Singapore Hotel Association steps forward to join battle against haze

The Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) has stepped forward to support the stand to commit to responsible sourcing of paper and/or pulp materials from sustainable sources.

The Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) and Singapore Environment Council (SEC) welcome this move by SHA. Letters and declaration forms will be sent out to SHA hotel members to encourage them to carry out responsible procurement.

The step taken by SHA to encourage its industry partners to commit to green procurement will send out a strong signal to errant companies to adopt environmentally-sustainable business models, and help resolve the recurring haze issue. Adopting responsible procurement can provide support for wider social, economic and environmental objectives that will offer real long-term benefits to make Singapore an even more liveable and sustainable city.

“The SHA is fully supportive of environmentally sustainable practices for the hotel industry simply because it is the right thing to do - for Mother Earth and for our business as well. Therefore, by advocating and practising responsible procurement, hotels not only contribute to a cleaner world but will also win the trust of our guests, employees and business partners. SHA is therefore happy to do our part to endorse the sustainable sourcing of paper and pulp materials,” said Mr Albert Teo, President of the Singapore Hotel Association.

To-date, there are 114 companies (please refer to Annex A on http://sec.org.sg/web/files/resource/1446514836.pdf) which have stepped forward to declare that they procure their wood, paper and/or pulp materials from sustainable sources.

SEC and CASE encourage other companies which wish to participate in the Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS) to contact SEC soonest for certification that their products are from sustainable sources. For more information on the SGLS, please visit: http://sgls.sec.org.sg/.

About the Singapore Environment Council

Established in 1995, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is an independently managed, nonprofit and non-government organisation (NGO). We influence thinking on sustainability issues and coordinate environmental efforts in Singapore.

We are also an approved charity and offer tax exemption to donors. SEC continuously engages all sectors of the community by formulating and executing a range of holistic programmes, such as the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards, Asian Environmental Journalism Awards, School Green Awards, Singapore Green Labelling Scheme, Project: Eco-Office, Project: Eco-Shop and Project: F&B. In addition, we build a pool of committed volunteers under our Earth Helpers programme.

The SEC has also incorporated a new Training & Education arm to provide the people, public and private sectors with the opportunity to develop awareness, knowledge, skills and tools in order to protect and improve our environment for a sustainable future.

Strong partnerships with corporations, government agencies and other NGOs are valued by us. These partnerships are vital for sustaining our programmes, leading to positive action and change. Over the years, SEC has given strength and direction to the environmental movement in Singapore.

About the Consumers Association of Singapore

The Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) is an independent, non-profit organisation that is committed towards protecting consumers’ interest through information and education, and promoting an environment of fair and ethical trade practices. One of its key achievements is in advocating for the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act (CPFTA) which came into effect on March 1, 2004.

About the Singapore Green Labelling Scheme

The Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS) is administered by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and is one of the region’s largest and most established environmental certification labels. The SGLS was introduced in 1992 to drive environmental consciousness and responsibility by allowing consumers to choose products meeting eco-standards that are assessed to be “environmentally friendly”. With a suite of 50 product categories from paint & surface coatings, office furniture & flooring, to household appliances and personal care products, SGLS has certified more than 3,000 unique products across 27 countries.

SEC’s membership in the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) – which consist of 25 other member countries from various parts of the world – enables SGLS-endorsed products to be more recognised and accepted outside of Singapore by GEN member countries in Southeast Asia, North Asia, North America and Europe. For more information on SGLS, please visit www.sgls.sec.org.sg.

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