Does Singapore Need to Have a Government Department That Addresses Sustainable Business?

March 5, 2014 by  
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How green is your company

Which government department in Singapore is in-charge of pushing for sustainable business? The answer is none.

There are several government agencies and departments working on different environmental policies, and green initiatives and funding schemes, but there is no one department in-charge of helping businesses in Singapore to be more sustainable in a holistic way.

Although there is a whole-of-government approach to the environment at the top level, there are still silos and gaps at the operational level. Businesses that are interested to be more sustainable usually have to speak to different agencies and departments separately. Read more

How IKEA Embraces Sustainability Globally and in Singapore

May 24, 2011 by  
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Over 7 million people visited the two IKEA stores in Singapore last year. Singaporeans love IKEA for its affordable and well-designed home furnishing products, but not many realise that IKEA is also committed to sustainability.

At Green Business Singapore, we have always admired how IKEA conduct business while keeping in mind their environmental and social responsibilities. To give you an overview of how IKEA embraces sustainability, we will share with you the efforts of the IKEA Group and IKEA Singapore. Read more

The Sustainable MBA: The Manager’s Guide to Green Business

February 9, 2010 by  
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the sustainable mba - cover graphicsAuthor: Giselle Weybrecht

ISBN: 978-0-470-74114-6

Hardcover; 416 pages

Published in November 2009 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Recommended Retail Price: US$34.95 / S$62.01

Available at all major bookstores

Book Review

The Sustainable MBA is for managers and business leaders who wish to learn and apply sustainable practices in their business. The author introduces green trends, explains various aspects of greening businesses, and shares a wide range of concepts, tools and guidelines.

The book is organized like a typical MBA programme with the coverage of core topics such as:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics and corporate governance
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Organizational behaviour
  • Strategy

This is a comprehensive book that would give you a good overview of sustainability practices and tips on how to green your business.

Good to Green: Managing Business Risks and Opportunities in the Age of Environmental Awareness

July 13, 2009 by  
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good-to-green-cover-graphicsAuthor: John-David Phyper and Paul MacLean

ISBN: 978-0-470-15942-2

Hardcover: 464 pages

Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Recommended Retail Price: SGD 52.38 (including GST)

Available at all major bookstores

Book Review

Good to Green provides an in-depth analysis and guide for companies that wish to change and become a sustainable company. The authors provide comprehensive knowledge, trends and cases studies on sustainability based on their years of experience, and they managed to cover the various topics hot on the green agenda.

Some topics covered include:

In developing a green strategic plan, the authors emphasized the need for leadership and ongoing planning. The senior management must believe in fundamental change in how the company conducts business, and monitor the results of the strategic plan continuously. A green plan is not a one-time event nor is it about “cosmetic environmentalism”.

The company’s environmental management system should also be embedded into the general management systems and business software solutions, and not become isolated from other aspects of the business.

On eco design, companies should adopt a motto of “zero waste” to reduce costs and improve the environment. Companies also need to avoid toxic chemicals and manage the supply chain to reduce environmental risks.

For green marketing, the authors recommend that the product should be aligned with company values, and the focus should be making green normal. Companies should communicate their values through real action and not just talk about it.

Green Business Singapore Interview – HydroBall Technics (SEA) Pte Ltd

March 13, 2009 by  
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hydroball-logoEnergy conservation and energy efficiency are important and urgent aspects of mitigating climate change. There are many different types of energy saving products in the market, one of which is the Hydroball system developed in Singapore.

To learn more about this innovative product and its development, we have the privilege of interviewing Mr Peter Soh, CEO of HydroBall Technics (SEA) Pte Ltd.

About HydroBall Technics

Incorporated in January 2003, HydroBall Technics (SEA) Pte Ltd has since developed, manufactured and patented the HydroBall automatic tube cleaning system in many countries all over the world. The HydroBall system is a cost-effective solution that eliminates equipment downtime and optimises energy consumption of equipment by automatically keeping heat exchanger tubes perpetually free from scaling and fouling.

HydroBall Technics is engaged in the generation of intellectual property relevant to energy conservation in the area of air-conditioning systems. HydroBall Technics aims to deliver practical conservation solutions with a strong, measurable impact on energy cost management. Spearheading this effort is the Company’s proprietary HydroBall automatic cleaning technology, which the Company aims to make available for commercial distribution in all parts of the world. Read more

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