Corporate Social Responsibility
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, the A.C.T. Group has chosen to support education and the arts.
We believe that education is the best way for individuals to lift themselves and their families from poverty. It is the great leveller, the primary mechanism to achieve social mobility. We believe that education, and especially education in science and engineering, is one of the fundamental drivers of economic growth. In the educational field, we actively support selected schools and universities with scholarships and donations.
Conversely, what is existence without art? Once our primary needs are met, we, as individuals, need to express ourselves creatively. But of course, not all who create, are worthy of an audience. We, as a society, must recognize and support the few who have the gift to capture the essence of our times, for future generations. In the arts, we support projects which help to showcase our uniquely Singaporean cultural heritage, particularly in theatre arts and cinema. As such, we have been supporting worthy local projects with sponsorship and donations for many years.
A.C. TOH Scholarship
In 2015, ACT endowed the A. C. Toh scholarship at the Singapore University of Technology and Design in honour of the founder of ACT Holdings, the late Mr Toh Aik Choon.
The Scholarship is available to outstanding undergraduates from any nationality or ethnic group pursuing their studies at SUTD and covers tuition costs for the full duration of the undergraduate program (up to 4 years).
• As part of our mission to promote education, ACT is a regular supporter of the MIT Club of Singapore’s Scholarship Fund. The Fund was set up to support undergraduate scholarships at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, as well as SMU and SUTD in Singapore.
President Dr Tony Tan graced the Club’s Fund Raising Dinner in January 2014, which was also attended by
Professor Tom Magnanti (left), President of SUTD, and ACT’s managing director, James Toh (center).
SCGS girls perform at Peranakan night
ACT is also a regular supporter of the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School
• In 1996, ACT supported “December Rains”, Singapore’s first Chinese musical, written by Liang Wern Fook and Jimmy Ye. Originally staged at the World Trade Centre by Brink Creative Company, the highly successful musical play was re-staged in 2010 by Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble the Esplanade, starring Kit Chan. The production was re-staged for its 3rd run in 2015
December Rains : Rehearsal (2010) & 3rd Restage (2015)
ACT is a regular supporter of the Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble
• In 1997, ACT supported the Eric Khoo film “12 Storeys, ” the first Singapore film to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival. Lauded as a truly iconic Singapore film, “12 Storeys” went on the win numerous prizes, including the UOB Young Cinema Prize in 1997, and was invited to over 30 international film festivals.
Jack Neo and Chuan Yi Fong on the set of “12 Storeys”(1997)
courtesy of Zhao Wei Films Pte Ltd
• In 2011, ACT supported “881 – the musical”, a stage adaptation of Royston Tan’s hit local film of the same name. 881, the movie, was the top grossing Asian movie in Singapore in 2007. Following the lives of two getai singers, the movie captures the mood and spirit of the “Seventh Month” festival, still widely celebrated in Singapore each year. The live musical version, adapted by Toy Factory’s Goh Boon Teck, turned out to be a resounding success as well!
Full Dress rehearsal of “881 – the musical” (2010)
courtesy of Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble
Kidney Dialysis Foundation's Event Sponsorship
• ACT supported the KDF Millennium Ride 2014, an inaugural cycling event in February where cycling interest group, EPIC cyclists do their part for KDF by challenging 1, 000 kilometres for charity!
"Supporter of Kidney Dialysis Foundation Millenium Ride” (2014)
Courtesy of KDF
ACT’s managing director James Toh receiving certificate of appreciation from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
at the NUS/SUTD Donor Appreciation Dinner at the Istana in September 2013