Our operational focus is to continuously improve our cost and technical performance as well as maintain excellent social and environmental practices. We also seek to continually enhance customer experience through regular customer feedback and engagement.
In addition to owning bauxite concessions and trading coal, we aim to expand our depth and breadth by diversifying to other commodities to be a key player in the industry.
Sustainability is embedded as a core component of our corporate strategy.
BiZQ speaks to Lex Lee, TOP’s Chief Strategy Officer, on how the firm leveraged its expertise and extensive network of partners to successfully penetrate the African market, as well as its plans for expansion.
To survive and thrive in the new normal, businesses must focus on the welfare of their employees. This includes ensuring they are safe and healthy, both mentally and physically. Only then can they be resilient enough to weather disruptive business conditions with the company.
Secondly, it is about changing mindsets. Companies need to realise this is endemic, and the coronavirus is here to stay.
While there are definite upsides to having older workers in the team, including access to the accumulated experience, and the ability to provide mentorship, the process in breaking down glass ceilings to change mindsets and attitudes, should be done through education.
We are pleased to present Edition One of our Sustainability Report (SR). While we have been embedding #sustainable practices across our operations since inception in 2014, this signifies our first reporting journey and commitment to transparent documentation. The SR highlights our approach and contributions to communities that we operate in
e-AGM sounds like a sensible alternative as it is cost-efficient, reduces commuting time, yet provides a platform for Q&As. Ensuring that shareholders understand the company results, are able to vote on certain decisions, and can ask any burning questions, are the primary objectives of an AGM. These must remain key whichever mode the AGM is conducted in.
FROM bauxite mining to farming, Top International Holding Pte Ltd has taken a big step forward in diversifying its business ventures.
The company, whose main business is in bauxite mining and trading, made a bold decision to cross over into agriculture when chief executive officer Victor Tan saw an opportunity in Guinea that no one else had.
TOP International Holding, a mining and trading firm dealing primarily in bauxite and coal, took second place in the rankings.
We are pleased to have Professor Annie Koh, onboard as our Senior Advisor. At the same time, we expanded our senior leadership team with the hiring of Ian Gay as CFO and Sichuan Li as Director of Investments and Business Development.
Looking forward to scaling new heights with their counsel, experience and leadership.
Companies that have a more extensive local network and resources can gain the upper hand in managing the situation. Before entering overseas markets, it is only prudent for companies to assess their appetite for risk versus rewards, vis-à-vis acceptance for certain types of events against their own values and principles.
We are heartened to walk this enriching journey with youths from My First Break Programme (MFB), in collaboration with Southeast CDC, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Association for Persons With Special Needs , MIJ and FarMe.
These youths were exposed to new ideas on entrepreneurship, urban farming and 3D printing, enabling them to gain valuable hands-on experience.
A model which we should aspire towards is an on-demand EV car-sharing system combined with a top-notch public transport system. This provides the flexibility of using a car when the situation calls for it or taking public transport for more routine commuting.
Homegrown SMEs which are more agile and flexible, often lack the resources to build green capabilities and infrastructure. This would be a good opportunity to groom and include local SMEs in knowledge transfer, skills-building and partnership matching, as part of this Green Plan.
The recently announced Green Plan to tackle climate change challenges requires a targeted approach aimed at encouraging companies to embark on green initiatives. The road to going green is not always the cheapest nor easiest. In support of this, the Budget should cater for deeper corporate tax cuts or funding to build such capabilities.
THE company, which counts mining as its core business, was largely spared by the pandemic, even though demand for commodities was hit by lower economic activity globally and supply-chain disruptions.
SINGAPORE mining and trading company Top International Holding has bolstered its leadership team with three hires in newly created roles.
Prioritising our team's health is paramount and since inoculation can prevent the spread of the virus, we will encourage our employees, especially those with many external engagements, to be inoculated. This will enable everyone to have a safe and productive work environment.
The pandemic has forced us to accelerate our adoption in technology. Many of our plans that were previously put on the backburner, simply because we were caught up in the day to day matters, have now been expedited. We took this period to ramp up on our digitalisation efforts, diversification strategies and business continuity plans.
Clean energy is still nascent in terms of economic viability. It will require huge capital outlay to build the infrastructure, be it wind turbines, solar panel clusters or geothermal power plants. In fact, the CapEx to generate the same amount of megawatt output from clean energy is much higher as compared to that of fossil fuel.
The longer the unrest, the more extensive the impact and damage. Policymakers must take urgent action to prevent these unrests from intensifying, so that South-east Asia can maintain its growth trajectory, and become the region's economic powerhouse.
Imagine how much more Japan can achieve if it were to establish an investor-friendly environment, an efficient administrative system and be more welcoming of external talents.
To do this while maintaining the uniqueness of Japan calls for strong leadership, bold measures and the guts to break down many walls which are in the way.
OF ALL the industries labelled as unsustainable, mining ranks among the worst. Homegrown TOP International Holding, however, has set out to make a difference through a commitment to a triple bottom line discipline. This means keeping an eye out not only for company financials, but also for the social and environmental or ecological impacts of its business.
Recognising that public-private partnerships can spearhead such initiatives, Top International Holding has been welcoming final-year students from local universities to work alongside our management team. These students solve real-world problems and make recommendations to fine-tune value propositions and optimise business operations. The rigours of an education system are determined by the relevance of skills and knowledge imparted to students, and not the pursuit of academic excellence at all cost.
The pre-requisite and non-negotiable quality for a board member should be integrity and independence. Unfortunately, normal board evaluation methods cannot preclude “yes men”.
As with any financial decisions, a cost-benefit analysis should be conducted. In the case of Singapore Airlines (SIA), there seems to be strategic value in saving it, considering its economic, social, icon, and brand value.
Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you've fed him for a lifetime.
This year Top International Holding is happy to partake in the SGunited skills business and digital transformation programme.
"The leadership and management must recognise that many decisions, especially on transformation, will be hard. These hard decisions could be about making people uncomfortable or even parting ways with those who wouldn't change despite all attempts.”
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
“I learned a lot from that time and don’t regret a thing because if you don’t give things a go, you’ll never know. “ Our CEO Jenn Chyen Victor Tan shared his thoughts on his entrepreneurship journey.
Last month, to help fight the spread of #Covid19, we supported our partners in Guinea, West Africa, in the donation of epidemic prevention materials to the Guinean government.
In our recent collaboration with Singapore Business Federation, Jenn Chyen Victor Tan and Lex Lee shared on Top’s internationalisation journey.
Busy pinning down all the logistic arrangements and customs clearance. First batch en route for the front line healthcare professionals who need it most!
Deeply saddened by the daily struggles of the front-line healthcare workers. Saving lives while risking their own without the necessary PPE! We have allocated up to 10% of our profit and formed a special team to procure PPE for these everyday heroes. Let's do our part and keep everyone safe!
In an attempt to help the people on the front line fight the #covid19 crisis, we have donated medical supplies to the 郑州市 (zhèngzhōu shì) Outbreak Prevention and Control Leading Group.
On behalf of the company, I would like to take this opportunity here to thank the Top family and all our partners for making these 5 wonderful, fruitful and impactful years.
Last Thursday, our CEO, Jenn Chyen Victor Tan and other 17 companies met with Minister Chan Chun Sing for a closed-door dialogue that focused on the various aspects of scaling and growing, such as talent, network and growth capital.
Organised by Enterprise Singapore, Scale-up SG is a programme that aims to enhance and groom high-growth companies to become leaders in their fields.
We’re proud to announce that Top International came in 8th at the Enterprise 50 Awards.
Jenn Chyen Victor Tan & Lex Lee attended Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
Few weeks ago, Top International sponsored the runner up award to Emilia Wong, Tania Kristabel M and Derrick Chua for the held competition by Nanyang Business School, NTU—Singapore Business Federation Centre for African Studies.
Top International attended APSN’s Appreciation Day 2019, with Elle Ong receiving the token of appreciation on behalf of Top International.
Last week, lydea Tan, Lex Lee, JENN WEI TAN, and Chin Hung Mars Tay attended the 6th Annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne, Australia.
Throwback to last week, JENN WEI TAN and Chin Hung Mars Tay at the China (Hainan) 2019 International Energy Summit & the Launching Ceremony of Hainan International Energy Exchange.
Last Wednesday evening, Jenn Chyen Victor Tan shared on entrepreneurship and leadership in SMU CEO Talks seminar.
Last night, Top International attended as one of the sponsors for SUTD Academy 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.
Over the weekend, Nanyang Business School–SBF Centre for African Studies held an annual competition for undergraduates, the objective was to develop a business model and plan for a new venture in Africa.
2019 Company Retreat — Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia