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Special Project

Special Project
From the 8th Annual Shorty Impact Awards

Banking with a Purpose: Creating impact, improving lives, and enabling change

Entered in Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign


DBS Bank seeks to be a force for good by championing social enterprises - businesses with a triple bottom line - and supporting community causes that drive positive environmental and social impact and give back to the communities in markets where we operate.

The key focus areas we've identified include:

  1. Food waste reduction and food security
  2. Digital and financial literacy

We aim to nurture social enterprises, promote livelihoods, and improve access to education and employment. This enables us to create positive social and drive meaningful environmental change, while fostering the growth and resilience of communities in India.

Strategy and Execution

DBS Bank India employs a multi-faceted strategy to achieve its objectives. This includes institutionalizing grant programs to nurture small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and help kickstart their transformation journey, partnering with non-profit organizations and startup incubation platforms. The bank also provides financial support, training, mentoring, and access to resources to enable the development and implementation of innovative solutions.

Supporting businesses for impact, reducing food waste, and enhancing food security

Our initiatives:

Upskilling and livelihood creation programs

Our initiatives

DBS has been actively involved in supporting skilling and livelihood creation programs for underrepresented groups, particularly persons with disabilities and young women.

Our skilling and livelihood creation efforts are making a significant impact on the lives of underprivileged individuals, empowering them with the necessary skills and resources to enhance their employment prospects and financial well-being.



Experienced plumbers and electricians were the primary beneficiaries of this initiative, which was divided into two phases. To ensure the credibility and success of these programs, we worked with local mobilizers and engaged with panchayat members to spread awareness and attract candidates.



DBS Foundation Grant Program-2022

Towards Zero Food Waste

Women's Micro Entrepreneurship Program

Upskilling & Livelihood Creation - Sambhav Foundation

Skilling and livelihood creation program with Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India



Entrant Company / Organization Name

DBS Bank India