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Employees Engagement, Development & Training

Investing in your employees' development ensures longer retention, better performance and employability. Your employees are your assets, and your role as employer is to ensure they remain at their top, continue to develop skills and adapt to changes in a meaningful and sustainable way.

This category helps you to incorporate long term and sustainable practices in their professional development and engagement.

Develop Equity, Diversity & inclusion - BASIC
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Focus on whole person, ensure all employees feel represented and develop awareness across different groups (under represented minorities). Use your initiatives to support greater equity between your employees.

Especially, accompany women and discrimated or under represented staff population to fulfill personal and career development.

You may use:

  • Mentoring: one more senior employee share his/her expertise and knowledge with a more junior (minority) employee
  • Reverse mentoring: the junior (minority) employee shares his/her experience, point of view, etc... to more senior leaders to help them get a better understanding of what they are currently experiencing in the company
  • Sponsoring: one leader speaks for a younger/minority employee in the organization to help him/her gain visibility
  • Coaching: in house or external coaching helps individuals and managers to solve challenges they are facing and develop themselves longer term with greater impact
  • Championing: one person acts as a champion for a cause or initiative in the organization, driving the visibility and progresses

87%

of those engaged as cleaners, labourers and related employees earn below $2,000 a month.

(SBF)

15.7%

only of board members are women in the top 100 Singapore-listed companies by market capitalisation

(Straitstimes)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Executive coaching and HR consulting firm
EDLT.Global

EDLT.global is a boutique Executive Coaching & HR Consulting firm focused on enabling sustainable change. It is based in Singapore and operates worldwide.

Powered by +20 years of experience in the Human Resources field, with the most progressive companies, EDLT.global shares this expertise through HR Consulting as well as Coaching missions, to propel organizations and individuals to the next level.

Sustainability consulting firm specialising in employee engagement and change management programs
Bright Green

Our mission is to empower businesses to embrace sustainability and improve environmental and social impacts through the employee engagement and change management programs we provide.

Purpose-centred management consultancy
Sequoia Group

We can help you in your journey to become a purpose-driven business worthy of people's commitment and creating lasting positive impact by:

  1. Building a coherent and authentic sustainability strategy, that is rooted in purpose and core values your company
  2. Engaging and activating stakeholders around the transformation agenda for sustainability
  3. Co-creating the sustainability shift with deeply committed stakeholders
  4. Accelerating innovations for sustainability

We offer consulting, facilitation and capacity-building in Leadership & OD, Change Management, Stakeholder Engagement, and Strategic Planning.

Sustainability leadership coaching
Ivydale

Ivydale is a boutique executive coaching practice that supports leaders to deliver positive impact.  Ivydale works with sustainability leaders on a one-to-one or group basis to deliver on sustainability commitments.  Clients include Fortune 100 companies, investors, government, and start-ups.

Ivydale also supports sustainability transformation through a digital platform to build in-house sustainability capabilities.

Raise Awareness level on sustainability
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Sustainability is a new field yet we do not have enough time to wait for the next generation to be educated about it. As a result, helping your staff to grasp quickly the main sustainability concepts is of vital importance.

Organise talks from specialists, movies/documentaries screenings, workshops.... Share articles... This will empower people to have a “can-do” attitude and help your action be understood better by everyone.

Browse our sustainability week kit to find ideas for raising awareness.

Browse our toolbox for ideas of movies / documentaries. [some ideas for movies: an inconvenient truth, the biggest little farm, tomorrow, movies with WWF ....... ]

To let all know, use:

  • Sharepoint-like platforms (a web-based collaborative platform)
  • Collaborative tools (dedicated Slack/Teams channels, Trello boards, Internal Forums…)

Use your Employee Resources Groups (ERG) as a channel to promote awareness and actions across your company (see solution below "Promote Team Building")

8,000

kg of carbon emissions are generated by a Singapore resident annually

(Straitstimes)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

- A great article to read on how to increase employee engagement sustainability

- Some examples of posters:

- Some workshops:

See more workshops on the Sustainability week kit resource page

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Singapore's rewards app for you, the planet and the community
susGain Pte Ltd

susGain is a free mobile app that incentivizes people in Singapore to adopt more sustainable lifestyle habits. Users collect points for eco-friendly habits, earn cash back rewards at eco conscious businesses and automatically support initiatives for sustainable development with each spend. It's our mission to empower all stakeholders in Singapore to drive the change towards more sustainability.

Supporting employee and community engagement through coastal cleanups, workshops, and outreach talks
Green Nudge

Green Nudge is a social enterprise that supports businesses and communities to achieve positive environmental impact through activities such as coastal cleanups and workshops, outreach talks and sustainability consulting. By raising awareness and co-creating call-to-actions with various stakeholders on sustainability efforts, Green Nudge aims to create a normative shift in the way we create and deal with waste to achieve a low carbon, zero waste future for Singapore.

Climate Change Awareness Workshop
Climate Fresk

Our mission is to raise awareness about climate change as the defining problem of our time, and mobilize people into action. We believe that information precedes action, and that when people are empowered with enhanced knowledge, better decisions are made.

Our interactive and collaborative workshop is an entirely different way to learn about the science of climate change. The workshop is based on a 42 cards game based on the IPCC reports. In just 3 hours, participants gain a fundamental overview of climate change, the impacts it is having now and in the future, and what we can do about it.

Sustainability consulting firm specialising in employee engagement and change management programs
Bright Green

Our mission is to empower businesses to embrace sustainability and improve environmental and social impacts through the employee engagement and change management programs we provide.

Corporate trainings & Public masterclasses
The Matcha Initiative

The Matcha Initiative is a Singaporean non-profit, a network of sustainability practitioners who share their expertise to create a ripple effect. We educate the public through our online platform, themed evenings and masterclasses. We also cooperate with companies to upskill their employees through tailored workshop, trainings and lunch & learn discussions.

On thematchainitiative.com, we provide best practices, suppliers and buddies who have walked the talk to inspire all to take action.

inspire, educate, and engage the next generation of sustainability champions
GreenPush

Our vision is to help employees make a difference in their workplace today so they can create a better tomorrow.

We give your team members a chance to make a difference in the world. We empower them with knowledge, tools and resources to encourage sustainable behaviours and actions in every part of your business.

Discover our programmes to inspire, educate and engage your team members to make sustainable change.

Invest in Training & Learning - BASIC
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Implementing sustainable practices implies a systemic change in companies, and it becomes critical to prepare our staff in terms of change management, agile thinking, creativity ("think out of the box"). In a  fast pace changing world, upskilling employees and allowing them to build and adapt their knowledge through personal training, is a critical asset.

Sustainability also requires expertise so you need to train each department team on its specific role. For example:

  • Train the procurement team on sustainable procurement, ESG, carbon management and climate change,
  • Finance team should be upskilled in carbon management & sustainability accounting,

You can allow your employees to access e-learning on a on-demand basis:

  • Invest in your employees to continuously improve their skills or develop new ones. You will allow them to remain on top of their games, with more options in their hands.
  • You can use external online learning platforms to help with your employees general upskilling, both in hard and soft skills. Note that these platforms can also be used to raise awareness of your employees on sustainable matters such as: SDG 17, sustainable initiatives, inclusion & diversity, environmental technical issues and certifications [Green Mark, Heath & Security...] etc...

Build a knowledge repository of your core processes, the way you do things:

  • It helps you to build a sustainable way of learning what matters, what makes the success of your company.
  • It ensures clarity & consistency in the way your employees do things as well as support your new joiners, newly promoted employees in their journey of acquiring new skills

Train your staff and offer them opportunities to develop their soft skills such as: change management, critical thinking, problem solving, agility, initiative, resilience, flexibility, disruptive design, systemic change. According to the World Economic Forum, 50% of all employees will need reskilling by 2025. Developing these soft skills will ensure their long term employability remains high.

Digitalise your trainings as much as possible, make them easy to follow in shorter length. You may be eligible to grants from governments. See below additional information and examples for Singapore.

1 in 16

workers will need to make occupational transitions by 2030.

(McKinsey)

180M$

Enterprise Sustainability Program to help at least 6,000 Singapore firms tap green economy opportunities

(Channel news Asia)

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Corporate Trainings & Masterclasses
The Matcha Initiative

A Singaporean non-profit organisation, we are a network of sustainability practitioners who share their expertise to create a ripple effect. We offer customised workshops, training sessions (from half a day to 6 days) and Lunch & Learn discussions to educate everyone on sustainability in a company. We share best practices, possible roadmaps & actions.

On our online platform, we provide best practices, suppliers and buddies who have walked the talk to inspire all to take action.

We also educate the public through themed evenings and public masterclasses.

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:

  1. Strategy development and planning
  2. Assessing climate change-related risks and the impact to your organization
  3. Training and enhancing organizational capabilities
  4. Sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement
  5. Public education
Sustainability consulting firm specialising in employee engagement and change management programs
Bright Green

Our mission is to empower businesses to embrace sustainability and improve environmental and social impacts through the employee engagement and change management programs we provide.

Green Compass Trainer and other courses - Tüv Sud Academy
Tüv Sud

We are passionate about people, the environment, and technological progress. We anticipate technological developments and facilitate change – defining standards and going beyond regulatory compliance. Staying true to our founding principle, we add value by creating a safer and more sustainable future.

Carbon emission verification ISO 14064, LCA ISO14067, Green Compass Trainer, other sustainability courses from TUV SUD Academy, Energy audits.

Operates: Worldwide (except Australia and New Zeland)

Sustainability Consultant
The Inceptery

We support teams and organisations in developing resilience - integrating social and environmental value as a core strategic imperative. Together, we build in more sustainability.

We focus on 3 areas to optimise and create the enabling conditions for the change we need to transform our world.

Awareness:

  • through learning experiences & education.
  • Serious games and experiential learning.
  • Capability development of competencies for responsible, global citizenship.

Navigating complexity, Strategic conversations and aligning action through

  • innovation facilitation.
  • Sustainability, resilience led Innovation strategy
  • Business model innovation
  • Exploration, discovery, alignment - opportunity spotting, problem framing, systems mapping, ideation.

Support you and your team to envision and understand implications and possibilities through

  • decision making support.
  • Research & collective intelligence
  • Sense-making
  • Insights
Sustainability consulting
Tamotsu Institute

ACTIVATE - DESIGN - ACCELERATE. Our expert consulting services and trainings help business leaders understand the complexities of sustainability, consider climate- and nature-related risks and opportunities to make informed decisions and alleviate the administrative burdens of:

  1. Risk management and compliance
  2. Organizational transformation and project management
  3. Stakeholder engagement and reporting.

We work directly with SMEs or collaborate with other sustainability consulting companies on specific projects. We are actively involved in networks of sustainability professionals who share knowledge with public and educate other professionals to bring awareness and accelerate the transition in Singapore and worldwide (incl. The Matcha Initiative, Climate Fresk, etc.).

Our unique strength stems from understanding sustainability from the risk management perspective, creating a business case and using financial reasoning to adopt sustainable business practices and decarbonize.

Operates in: Singapore

Tie career development opportunities & programs to sustainable initiatives
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You can use programs to develop soft skills & visibility thanks to sustainable initiatives & stretch assignments. This is a win-win situation as it develops soft skills all companies need!

For example, your Hipos programs & Leadership programs can incorporate sustainable content (project, training, etc…) and focus on building a sustainable leadership

Develop some of the following programs to ensure your employees and managers' growth and development:

  • Mentoring: one more senior employee share his/her expertise and knowledge with a more junior employee (reverse mentoring is the other way round and helps leadership to gather insights and experience from the younger worksforce)
  • Reverse mentoring: the employee shares his/her experience, point of view, etc... to more senior leaders to help them get a better understanding of what they are currently experiencing in the company
  • Sponsoring: one leader speaks for a younger employee in the organization to help him/her gain visibility.
  • Coaching: in house or external coaching helps individuals and managers to solve challenges they are facing and develop themselves longer term with greater impact
  • Championing: one person acts as a champion for a cause or initiative in the organization, driving the visibility and progresses
  • Employee resources groups: where employees focus on a particular topic (green team, inclusion, women, minorities, etc...)
  • Set up Talent projects and assignments where a group of high potential and committed employees work together towards finding a solution in an innovative and collaborative way.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Read this Singapore Business Federation (SBF) report on Sustainable Employment

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Executive coaching and HR consulting firm
EDLT.Global

EDLT.global is a boutique Executive Coaching & HR Consulting firm focused on enabling sustainable change. It is based in Singapore and operates worldwide.

Powered by +20 years of experience in the Human Resources field, with the most progressive companies, EDLT.global shares this expertise through HR Consulting as well as Coaching missions, to propel organizations and individuals to the next level.

Sustainability consulting firm specialising in employee engagement and change management programs
Bright Green

Our mission is to empower businesses to embrace sustainability and improve environmental and social impacts through the employee engagement and change management programs we provide.

Sustainability leadership coaching
Ivydale

Ivydale is a boutique executive coaching practice that supports leaders to deliver positive impact.  Ivydale works with sustainability leaders on a one-to-one or group basis to deliver on sustainability commitments.  Clients include Fortune 100 companies, investors, government, and start-ups.

Ivydale also supports sustainability transformation through a digital platform to build in-house sustainability capabilities.

Promote Team building
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You can use some of the Team building activities to focus on sustainable initiatives, fund raising, etc... This will strenghten the bond between your teams and allow them to do good, reinforcing their commitment and sense of fulfilment, while having a real impact on communities around us.

These activities can be once-off or be built as challenges over a period of time. You can have teams compete against each others or partnering in your company for a wider involvement.

Some ideas:

  • organise a beach clean-up
  • visit an urban farm
  • set up Sustainability workshops or Sustainability Talks such as Climate Conversation
  • facilitate Climate Fresks or a Sustainable IT Collage
  • organise sustainable corporate activities, challenges and games
  • set up Green Calendars
  • make community volunteering (willing hearts, etc...) easy

Browse our sustainability week kit to find ideas for team building activities around sustainability

12%

increase in activity for happier employees

(Univerity of Warwick)

10%

less productive than the average are unhappy employees

(Univerity of Warwick)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

- Browse our Sustainability week kit to find ideas for team building activities around sustainability

- Browse the Giving.sg platform

- Browse Company of good collaboration page

- Where to Volunteer in Singapore (The Smart local)

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Singapore's rewards app for you, the planet and the community
susGain Pte Ltd

susGain is a free mobile app that incentivizes people in Singapore to adopt more sustainable lifestyle habits. Users collect points for eco-friendly habits, earn cash back rewards at eco conscious businesses and automatically support initiatives for sustainable development with each spend. It's our mission to empower all stakeholders in Singapore to drive the change towards more sustainability.

Supporting employee and community engagement through coastal cleanups, workshops, and outreach talks
Green Nudge

Green Nudge is a social enterprise that supports businesses and communities to achieve positive environmental impact through activities such as coastal cleanups and workshops, outreach talks and sustainability consulting. By raising awareness and co-creating call-to-actions with various stakeholders on sustainability efforts, Green Nudge aims to create a normative shift in the way we create and deal with waste to achieve a low carbon, zero waste future for Singapore.

Upcycled interior products designer. Trainings on art, design and plastic waste
Ayer Ayer

We are a multi-disciplinary organisation that works in the intersection of art, design and science. We produce upcycled interior products and building materials from post-consumer plastic waste such as tables, chairs and wall tiles. We offer consultancy and training through educational hands-on workshops on art, design and plastic waste upcycling.

Urban rejuvenation through the development of green spaces and educational programs.
CitySprouts

Founded in 2019, City Sprouts is a social enterprise focused on urban rejuvenation through the development of green spaces and educational programs. An awardee of SG Eco Fund 2021 and social enterprise member of raiSE, Sprout Hub is City Sprouts’ first redevelopment project where the former Henderson Secondary School was transformed into an urban farming concept. Through its curated space activation and programs from urban farming, farm tours, sustainability workshops, and eco-camps, City Sprouts hopes to educate and inspire the community to be more aware and engaged in social and environmental issues.

Sprout Hub is open daily (Monday - Sunday) from 10am-9pm and is located at 102 Henderson Road, Singapore.

For more information, visit www.citysprouts.com.sg or follow City Sprouts on Facebook or Instagram.

Provide action-application training and education on waste management practices
Zero Waste SG

Zero Waste SG is a charity and non-governmental organisation leading the drive towards zero waste in Singapore through education and advocacy.Zero Waste SG focuses on engaging the public and corporates on the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) in areas of:

  1. Food Waste
  2. Plastic Disposables
  3. Household Recycling
  4. Organisational Waste
Sustainability consulting firm specialising in employee engagement and change management programs
Bright Green

Our mission is to empower businesses to embrace sustainability and improve environmental and social impacts through the employee engagement and change management programs we provide.

Encourage pro-bono work
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A good way to go further in your sustainability and "giving back" engagement is to propose and encourage pro-bono missions for NGOs.

You can do this in allowing a few days per year for your employees to volunteer (some of the ideas in the "Promote team building" solution above can be used).

Depending on your industry, you can organize some ideathons and hackatons for good to share new ideas for your company or community.

If need be, you may consider hiring a third party to organise it.

5 to 25

hours per year is the standard cap of volunteering hours, supported by a company within the working hours

(Realized worth)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

- Browse the Giving.sg platform

- Read this 2030 Builders article on Team building and Sustainability

Suppliers that provide solutions:
A social enterprise focusing on positive environmental change
Terra SG

We unite people to rethink possibilities and create positive social & environmental changes for the world we live in.

Terra SG is a people-powered movement for positive environmental change. As a social enterprise with sustainability and humanitarian focuses, Terra SG’s work revolves around initiating and empowering people through running eco-education programmes, building green spaces, organising sustainable events, managing the Sustainable Singapore Gallery and powering upcycling activities & workshops.

Network of sustainability practitioners & enthusiasts
The Matcha Initiative

The Matcha Initiative is a Singaporean non-profit, volunteer-based network of sustainability practitioners who share their expertise to create a ripple effect. We educate the public through our online platform, thematic evenings and masterclasses. We welcome volunteers to help enrich the content on the platform, build the Best Practices & Solutions, write articles, organise events or help create a vibrant community...

Climate Change Awareness Workshop
Climate Fresk

Our mission is to raise awareness about climate change as the defining problem of our time, and mobilize people into action. We believe that information precedes action, and that when people are empowered with enhanced knowledge, better decisions are made. Our interactive and collaborative workshop is an entirely different way to learn about the science of climate change.

The workshop is based on a 42 cards game based on the IPCC reports. In just 3 hours, participants gain a fundamental overview of climate change, the impacts it is having now and in the future, and what we can do about it.

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.

Claire Kolly
HR Consulting & Executive Coaching - EDLT.global

Claire has spent more than 20 years in the HR field working in global environments, accompanying businesses in their -always complex!- development and transformations. Working across teams and cultural boundaries, she became passionate about helping teams and leaders navigate through changes and make sustainable decisions for themselves and their teams, balancing the short-term and long-term impacts in organisations.

Back in 2016, she added a coaching hat to her HR experience, got trained and certified (PCC-ICF) with the idea that most of the time what employees and leaders are missing is a space to reconnect with what is really important for them, what makes them successful, or on the contrary slows them down.

In 2021, Claire launched her own business, combining her Executive HR and Professional Coaching expertise. She is since then, helping organizations and individuals who want to do the “right thing” to develop the "S" in ESG through sustainable, human-centered HR Practices, development programs and coaching. To really be the change they want to see!

She is able to strategize, coach, train and advise in order to improve both long term executive and organizational performance, as well as ensuring that personal growth and well-being are taken care of in a sustainable and authentic manner. She is Hogan, Gallup CliftonStrengths, Individual and Team Coaching Certified.

Mary Kon-Sun-Tack
Founder - Journey Makers (Former Asia Customer Experience Director, Sustainability Ambassador - Lyreco)

Mary has founded Journey Makers to support organisations in their online presence blending customer experience and employee experience. She was previously in charge of Customer Experience for Lyreco Asia and worked on accelerating Digital and Marketing activities. In 2020, she was appointed sustainability ambassador as well for the region, as the topic was becoming a strategic one for the company. Thriving to drive the change internally and externally, she launched a Green Team that she co-led with her colleague.

Prior to this role, Mary had made her career essentially in the hospitality industry at global and regional role, from trade marketing, sales to Digital marketing. Before moving to Singapore in 2015, she was based in Dubai, UAE and France.

Li Seng Heng
Founder - Green Nudge, Green Collar

Li Seng is the founder of Green Nudge, a social enterprise that supports businesses and communities to achieve positive environmental impact through activities such as coastal cleanups and workshops, outreach talks and sustainability consulting. By raising awareness and co-creating call-to-actions with various stakeholders on sustainability efforts, Green Nudge aims to create a normative shift in the way we create and deal with waste to achieve a low carbon, zero waste future for Singapore.

Li Seng’s previous experience in the public sector in the central bank of Singapore dealing with financial regulations, combined with his current roles in the community and social enterprise sector reinforced his belief that effective public policies need to be supported by ground-up actions and engagement. Playing an interfacing role within the tri-sector, Li Seng is able to provide sectoral knowledge through a system thinking lens to make informed decisions and strategies. He is happy to discuss disposables, sustainability of events, public education, and is familiar with corporate social responsibility and community / youth engagement.

Carolin Barr
Founder - SusGain

Carolin is a passionate and driven entrepreneur and sustainability advocate. She is involved in many projects and initiatives that contribute to reducing our environmental impact.

In 2020, Carolin founded the social enterprise susGain.

susGain is a rewards-based engagement app that focuses on driving behavioural change within communities (corporates, schools, NGOs etc.) whilst measuring ESG reportable data on the impact created. By better connecting the environmentally and socially conscious stakeholders, susGain hopes to accelerate the change towards more sustainable communities.

Prior to susGain, Carolin worked as Account & Project Manager in an HR consulting and change management firm, where she was responsible for business development and end-to-end project management of training and consulting projects across APAC.

In July 2021, Carolin won the Finder's Expatpreneur Sustainability Award. susGain has also been recognized by Global Initiatives at the Sustainable Business Awards Singapore 2020/21.

Alya Annabi
Sustainability Change Agent & Founder - GreenPush

I am a Sustainability Change Agent who wants to help businesses implement more sustainable practices — and have fun while doing them. I am committed to the idea that small changes can make a big impact, and I am great at motivating others to act. Having worked on this issue for years, I have developed the expertise and experience needed to help businesses cultivate more sustainable actions. That’s why I founded GreenPush — to inspire, educate, and engage the next generation of sustainability champions. We are the push you need to make sustainable change.

Yasser Amin
Chief Stridy Officer

Organizing weekly beach cleanup sessions over the past three years gave Yasser a deep appreciation for both coastal and inland nature environments. Other than being an environmental advocate, he emphasizes on the value of community building, and actively connects various organizations & individuals together in the spirit of civic engagement.

Yasser is currently the Chief Stridy Officer at Stridy which is a not-for-profit that focuses on tackling waste management issues worldwide such as littering

Samuel Chauffaille
Managing Director AsiaPacific (excl. China) - Ecocert

In 2003, I joined International SOS, world leader of medical and security assistance services and relocated to Singapore in 2008 where I have spent my life since. I held different regional leadership roles and I was a founding member of the Sustainability Committee and initially led the S (Social) part. I was also leading the Environment pillar, with a special focus on the Ecovadis certification.

I enrolled at SMU back in Sept 2020 and graduated from the Sustainability and Sustainable Business executive masterclass in Dec 2020. In July 2021, I joined a local singaporean startup H3Dynamics with the ambition to decarbonize the aviation industry! And since May 2023, I am now the managing director AsiaPacific for Ecocert, world leader in certification for organic products. I am also the Singapore Ambassador (volunteer) for Ecomatcher to help brands fight climate change, one tree at a time.

Finally, I am a French Trade Advisor and part of the Sustainability Committee to strengthen bridges between France and Singapore on this crucial agenda.

Géraldine Pelissier
Corporate Reach - The Matcha Initiative

Most of my professional career was in Sales and Marketing for emissions-intensive sectors (automotive, telecom, oil and gas industries) to say the least…. But I always knew I had to look for a greater purpose. Covid19 slowed down my professional activities and helped me to follow my passion. I decided to open a new chapter and follow a new career path, but to do so, I had to study sustainability.

I particularly like innovation and tech, so I wish to pursue my career with a tech for good angle.

FRANCE - Benoit Barraque
ECODESIGN Coach - Credit Agricole Assurances (CAA)

With 17 years of experience in IT across different sectors and industries, Benoit managed a team focusing on project management and IT application support in Singapore. In 2017, he was one of the founders, and later on leader of Credit Agricole CIB's first green team in Singapore. Since 2022, he has started in France a new adventure within Credit Agricole Assurances (CAA) and managed up to 24 people, in software integration team.

Recently, in September 2023, he was promoted to ECODESIGN Coach within CAA. He is creating and deploying a new framework for all projects to add a sustainability dimension to help CAA reduce its environmental impact.

Loretta Teo & Eliza Boecker
Asia CSR Team - Azqore

A lawyer by training, Eliza has been in Private banking since 1996, with roles ranging from Relationship Management to Head of Strategy for PWM Latin America at Deutsche Bank New York, and a member of the Management Committee. Eliza was also the Business Manager and Head of Business Compliance for the International markets at Bank of Singapore, before joining Azqore as COO for Asia. Eliza has worked in Kuala Lumpur, Frankfurt, New York and Singapore and in addition lived in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong, an experience that has shaped her outlook and made her very much a global citizen.

A banking operations professional, Loretta has had experience across various firms, like UBS and Nomura, before joining Credit Agricole 5 years ago.  Currently Azqore’s Head of Asia Operations, she has worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and even had a short stint in India.  These experiences have opened her eyes to various cultures and cuisines.  

Both Eliza and Loretta kicked off the Azqore Asia CSR initiative in 2020 and have never looked back since.

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.

FRANCE - Alexandre Parlange
Sustainability Leader (Former Climate Fresk Singapore Coordinator - 2021-2022)

I'm an experienced C-Level professional with 12+ years of experience working in various industries who has developed a strong interest for climate change and sustainable development. Passionate about climate change issues, I'm now fully dedicated to supporting organizations and individuals in their transition towards a low-carbon future.

I hold a MBA degree from ESSEC Business School in France, an Executive Master from INSEAD, and a Cambridge Certificate in Sustainability Leadership.

I'm a trained facilitator of a successful climate change education workshops named The Climate Fresk. I'm facilitating it in public, with companies, schools or universities. I’m alsofacilitating other workshops of the same kind such as Digital Collage, MobilityCollage or MyCO2.

Virgile Viasnoff
Professor, Mechanobiology – NUS, CNRS

Virgile is an academic researcher who works for the CNRS (France) and the National University of Singapore. He heads an international collaborative lab between Singapore and France at the mechanobiology institute.

He is also in charge of the transition towards more sustainable practices in the lab and in the institute. He has already implemented various actions covering energy efficiency, consumables usage reduction, waste management...

Mimi Nguyen
COO - Handprint, Founding Member - The Matcha Initiative

I was born in Vietnam and grew up in France in Paris’ low income suburbs. My parents used to bring us to the park to have some outdoor activities and that’s where my father taught my siblings and I to observe, love and respect nature. He gave us perspective on our place in a much bigger ecosystem. 

At that time, we didn’t describe our family as “sustainable”. It was very pragmatic, we didn’t waste anything, we mended everything, saved and reused, because we just couldn’t afford not to :)

In 2018 in Singapore, after what felt like a long, unfulfilling professional tunnel on autopilot, I was forced to make a pause and took the opportunity to consider what I really wanted to do with my life (I know this resonates with many!)

Then I really realised how passionate I was about sustainability and for the first time, I considered making it my job. Nothing is easy when you don’t hold the right degrees or the right amount of money, so I co-created The Matcha Initiative to jump into action instead of procrastinating. That’s how you start an amazing experience with amazing people :)

Cherry on the cake: TMI helped me land my current job at Handprint, where we help businesses embrace the next step - Regeneration.

Sarah Grigsby
Executive Coach & Founder - Cultivating Wholeness

Founder of Cultivating Wholeness, a network-based global coaching and advisory firm, Sarah is a PCC ICF certified Executive Coach and acts as a catalyst for personal, cultural and organizational transformation.

She supports leaders of purpose-led start-ups or organisations to bring forth a profound shift in their strategy through regenerative principles and empower them to role model the behaviors driven by their values and purpose. Enabling their business to be a life-affirming positive force in stewarding our planet on a regenerative path.

To do so, she leverages more than 10 years of experience coaching senior leaders in MNCs through their cultural transformations across Asia, Europe, and North America combined by her rich personal development through adversity.