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Data Management & Processes

To measure the progress of your sustainability activities, you need access to efficient, reliable and comparable data. This section will help you define the data model and owners, and suggest some efficiency and verification tools.

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Sustainability accounting is based on relevant sustainability data that has been monitored over a period of time.

It is important to ensure that sustainability accounting is part of the company's processes and that data collection is an ongoing activity in order to continuously identify improvements. Like other non-financial data and performance indicators, environmental, social and governance (ESG) data must be well understood in context, presented with a narrative of qualitative information and linked to financial data. Once you have selected the relevant sustainability data, you should do the following:

- Identify data owners: which department is responsible for and owns the information? or which people in the organisation know the processes and can capture and interpret the sustainability data in its context?

- Review what information is already available and what is already being measured.

- Define the set of characteristics for each data: definition of the metrics, the format, the quality criteria, the frequency...

A company can often build on its existing resources and business metrics by adding some missing data to align with the standards and frameworks.

1000

Data points have been identified, by the CSRD, that companies may have to report on. But only those material to their financial performance are obligatory for reporting.
(Pwc)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Sustainability Management Accounting
Tulya

At Tulyā, we are accredited sustainability consultants holding certifications in GRI, SASB and TCFD (now IFRS-ISSB), and ISO 14064 GHG Lead Verifiers, alongside being Singapore Certified Management Consultants. We are dedicated to driving sustainable business development across industries through Sustainable Management Accounting.  

We help MNCs with:

  • Evaluation of impact, risks, & opportunities
  • Re-assessment of materiality topics
  • Alignment with new reporting process requirements
  • Evaluation of value chain partners.

We help SMEs with:

  • Sustainability diagnostics
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Impact, risk & opportunity assessment
  • Materiality assessment
  • Governance structure & process integration
  • Connecting sustainability accounting with financial accounting
  • Scenario building & target setting
  • Creation of sustainability reports.
Consultancy and training services on sustainability, strategy, risk and entrepreneurship
SustainableSG

SustainableSG was started in September 2018 to accompany companies, non-profit entities and government agencies to review and implement effective and sustainable corporate strategies. Our services include:

  • Strategy development and planning
  • Assessing climate change-related risks and the impact to your organization
  • Training and enhancing organizational capabilities
  • Sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement
  • Public education
Sustainability Consulting Services
Sustainao

Sustainao supports companies in their sustainability journey by building an impactful strategy, embedding sustainable practices across operations, and reporting performance to stakeholders.

Our sustainability consulting services are designed in a continuous improvement process:

  • Strategy: governance, materiality analysis, risks and opportunities, stakeholder engagement, UN SDGs
  • Deployment: action plan, KPIs, targets, data monitoring, training
  • Reporting: data collection and validation, sustainability reporting (GRI Standards), integrated reporting (IIRC)
  • Recognition: ESG rating and indexes (e.g., DJSI, CDP, GRESB, Sustainalytics, VigeoEiris), client's requests (e.g., questionnaires, tenants, EcoVadis)Assessment: gap analysis, benchmarks, mock audits
End-to-end decarbonisation platform
Terrascope

Terrascope is an end-to-end decarbonisation platform that enables enterprises to measure and manage their Scope-1, Scope-2 and Scope-3 emissions across operations, supply chains, and portfolios.

Climate-Tech focusing on carbon & ESG management
Zuno Carbon

Zuno is a pioneer in decarbonisation, carbon & ESG management. Our tech platform helps leading organization measure, reduce and report their carbon emissions and ESG performance. Powering you towards your sustainability goals, one step at a time.

Sustainability Consultant
Unravel Carbon

We are a decarbonization software focussing on automating the emission measurement of Scope3 emissions, specialising in Asia Pacific supply chains.

Operates in: APAC

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This step aims to:

1) define the rules and procedures for collecting, storing, processing, analysing and reporting data (data governance);

2) implement the day-to-day data management processes in accordance with the defined rules (data stewardship).

The process ensures the security, integrity and quality of the data. As sustainability data becomes part of mandatory reporting, data compliance will also need to be considered.

Finally, it is important to communicate and explain the process to data providers and users.

Higher ESG ratings

for companies with CSOs in 2022
(Strategy-business)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Read the methodology provided by the Data Governance Institute for data management.

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Sustainability Consulting Services
Sustainao

Sustainao supports companies in their sustainability journey by building an impactful strategy, embedding sustainable practices across operations, and reporting performance to stakeholders.

Our sustainability consulting services are designed in a continuous improvement process:

  • Strategy: governance, materiality analysis, risks and opportunities, stakeholder engagement, UN SDGs
  • Deployment: action plan, KPIs, targets, data monitoring, training
  • Reporting: data collection and validation, sustainability reporting (GRI Standards), integrated reporting (IIRC)
  • Recognition: ESG rating and indexes (e.g., DJSI, CDP, GRESB, Sustainalytics, VigeoEiris), client's requests (e.g., questionnaires, tenants, EcoVadis)
  • Assessment: gap analysis, benchmarks, mock audits
Climate-Tech focusing on carbon & ESG management
Zuno Carbon

Zuno is a pioneer in decarbonisation, carbon & ESG management. Our tech platform helps leading organization measure, reduce and report their carbon emissions and ESG performance. Powering you towards your sustainability goals, one step at a time.

Sustainability Management Accounting
Tulya

At Tulyā, we are accredited sustainability consultants holding certifications in GRI, SASB and TCFD (now IFRS-ISSB), and ISO 14064 GHG Lead Verifiers, alongside being Singapore Certified Management Consultants. We are dedicated to driving sustainable business development across industries through Sustainable Management Accounting.  

We help MNCs with:

  • Evaluation of impact, risks, & opportunities
  • Re-assessment of materiality topics
  • Alignment with new reporting process requirements
  • Evaluation of value chain partners.

We help SMEs with:

  • Sustainability diagnostics
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Impact, risk & opportunity assessment
  • Materiality assessment
  • Governance structure & process integration
  • Connecting sustainability accounting with financial accounting
  • Scenario building & target setting
  • Creation of sustainability reports.  
Consultancy and training services on sustainability, strategy, risk and entrepreneurship
SustainableSG

SustainableSG was started in September 2018 to accompany companies, non-profit entities and government agencies to review and implement effective and sustainable corporate strategies. Our services include:

  • Strategy development and planningAssessing climate change-related risks and the impact to your organization
  • Training and enhancing organizational capabilities
  • Sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement
  • Public education
A smart platform automating supplier sustainability diligence and tracking
Givvable

Givvable is an automated data platform that helps organisations understand the sustainability profile of their suppliers and supply chain. It captures, tracks and reports on the credentials of suppliers, that are the strongest indicators of whether a supplier is taking action on sustainability.

Givvable covers local to global and SME to MNC suppliers, ensuring it has the widest coverage of supplier sustainability data globally.Givvable will help you:screen your existing suppliers and identify gaps for improvementvet new suppliers at RFP, onboarding or renewalfind new suppliers via the givvable search platformbuild capability in your suppliers through learning tools, modules and badges

End-to-end decarbonisation platform
Terrascope

Terrascope is an end-to-end decarbonisation platform that enables enterprises to measure and manage their Scope-1, Scope-2 and Scope-3 emissions across operations, supply chains, and portfolios.

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There is a wide range of software, carbon management tools, reporting questionnaires and benchmarking tools on the market to support sustainability efforts. Many of these facilitate integration, pulling data from other systems to reduce manual effort, and offer visually appealing dashboards to present performance.

For SMEs, such solutions can be costly and should not be a deterrent. For example, the most relevant calculations of your carbon footprint can be done with the GHG Protocol Excel-based tool available online!

Reduce by 30% per capita per day

is Singapore's 2030 target for waste to landfill
(SG Green Plan)

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Sustainability Consultant
Unravel Carbon

We are a decarbonization software focussing on automating the emission measurement of Scope3 emissions, specialising in Asia Pacific supply chains.

Operates in: APAC

End-to-end decarbonisation platform
Terrascope

Terrascope is an end-to-end decarbonisation platform that enables enterprises to measure and manage their Scope-1, Scope-2 and Scope-3 emissions across operations, supply chains, and portfolios.

Climate cloud platform
Asuzero Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Asuzero is a comprehensive platform for enterprises aiming to achieve net-zero and combat the global climate crisis. Our unique value proposition lies in offering a one-stop solution that educates and guides customers on their decarbonization journey.

We provide bespoke consulting services to help organisations understand their carbon footprint and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all three scopes. By addressing Scope 3 emissions, we assist customers in engaging with their vendors and conducting assessments to accurately calculate and offset their emissions.

Furthermore, our platform offers Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Supply Chain functions to help manage sustainability performance and track progress towards sustainability goals.

As a certified provider by CDP and TCFD, we are authorised to issue sustainability ratings for companies and products, highlighting their level of sustainability performance. Asuzero enables enterprises to take decisive action, drive momentum, and work towards a sustainable, low-carbon future.

Operates in: Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong

Tech solution provider helping companies of all sizes embark on their sustainability journey via ESG data
stacs

STACS is a Singaporean ESG fintech firm partnering with the local Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to develop a ESG data registry, ESGpedia. Its version 2.0, launched in May 2023, has greater data coverage, enhanced solutions and analytics as well as assessment tools, to help financial institutions, corporates and SMEs achieve their decarbonisation and strategic sustainability goals.

Climate-Tech focusing on carbon & ESG management
Zuno Carbon

Zuno is a pioneer in decarbonisation, carbon & ESG management. Our tech platform helps leading organization measure, reduce and report their carbon emissions and ESG performance. Powering you towards your sustainability goals, one step at a time.

Digital transformation & Agility consultancy
Palo IT

PALO IT is an international consultancy specialised in Human-Centered Design, Agile Software Development and in the Transformation of forward-thinking companies. They are a certified B Corporation, which means they harness the power of innovation and technology for positive social impact.

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Internal audits:

Internal auditors will ensure the compliance with the latest sustainability reporting standards. The Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) requires sustainability information to be verified by internal auditors.

They will ensure the integrity of the sustainability information and reporting processes and guard against greenwashing.

External Audits and Certifications:

If you want to have access to green financing tools, your sustainability reporting will be audited.

Consider obtaining third-party certifications or conducting external audits to validate your sustainability efforts. Certifications such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or B Corp can demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and provide credibility to stakeholders.

You can also find support and certification services for carbon accounting (including the integration of externalities) and carbon tax from external audit firms.

10%

of SGX-listed companies have had their sustainability reports audited for FY2022
(EY)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
End-to-end decarbonisation platform
Terrascope

Terrascope is an end-to-end decarbonisation platform that enables enterprises to measure and manage their Scope-1, Scope-2 and Scope-3 emissions across operations, supply chains, and portfolios.

Sustainability Management Accounting
Tulya

At Tulyā, we are accredited sustainability consultants holding certifications in GRI, SASB and TCFD (now IFRS-ISSB), and ISO 14064 GHG Lead Verifiers, alongside being Singapore Certified Management Consultants. We are dedicated to driving sustainable business development across industries through Sustainable Management Accounting.  

We help MNCs with:

  • Evaluation of impact, risks, & opportunities
  • Re-assessment of materiality topics
  • Alignment with new reporting process requirements
  • Evaluation of value chain partners.

We help SMEs with:

  • Sustainability diagnostics
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Impact, risk & opportunity assessment
  • Materiality assessment
  • Governance structure & process integration
  • Connecting sustainability accounting with financial accounting
  • Scenario building & target setting
  • Creation of sustainability reports.
Consultancy and training services on sustainability, strategy, risk and entrepreneurship
SustainableSG

SustainableSG was started in September 2018 to accompany companies, non-profit entities and government agencies to review and implement effective and sustainable corporate strategies. Our services include:

  • Strategy development and planning
  • Assessing climate change-related risks and the impact to your organization
  • Training and enhancing organizational capabilities
  • Sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement
  • Public education
Sustainability Consulting Services
Sustainao

Sustainao supports companies in their sustainability journey by building an impactful strategy, embedding sustainable practices across operations, and reporting performance to stakeholders.

Our sustainability consulting services are designed in a continuous improvement process:

  • Strategy: governance, materiality analysis, risks and opportunities, stakeholder engagement, UN SDGs
  • Deployment: action plan, KPIs, targets, data monitoring, training
  • Reporting: data collection and validation, sustainability reporting (GRI Standards), integrated reporting (IIRC)
  • Recognition: ESG rating and indexes (e.g., DJSI, CDP, GRESB, Sustainalytics, VigeoEiris), client's requests (e.g., questionnaires, tenants, EcoVadis)
  • Assessment: gap analysis, benchmarks, mock audits
Climate-Tech focusing on carbon & ESG management
Zuno Carbon

Zuno is a pioneer in decarbonisation, carbon & ESG management. Our tech platform helps leading organization measure, reduce and report their carbon emissions and ESG performance. Powering you towards your sustainability goals, one step at a time.

End-to-end decarbonisation platform
Terrascope

Terrascope is an end-to-end decarbonisation platform that enables enterprises to measure and manage their Scope-1, Scope-2 and Scope-3 emissions across operations, supply chains, and portfolios.

Buddies - Experience sharing

The « green journey » may feel overwhelming sometimes, but you are not alone.

Our Buddies have tried, succeeded, failed to implement change in their companies. They share their experience so you can learn, take shortcuts, get inspired and ask questions.

Everybody can become a Buddy and give back to the community; if you are keen, get in touch with us.

Quentin Fouesnant
VP Sales – Zuno Carbon

Passionate about sustainability and technology, I have spent the last 10 years working in the energy, tech and sustainability sectors. I am VP of Sales at Zuno Carbon, a climate-tech providing end to end carbon management and ESG reporting solutions.

Chris Wei
Business Development Manager - Asia - South Pole

At South Pole, Chris supports Asian clients in their climate leadership and circular economy journey. The scope of services includes both carbon credits & sustainability consultancy. Chris currently manages clients from more than 10 Asian countries in categories such as conglomerate, agriculture, property development, asset management, retailing, information technology, and energy.

Lucile Batut
Sustainable Finance Transformation

Wearing the double hat of finance and sustainability, I support finance departments in their transformation towards sustainability. With a management degree from a top business school in France, I have a multi-faceted experience from complementary positions I have held in business finance: from auditor to consolidation accountant, project manager, management controller and finance director.

In addition to my background in financial business partnering, I am passionate about enabling change in companies, always looking after my teams and colleagues to create the conditions for collective success.

Ching Hu
Climate Regulations Specialist – Terrascope

I work at Terrascope, which offers an end-to-end decarbonisation SaaS platform that enables enterprises to measure and manage their Scope-1, Scope-2 and Scope-3 emissions across operations, supply chains, and portfolios. As Climate Regulations Specialist, I help ensure that our product stays ahead of the regulatory curve and advise clients to navigate the dynamic and complex climate regulatory landscape.

Prior to joining Terrascope, I worked at EcoVadis - a global ESG ratings company - where I launched its Singapore office which served more than 800 companies within its first year of operations. The ratings include environmental, social, ethics and sustainable procurement metrics.

I started my career with the Singapore Government, spanning portfolios including manpower, education, transport and decarbonisation. I also helped spearhead the government's measures to fight Covid-19.

I graduated from the London School of Economics, SciencesPo Paris, and Oxford University. As an undergraduate at Oxford, I helped launch the inaugural Oxford Climate Forum - the UK's largest student-run climate change event.

Vincent Desclaux
Managing Director - Palo IT

I have been working in Asia for the past 12 years (Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore since 2014) within the digital and technology space.

I have founded and run several companies in different sectors such as IT Consulting, Education, and the F&B business.

I am passionate about how to use technology as a force for good.

Thibaut Meurgue
Entrepreneur & It Sustainability Consultant, Co-founder – The Transmutation Principle, Climate Fresk Singapore Coordinator

I am Thibaut, French bald since 26 & bold since forever! Right now, I am a 1st time entrepreneur in the making. 

I come from an IT & software agency background so deeply into B2B and old-fashioned processes. I came to realize that sustainability cannot be only about consumers and half-measures. I also realized IT Sustainability was much underrated and not understood by most companies. It came quite as a surprise for me since I always considered IT Sustainability as one of the best ways to merge both ROI & Sustainability to make the latter sound acceptable, actionable, and realistic. Having seen that, I wanted to make a change in my own way. 

My dedication came from the desire to be able to look my future kids in the eye and tell them that I tried to make the world a better place. 

I am also drawn to uncommon & less popular causes, which is why e-waste caught my attention. While it’s not as “buzzy” as plastic waste or consumer recycling, it has the potential to have a greater impact, especially in Asia.

Mei Yee Chan
Senior Programme Manager - TÜV SÜD

As the Senior Programme Manager for Sustainability Validation and Verification at TÜV SÜD, Mei Yee helps organisations add credibility and assurance to their greenhouse gases (GHG) emission assertations and GRI reports by providing third-party verification reports to support organizational claims.

She has six years of experience in the standards development of ISO 30500 and ISO 31800, testing, and certification for non-sewered sanitation systems. Prior to that, Mei Yee spearheaded  World Toilet Organization's Rainbow School Toilet projects in China and Sanishop in Cambodia. She is passionate about driving corporate social responsibility and sustainability and has spent more than 18 years in various fields working internationally across teams and cultural boundaries before turning her focus on Singapore to helping companies with their carbon reduction journey. She holds a Masters in Community Water and Sanitation and a Science Degree in Earth Science, majoring in geology and physical geography.

She is a certified WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP) Train-The-Trainer (TTT). Since then, she has facilitated many companies in the training for Green Compass – An environmental assessment framework targeted at SME/ manufacturing industries.

Anna Håkansson
Co-founder - Tulya

I enjoy improving processes and creating data-driven insights. My background is in process development and operations as Quality Manager and COO. A few years back, I decided to re-purpose my career and have since then studied different aspects of Sustainable Business Development at the University in Sweden as well as the Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI, SASB, TCFD and ISSB work in progress).

Now, I am here to help SMEs integrate sustainability into their business strategy and operations, focusing on the impact that environmental and social aspects will have on the organisation's ability to create value. By reducing the scope to the most relevant materiality topics, even SMEs with limited resources have a chance to start their transition to more sustainable practices.

Radhika Chavan
Co-Founder - Tulya

Radhika is the Co-founder of Tulyā, A Sustainability Management Accounting (SMA) Services company. Her work includes measurement and understanding of the impact environmental and social factors will have on the value creation for SMEs. She develops tailored tools and practices that integrate material topics (ESG & Business) with accounting statements line items to demonstrate financial impact of action vs inaction.

She has worked with Lehman Brothers, Barclays and IT services companies before starting her entrepreneurial journey in sustainability.

She is a graduate in Chemical Engineering and has been certified in SASB , PMP, CSM &  Design Thinking-MIT.

Mun Wei Chan
Founder & Principal Consultant - SustainableSG

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.

Naomi Vowels
Director - givvable

I am Naomi, currently co-founder & director of givvable. I started my career as an Australian diplomat with postings in East Timor, Thailand and Switzerland then moved into private banking where my interest in ESG and sustainability was seeded.

Today my company helps businesses screen and track the sustainability profile of their suppliers to help them achieve their goals and targets.