I don’t know la. Sometimes I get sarcastic quiet fast these days. On a number of things. Today was on the topic of Haze Bill and Ethical Consumption.
Watch this: Consumers can play a role by choosing products with ethical origin: Faizah Jamal http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/specialreports/parliament/videos/consumers-can-play-a-role/1297678.html and realise that the blog title does not reflect the content of the speech entirely.
Read this: Debate at the Second Reading of the Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill 5 August 2014 https://www.facebook.com/notes/faizah-jamal/debate-at-the-second-reading-of-the-transboundary-haze-pollution-bill-5-august-2/798861116811531 and realise that a lot of points were brought up during the 12 mins speech.
Brief: There are concerns as to who actually owns the land + who causes the fire, the use of technology + possible infringement of sovereign rights, civil action + funding, fines that may not be all encompassing + where does the money go after this.. and putting pressure on big businesses to change business practices and be more ethical, especially for Singaporean-owned and government-owned businesses that are involved in such businesses. Singapore is a beneficiary of palm oil products and we should be more aware and conscious of our consumption pattern + choose products that have ethical origin.
Thank you Parliament for passing the Bill. Thank you Ms. Faizah for bringing up these points in Parliament.
For those who ask “Is that all the Government can do?” or “Is that all you can say?”.. Let me ask you “So what is it that you have done? As individuals, what actions have you taken?”
Acknowledging that transboundary haze is a very huge issue with lots of complications, there are still a number of things individuals can do. Sharing what some groups have done in Singapore and how you can play a part:
- A Guide to Ethical Shopping in Singapore by Jared Tham and friends http://www.scribd.com/doc/25657168/A-Guide-to-Ethical-Shopping-in-Singapore
This was published back in 2010- but information is still relevant.
Find out more about these ethical products that are people-friendly, eco-friendly or animal-friendly, the different labels and brands and some shops in Singapore offering them. Perhaps you can help share these products and switch to certain products.
- Sustainability Reporting for Listed Companies in Singapore Exchange (SGX).
The guide was released in 2011 and was/is voluntary for now.
2009- only 6 companies published SR. 2013- 23 reported http://www.btinvest.com.sg/wealth/wealth-planning/more-companies-providing-sustainability-reports-20130801/
There are more than 700 companies listed in SGX. If you’re a shareholder in any of these companies, you can help write in an suggest for SR to be published..
And if Singapore can push for Singapore-listed companies to adopt for single global financial reporting language by 2018 http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/29/singapore-companies-reporting-rules-idUSL3N0OF2R320140529
..Why can’t we make it mandatory for all these companies to publish their SR also? Start asking for it.
- Check out these directories.
Eco-Friendly products by Eugene Tay of greenstore http://www.greenstore.sg/
and Eco-Friendly shopping and dining directory by Militza Maury of Little Green Dot http://ourlittlegreendot.com/eco-friendly-organic-shopping-dining-directory/
You have options.
- Recently in 2014 there was an attempt by Chris Jensen from Good for Us to crowdfund for a hackathon focused on ethical shopping http://www.pozible.com/project/183026
The crowdfunding was unsuccessful but the idea is there. Do go talk to Chris if you’re interested to contribute to this somehow.
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