Driving Sustainable Transformation

Part of the ModularMaster in Sustainability programme

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the leadership styles and roles of the Chief Sustainability Officer, designing the organisation for sustainability, stakeholder engagement methods, and developing a sustainable culture. Participants will explore the latest trends and best practices in sustainability leadership and management, and learn how to align their organisation's values, strategies, and operations with sustainability goals. Through case studies and practical exercises, participants will gain the skills to identify and engage stakeholders, design and implement effective sustainability initiatives, and create a culture of sustainability that can drive lasting change within their organisation.

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Course Details

Course Dates: 
3, 4, 5, 18, 19 Jul 2024 

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Closing Date: 3 Jun 2024

5 days, 9am - 5pm


Who Should Attend

Senior Sustainability Consultant; Senior Sustainability Manager; Sustainable Procurement Specialist; Sustainable Finance Manager; Senior Risk Analyst; Sustainability Project Manager; Senior Environmental Programs Specialist; Supply Chain, Sustainability & Energy Manager; Director of Public Policy and Environmental Affairs; Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG); Head of Sustainability; Chief Sustainability Officer

Minimum Entry requirement

  • Good English proficiency
  • Relevant work experiences

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, learners can expect to:

  • Identify and apply leadership styles and roles of the Chief Sustainability Officer to drive sustainable transformation within an organisation

  • Design an organisation for sustainability by integrating sustainable practices across departments, operations, and supply chain

  • Develop stakeholder engagement methods and a sustainable culture to embed sustainability in the organisation's values, mission, and decision-making processes

Day 1
  • Roles of the CSO
  • CSO leadership styles and versatility
  • Style and strategy differences across industry and function
  • Exercise: Profiling model CSOs in your organisation's industry
  • Managing your sustainability team
  • Influencing other C-suite members
  • Driving the sustainability agenda across all levels of the organisation
Day 2
  • Designing the organisation for sustainability
  • Organisational structure and cross-functional collaboration
  • Reporting lines and decision rights
  • In-class Assignment 1: Identifying potential improvements in your organisation's set-up
  • Purview of the sustainability team
  • Sustainability strategy integration
  • Budgeting procedures
Day 3
  • Stakeholder engagement methods
  • Ensuring inclusiveness in decision-making processes
  • Creating conducive internal communication channels
  • Exercise: Pre-empting stakeholder concerns in your organisation
  • Maintaining successful investor relations
  • Public relations and crisis management
  • Community outreach and engagement
Day 4
  • Developing a sustainable culture
  • Behavioural vs cultural change
  • Combining bottom-up and top-down approaches
  • In-class Assignment 2: Envisioning a successful culture of sustainability for your organisation
  • Culture champions and behavioural nudges
  • Incentive design and sustainability performance management
  • Team Project briefing and preliminary planning
Day 5
  • Team Project: Developing a roadmap for sustainable transformation
  • Assignments
  • In-class participation
  • Team Project
Subject Credits
Upon completion and satisfying the requirements of passing this course, learners will be awarded 12 subject credits.

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee Subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of prevailing 9% GST.



Tina Passalari

Tina Passalari is Global Lead of ESG and Sustainable Strategies at dss+. Tina has more than 20 years of experience in sustainability and management consulting, including business performance, governance, risk and compliance services. She focuses on ESG and sustainable strategy services. Tina joined dss+ through the acquisition of KKS Advisors, where as a partner she led KKS global operations and service offerings. Prior to that, she worked as a senior manager in climate change and sustainability services at Ernst & Young in the United Arab Emirates, and at KPMG in Athens, where she headed the climate change and sustainability, and enterprise risk management services. She holds an MBA from Henley the University of Reading, an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, and a BSc in Geology from the University of Athens.



Colin Davies

Colin Davies is an environmental scientist and ESG professional with over 15 years of diverse experience in resources, infrastructure and industrial projects across Australia, Europe and South-East Asia. As General Manager, Colin leads Regen Strategic’s Sustainability and ESG practice. His knowledge on the application of ESG/sustainable development principles and safeguards stems from more than a decade as an independent reviewer, auditor and technical specialist for due diligence and compliance assessments of new and expanded developments. This experience has given Colin specialist knowledge of International Finance Institutions’ (IFI) Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability, Equator Principles and ISO14001. During this time, Colin has worked on a range of high capital investment projects for some of the world’s leading international financial institutions including the World Bank, International Finance Corporation and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. His skillset also includes materiality assessments, ESG strategy, frameworks and reporting across a range of sectors.


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SSG Funding Terms and Conditions

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In consideration of the subsidy provided by SkillsFuture Singapore Agency (“SSG”) through the SUTD Academy for the Course,

I consent to:

The collection, use and disclosure to relevant third parties of my personal data by the SUTD Academy including but not limited to personal particulars, attendance records, assessment/performance records, for the following purposes:

  1. Reporting of national statistics and conducting of holistic continuing education training research and analysis;

  2. Facilitate the conduct of the relevant surveys and audits in relation to the Course;

  3. General administration of the Course including but not limited to processing of the subsidy provided by SSG;

  4. Publicity and marketing of the Course or other Courses to be provided by SSG or SUTD Academy; and

  5. SSG or its Appointed Auditors or Nominated Representatives to directly contact Course Participant to obtain information deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effectiveness survey or audits in relation to the Course.

SUTD will have to claim the full course fee from participant who is unable to fulfil the SSG funding requirements stated below.

I agree to:

  1. Attend and complete all lectures, class exercises, workshops and assessments;

  2. Complete the Course feedback at the end of the Course;

  3. Complete the post Course survey sent about 3 to 6 months after class attendance; and

  4. Sign up for a personal email account.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

  1. If a written notification is sent to sutd_academy@sutd.edu.sg within 24 hours after course registration deadline there will be no cancellation charges. A full refund will be made. 

  2. No refund is provided if written notification is more than 24 hours after course registration deadline. SUTD Academy reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant.

Replacement Policy

Companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course by giving a 3-working day notice before the course commencement date to sutd_academy@sutd.edu.sg. Terms and conditions apply.

Registration Policy

  1. Course may be cancelled due to insufficient participants. SUTD Academy will not be responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including, without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for loss of profits, business interruption or loss of information) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from any course cancellation.

  2. Course enrolment is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  3. SUTD Academy reserves the right to change or cancel any course or instructor due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Types of Funding

Funding under Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")

  1. MCES is an enhanced Subsidy to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. With this, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% course fee subsidy for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  2. Individuals/employers are not required to submit an application for the MCES. Those pursuing SSG-funded programmes will be charged the appropriate subsidised fees by SUTD Academy if they are eligible MCES. Individuals/employers will only need to pay the nett fee (full course fee after SSG's grant).

    For more info, please visit SkillsFuture website at https://www.skillsfuture.gov.sg/enhancedsubsidy

Funding under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")

  1. ETSS is an enhanced funding to enable SMEs to send their employees for training.

  2. SMEs will enjoy subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  3. In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour. SMEs may apply for the absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.

  4. To qualify, SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:
    - Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
    - Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million
    - Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
    - Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

    For more info, please visit SSG website at https://www.ssg.gov.sg/programmes-and-initiatives/funding/enhanced-training-support-for-smes1.html

Funding under Union Training Assistance Programme ("UTAP")

UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme).

For more info, please visit https://e2i.com.sg/individuals/ntuc-education-and-training-fund/.

Funding under Post-Secondary Education Account ("PSEA")

The Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) is part of the Post-Secondary Education Scheme to help pay for the post-secondary education of Singaporeans.

This is part of the Government’s efforts to encourage every Singaporean to complete their post-secondary education. It also underscores the Government’s commitment to support families in investing in the future education of their children and to prepare them for the economy of the future. PSEA is not a bank account.

It is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is opened automatically for all eligible Singaporeans.

Account holders can use their PSEA funds to pay for their own or their siblings’ approved fees and charges for approved programs conducted by approved institutions.

However, you will have to check your eligibility and balance by contacting MOE first.

Contact MOE at (65) 6260 0777

E-mail to MOE at contact@moe.edu.sg

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