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ESG : Legal Considerations, Implications & Best Practices



Date: Friday, 27 May 2022

Time: 9:00AM - 12:30PM (SGT)

Fee: S$198 (SBF Member) / S$305 (Non-member) All fees are net inclusive of GST


With the recent global spotlight on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), there has been increasing focus by governments, regulators and business stakeholders to ensure that sustainability is a key consideration for corporations to operate in their business environment. A clear and formal understanding of ESG is vital for Singapore businesses to succeed in both their Asian and international markets.

Climate change, supply chain ethics, sustainable waste management and corruption are just some of the many aspects of ESG that most businesses need to note. There is a need for Singapore businesses to get on the ESG bandwagon to manage their corporate risks so as to avoid unforeseen, potential liability in order to stay competitive globally.

About This Workshop:

1. Introduction to Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)

  • Definition of ESG - what is it exactly ? How it affects today's businesses and in what ways ?
  • ESG vs Corporate Social Responsibility
  • The importance of ESG governance
  • ESG reporting standards

2. Recent ESG related regulations and initiatives and how it affects businesses :

  • Highlights of Singapore Green Plan 2030
  • Singapore Exchange (SGX) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
  • Resource Sustainability Act 
  • Carbon Pricing Act

3. The necessary steps ahead for businesses to take :

  • Key considerations to make in putting up a workable ESG plan
  • Implementation of the ESG plan

***Bonus Inclusions***

4. Other Practical Considerations - by specially invited co-trainer, Jessica Cheam

  • The business case for organisations to get on the ESG bandwagon
  • Potential pitfalls and challenges that organisations may face on their pursuit of ESG journey and how to overcome them

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, participants will learn and obtain a greater understanding of :

  • the basics of ESG and appreciate the importance of preparing their businesses for the ESG wave
  • the updates on the recent local ESG initiatives that will have impact on their businesses
  • the essential ESG concepts required for developing an ESG plan
  • the valuable knowledge and practical insights shared by practitioners

Who Would Benefit:
Business owners, senior management, working level executives who are involved in looking into the ESG plan for their organisations

Meet The Trainers:


Nicola Loh, Partner, Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
Bachelor of Laws, Singapore Management University (SMU)
Adv. Cert (GRC), IBFQ

Nicola is the Head of the firm's Regulatory & Compliance Practice. She provides compliance advice on regulations, solutions for managing risks and training in areas such as anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, conflicts of interest, conduct risk and corporate governance, just to name a few.

Nicola also provides support to clients in cases where there are investigations by regulators and government authorities. Her experience in commercial dispute resolution and shipping & admiralty allowed her to be involved in a variety of multijurisdictional cases over the years. Clients that she has acted for include banks, listed commodities companies and BVI companies. She has also regularly represented clients in international arbitrations, mediations and also appeared before all levels of the Singapore Courts. Nicola has represented clients in settlement negotiations, especially in disputes arising from commercial contracts. Nicola's extensive background has enabled her to handle both the advisory and contentious aspects of regulatory matters.

Nicola is in-charge of the firm's corporate secretarial arm, MP Corporate Secretarial Services Pte Ltd which serves many clients from industries such as finance, commodities, real estate, shipping, logistics, engineering, manufacturing, oil and construction. 

Fluent in both English and Mandarin, Nicola also trains with the Informaconnect Maritime Trading Academy (Singapore).

Jessica Cheam
Founder & Managing Director, Eco-Business

Jessica is the Founder and Managing Director of Eco-Business, Asia Pacific's leading independent media and business intelligence organisation dedicated to sustainable development. She is recognised as a sustainability pioneer with two decades of rich experience in media, sustainable development and ESG issues globally.

She is a regular columnist for national newspapers and is on the board of directors for Singapore listed company, ComfortDelGro (one of world's largest land transport companies) as an independent non-executive director. She chairs the Group's Board Sustainability Committee and is a member of the Audit & Risk and the Digitalisation Committees.

Jessica holds the CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing and is the General Partner of the Sustainable Future Fund (a collaboration between Tembusu Partners and Eco-Business), to fund early stage sustainability-focused ventures. She is also a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID), and serves as its ESG committee member. In addition, she is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia.

Jessica specialises in advising the Boards of a wide range of government and multi-national organisations on ESG strategy planning. As a previous Singapore Press Holdings scholar, she has been recognised in many regional and international journalism and sustainability awards, including Women of The Future Southeast Asia Awards, Gen.T List 2021 and LinkedIn Power Profiles, and has been called upon to speak at and host discussions across the globe on her areas of expertise and interest.


27 May 2022