Elly Both
Founder - Bright Green
Elly's introduction

I run a business called Bright Green where I work with corporates to engage employees in impact projects in the areas of environmental and social impact. I also facilitate sustainability learning programs to educate employees on developing an eco-friendly mindset and high impact actions they can take in their homes and daily lives.

Before founding Bright Green in 2020, I have been working in Project Management, Change Management and Continuous Improvement roles within Human Resources and Recruitment. I love that I get to work with organisations that are making commitments to net-zero and inspire employees to make an impact!

What brought you to sustainability?

After going back to work after my second child, I was working in the corporate world in a Project Director role and it felt like something was missing.  It came to me that if I could run Change Management programs in one sector, I hoped I could do it to make an impact in my area of passion - Sustainability.

Which sustainable actions are you in charge of or have you implemented in your organisation?

With my previous employer, I conceptualised the Employee Green team where we had 30 employees from across Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia working on various sustainability and social impact related initiatives.

These included: writing a monthly newsletter to educate the broader business on the importance of taking sustainability seriously, removed single-use plastic from the kitchens, reduced printing/paper usage, organised a beach clean up, brought in guest speakers on various environmental-related topics, ran a collection of clothing and books to send to earthquake-affected areas in the Philippines, and many more.

Which challenges did you meet and how did you overcome them?

There were a few challenges along the way such as budget, delays with internal approvals and others, but we managed to work closely with our Executive Sponsor, the head of business, to remove any roadblocks and move things ahead.

Keeping in close contact with the teams to help them with any barriers was also very effective.

What are you most proud of?

Setting up and successfully building my own business in a sector that was new to me.

What would be your top 3 pieces of advice to the Matcha Initiative users?
  1. Small action is better than no action. You can always start small and build up to bigger things!
  2. There is strength in numbers. Teammates can help to support each other through any challenges and roadblocks that may arise.
  3. Communicate. Regular communication to share the progress you are making helps to keep the momentum up.
In which field could you help The Matcha Initiative users as a buddy?
  • Kick Start Help
  • Best Practices sharing
Please describe how you could help The Matcha Initiative users as a buddy.

I would be happy to share my experience and learnings from working with corporates in this space to help drive impactful change.

Elly's 3 main sustainability skills

Employee Engagement / Change Management

Elly Both accepts to answer your questions.

If you need additional insights, you can send her a message.