Mun Wei Chan
Founder & Principal Consultant - SustainableSG
Mun Wei's introduction

Mun Wei is the founder and principal consultant of SustainableSG, which provides advisory and training services in sustainability, strategy, risk and entrepreneurship.

He has worked with corporate, government and non-profit clients on strategy and implementation, reviewing organizational programmes and targets related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, benchmarking and communicating sustainability and other corporate programmes and achievements, promoting inclusive hiring, developing compliance policies and reports, and formulating innovative business models.

He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

What brought you to sustainability?

Prior to starting SustainableSG, I was the Divisional Director of Corporate Planning at Sentosa Development Corporation from April 2009 to August 2018. Sustainability was one of my core responsibilities.

Sentosa is like a mini-Singapore, and it was very fulfilling to have worked on sustainability initiatives such as protecting the island greenery, testing EVs on the island, experimenting with tidal turbines and nudging business units to reduce their energy consumption.

Along the way, I realised that sustainability was a calling that I wanted to focus on in the next phase of my career, and it wasn't that hard a decision to leave Sentosa and start my own business.

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

One of the things I did at Sentosa was to make use of satellite imaging to verify the amount of tree coverage on the island. We also managed to secure data from past years to track changes over time. This way, we were using empirical data to make conservation decisions.

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

I see myself as a problem solver and consensus builder.

Whenever there's an seemingly intractable issue, it's a matter of breaking down the issues, mapping out the options, weighting the pros and cons before making a decision. Consultation is always critical in making refinements and getting buy-in.

What would be a sentence you usually tell your clients?

I always tell my clients that they have to look at sustainability as a value chain of activities and never to underestimate the importance of culture building.

What are you most proud of?

It feels good to complete a project for a client or finish teaching a course, and in the process make the world a little more knowledgeable in sustainability matters.

What would be your top 3 pieces of advice to the Matcha Initiative (TMI) users?

Talk to people, find out more and do the right things.

In which field could you help The Matcha Initiative (TMI) users?
  • Kick Start Help
  • Best Practices sharing
  • Experience Sharing
  • Expertise Sharing
Please describe how you could help The Matcha Initiative (TMI) users?

I've helped companies get started on sustainability or review their existing strategies. I've also advised entrepreneurs and youth groups on green business opportunities.

Mun Wei's 3 main sustainability skills

Strategy, risk, carbon and reporting

Mun Wei kindly accepts to answer your questions.

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