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3 common hurdles of writing a Sustainability Report and ways to overcome them.

Complexity can be stressful for anyone so we completely understand what you’re facing when asked to put together a Sustainability Report for your organisation when you simply don’t know how and frankly don’t have the time. The hurdles you face are shared by many and we want to help by addressing these issues and suggest real […]

2018 – Year of Climate Action and the Carbon Tax: What companies in Singapore should know

The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most intense in recent history [1] and left extensive damage in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean while Typhoon Hato wreaked havoc in Hong Kong [2]. Financial losses related to these natural desasters were significant. Several large reinsurers, including Munich Re, have reported big losses resulting from the […]

Science Based Targets and the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach:

What is a science based target? The idea behind science based targets is to use climate science to set greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. The assumption behind the science based target is that climate change, if not restrained to below 2oC as described by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will cause irreparable […]

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 […]