What is Greenwashing?

The 5 key takeaways from the journalists and sustainability experts discussions at the talk.

Singapore Press Club News Impact Talk - Sustainable Journalism: Cutting through the Greenwashing

Singapore Press Club’s hour-long News Impact lunchtime talks series are sessions where we speak to media professionals, famous personalities, and newsmakers on topics of news impact.

Would it surprise you to know that the number of instances of greenwashing by banks and financial services companies around the world rose 70% in the past 12 months.

That’s according to environmental, social and governance data firm RepRisk.

An exclusive panel lunchtime session held on 24 October 2023 dived into the good, the bad, and the ugly side of sustainability journalism. What role does the media play in driving climate change actions? How do journalists tackle issues such as greenwashing? What is Greenwashing? What are the legal ramifications? And how can brands successfully work with journalists to make a difference? Veteran and multi-award-winning journalists and professionals with expertise in sustainability/ ESG discussed these hot button topics and much more.

Moderator: Rachel Kelly. Hosts weekly sustainability investment show Eco Money on Money FM 89.3 and winner of the CDL - Singapore Press Club Sustainability Journalism Award 2023.

Panelists

Anil Changaroth, Partner, RHTLaw Asia; Co-Head of ESG and Partner of Appropriate Dispute Resolution Practices; Chairperson for ESG Working Group, Law Society of Singapore

Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited (CDL). Named by Reuters as one of 25 trailblazing women leaders in climate 2023.

Quentin Fouesnant, Managing Director, Sustainability Solutions, Zuno Carbon, a startup providing end-to-end carbon and ESG management solutions.

Robin Hicks, Associate Editor, Eco-Business. He reports on latest sustainability trends in Asia Pacific.

Jasmine Tuan, Co-founder of Cloop, a recycling and upcycling enterprise; member of the Robb Report Singapore Thought Leaders community.

At the hour-long lunchtime session, the panelists tackled the above questions and more. You can listen to the full podcast of the session here: https://omny.fm/shows/moneyfm893-eco-money/eco-money-what-role-does-the-media-play-in-tacklin

During the session the panelists shared one word to help tackle Greenwashing:

Anil Changaroth, RHTLaw Asia - Education (Adopt a continuous learning mindset as Sustainability standards and goals evolves through time).

Jasmine Tuan, Cloop - Track (your actions to not lose track of your goals).

Quentin Fouesnant, Zuno Carbon - Authenticity (in Sustainability Communication).

Esther An, CDL - Alignment (Align with National Standards, Global Standards and Climate Goals. Don’t over promise commitments to deliver, rather commit reasonable target and over deliver).

Robin Hicks, Eco-Business - Question (ask a lot of questions to check info and data accuracy.)


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