: Green to sustainability? These courses can help
Sustainability – it’s no longer just a buzzword but a trend that is fast gaining momentum here and around the world.
And amid the rapid depletion and pollution of the world’s natural resources, the spotlight has been cast on businesses to step up and help make a change.
This year, Singapore became among the first in Asia to propose mandatory climate reporting for non-listed companies, with local regulators recommending mandatory climate reporting for all listed issuers from financial year 2025, and large non-listed companies from financial year 2027.
With new requirements and stakeholder demands on the horizon, the time to start your business’ sustainability journey is now.
Understand what sustainability means for your business
To prepare for this shift, it can be useful to first learn more about what sustainability means for your business before thinking about how it can be part of your business strategy.
To shorten the learning curve for businesses, we have launched the Enterprise Sustainability Programme (ESP) - Sustainability Courses with industry experts.
The two to three-day courses span three categories: foundational, decarbonisation and sustainable finance. Eligible businesses can apply for a fee subsidy for up to three participants for each type of course.
Here’s a quick guide on what the courses cover, to help you identify the one that is suitable for you.
Get the basics down pat with the Foundational Courses, which will not only help you understand the importance of sustainability but also break down potentially complex concepts such as circular economy, waste management, and environmental, social and governance (ESG).
These will help you assess your company’s readiness to go green and gain insights into sustainability strategy planning.
The courses are offered by the Singapore Environment Council, Accenture, Eco-Business, Deloitte, and UN Global Compact Network Singapore.
Get on the path to net zero
Did you know that from 2026 onwards, importers in the European Union will be required to declare and pay for carbon emissions embedded in their imports?
As such moves become more common, large corporates will increasingly require companies in their value chain to report carbon emissions as they seek to fulfil their net zero commitments and comply with regulations. Measuring your emissions will thus become vital.
Get a head start with the Decarbonisation Courses, where you will learn how to manage and reduce emissions using tools such as the Marginal Abatement Cost Curve and gain a deeper understanding of carbon accounting and greenhouse gas management.
Additionally, understand your company’s current level of carbon emissions using tools under the guidance of practitioners. This will enable you to set decarbonisation targets and goals and establish decarbonisation strategies.
These courses are offered by Carbon Trust, UN Global Compact Network Singapore, and PwC.
Unlock value in sustainability
Going green is not just good for the Earth, it can also be good for business.
Asia’s green economy could be worth US$4-5 trillion by 2030, according to McKinsey, and this potential is spurring businesses to develop new solutions such as renewable energy, green infrastructure, and electric vehicles.
At the same time, there is growing interest from investors to help finance such projects, with financial institutions now offering various forms of sustainable finance, from sustainability-linked loans to green bonds.
Join the Sustainable Finance courses to gain knowledge on the sustainable finance ecosystem, as well as ways to leverage financing opportunities.
These courses are offered by Deloitte and PwC.
Embark on the journey
With greater awareness in sustainability, your business will be better placed to navigate the trends and stay competitive.
Take your first step and sign up for our ESP - Sustainability Courses here.