Corporate sustainability has evolved from the traditional corporate social responsibility paradigm to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles in business’ practices and strategy. This evolvement is in tandem with growing demands from consumers and investors that financial returns are achieved with integrity, backed with environmental and social considerations.

In recognition of this growing trend and demands, the Singapore Exchange specified in 2016 that companies would be expected by financial year ending on or after 31 December 2017, on a ‘comply or explain’ basis, to submit sustainability reporting in its annual financial reports. This move from voluntary reporting marks the appreciation of market expectations and growing demand for businesses to communicate their commitment to ESG factors in their business strategy and practices.

In 2015, ASEAN CSR Network and CGIO collaborated on several research projects on the state of corporate sustainability in ASEAN and Singapore, with the aim to engage stakeholders and raise standards in corporate sustainability.

They co-hosted the Conference on Corporate Governance and Responsibility: Theory Meets Practice in July 2016 and released findings on the state of sustainability reporting in ASEAN. They also jointly organised the Roundtable on Sustainability Reporting: Capability Development and Capacity Building on 20 October 2016 and launched the Singapore results at the event. At the same time, they initiated the forming of a Sustainability Consortium of Professionals and Educators (SCOPE) to bring together practitioners, researchers, companies and institutions on the corporate sustainability journey.

CGIO is proud to be actively spearheading efforts in this areas and welcomes our readers to join us on this exciting venture. You may contact Ms Verity Thoi, Manager, CGIO, at verity.thoi@nus.edu.sg.

Sustainability Reporting in Singapore and ASEAN

Published Reports

2018

Sustainability Reporting in Singapore 2018
Research Report
Sustainability Reporting in Singapore 2018
Presentation Slides
Sustainability Reporting in Singapore 2018
Sustainability Reporting in ASEAN 2018
Research Report
Sustainability Reporting in ASEAN Countries 2018
Presentation Slides
Sustainability Reporting in ASEAN 2018

2016

Sustainability Reporting in Singapore 2016
Research Report
Sustainability Reporting in Singapore: The State of Practice among Singapore Exchange (SGX)
Mainboard Listed Companies 2016
Research Report
Sustainability Reporting in Singapore: The State Practice among Singapore Exchange (SGX) Mainboard Listed Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) 2016
Presentation Slides
Sustainability Reporting in Singapore
Listed Mainboard Companies and Real Estate Investment Trusts
Sustainability Reporting in ASEAN 2016
Research Report
Sustainability Reporting in ASEAN: State of Progress in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand 2015
Presentation Slides
Sustainability Reporting in ASEAN: State of Progress in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand 2015

Journal Articles

Sustainability Reporting in Singapore Journal
Board Governance and Sustainability Disclosure 2018
Sustainability Reporting and Firm Value: Evidence from Singapore-Listed Companies 2017

Collaboration Opportunities

At CGIO, we aim to deliver thought leadership, centred in Asia, with a global influence that contributes to organisational excellence and sustainability. As a research centre, we welcome collaboration opportunities and support from companies, trusts, foundations and individuals. If you are interested in research collaborations or funding our research efforts, please contact Ms Verity Thoi, Manager: Verity.Thoi@nus.edu.sg