Past Events

Global Compact, GAC Ventures, VisionEdge Technologies and the Foundation of Taiwan Industry Services (FTIS) hosted a talk on Green Productivity on 25 April at Global Compact’s office. At the event, the FTIS delegation, represented by Ms Dinah Tai, project manager and Nelly Chen, senior engineer from FTIS’s Sustainable Management and Innovative Technology Division shared with participants about their tried and tested methodologies to help organisations enhance profitability by greening their factories.

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Patrick Chan, managing director, GAC Ventures and VisionEdge Technologies opened the session with his talk “Why is Green Productivity Important for your Business?”

This was followed by a presentation by Ms Dinah Tai from the Foundation of Taiwan Industry Service on “Green Productivity and the Green Factor - Experience of Taiwan.”

Ms Tai also gave an introduction of Green Trade Hub, an online platform connecting eco-products and environmental solutions, which is plugged into the East Asia Business Exchange, connecting companies across 13 different markets in ASEAN, China, Korea and Japan.  

Taiwan is committed to the climate movement for nearly three decades has best practices that other countries can learn from. Insights from the region gleaned from studies by the Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence on Green Productivity, co-hosted by Asian Productivity Organisation (APO) based in Tokyo and China Productivity Centre in Taiwan were shared at the event.

Participants at the talk included CSR Works International, Flexi Systems (Singapore) Pte Ltd/ Enerprof, Global SEnSE, Institute of Parks & Recreation, NabCore Enterprises Pte LTd, SUNGeneration Energy Pte Ltd, Valency International Trading Pte Ltd, EcoClean Technology Sdn Bhd, JK Tech and Alphas Training.

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The SGX announced in October 2014 that it will be mandating a “comply or explain” approach to sustainability reporting for listed companies. Increasingly, investors are including analysis of company’s sustainability risks/opportunities in their investment decisions.  The world's largest financial information providers, Bloomberg & Thomson Reuters, both provide sustainability ratings, and analysis.

Sustainability Reporting Course 1
Trainer, Carrie Johnson from Paia Consulting 

So what’s all the fuss about?  What exactly is sustainability? Does it relate to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and business strategy?  What type of sustainability information should companies be disclosing? This 2-day course has been put together to address these questions and guide participants through the sustainability reporting requirements of SGX and GRI. 

GRI, the global standard for reporting, released new guidelines in May 2013.  These new guidelines (GRI G4) make it easier for companies to start reporting.  During the course we will explain the significance of these guidelines and provide step by step guidance on producing a report. 

The course is relevant to companies that are considering reporting, either within the Annual Report, as a separate standalone Sustainability Report or an Integrated Report.  Our course draws on case study examples from local, regional and international reporting.  

This workshop is delivered by Paia who has direct experience producing over 100 sustainability reports, many of which have won local and international awards. The course is supported by ACCA and Singapore Environment Institute. 

Sustainability Reporting Course 2

Singapore’s battle with haze continues and in light of that, The Global Compact Network Singapore, together with PEFC International and the Singapore Furniture Industries Council, organised a panel discussion titled “Sustainable Forest Management for a Greener Future”

Is responsible forestry and forest certification the solution towards a haze-free future? How can all the stakeholders be effectively engaged? Would having more educated and aware consumers on these issues have a significant impact on practices of large corporations? These were some of the areas that were explored in the sharing and networking session that was organised on 11 November, 2015.

The panel was well represented by Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification International (PEFC International), the Singapore Environmental Council (SEC), the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and Spicers Asia.

Ms Sarah Price (pictured extreme left), Head of Projects & Development at PEFC International stated, “What we can see is that the certified companies have plans and procedures, active monitoring and suppression ongoing to limit the extent of fire and ultimately protect the forests”. In her opening address, she urged the audience, “Everyone on this planet benefits from the services and products that forests provide, and therefore we all have a responsibility to support, invest and encourage the responsible management of forests.”

Read more: Sustainable Forest Management for a Greener Future

Community investment remains a key part of keeping businesses competitive, ensuring a social licence to operate and strengthening engagement with local stakeholders. A growing number of companies are producing Sustainability and CSR Reports with a distinct section on 'Community'.


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Mabel, a trainer from CSR Asia conducting the workshop 

Community investment remains a key part of keeping businesses competitive, ensuring a social licence to operate and strengthening engagement with local stakeholders. A growing number of companies are producing Sustainability and CSR Reports with a distinct section on 'Community'.

Read more: Strategic Community Investment & Impact Measurement Training

Nov2014 PaulD7Mr Paul Druckman is a well-known figure in the business and accounting profession worldwide. Currently the CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Mr Druckman has experience both in the private and public sectors, and has been spearheading the global movement to encourage companies to adopt integrated reporting <IR>. Singapore Compact was honoured to host Mr Druckman for a dialogue session with 60 of its members as well as members of ACCA, which was the first global professional accounting body to introduce integrated reporting into its qualifications.

Read more: Paul Druckman: Companies can no longer think of themselves apart from society – they must be a...

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