Sustainable HR Practices
Recruiting & Onboarding
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Recruiting & Onboarding

Recruiting is the first contact you have with Talents who will join your company. Even for the ones you won't recruit, it is important they get the best experience so they have a good image of your company.

This is a unique occasion to broadcast to the market what you stand for, your values as a company and how it translates into the sustainable, high quality recruiting experience you offer.

Adapt your Job descriptions
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Focus on what really matters, Unicorns do not exist, neither the candidate with the perfect match!

- Avoid job descriptions with too many requirements, focus instead on behaviors, competencies you want the candidate to have. Please note that too much requirements will likely prevent female to apply.

- Mention your values and your sustainable engagement.

- Allow travel time to be limited and offer flexible working arrangements so you attract different profiles and more female applicants.

- Allow time for pro-bono projects & personal trainings. Encourage it and advertise it (intranet, testimonies...)

60 vs 100%

men apply for a job or promotion when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.

(Forbes)

75%

of workers polled want to continue working flexibly

(WE Forum)

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Adopt a sustainable hiring and interview process
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Source social companies that can find diverse profiles (returning mums at work) or allow handicapped workers / workers with particular needs or medical conditions to work from home.

Ensure sustainable practices during the hiring process:

  • Promote virtual interviews or get the candidate to go to your office for several interviews in one go.
  • Discuss your sustainability focus & goals in the interview process so the candidates know that is important. Younger generations are more sensitive to the topic.
  • Set up diverse panel interviewers so you get a wider view of the candidate fit and potential.
  • Equip your interviewers with a proper toolkit to represent your company best and with an unified story.
  • Use e-signed contracts & legal documents to avoid printing, such as sleeksignin, adobe...

> 30%

of Singapore’s labour force will be aged 55 and above by 2040.

(SBF)

12%

only of employees strongly agree that their organization does a great job of onboarding.

(Gallup)

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Source of information for mothers who want to work flexi-time or run their own Mumpreneur business
Mums at Work

Mums@Work was started in early 2010 as the first career portal in Singapore that supports women to find the perfect balance between being a mum and working. We provide mums with the support, assistance and advice when choosing flexi-time options or when starting a small Mumpreneur business. We also work with Employers who believe in the new way of work.

eSignature platform
Sleek

With SleekSign - free, unlimited use, legally binding eSignature platform - say bye to printing (and reprinting) of documents, and hello to digitalization.

Sleek is a SMEs’ all-in-one digital platform, helping you to register your company and manage your governance, accounting, and tax compliance online. Incorporate a company in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and the UK 100% remotely, file requests to your company secretary 24/7, start a business account and sign documents digitally with our eSignature tool SleekSign - all on our secure platform.

Remove paper with our company registration and corporate secretary services by doing digital and saving your documents to the cloud.

Let's multiply our impact together.

Set up a sustainable onboarding pack
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Incorporate values & sustainable initiatives in your onboarding pack.

Go digital as much as possible.

If you still need to provide a physical onboarding pack, think about initiatives to provide a sustainable branded pack (T-shirt, notebook, gift card for charities, etc...). See below some possible suppliers.

Define a proper onboarding plan to speed up inclusion, allow performance & drive longer retention.

Your onboarding plan should contain the following:

  • Explanation of the different departments of the company, their roles and main stakeholders
  • Important persons to meet during the first weeks
  • Culture of the company (ways of working, where to find the information, tools used...)
  • Expectations of the role (objectives at 30/60/90 days)
  • Regular touch points
  • Buddy system if there is one (someone different from the manager to allow more openness)

82%

of increase in employee retention rate, when a company has an effective and a well-structured onboarding flow.

(Actimo)

70%

increase in productivity levels, when a company has an effective and well-structure onboarding flow.

(Actimo)

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Online store for corporate gifts
Giftandpaper

Gift and Paper offers generic and customised marketing & promotional products in Singapore and Malaysia. They are not specialised in sustainable products but have an eco-friendly range comprised of notebooks, memo pads, bags...

Plantable sustainable stationery & lifestyle brand, Reusable cups
Left-handesign

Left-handesign is Singapore's 1st Plantable sustainable stationery & lifestyle brand playfully designed with light & love. We celebrate collections inspired by simple joys of travel, art, nature, food, impressions as seen in day to day life.Under left-handesign we design all our ‘Plantable Series’ called BĪJ a Sanskrit word that means Seed. Our range of products includes Pencils, Pens and Notebooks, Gift tags which you can plant into an herb like tomato, chili, marigold, tulsi (indian basil), spinach, okra, morning glory, mustard seeds.

Left-handesign was founded with a simple mission: put Nature back into peoples' lives. Through their "PLANT A TREE IN YOUR NAME” Program, they plant a tree for EVERY purchase.

Sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly stationaries, promotional products and custom merchandise
The First Green Store

With the rising need to conserve and protect our environment, the first green store (TFGS) encourages individuals and enterprises to adopt environmentally responsible lifestyles, and advocate for Corporate Social Responsibility policies, through the products given away during various occasions and events. We work with partners who are certified for Ethical Practices in their manufacturing process, and our retail brands are very carefully chosen keeping in mind their design, environmental and social impacts.

Online store for corporate gifts
Gift Empire

Gift Empire offers generic and customised marketing & promotional products. They are not specialised in sustainable products but have an eco-friendly range comprised of notebooks, pencils, bags...

Recycled Paper products, Eco-friendly printing services & promotional products
Green Prints Services

Green Prints is an environmental social enterprise that aims to provide the greenest printing solution in Singapore. They believe going green should not incur a premium but should be affordable to everyone.

Their key products include recycled copy paper, sugarcane waste copy paper and namecards, T-shirts made from 100% recycled plastic bottles (via their brand: Plastic Bottle Tees)

Sustainably-made generic & customised corporate wear, textiles & accessories
Merchandise.blue UG

At merchandise.blue, we are committed to offering companies alternative textile merchandise, from uniforms to trade show giveaways  to towels/napkins to tote bags and other accessories, that are made sustainably and fairly to ensure the long-termwell-being of the planet and for all of us living on it.

We offer both ready-made styles and custom sustainable merchandise items using carefully selected materials and partner with environmental impact in mind. A few examples of the environmentally progressive fabrics that we use in our products include recycled fishing nets, recycled polyester, recycled cotton, seaweed, organic cotton and Tencel.

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 development and transformation. 

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. 

She moved to Singapore for a professional opportunity 9 years ago. Back in 2016, she added a coaching hat to her HR experience, got trained and certified with the idea that sometimes what employees and leaders are missing is to reconnect with what is really important for them, what makes them successful, or on the contrary slows them down.

In 2021, she launched her own business, combining her HR and professional coaching expertises to accompany individuals and organisations in their journey, with a focus on enabling sustainable People practices.

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.

Jing Ying Lim
Marketing Manager - Sleek

Jing Ying is a marketer with over 10 years of experience. She is currently the Marketing Manager of Sleek, managing brand, comms and CSR for the tech startup. Sleek is a tech startup aimed at helping entrepreneurs set up their companies in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and the UK with a fully digital experience. They have three pillars: tech for good, sustainability promise, and community initiatives. 

She first co-founded and built a social enterprise, Soule, with two friends when she was 16, leading the branding, marketing and sales. The company's mission is to provide youth products with a social cause to empower children in Singapore, China and in disaster-hit areas. A total of 4,627 school shoes, footwear and other suppliers were given to schools and disaster relief sites over the past years. Soule also did CSR consulting for companies in Singapore and China. She worked in a mix of non-profit and agency roles before moving to Sleek.

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.