Sustainability Innovation Programme

15 Aug 2024 – 26 Sep 2024

UOB FinLab’s Sustainability Innovation Programme
(SIP) is a 5-week programme to help SMEs transform their companies into sustainable and green businesses. Learn how sustainability can play a part in your business to balance impact while ensuring profit and productivity.

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Background

SMEs often struggle to get started on a sustainability journey, citing limited resources, insufficient knowledge, and cost pressures. But the need to “go green” is needed now more than ever, as many large MNCs and listed companies have committed to net-zero targets and decarbonisation plans. 

Our Sustainability Innovation Programme (SIP) help SMEs to develop knowledge on sustainability concepts and terms, especially the impact of ESG regulation. This knowledge will lay the foundation for SMEs to disclose their ESG data, in order to create a basic but important sustainability report, generated by the MAS Greenprint platform. The report help SMEs to set net-zero targets by prioritising sector-specific ESG metrics and focus on high-emission factors. SMEs will then be connected to green solutions — some supported by financing, to achieve their decarbonisation goals.

Programme Pillars

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Develop

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Learn key trends, concepts, methodologies, and insights into what it takes to build a sustainable future

Disclose

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Understand your sustainability needs and assess your opportunities for growth through sustainability

Decarbonise

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Start implementing the sustainable solutions, and plan for future growth leveraging clear sustainable actions

Programme Topics

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Energy Efficiency​

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Circular Economy and Waste Management

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ESG Reporting and Disclosure

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Solutions for Decarbonisation

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Sustainability Grants and Support

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Sustainable Finance

Programme Benefits

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SME Sustainability Capability Building

Obtain comprehensive knowledge and insights on key sustainability concepts, terms, frameworks, regulations, and trends

Connections to Leading Sustainability Partners

Get connected to key ecosystem players

ESG Reporting and Disclosure

Get started on sustainability disclosure (including determining your GHG inventory) in order to meet ESG reporting requirements that has affected you or your customers

Decarbonisation Solutions

Discover innovative greentechs that can help your business reach your decarbonization goals

Experiential Learning Format

Maximise your learning with hands-on and interactive sessions facilitated by sustainability experts with relevant knowledge about SMEs

Programme Outcomes

What you will obtain from this programme

  • Customised Report
  • Materiality Assessment 
  • Certificate of Completion 

Programme Modules and Schedule

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Programme Details:

Module length: 7 hours

No of sessions: 2

Session format: In-person

Develop capabilities and deepen knowledge in key sustainability areas, including:

  • Enhance capabilities and deepen knowledge in key sustainability areas
  • Understand fundamental ESG concepts and regulations
  • Discover economic landscape and trends that necessitate sustainable actions
  • Learn why SMEs need to prioritise ESG actions, as it impacts business growth
  • Understanding key disclosure metrics relevant for SMEs

Develop capabilities and deepen knowledge in key sustainability areas

  • Learn fundamental ESG concepts, including GHG, Scope 1, 2, and 3, and double materiality
  • Understand key standards and frameworks (e.g., ISSB, TCFD, CDP), and the importance of ESG reporting and carbon disclosure due to regulatory changes
  • Use the Sustainability Compass to get started on your sustainability journey
  • Sustainability and profit: how prioritisation of ESG can uplift your bottom line
  • Sustainability strategies: how SMEs can collaborate with greentechs and also get support from the bank
  • Learn economic landscape and trends in the region necessitating sustainable actions
  • Understand metrics for ESG disclosure and overcoming challenges related to sustainability reporting
  • Plan actionable steps toward sustainability through effective ESG reporting
  • Demo of how to use an industry-approved ESG platform for sustainability reporting
  • Hands-on guidance to report your SME sustainability data on the platform

Programme Details:

Module length: 7 hours

No of sessions: 2

Session format: In-person

Disclose your ESG data in order to take clear steps toward sustainability, with hands-on workshops that include:

  • Using proven frameworks in materiality assessment to prioritize important metrics relevant for your industry
  • Learning how to measure and disclose ESG data to obtain a basic but relevant sustainability report
  • Analysing sustainability reports to derive insights and realistic action plans
  • Understanding green financing, impact investing, and sustainable finance as a whole

Disclose your ESG data in order to take clear steps toward sustainability

  • Prioritisation of ESG factors that impact sustainability
  • Utilising frameworks for double materiality to identify key areas and metrics important to the business and sector
  • Obtaining a Sustainability Report using the ESG reporting platform
  • Deriving key insights and action steps from the report
  • Prioritising areas and understanding the resources needed for improvement
  • Getting an overview of banking support in ESG, sustainable financing frameworks, and greentech solutions
  • Information on grants and government support for SMEs

Programme Details:

Module length: 6 hours

No of sessions: 3

Session format: In-person

Drive your Decarbonisation plans with various support, including:

  • Discovering relevant innovation (both hardware and software) that will enable you to meet your net-zero targets
  • Connecting with greentech solutions that cover various areas, including energy efficiency, circular economy and waste management, and ESG reporting and carbon management
  • Understanding the sustainability solutions and green programmes offered by the bank, including green financing and our sustainable financing framework
  • Finding out how to leverage on sustainability grants and other financial support offered by government agencies (e.g. ESG, MSE)
  • Maximising the advice and strategies from various experts in our FinLab network, including ESG trainers and consultants

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  • Discover relevant innovation (both hardware and software) that will enable you to meet your net-zero targets
  • Sustainability expert sharing from green solution providers
  • Showcase of UOB FinLab greentechs

Sustainability Innovation Programme 2023 Highlights

Highlights from the 2023 Sustainability Innovation Programme and the participant’s takeaway from the programme.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Sustainability Innovation Programme (SIP) is a 5-week programme designed to help SMEs transform into sustainable and green businesses.

The programme is open to all SME business owners, founders, key decision-makers, or sustainability/business development representatives with intermediate knowledge of sustainability.

It covers topics such as sustainability concepts, strategies, disclosure, reporting, sustainable finance, sustainability support and grants, energy efficiency, circular economy and waste management.

Participants gain knowledge and tools to make their businesses sustainable, including:

  • Customised Sustainability Report
  • Materiality Assessment
  • Certificate of Completion

The Sustainability Innovation Programme is structured around three pillars: Develop (learning sustainability concepts and methodologies), Disclose (prioritising ESG factors and reporting), and Digitalise and Decarbonise (implementing sustainable solutions and planning for growth).

The UOB Sustainability Compass helps SMEs start their sustainability journey by providing guidance on sustainability concepts, methodologies, and frameworks, and identifying growth opportunities through sustainability practices.

There is no cost to participate in the programme. We highly encourage SMEs to attend at least 70% of the sessions to be eligible for the Certificate of Completion.

You may nominate another representative from your company to attend the session. Please let our team know.

You may contact our programme manager Will Leong at [email protected].

For participants who have attended at least 70% of the sessions, a Certificate of Completion will be sent to you 6 – 8 weeks after the programme.

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