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AETOS Gives Food From The Heart

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May 2021
In a new donation drive and fundraising initiative held to support local charity Food From The Heart (FFTH), AETOS successfully raised over $8,300 and collected twelve cartons of essential provisions for their food support distribution programmes.

Employees across the organization came together to help needy families by donating funds and staple food items such as rice, cooking oil, and canned goods. Over 50 volunteers also contributed time and effort over the space of two months to help prepare community food packs for distribution at FFTH’s logistics facility.

Food From The Heart provides consistent and sustainable food support to beneficiaries comprising the less fortunate, including families with young children and elderly who live alone.

“We are glad to be able to support Food From The Heart’s mission of providing food security to needy families and individuals in the community – especially given the additional challenges they face during this pandemic. I am heartened by the positive response from our employees and look forward to our collective participation in future initiatives like this,” said Ms Elaine Ong, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications and Service Quality.
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AETOS and DBS to Convert Full Fleet To Electric Vehicles (EVs); Rolls Out Singapore's First Secure Cash Escort EV
AETOS and DBS today announced the launch of Singapore’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) for Cash and Valuables Escort (CVE) services. The two companies have committed to convert the rest of the seven CVE vehicles to EVs by end-2023, and eventually all 42 of the operational vehicles used by the bank by 2026. This in line with the Singapore government’s announced plans to phase out Internal Combustion Engine vehicles and boost the adoption of EVs by 2040.

CVE vehicles are used to transport corporate cash from DBS/POSB’s branches to a cash processing centre. On average, a single CVE vehicle travels more than 170 km daily. Using an EV instead of an internal combustion engine vehicle reduces carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2e) by up to 47 kg per day – or some 17,100 kg of CO2e a year.

“AETOS is committed to achieving carbon-neutral operations as part of our drive towards sustainability with parent company Surbana Jurong. We strongly believe in working towards safeguarding the environment for future generations. We are glad to collaborate with DBS who supports our long-term goal for sustainability,” said Mr Alfred Fox, Executive Director & CEO of AETOS Holdings.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr Shee Tse Koon, DBS Singapore Country Head said, “As part of our commitment to sustainable development, we have been encouraging partners within our ecosystem to adopt carbon reduction practices, in addition to lowering our own footprint. We are heartened to be working with a partner like AETOS, who has taken concrete and comprehensive steps towards reducing carbon emissions and who shares our vision for a better, more sustainable future.”

In its drive towards EV adoption, AETOS will be installing charging infrastructure at their various operational bases, starting with the first alternative current (AC) charging station at their West Coast premises. Each station is able to fully charge an electric CVE vehicle in under eight hours.

Supporting a holistic effort towards long-term sustainability, other initiatives implemented by AETOS include tracking and monitoring of its operations’ carbon footprint, rolling out electronic waste collection stations, and developing operational working apparel made from sustainable materials for its frontline officers by 2022.

In addition to working with its partners to reduce carbon emissions, DBS is committed to reducing its own environmental footprint as part of its sustainable development agenda. The bank has set targets for its operational carbon footprint to ensure net zero operational carbon by 2022. DBS is also re-designing its 24/7 self-service branches to be more energy efficient, reducing its office paper consumption and growing its solar energy capture spaces. In April, the bank also launched the DBS Green Solutions package which provides a comprehensive range of offerings and privileges so consumers can easily integrate green practices in their daily lives – from within their homes, to their transportation modes, to their payments and purchases.
When Vigilance pays off: AETOS Security Supervisor presented with Commissioner of Police Commendation Award
On 1 February 2020, Security Supervisor (SS) Tinakaren A/L Durai Singam was presented the SPF Commissioner of Police Commendation award and AETOS Letter of Commendation for the exceptional vigilance and initiative he displayed during the course of his duties.

SS Tinakaren, 28 years old and with eight years of experience in AETOS under his belt, leads a team of 16 officers during daily operations at FedEx Hub. While on duty in April last year, he noticed a contractor carrying multiple bags leaving the premises by the wrong exit. When SS Tinakaren tried to inform him of the mistake, the contractor turned aggressive. His suspicion was piqued further as the contractor’s pass indicated that he had no reason to be there at that time.

Feeling that something was wrong, SS Tinakaren proactively made the decision to take down the contractor’s particulars. Shortly after, it was brought to his attention that multiple reports about missing and lost items had been made later that day. He quickly put two and two together, and took the initiative to check through hours of CCTV footage. Indeed, he found video evidence of the contractor taking the missing items and quickly brought this incident to the client’s attention, which subsequently led to the contractor in question admitting to the theft of the items.

When asked if he had any advice for officers who found themselves in similar situations, SS Tinakaren said, “It is important to be on the alert for suspicious behaviour, but we also need to be tactful and treat the subject with respect. After all, it would not be right to accuse someone wrongly, especially if there is no evidence yet. Above all, we should be diligent and take on any challenges that come our way.”

“I feel really proud to have received this award, and a bit shy too (laughs). I’m really just trying to do my job as best as I can!”.

Said Mr. Alfred Fox, Executive Director and CEO of AETOS Holdings, “SS Tinakaren displayed admirable initiative and resourcefulness during the course of his duties, and went above and beyond the scope of his work. He stands as an example that I hope all our officers can emulate, so that we can continue to secure our clients’ premises effectively and with added value.”
AETOS named DBS’ Most Valued Business Partner for 2020
We are proud to announce that AETOS Security Management has been named DBS’ Most Valued Business Partner for 2020. Part of the inaugural DBS Supplier Excellence Awards, the title recognizes stellar innovation and flexibility in the adaptation of existing services to meet evolving requirements. AETOS was selected to win this award from a pool of 46 nominees, including both international and local suppliers.

Since 2015, AETOS has provided an integrated suite of security services to DBS, ranging from financial institution protection to ATM replenishment and assets management, and consistently met service level requirements. AETOS has also worked closely with the DBS team to co-create effective solutions for meeting shared goals for security, efficiency, and productivity.

For instance, AETOS conceptualized and implemented several upgrades for its Cash-in-Transit vehicle fleet in consultation with DBS, such as improvements to their security and infrastructure capabilities, contributing significantly to overall operational efficiency. The vehicle fleet will also progressively include electric vehicles in the coming years, as part of an organization-wide push towards greater overall sustainability. This adaptability has been demonstrated in our support for a wide range of projects undertaken throughout our close collaborative partnership.

Mr. Patrick Koh, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of AETOS Holdings said, “We are extremely honoured to be recognised as the recipient of the inaugural DBS Business Partner of the Year Award. This award validates AETOS’ commitment to meeting or exceeding shared goals with DBS, as well as the adoption of innovative products and processes that not only enhanced security, efficiency, and productivity, but are able to meet the ever-changing needs of the future.”