Five organisations from the public and private sectors have been selected as winners of the Great Companies for Dads Awards 2021

Launched by the Centre for Fathering (CFF) and DADs for Life, the Great Companies for Dads Awards is Singapore’s first award to recognise outstanding organisations with policies and practices that support fathers and help them thrive in the workplace. It is organised in partnership with Families for Life and in support of the Made for Families initiative.

These organisations received the awards from President Halimah Yacob at a ceremony on 3 March 2021 (pictured). They hail from industries such as manufacturing, education, property and government. The winners are City Developments Limited, Ministry of Defence/Singapore Armed Forces (MINDEF/SAF), Michelman Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd, Ministry of Social and Family Development and Singapore Management University.

In addition, another eight companies received letters of commendation for their efforts in encouraging work-life integration in their organisations. These include:

  • Maha Bodhi School
  • Qiren Organisation
  • Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (S) Pte Ltd
  • Eu Yan Sang (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Kemin Industries (Asia) Pte Ltd
  • Kim Choo Kueh Chang Pte Ltd
  • Samsui Supplies & Services Pte Ltd
  • Autobahn Motors (S) Pte Ltd

The next Great Companies for Dads Awards will take place in 2022. We look forward to your participation in the next round of awards!

Why become a Great Company for Dads?

Great Companies for Dads attract talented employees.

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97% of working fathers would be attracted to work for a company which supports them in managing work and family commitments. – TAFEP-ST Survey 2018
Great Companies for Dads have highly productive employees because they make family enrichment programmes available and accessible to their employees.
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Landmark studies by Greenhaus and Powell (2006) have found that family enrichment is an effective solution to work-family conflict. Family enrichment includes workshops that helps the employee in his or her role as a spouse and a parent.
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63% of working fathers with young children say that they would consider leaving a company if there is a lack of work-life programmes. – TAFEP-ST Survey 2018
Great Companies for Dads have a high utilization of their family-friendly policies, such as the Paternity Leave, due to the supportive culture in the workplace.
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Two-thirds of eligible fathers did not take any paternity leave last year…The take-up rate for paternity leave was 35 per cent last year, compared with 53 per cent in 2017. – ST 6 Aug 2019
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Employees are more encouraged to take advantage of family-friendly policies when they feel supported by the organization. – Clark 2001
Great Companies for Dads empower women.
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Women do 4 times more unpaid care work than men in Asia. The report says that unpaid care work is the main barrier preventing women from getting into, remaining and progressing in the labour force. – International Labor Organization
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There will be a more equitable division of labour at home, thus enabling wives to pursue their career aspirations when fathers are encouraged to do more at home.

Ways to become a Great Company for Dads

  • Participate in the Eat With Your Family initiative.
  • Organise a lunch time talk
  • Start a Father Group (What’s that?) in your workplace
  • Create a supportive culture for fathers in the company
  • Make our programmes and workshops available to your employees
  • Donate to us
  • Like our Facebook page
  • And more

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