SINGAPORE - His personal passion for environmental sustainability has earned company boss Heinrich Jessen the title of 2016 Businessman of the Year on Tuesday.
Mr Jessen, 49, was appointed chairman of Jebsen & Jessen (Southeast Asia) in 2004 and led it to become one of Asia's first carbon-neutral industrial companies in 2011.
"We took the decision despite the fact the country is not ready for it yet," he said at the award ceremony, adding that he hopes to hear of more firms going carbon-neutral in the future.
Mr Jessen was also honoured at the Singapore Business Awards for his vision in transforming Jebsen & Jessen from a trading business started by his family in Hong Kong into a Singapore-based pan-Asian industrial and engineering enterprise with more than 4,000 employees.
"I think (the company can stay relevant) by concentrating on being in leadership positions so we play a relevant, meaningful role for employees, for customers, and for suppliers," he said.
Mr Jessen, who was born in Denmark and became a Singapore citizenship in 2013, was presented the award by Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung.
~ Article excerpt from The Straits Times (Apr 25, 2017)