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Organisation Engagement

Investing in your organisation's development ensures longer retention, better performance in terms of planet, people and profit, and better employability of your people.

Your role as an employer is to ensure that they stay on top of their game, continue to develop their skills and adapt to change in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Specifically for procurement and supply chain teams, which are the cornerstone of sustainable value chain transformation, the focus is on providing the necessary skills through internal upskilling and external skills leveraging.

Build a Sustainable team - BASIC
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Green Team, CSR Task Force, Sustainability Team…They have many names, yet the same goal and the fantastic power to accelerate and amplify all actions taken toward sustainability. Choose the set up most adapted for your organisation.

Think transversal. Identify a leader, according to your scope / priorities / objectives... It can be one person from each department. Identify the sponsor or mentor at Executive or Board level responsible to advocate the actions of the Sustainability Team.

Here is a quick guide to start one and develop it.

Officially allocate time for it on your employees worksheets and objectives. Remember that if you give it on top of another job responsibility, it should still be performed as part of the employee's job description.

If your team can not manage extra tasks, engage an external consultant that could act as a part-time sustainability manager.

When you are ready, or when the sustainability tasks demands it, fight for a full time Sustainability Manager and ensure a budget for a Sustainability team.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”

(African proverb)

S$70k

is the average base salary for a Sustainability Manager in Singapore.

(Payscale)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
The Matcha Initiative

A Singaporean non-profit organisation, we are a network of sustainability practitioners who share their expertise to create a ripple effect. On top of this platform of best practices, suppliers and buddies who have walked the talk, we offer customised workshops, including one to start a Green Team or accelerate a Green Team, training sessions (from half a day to 6 days) and lunch & learn discussions to educate everyone in a company.

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

Develop Equity, Diversity & inclusion - BASIC
Cost
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HIGH
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low
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medium
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HIGH
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low
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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.

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

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 Quillet
CEO - TSB

I am a Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) humanitarian and development professional who worked for more than 20 years in Indonesia for International NGOs and UNICEF. I founded my consultancy firm 7 years ago to support private sector to develop their strategy, engage stakeholders and implement in the field their sustainability projects/programs. I have a extensive network in Indonesia, from the local community/NGOs to several ministries. I am also GRI copywriter.

Ivona Balint-Kowalczyk
Sustainability consultant, Founder - Sustainao

With a background in sustainability consulting and audit, Ivona supports businesses in their sustainability journey by building an impactful strategy, embedding sustainable practices across operations, and reporting performance to stakeholders.

She is the founder of Sustainao, a Singapore-based company specialized in sustainability consulting. Previously, Ivona worked as a sustainability auditor at KPMG France. She holds an MBA in CSR & Sustainability and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management.

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.

Barney Swan
CEO - ClimateForce

I'm passionate about walking the talk, breaking the silos within sustainability and making pathways relevant for all walks of life (especially heavy industry) to diversify their current standard operating procedures.

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.

Maya Madhusoodan
Managing Director - Space Doctors

I am a seasoned consultant, brand strategist and user research specialist. I've run strategic consultancies in Singapore that focus on designing for futures, and ensuring that cultural insights and emerging planetary and human needs input into product, communication and brand decisions. Partnering with bluechip companies like Unilever, P&G, Ford, Microsoft to help innovate, design, communicate the brand, my experience spans diverse categories.

I can run projects about user research, design research, cultural strategy, and off late applying all these skills towards regenerative practices.

I have an academic background in Psychology, English Literature and have recently done courses on Circular Economy and Regenerative Economics.

Countries where Maya can help you: APAC

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.

Quentin Dumas
Sustainable Value Chain Strategy - Accenture

I have over 15 years experience in Responsible Value Chain. I started as a Sustainable material experts to slowly cover the entire Value chain and life cycle of products.

Countries where Quentin can help you: APAC

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.

Sammie Ho Dumas
Social Impact & Sustainability Director

Sammie is the Director of Social Impact & Sustainability at Williams-Sonoma.

At Williams-Sonoma, she collaborates with leadership across the business to achieve the goal of 75% of products purchased from suppliers who offer worker wellbeing programs by 2030.

She is a CSR practitioner with 20 years of experience.  She has managed CSR and sustainability programs at Target, C&A, Abercrombie & Fitch, and American Eagle Outfitters.

Tim Wieringa
People Transformation Director - Hive17

I am a change management practitioner with more than 12 years of experience in this field. In this context I have accompanied various initiatives to drive operational excellence, to improve cross-silo collaboration, and strengthen leadership qualities. In addition, I accompanied companies to establish new strategies, values and behaviours with the result to nudge cultures.

With Hive17, I focus on supporting companies along their sustainability journey. Key questions are how are the targets & strategies implemented across the organisation? And how can we create a culture that leads to success in sustainability.

Countries where Tim can help you: Europe and APAC, and especially Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan & Vietnam

Zofia Chlapowski
Stakeholder Engagement

I have more than 20 years experience leading change and transformation in Europe, Africa and Asia. I have had the privilege of managing and contributing to diverse industries, organisation (Humanitarian and corporate) to secure engagement and impact. In my last role I worked in a large MNC supply chain environment engaging external partners to increase our impact in sustainability.