Sustainability seminar for SIA group employees kicks off

Employees from across the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group will participate in a three-day long sustainability-themed global learning festival this week, supporting the Group’s commitment towards a lifelong learning culture for its people.

SIA group employees to reaffirm commitment to sustainability goals at life learning festival
SIA group employees to reaffirm commitment to sustainability goals at life learning festival. Photo courtesy: Canva

Participants at the biennial Learning and Innovation for Everyone (LIFE) festival will engage in more than 50 activities from  March 21 to 23, 2023 globally, helping to reinforce the importance of the SIA Group’s long-term sustainability goals across the organisation.

Panel discussions, as well as talks by external experts from around the world, will focus on the drivers and challenges that lie ahead in achieving the Group’s 2050 net zero carbon emissions target, and in building workforce sustainability. Topics include steward leadership, the future of flight, biodiversity protection, and how technology can mitigate sustainability issues.

Showcases and workshops conducted by SIA Group employees will help their colleagues to get an insight into the myriad sustainability initiatives across the Group. Field trips including visits to Singapore-based farms, recycling plants, as well as museums, will also be conducted to help employees gain a better understanding of sustainability trends in other industries.

Vanessa Ng, Senior vice-president, Human Resources, SIA, said: “Staff development and continuous training is a cornerstone of the SIA Group’s corporate philosophy. Through our signature biennale learning festival, we get the opportunity to engage our people globally on our present and critical agenda. With sustainability as the key theme for this year’s learning festival, we seek to inspire our people to think about how they can play a role in supporting our sustainability goals and actions."

The SIA Group’s sustainability goals revolve around three key pillars – achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, reducing waste across its operations, and making a positive impact on society.

To drive the Group’s strategy, Lee Wen Fen, Senior vice-president Corporate Planning, SIA, has been concurrently appointed as the SIA Group’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Lee has led various sustainability initiatives on behalf of the Group, most notably the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) pilot with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Temasek to study and operationalise the deployment of SAF in Singapore.

Ms Lee Wen Fen, the SIA Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer, said: “Sustainability is a priority for the SIA Group, as well as the entire airline industry. Over the last few years, we have reinforced our commitment to our longstanding environmental, social, and governance goals, and placed sustainability at the heart of the SIA journey. Long-term success requires collective action. That is why we have invited many of our partners to LIFE 2023, helping us to deepen our discussions and learn from one another as we work towards our common goal to bring about a more sustainable future for air travel.”