ecosperity 2017.

In June 2017, we held our fourth Ecosperity conference, which promotes the twinning of a sustainable environment and growth. It was also a call to action for an ABC World, marked by the launch of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission’s (BSDC) Asia report. The report outlined up to US$12 trillion of global business opportunities arising from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as affordable housing for sustainable cities, and energy storage for affordable and clean energy.

Several of our portfolio companies also play their part to help build an ABC World. Singapore Airlines has "green package" flights, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions through measures like utilising biofuels and fuel-efficient aircraft. Sembcorp expanded its renewable energy business by acquiring an Indian leading renewable energy firm, since renamed Sembcorp Green Infra. CapitaLand is one of only two Singapore companies listed in RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook 2017, out of 470 top sustainability-focused companies worldwide.

Innovative Solutions for a Clean, Cool Earth
SATS Aero Laundry workers folding linen, while enjoying the cool breeze from the Airbitat Smart Cooler.

Climate change and global warming are degrading our living environment and impact us all.

We explore innovative solutions for a better living environment, mitigating the worst of environmental disasters.

Two years ago, we commissioned ST Engineering to develop an outdoor air cooling solution for the tropics. The result is the groundbreaking Airbitat Smart Cooler, an eco-friendly system that can deliver 24oC even in the hot, humid conditions of outdoor Singapore, using 80% less energy than an average air conditioner of the same cooling capacity.

ST Engineering was also the first in the world to develop N95-certified face masks specifically for children, to protect them from severe air pollution and haze. Used with certified micro-fans, these masks also make it more comfortable for extended usage for adults, compared to traditional N95 masks.