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World Environment Day 2017 – Growing efforts from the public and private sector, with increased focus on waste reduction

On World Environment Day this year, both the public and private sectors in Singapore upped up their efforts for environmental protection with a series of plans and initiatives. These include: the unveiling of the Public Sector Sustainability Plan 2017-2020 by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, the introduction of mandatory reporting of packaging data and […]

Human Rights in the Workplace

What constitutes Human Rights in the Workplace Human rights are often seen as perplexing, complex issues that most organisations find hard to grapple with or think these are simply not applicable to their business. Human rights are in fact, very much a part of the daily workings of an organisation. Common human resource issues, contractual […]

Earth Day Film Screening at NUS: Leonardo Dicaprio’s ‘Before the Flood

The NUS Energy Studies Institute (ESI) and the US Embassy jointly organized a screening of the 2016 documentary film about climate change, ‘Before the Flood’, on the 6th of April 2017. Held at the NUS University Hall Auditorium, the film screening was prefaced by a panel discussion on climate change. ‘Before the Flood’ is a […]

What makes the cut? Charting materiality amongst Singapore’s sustainability reporters.

Carrie Johnson, Wong Dan Chi, Nicolas Heath & Lim Sze Wei With the Singapore Stock Exchange’s (SGX) announcement this year that sustainability reporting is to be introduced on a “comply-or-explain” basis for all listed companies from the end of FY2017, understanding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) material issues has never been more important. Up to […]

Singapore’s 2019 Carbon Tax…does it matter to you?

Nurul Amillin Hussain. A carbon tax on emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) will be implemented in 2019, as announced on the 20th of February in the 2017 Budget, delivered by the Minister of Finance, Heng Swee Keat. This move towards carbon pricing follows other policy initiatives to reduce Singapore’s emissions intensity to 36% below 2005 […]

Budget 2017: Sustainable Development for a Resilient Singapore

  The 2017 budget which was announced by Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat outlined initiatives to boost sustainable growth and productivity amidst global political and economic uncertainties Here are some key sustainability-related points from the Budget Statement: Economic Plans to help companies manage economic transition In view of continued weakness, the Government will defer […]

SGX offers companies subsidised sustainability reporting workshops from February 2017

Paia will be running the following SGX subsidised workshops primarily focused to assist Singapore Exchange (SGX) listed companies to meet the new requirements. Carrie Johnson, Director of Paia Consulting, said, “It is great that SGX has appointed GCNS to organise the workshops which will encourage companies to start reporting early. Having helped SGX-listed companies on […]

CDP … just another sustainability acronym, or worth my time?

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is currently publishing the 2016 results of its climate change, forest, water and supply chain surveys, having started with the UK results end of October. Soon, some Singaporean companies will get scores, some will be publicly named as not responding, others won’t be mentioned. Should you care? CDP runs a […]