In 2022, we continued to advance our safety journey, including encouraging front-line staff to speak up when they encounter any unsafe act or practice, as well as leveraging technology to digitalise Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) processes. Sadly, despite our best efforts, Keppel O&M suffered three fatalities in two separate incidents at its Singapore yard. We have investigated the incidents and put in place measures to prevent recurrence.
Governance is a key aspect of running our business responsibly and we are focused on enhancing corporate governance, as well as compliance and risk management. As part of the Board’s commitment to achieve a good balance of skills, knowledge, experience as well as diversity among directors, we welcomed Mr Olivier Blum and Mr Jimmy Ng as Independent Directors on the Board with effect from May 2022. Olivier is the Executive Vice-President of Schneider Electric’s Energy Management Business, and was previously Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer of the company; while Jimmy is the Group Chief Information Officer, as well as Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS Bank. Olivier and Jimmy bring to the Board of Keppel their wealth of experience and expertise – for Olivier, in running companies sustainably and driving sustainability-as-a-business on a global scale, and for Jimmy, digitalisation as a corporate strategy – and help ensure that we have access to the best talent as we drive the Group’s strategy.
Strong human capital management is critical to a company’s success. Our workforce remained highly engaged, with an engagement score of 84% in the 2022 Employee Engagement Survey, 4% higher than Mercer’s global average. We continued to invest in training and development, strengthening succession planning and deepening staff engagement. In 2022, our workforce achieved an average of more than 24 hours of training per person, higher than our target of 20 hours. We are committed to fair employment and have also enhanced efforts to improve the overall well-being of employees, including both physical and mental health. To help employees cope with rising prices, we implemented a one-off cost of living subsidy for more junior staff, and also enhanced the flexible benefits programme for junior to mid-level staff with effect from January 2023.
Keppel believes that when our communities thrive, we thrive. We contribute to society in different ways, through charitable donations, community investments, commercial initiatives, as well as staff volunteerism. In 2022, we contributed $4.3 million to worthy causes, including donations made through Keppel Care Foundation, the Group’s philanthropic arm. New programmes unveiled in 2022 include a $1 million donation to Dementia Singapore to be disbursed over three years, as well as partnerships with different stakeholders to support sustainability-related education for the public and school students. Beyond financial support, Keppel’s staff also contributed more than 14,000 hours of volunteer service globally. In China, Keppel’s staff collaborated with local organisations to deliver food items to vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 related lockdowns, while in Vietnam, we launched a Living Well programme to provide clean drinking water for about 20,000 villagers.