Staff departure won't impact integrity, operations of green label

The Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS) is one of the most established Type 1 eco-labelling schemes.

It authorises the use of environmental labels on products, indicating overall environmental preferability within a particular product category based on life-cycle considerations ("Head of eco-certification unit joins Indonesian firm blamed for haze"; Thursday).

With more than 3,000 unique products certified across 29 countries, SGLS has been providing consumers and commercial organisations the option to procure green products for more than two decades.

There is a robust and stringent process that companies have to undergo in order for their products to obtain SGLS certification, which is aligned with the standards of the Global Ecolabelling Network's International Coordinated Ecolabelling System.

Strategic planning and operational oversight of the Singapore Green Label is guided by the Green Label Steering Committee, which reports to the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) board.

This committee is chaired by Mr Zechariah Chan, partner in the intellectual property division at Lee & Lee law firm.

He is supported by five members from the Singapore Manufacturing Federation, the Consumers Association of Singapore, national water agency PUB, the National Environment Agency and Swire Pacific Offshore Operations.

The daily operations of the SGLS are administered by seven full-time staff.

The departure of any management staff from SGLS will not have any impact on the integrity and operations of the label.

Management staff who leave the employment of SEC are expected to abide by strict confidentiality obligations.

The SGLS secretariat remains intact, and the replacement for the head of eco-certifications will be joining on May 1.

Shirley Chua (Ms)

Director

Communications

Singapore Environment Council

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2016, with the headline 'Staff departure won't impact integrity, operations of green label'. Print Edition | Subscribe