Workforce Singapore, Facebook, Nov 21, 2018
Today in our #TransformationThursday stories, hear from Benjamin Chua, founder of Spic & Span, a local cleaning company that provides jobs to ex-offenders, displaced workers and persons with disabilities or who come from marginalised families.
Using technology and with help from the Lean Enterprise Development Scheme (LEDS), Spic & Span was able to invest in automation to make work safer and more efficient for their workers.
Workforce Singapore, Youtube, Nov 13, 2018
Jonathan Tan, NTUC Labourbeat, Feb 14, 2018
An economist by training, 30-year-old Benjamin Chua never expected to go into business, much less set up Spic & Span, a company specialising in supplying commercial cleaning services to offices in the Central Business District.
The turning point came back in 2015, when a friend working in a hotel called with news that seven older workers were being retrenched. The friend wanted to know if there was anything that he and Benjamin could do to help them. Recounting that seminal moment, Benjamin shared how they started a housekeeping company to help the workers find jobs as housekeepers in the various service apartments he got to know through his day job.
“I just took the step forward. We didn’t come in from the business angle. We came in simply because there was a group of people who needed a job and we wanted to do something. I had been volunteering for a while, but this was the first time where I felt that I could be directly involved in helping someone,” said Benjamin, who eventually left his day job in a venture capital firm to devote more attention to growing Spic & Span, which was set up in August 2015.
Wong Kai Yi, Business Times, Dec 18, 2017
DO a Google search on cleaning services in Singapore, and a myriad appear, anything from dry-cleaning services to housekeeping facilities.
However, dig a little deeper into service platforms such as Kaodim and Helpling, and a small company which offers cleaning services to a wide range of private and commercial residences will soon appear.
Spic & Span Pte Ltd is a cleaning services outfit staffed by no more than 50 people, whose office is tucked away in Concorde Shopping Centre on Outram Road.
But this is no run-of-the-mill cleaning firm. Its workers are ex-offenders, displaced workers, persons with disabilities, or come from marginalised families.
Spic & Span’s intention to hire workers who would otherwise have been discriminated against was no accident.
Vivien Ang, sgsme , Nov 8, 2017
MORE than 40 Singapore-based companies, big and small, convened to recognise the inaugural Champions of Good at Shangri-La hotel on Nov 7. Organised by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), the event – graced by Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat as the guest of honour – recognises businesses for their efforts and commitment in giving back to the society.
Melissa Kwee, CEO of NVPC, said: “Society is facing complex challenges at an unprecedented level, and we believe that businesses have the potential to make a significant difference.” Besides driving economic stability, businesses can catalyse social change through their influence, partnerships and business models, she added.
The Champions of Good is a national recognition framework under the Company of Good that was launched by NVPC in partnership with the Singapore Business Federation Foundation in June 2016 to make goodness the business of every organisation. The Champions of Good seeks to recognise leaders in corporate giving who are also influencers and multipliers; and among the winners are CapitaLand Limited, Mastercard and Spic & Span.