Women4Green Network

Vision

To celebrate, inspire and empower women to create a financially, environmentally and socially sustainable future.

Mission

Creating and expanding opportunities for women are fundamental to sustainable growth and beneficial to societies and humanity at large. The Women4Green network aims to bring together women executives in the various green industries contributing towards climate action, sustainable business, and social change.

In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, global and national climate actions, the network will harness the collective knowledge and expertise of successful female leaders to empower other women to incite meaningful change in industries such as green building, technology, energy, financing.

Women4Green will complement the mission of the Singapore Sustainability Academy as a hub for knowledge sharing, networking and partnership. It will be a specific platform to bring women together to actively develop ideas, foster growth and engage the community to call for a future where all women and girls have equal opportunities and rights.

The Women4Green Network is interested to hear from you. If you are interested in contributing to the network, or have any suggestions on how women can help create a more sustainable future, please share your thoughts with us here.

Voices of Women Leaders

“Women’s Leadership is increasingly indispensable as we seek solutions for a more sustainable human future. It is leadership that can help us break out of our silos and move towards more integrated and long-term thinking. It is leadership that can harness the idealism of our youth to evoke that vibrant spirit to move us forward together for an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous future. Congratulations to the Singapore Sustainability Academy and the Women4Green network initiated by CDL.”

— Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations (2007-2015)

“In dealing with climate change and promoting green buildings, men and women have equally important roles to play. It is an honor to be entrusted a leadership role in the global building and construction sector. I sincerely hope that my work in the world green building council will inspire more women to empower themselves for climate action, sustainable business and social change. At the end of May 2017, we issued our WorldGBC “Call to Action” report which sets out the urgency for sustainability – all new buildings must be net zero by 2030; and all buildings must be net zero carbon by 2050. In order to achieve these goals, it is essential that women everywhere are supporting one another in leading the world to net zero – for this reason, Women4Green is a timely and critically important initiative.”

— Terri Wills, Chief Executive Officer, World Green Building Council

“Women4Green highlights two important global issues – climate and women’s opportunities for economic participation. Business value is invariably created when companies integrate climate, environment and society into their business governance. Companies who include the other half of the workforce into their talent pool enlarge their resources to bring value creation within reach. The activities of the Women4Good network will extend public understanding of these universal truths, advancing the day when climate and women’s economic participation are as natural as we now regard universal suffrage and education to be – part of everyday life.”

—Yeo Lian Sim, Special Adviser, Diversity, Singapore Exchange

“Sustainability is no longer a choice for today’s business nor communities, it is a necessity. The Singapore Sustainability Academy and Women4Green initiated by the CDL are not merely a platform for sustainability, but also a way to forge partnerships and promote urgency in people to act on climate change. I am truly inspired by their commitment, and it is a great honour to be part of this growing momentum – working towards meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals together.”

—Christina Lee, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Global Green Economic Forum

“The sustainability challenge requires leadership from all three sectors – Public, Private, and People – and from men and women alike. The world has created the frameworks through the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris agreement on climate change through which the sectors can come together to meet that challenge. Now is the time for all of us to ensure that we have the knowledge and skills needed for that collaboration to succeed on a scale commensurate with the challenge.”

—Professor Ann Florini, Director, Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration, Singapore Management University

“Research has made clear that increasing women leadership roles in both the public and private sector leads to better outcomes for challenges such as hunger and malnutrition, climate change and inclusive growth, yet women are often marginalised in the economic and political spheres where key decisions are made.

This is why I’ve dedicated Eco-Business to reporting on these issues; it’s my hope that more women will realise their full potential and participate more in their local workforce and communities. Initiatives such as the SSA and the Women4Good network are great steps in that direction, providing support and resources for the wider community to achieve both the Global Goals and gender equality.”

—Jessica Cheam, Managing Editor, Eco-Business

“Women bring a different perspective to the global challenge of climate change. Women often play pivotal roles in bringing the community and families together, and are thus perfect agents of change. My role in the Singapore Green Building Council has allowed me to make a difference to the buildings that we spend most part of our days in. Building green not only reduces the impact to the environment but also has a positive impact on human health.

The Women4Green platform is a great way to bring women together to make a difference to our environment.”

—Yvonne Soh, Executive Director, Singapore Green Building Council

“Global warming and climate change concerns are real! As building professionals, it is not only our professional responsibility but also our moral obligation to embrace green & sustainable approaches in the design, creation and operation of our built environment. On this note, I applaud CDL for its pioneering initiatives as well as extend my heartiest congratulations to its successful launch of the Singapore Sustainability Academy and the Women4Good network! Given our role as wives & mothers, we women are at the pivotal position to shape the mind-set & influence habit of our young generations; to reduce waste, reuse and recycle the limited resources that we have.”

—Ms Rita Soh, Managing Director, RDC Architects Pte Ltd

W4G Founder

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Esther An
Chief Sustainability Officer
City Developments Limited

W4G International Ambassadors

China & Hong Kong

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Christina Lee
Founder &
Chief Executive Officer
Global Green Economic Forum

Europe

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Susan van Boxtel
Advisor for Innovation,
Technology & Science
Holland Innovation Network |
Embassy of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands in Singapore
and in Malaysia

Australia & New Zealand

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Mabel Wong
Executive Director
CSR Asia