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Schneider Electric to establish Sustainability Competency Centre for Asia in Singapore

  • Schneider Electric is investing S$7 million to set up the Centre, with the first phase slated to open by June 2023
  • The Centre aims to anchor Singapore as a global hub for sustainability leadership and innovation
  • The Centre’s Sustainability Leadership Programme (SLP) will also develop the next generation of sustainability experts

 Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced that it will be establishing a Sustainability Competency Centre (SCC) for Asia in Singapore, in partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). The first phase of the S$7 million SCC will open by June 2023, marking a key milestone as Schneider Electric commemorates its 50th anniversary in Singapore this year. 

The SCC aims to meet the growing demand for sustainability solutions and talent by equipping them with deep industry knowledge and technical expertise to develop and execute effective strategies. It will also serve to anchor Singapore as a global hub for sustainability leadership and innovation by driving R&D in sustainability services. This includes conceptualising ways to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) commit to their emission reduction goals.

The Sustainability Leadership Programme (SLP) will be a key component of the SCC. The programme aims to develop the next generation of industry experts in Asia, and will be open to fresh graduates and early-career talent with up to five years of experience. Participants will undergo a structured two-year rotational programme offering development activities, exposure to leadership and on-the-job training where they will be involved in actual projects to co-innovate and implement sustainability programs for organisations. The programme intends to hire and train 50 people for a start, with priority given to Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents.

“Companies everywhere are increasingly viewing sustainability as a competitive lever and as they work to embed these considerations into the core of their business strategies, many are faced with challenges. These include globally operating clients needing greater localised support; local companies seeking more globalised expertise; and mid-market SMEs simply looking for innovative solutions to address their emissions reduction goals,” said Olivier Blum, Executive Vice President, Energy Management Business, Schneider Electric. “Schneider Electric’s Sustainability Competency Centre in Singapore will bring the expertise that companies need to strategise, digitise, decarbonise and accelerate their journey to net zero.”

“The transition to net zero requires ambitious collective action. Schneider Electric’s Sustainability Competency Centre is an example of how EDB is partnering with industry leaders to develop and deliver sustainability solutions for the region, from Singapore. The Centre’s focus on capability building and leadership training will also equip Singaporeans with expertise in decarbonisation strategies and drive innovation in sustainability services. We look forward to helping businesses meet their sustainability commitments and capture green growth opportunities in Singapore,” said Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board.

The establishment of the SCC is part of Schneider Electric’s ongoing commitment to accelerate global sustainable action. It will be housed within Kallang Pulse-Schneider Electric’s East Asia headquarters in Singapore.

 

SOURCE : Schneider Electric

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