Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Program in its 10th Year

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Cross-Sector Endeavour Continues to Cultivate Corporate Social Responsibility


 – 6 July 2020 – Citigroup
 (NYSE: C) – The Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Program (CIP) is celebrating
its 10th year of providing internship opportunities for local
university business students at local non-profit organizations (NGOs). Since
its launch in 2010, nearly 700 interns have been nurtured through the program.


by Citi and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), Citi-HKCSS
Community Intern Program is a first-of-its-kind cross-sector collaboration
between academia, business and the NGO sector. Sponsored by Citi, the program
aims to foster an exchange of knowledge, ideas and expertise between Hong
Kong’s emerging business leaders and local non-profit organizations, through an
array of activities ranging from marketing, event management and fundraising to
day-to-day operations for NGOs. Most importantly, the program enhances the
concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the participating business
university students in Hong Kong.

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Wayne Fong, Head of Corporate Affairs, Citi Hong Kong, said, “This year marks
the 10th year of our collaborative effort with HKCSS. We are
delighted to have forged cross-sector partnerships for mutual learning and
contribution between local university business students and local non-profit
organizations. Over previous years, the program has served as a stage and a
classroom for resourceful young people to excel and improve their expertise and
ideas, while offering local NGOs more innovative solutions to anticipating
challenges and a chance to build awareness in the sector. Citi has a firm
commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and strives to enable the
economic growth and progress of different stakeholders in the Hong Kong community.
We hope our future business leaders will carry with them a broadened
understanding of community needs and continue to dedicate themselves to the betterment
of society in their future careers.”


John Fung, Business Director, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service said, “Without
the strong and continuous support from Citi, this program would not have come
into its 10th year. Cross-sector partnerships and multiple
beneficiary designs are niches of the program. NGOs have got solid manpower and innovative
marketing support to improve their works. Local university business students
are able to get in touch with different underserved groups and gain in-depth
understanding of the social situation. This internship program offers comprehensive
experiential learning opportunities to enhance the future skills of the youth, preparing
them to be inclusive leaders with a social mindset. Today, I am very happy to have
two alumni, who graduated in 2010 and 2015, here to share their career successes
with attribution to early social exposure through the program. “

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year, 80 business students will do internships at 40 local NGOs during July and
August. The CIP interns will provide strategic and operational assistance to
their assigned NGOs in areas including but not limited to network building,
brand-building, fundraising, social enterprise business, operations and
community service support. To enhance their understanding and social mindset, the
interns will receive 20 hours of comprehensive coaching on social service
development in Hong Kong, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and
cross-sector collaborations prior to the start of their internships. Some participating
non-profit organizations provide services to a wide range of stakeholders,
including low-income groups, the elderly, students with special needs, and
persons with disabilities, while others promote nature conservation.


  1. (first row second and
    third from left) Mr. Wayne Fong, Head of Corporate Affairs, Citi Hong Kong
    and Dr. John Fung, Business Director of the Hong Kong Council of Social
    Service (HKCSS) pictured with the 80 interns at the induction event for the
    Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Program 2020.
  2. 30 interns joined a
    workshop to learn the concepts of “Upcycling” and “Making by Doing” at a
    social innovation project called UpCycling Plus located at Hung Shui Kiu,
    Tuen Mun.
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HKCSS is an umbrella organisation of 480 agency members that provide over 90%
of the social welfare services in Hong Kong. HKCSS launched the Caring Company
Scheme to build a cohesive society by promoting strategic partnership among
business and social service partners and inspiring corporate social
responsibility through caring for the community, employees and the environment.
HKCSS puts much effort into building capacity for social enterprises through
the Social Enterprise Business Centre (SEBC) to advance social entrepreneurship
and mobilize social innovation.


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New entrant AECO Energy launches business innovation to deliver ‘last mile of value chain’ to Singapore’s maturing open electricity market

  • AECO Energy announces the launch of its operations in Singapore to provide innovation to the open electricity market for businesses with generation 2.0 of its technology and service offerings.
  • The company will introduce three solutions as part of its initial portfolio, customisable to specific business needs.

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 13 April 2021 - AECO Energy, a new entrant to Singapore's electricity sector, has today announced the launch of its operations. AECO Energy will be the first-of-its kind energy technology and services company aimed at innovating customer-centric offerings in electricity and renewable energy markets.

With over 12 years of experience in delivering open market electricity services and solutions to businesses in Australia under the Power Choice brand, AECO Energy is bringing its second generation of services and technology to Singapore for the first time. AECO's second generation delivers on two major offerings.

Firstly, AECO delivers the 'last mile' of value in Singapore Open Electricity Market (OEM) value chain by providing innovative services to assist businesses to manage, plan and make better buying decisions.

AECO is all about enabling increased profits for businesses. AECO has a customer-centric mission to use its low-cost proven technology and expert-led services to enable better business decisions within a complex electricity market with multiple providers and opaque medium- to long-term pricing information. This comes against the backdrop of Singapore's maturing OEM, which gives businesses and consumers the autonomy to buy and choose their electricity providers - the freedom to choose.

AECO Energy's technology platform, MarketPro™ with its unique, electricity futures market simulator Rate Watch™, delivers business and electricity efficiency and empowers businesses through relevant and timely pricing information, while also helping Singapore businesses make better buying decisions via automated tenders and reverse auctions. Moreover, for businesses who do not have the capability and capacity to manage and purchase its own electricity, AECO Energy Portfolio™ delivers scalable buying power with a fully-managed contract management and purchasing aggregation service for small, medium and large businesses.

Alan Jones, CEO, Chairman & Founder, AECO Energy, said: "We are incredibly excited and humbled to be joining Singapore's dynamic energy scene with our low-cost, high-value products and services. Our mission is clear: just like Amazon is revolutionising the 'last mile' of product supply chains with its same day delivery, we are also delivering the 'last mile' of the value chain in Singapore's OEM that enables more businesses better purchasing decisions, more business profitability and growing all of Singapore's economy."

Secondly, with SGX-listed entities, enterprises and multinational corporations (MNCs)' increasing emphasis on sustainability, AECO (through its SustainPro™ offering) will bring for the first-time in Singapore the benefit of AECO's direct relationship with generators of International Renewable Certificates (I-REC). This enables Southeast Asian markets the benefit of medium- to long-term low-cost and structured REC solutions to meet renewable energy targets and sustainability goals. This translates to more profits by providing more predictable costs for businesses in meeting their sustainability and renewable energy goals.

"As a specialised company, unburdened with corporate overheads and distractions from Singapore's local market participants, we can offer companies who are based anywhere in Southeast Asia, sustainability and renewable energy solutions that span markets and countries at a lower and more predictable price. We are honoured to play our part to bring sustainability and increased renewable energy throughout the world and to do so while benefiting our customers' cost structures," continued Mr. Jones.

AECO Energy is introducing three offerings as part of its electricity management solutions:

  • MarketPro™: Businesses can optimise costs and seize market opportunities with exclusive access to customised market price information through AECO Energy's integrated online procurement and management platform equipped with Rate Watch™, a market simulation and automated procurement technology from as low as SGD $149 per month.
  • Portfolio™: Businesses get exclusive access to economies of scale with better buying power through professional and expert-managed energy procurement portfolios overseen by AECO Energy experts. This allows enterprises to focus on their core business while AECO Energy experts will fully-manage their electricity contracts and make better buying decisions on their behalf from as low as an additional SGD $74 per month.
  • SustainPro™: SustainPro focuses on helping businesses meet their sustainability goals at the lowest cost. AECO Energy offers lower costs on the procurement of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and tailored REC supply solutions designed to meet transition needs towards a more sustainable business.

"With the understanding that business needs are unique for every organisation, our energy experts will work closely with customers here in Singapore to help them reduce costs, drive efficiency and make better buying decisions. By providing technology-enabled, insights-driven energy technology solutions, we want to create a profound impact on our customers' businesses to better position them for sustainable growth in the long-term," concluded Alan.

About AECO Energy:

Based in Singapore, the AECO Pacific Group owns and operates the Power Choice and AECO Energy brands. A leading pioneer for more than 12 years in electricity brokerage and consulting services in Asia Pacific focusing on deregulated electricity markets, AECO Pacific helps businesses with electricity procurement and management backed by market intelligence. Transforming and saving businesses more, AECO's combined experience in energy leadership and innovative technology solutions remain unmatched in dynamic and changing energy markets. For more information, visit and

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