On 11 July 2014, 150 Nexia TS staff set aside their work to clean up Changi Beach in an effort to serve the community and protect the natural environment. It was a full day event beginning with coastal cleanup activities in the morning, buffet lunch by the beach and some mental stretching team games in the afternoon to round off. Inspite of the scorching heat and body aches, it is undeniably a memorable, meaningful and rewarding day spent for the Nexia TS family.
Over 4,500 pieces of trash, weighing more than 150 kg in aggregate, were collected along the shoreline of Changi Beach, stretching over 3.3 km. Some of the more common items found were cigarette butts and foam containers, consistent with the International Coastal Cleanup 2011 report which ranked first and second. Unique items like a car key and a shaver were also picked up during the cleanup process. The data collected on the trash will contribute to the Ocean Trash Index Report, in collaboration with the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore, the volunteer arm of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the National University of Singapore. It will be used to raise awareness, identify hotspots for debris or unusual trash events, and inform policy solutions.
Besides educating staff on conservation of the environment and protection of marine life through this CSR event, there were also opportunities to foster greater bonding and rapport amongst staff. In the afternoon, staff were split into groups to particiapte in team building exercises. Each team had to complete dedicated tasks located at stations set up along the Changi Beach, which were designed to strengthen team work and to equip in stress management. Prizes were awarded to the top 3 teams who completed the games in the shortest time. The teams who emerged top in the various coastal cleanup contests were also rewarded.
Nexia TS CSR Key Focus: Education
During the financial crisis of 2008 to 2009, Nexia TS Managing Director, Mr. Henry Tan, initiated the Nexia TS scholarships for the financially needy students in NTU, SMU and SIM, who are pursuing the Accountancy degree. In recent years, Nexia TS has also set up study awards for students at the tertiary level to further motivate their study interests in Accounting & Finance and also scholarships for financial needy students in UniSIM and Temasek Polytechnic.
To date, Nexia TS has supported 16 scholars through its Education focus since 2008. Besides setting up scholarships and study awards with local universities and polytechnics, Nexia TS is also recognised as an Accredited Training Organisation to train Chartered Accountant of Singapore under Singapore Qualification Programme by Singapore Accountancy Commission. Nexia TS is one of the first local accounting firms to be accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales to provide the supervision of professionals undergoing traineeship to qualify as Chartered Accountants.
Nexia TS CSR Key Focus: Community Welfare
Nexia TS and its staff are working towards a paperless working environment by adopting electronic working paper and documentation and enterprise resource planning system. Our Go Green initiative includes the Shred-it recycling program where large quantities of unwanted documents are recycled. Nexia TS has saved an average of 33 trees from destruction each year since 2009.
On an annual basis, Nexia TS has supported and sponsored POSB in its POSB Run for Kids for three consecutive years since 2009. Funds raised went towards an education welfare fund for the less privileged primary school children, to be administered by the Punggol Central Community Club, and the Singapore Children’s Society. Nexia TS has also been participating in the Boy’s Brigade Share-A-Gift project since 2008. With money contributed by staff and matching contribution from the firm, we purchased daily household items and groceries for distribution to the poor and needy families. Our little efforts can go a long way in bringing happiness to the 6,500 needy households in our society.
About Nexia TS:
Nexia TS was founded in 1993 by two experienced chartered accountants – Henry Tan and Sitoh Yih Pin. After working as managers for one of the international accounting firms, they saw a vision and an opportunity to establish their own organisation – not any accounting firm – but one which is unique in their personalised and well-qualified expertise.
To date, Nexia TS is recognised as an established mid-tier local accounting firm. We have grown significantly in size over the years. Being an independent member firm of Nexia International, we are affiliated to accounting firms in many parts of the world. This means that our clients will get to enjoy personalised, comprehensive and quality services at competitive rates in Singapore and globally. Our reputation for quality has been recognised by clients and accounting professionals. As testimony to this, we are among the first few local accounting firms to be accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia to provide supervision of professionals undergoing traineeship to qualify as Chartered Accountants.
Headquartered in Singapore, Nexia TS has established a strong presence in various countries across the region. Nexia China is a one-stop centre providing advisory services for foreign-invested enterprises in China. NTS Malaysia and NTS Myanmar provide a full suite of corporate advisory services for our clientele with operations and new foreign investments in the respective countries. Nexia International is an international network of accounting and consulting firms with origins going back to 1971, making Nexia International one of the longest established networks. Currently, with more than 28,000 professional staff serving our clients at over 650 offices in 115 countries, it is ranked as the top 10 largest international accounting and consulting network.
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