Celebrate ESG!

All year long, there are important dates to acknowledge and raise awareness on environmental and social topics. Celebrating them in our organisations and on social medias is a powerful and efficient way to raise awareness. We have selected the most important ones for you below.

June

With 7 different dates to celebrate and 2 renowned conferences in Singapore, June is a month you cannot miss!

But first and foremost, celebrate Environment Day on June 5th!

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June 5th

Environment Day -
Only One Earth
World Environment Day was established in 1974, acting as a platform for global environmental action and outreach to protect the planet. This year, Sweden is the host country.

Resources:
World Environment Day History, World Environment Day 2022, Facts and Figures
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June 8th

World Oceans Day -
Revitalisation: Collective Action for the Ocean
World Oceans Day aims to raise global awareness about the issues threatening our oceans and the need for individual and collective action.

Resources: Events Calendar, Education Resources, Campaign toolkit
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June 12th

World Day against Child Labour -
Universal Social Protection to End Child Labour
At the beginning of 2020, 160 million children – 63 million girls and 97 million boys – were involved in child labour, accounting for almost 1 in 10 children worldwide.

Resources: Website
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June 17th

Desertification & Drought World Day -
Rising up from drought together
Globally, 23 % of the land is no longer productive. Yet, 99 % of the calories every human being needs for a healthy life still come from the land. We need to protect & restore it.

Resources:
Website, Campaign Kit
5
June 18th

Sustainable Gastronomy Day
Recent years of food science and technological development have shown the impact of food and agriculture on the climate. Sustainable Gastronomy Day highlights the need for conscious eating and being mindful of where & how our food is produced.

Resources:
Website
6
June 20th

World Refugee Day
Refugees are one of the mostvulnerable groups across the globe. This day is to acknowledge that allrefugees regardless of who they are, where they come from, and when they aredisplaced, deserve to claim their fundamental rights as human beings and to seekasylum.

Resources:
Website, Core Message
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June 27th

Micro-,Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day
Formal and informal MSMEs make upover 90% of all firms and account, on average, for 70% of total employment and50% of GDP. They are key players of the global economy, to reach SDGs Goals(like SDGs 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth), and to empower communities.

Resources:
Website

CONFERENCE

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June 7th to 9th

Ecosperity Week 2022 - Temasek - Online - FREE

Theme:
Accelerating Action at Scale
The annual Temasek conference on sustainability. Worth watching.

Resources:
The conference website

CONFERENCE

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June 22nd & 23th

Responsible Business Asia 2022 - Reuters – Online- FREE

Theme:
Sustainability: The Business Imperative for a Brighter Future
Always great speakers to listen to.

Resources: The conference website
May

Be aware of the coming COP15 on desertification (the 3rd annual COP with the Biodiversity one [COP15 Part 2] and the Climate Change one [COP27]).

But most of all, celebrate Biodiversity Day on May 22nd and help push awareness on Biodiversity issues!

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May 9th to 22nd

15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Theme:
Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.

Resources:

- Register for the on-site event or some of the online sessions here.
- United Nations - Convention to combat Desertification website

- COP15 Informal Guide
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May 22nd

International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)

Theme:
Building a shared future for all life

To note:
This year's slogan was chosen to continue building momentum and support for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted at the upcoming 2nd part of the UN Biodiversity Conference #COP15.

Resources:
Convention on Biological Diversity Website
22 possible actions for May 22
● Past Biodiversity Day campaigns

How to participate or celebrate?

1. Make your voice heard
- Send a video or a written statement to ask for a strong framework to the Secretariat of the Convention. 

2. Raise awareness beyond your brand/organisation
- Adopt any of the 22 actions aligned with the new global biodiversity framework
- Raise awareness on the issue by sharing photos/videos of the event or of your actions on social media with the hashtag #BiodiversityDay

3. Raise awareness within your organisation
- Use and share Biodiversity Day assets with your colleagues such as this memo highlighting the difference between the words ‘biodiversity’ and ‘nature’
- Organize a dedicated event or activity and register it on this page
April

April is the month of World Earth Day AND of Singapore International Water Week!

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April 7th

World Health Day

Theme:
Our planet, our health - how the climate crisis is driving human health issues.

How to participate: Raise awareness

1- beyond your brand/organisation
- Celebrate the date on your socials
- Share the initiatives your company has committed to adress health issues related to climate crisis.

2- within your organisation
- Learn more as a team and how individual actions are important through Climate Conversations
- Understand more about climate change and its effects (including health effects) through a Climate Fresk

Resources:
outreach material
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April 22nd

World Earth Day

Theme:
Invest in our Planet
call for a greener and more sustainable economy

How to participate: Raise awareness

1- beyond your brand/organisation
- Plan an Earth Day event and register it here
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Use the Earth Day Toolkit for marketing collaterals and campaigns to raise awareness about the day on your socials.

2- within your organisation
- Participate in an Earth Day Event - find them here
- Organise a company Earth Day cleanup - contact GreenNudge
and register it and register it here
- Contribute as a team to plant trees - Plant trees here

Resources: outreach material
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April 17th to 21st

Singapore International Water Week 2022

To note:
one of the leading water events, SIWW aims to share and foster innovation and collaboration on sustainable solutions to urban water challenges.

Register for the event:
here

Resources: brochure
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April 17th to 21st

CleanEnviro Summit - Singapore

Theme:
Toward Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Cities

To note: Held simultaneously within Singapore International Water Week, CleanEnviro Summit aims to address key issues such as circular economy, climate resilient policies and public health standards around 5 areas: Waste as a resource, Enhanced Hygiene Standards, Effective Pest Management, Sustainable Energy & Pollution Control.

Register for the event: here

Resources:
brochure
5
April 18th to 20th

Asia Climate Forum

To note:  
Co-located with CleanEnviro Summit, Asia Climate Forum brings InterMET Asia (weather), InterFLOOD Asia (flood management), and InterAIR Asia (air quality) to highlight climate change and environmental services for Asia, Africa and Pacific.

Register for the event:
here
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April 28th

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

To note:  
World Day for Safety & Health at Work promotes our collective responsibility to prevent deaths & injuries at work, ensure a healthy work environment for all and integrate emerging occupational risks (technical or social).

Resources:
to know more
March

With 7 different dates & themes on Environment AND Women's day on March 8th, March is definitely a month to celebrate ESG with your teams!

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Feb 28th to March 2nd

5th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly

Theme:
Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

To note:
The Ellen Macarthur Foundation & WWF have called for a UN treaty on plastic pollution

Resources:
Many pre-events and the assembly to watch live 
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March 3rd

Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the UN Environment Programme

Theme:
50th anniversary

To note:
UNEP is the UN body monitoring the state of the environment, informing policymaking with science and coordinating global responses to environmental challenges.
Since its creation, UNEP has galvanized worldwide commitments and coordinated action, such as the Vienna convention for protection of the Ozone Layer, and the IPCC creation…

Resources:
outreach material
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March 3rd

World Wildlife Day

Theme:
Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration

Resources: outreach material
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March 8th

Women's Day

Theme:
1- UN -
Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow
2- IWD - Break The Bias
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March 18th

Global Recycling Day

Theme:
Save the planet, support the recycling

How to celebrate? see here for some ideas.

To note:  
Discover many recycling heroes: #RecyclingHeroes! You can also nominate yours. Closing date for nominations on 8th March 2022.

Resources:
outreach material 
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March 21st

International Day of Forests

Theme:
a day to talk about deforestation, forests being “the lungs of the Earth”.

To note:
How to celebrate? Organise a Tree planting campaign; slow down and go for a hike at Mc Ritchie…

Resources:
outreach material
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March 22nd

World Water Day

Theme:
Groundwater – Making the Invisible Visible

Resources:
outreach material
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March 26th

Earth Hour

Theme:
as usual, at 8:30pm local time, switch off all lights!

MUST DO:
remind all your teams on Friday 25th night to switch off all lights in your offices! Make it an habit & celebrate earth hour every night when leaving the office: the last one makes sure no lights stay ON…..

Resources:
outreach material