Sustainability-as-a-Service (SaaS) Programme

Helping Singapore companies fulfil their sustainability roadmap through standards adoption

Helping Singapore companies fulfil their sustainability roadmap through standards adoption

Many local companies are unaware of what sustainability means and the importance it holds for their business. The world is fast-changing with climate change, global pandemic and economic crisis affecting businesses around the world. It is now more critical than ever for businesses to play a part in building a more sustainable and prosperous future.

However, we understand that it is often a challenge to work effectively with limited resources on sustainability efforts without compromising on daily operations. That is why we are here to help. 

What is the Sustainability-as-a-Service (SaaS) Programme?

Today, there is a clear business case for companies to pursue sustainable development in driving growth, mitigating risks, and attracting capital.

As part of the Enterprise Sustainability Programme (ESP), the Sustainability-as-a-Service programme by TÜV SÜD PSB will support local companies in meeting customer and regulatory requirements through an online self-assessment, training, and certification approach. It will help raise awareness of new concepts and drive standards to fulfil their sustainability roadmap. 

Eligible companies can be granted funding of qualified costs for the SaaS Programme.

What management system standards does the Sustainability-as-a-Service (SaaS) Programme cover?

  • Data and Information Security:
    • ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System
    • ISO/IEC 27701 Privacy Information Management System (extension to ISO/IEC 27001)
    • Data Protection Trust Mark (DPTM)
  • Risk Management & Social Compliance:
    • ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System
    • ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System
    • ISO 28000 Security Management System for the Supply Chain
  • Asset, Environment and Facilities Management:
    • ISO 55001 Asset Management System
    • ISO 50001 Energy Management System
    • ISO 41001 Facility Management System
    • ISO 46001 Water Efficiency Management System
    • FSC® Chain of Custody Certification, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Food Safety:
    • ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System
    • FSSC 22000 V5 Food Safety Management System
    • SS 590 Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)

The above standards are aligned to UN Sustainability Development Goals.

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Benefits of Sustainability-as-a-Service (SaaS) programme

  • Enhance competitive edge and meet requirements from customers and regulators
  • Demonstrate commitment to Sustainable Development in alignment to UN's Sustainability Development Goals – Audit certificate will be printed with the respective Sustainability Development Goal(s) contributed
  • Improve internal processes and efficiency and promote accountability to the organisation’s management system 
  • Be trained and audited by TÜV SÜD, a leading and internationally recognised Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) organisation

3 steps to adopt standards with the Sustainability-as-a-Service (SaaS) programme

The SaaS programme will equip organisations to kickstart their sustainability journey in adopting standards through 3 steps: 1) Online self-assessment, 2) Training, 3) Certification.

  • Online self-assessment – Fundamental Step

    The applicant will go through a set of online self-assessment questions to understand their current management system performance and gain insights on the gaps to achieve the certification.

    This is a prerequisite before the applicant moves to the next steps, Training and Certification.

    There will be no consultancy or advisory service provided in the online self-assessment.

  • Training

    Participants will undergo the public training programme, introducing them to the principles, requirements and practices of the selected management system standard. Participants will learn how they can contribute to the continuous improvement of the management system. The training programme comprises of:

    • Awareness training: A foundational course where participants get an understanding of the certification scheme, and how to interpret it clause by clause. (Pre-requisite)
    • Implementer training: Participants will be equipped with knowledge on the implementation process and the PDCA cycle in planning, improvement and performance monitoring.
    • Internal auditor training: Participants will be equipped with the skill set to perform an internal audit on an annual basis and learn how to fulfil part of the standard requirement.

    Applicants may choose to attend the public training programme in their preferred training format:

    • Blended Learning:
      • Awareness e-learning course
      • Implementer instructor-led course
      • Internal Auditor instructor-led course
    • Instructor-led Training:
      • Awareness instructor-led course
      • Implementer instructor-led course
      • Internal Auditor instructor-led course
  • Certification

    After building the necessary capabilities, a pre-certification audit will be conducted onsite by an auditor prior to the actual certification audit. 

    • The pre-certification audit will validate your management system implementation against the standards requirements, identify gaps, and areas of improvement. Any gaps identified at this stage will have to be rectified before the actual certification audit commences.
    • The actual certification audit will involve an auditor to assess every single requirement in ensuring effective implementation of the standard and continuous improvement.

 

The Enterprise Sustainability Programme (ESP) supports Singapore businesses on sustainability initiatives and to capture new opportunities in the green economy. As part of the ESP, TÜV SÜD PSB launched the Sustainability-as-a-Service Programme, supported by Enterprise Singapore, to help enterprises adopt sustainability standards. 

Eligible companies can be granted 70% funding of qualified costs under the Sustainability-as-a-Service Programme. Funding will be capped at one-time training programme (comprising awareness, implementer and internal auditor training) for 1 participant and one-time certification fee. There will be no funding provided for re-certification/ training for >1 participant and additional services rendered by TÜV SÜD PSB.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Be a business entity registered and operating in Singapore
  • Have a minimum of 30% local shareholding
  • A first-time applicant of the certified standard
  • Applicant needs to successfully achieve certification and complete all stages of the corporate sustainability program. 

Applicant is liable to full payment if found ineligible

Note: Companies which prefer to engage different training or certification bodies may apply directly with Enterprise Singapore for the Enterprise Development Grant (EDG). Companies may refer to Enterprise Singapore’s website for more information on the EDG.

Supported by:

Enterprise Singapore Management System Certifications

 

Application Process

  • Pre-Application

    1) Check if you qualify for the Sustainability-as-a-Service (SaaS) Programme

    2) Apply for the programme through the enquiry form below

  • Application

    3) Prepare the following documents provided by TÜV SÜD:

    i. Latest ACRA search or instant information (dated no earlier than six months from date of project application). If there are corporate shareholders, please provide the information for the corporate parents as well.
    ii. Completed TÜV SÜD’s Declaration Form
    iii. Completed Standard Questionnaire

    4) Submit signed quotation and payment confirmation

  • Implementation

    5) Prebook training courses (if applicable)

    6) Prebook audit dates upon completion of training (if applicable)

  • What is the Sustainability-as-a-Service Programme (SaaS)?
    The Sustainability-as-a-Service programme will support local companies in meeting customer and regulatory requirements through an online self-assessment gap analysis, training, and certification approach. It will help raise awareness of new concepts and drive standards to fulfil their sustainability roadmap.
  • How can I apply for SaaS Programme?
    Companies may apply to TÜV SÜD directly for the SaaS.
  • How long does it take to complete the SaaS programme?
    Most projects undertaken by companies should be completed within 12 months upon successful application. Successful applicants are advised to keep the project timeline to a reasonable duration to ensure the outcomes remain relevant in a rapidly changing economic environment. The following graphic provides a good guidance on the recommended programme timeline.
  • Are consultancy services covered under the Sustainability-as-a-Service programme?
    No, any services relating to consultancy will not be covered under the SaaS programme. Companies may apply for SaaS for public training and certification services, and consider engaging consultancy services separately outside of the programme.
  • How will TÜV SÜD PSB help me in achieving certification?

    The programme will provide you with a set of online self-assessment questions (Online self-assessment) to understand your current management system performance, as well as a public training programme introducing you to the principles, requirements and practices of your selected management system standard.

    There will be no consultancy and advisory services provided by TÜV SÜD PSB. Any services relating to consultancy will not be covered under the SaaS programme. 

  • What is the eligibility criteria to enjoy the subsidy from Enterprise Singapore?
    • Be registered and operating in Singapore
    • Have a minimum of 30% local shareholding
    • A first-time applicant of the certified standard
    • Applicant needs to successfully achieve certification and complete all stages of the programme

     

    Funding will be capped at one-time training programme (comprising awareness, implementer and internal auditor training) for 1 participant and one-time certification fee. There will be no funding provided for re-certification/ training for >1 participant and additional services rendered by TÜV SÜD PSB.

    All applications and supporting documents will be submitted to Enterprise Singapore through TÜV SÜD PSB for final assessment and review. Only applications that fulfil ESG’s eligibility criteria will be successful.

    Those who prefer to engage a different training/ certification body or engage consultancy firms to support standards adoption, you may apply directly with Enterprise Singapore for the Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) for funding support. Enterprise Singapore will assess your applications. Please refer to Enterprise Singapore website for more information.

  • What information would I require to submit to enjoy the subsidy by Enterprise Singapore?

    i. Latest ACRA search or instant information (dated no earlier than six months from date of project application). If there are corporate shareholders, please provide the information for the corporate parents as well.

    ii. Completed Declaration Form

    iii. Completed Standard Questionnaire 

    All applications and supporting documents will be submitted to Enterprise Singapore through TÜV SÜD PSB for final assessment and review. Only applications that fulfil ESG’s funding eligibility criteria will be successful.

  • Whom can I speak with to find out more about SaaS?
    You may find out more about the SaaS programme by enquiring through our web page or email us at [email protected].
  • I have been awarded EDG funding to adopt a standard. Am I still eligible for the SaaS?
    The standard for which you have been awarded EDG funding should not be the same standard you are applying for under the SaaS. Businesses must be first-time applicants of the certified standard in addition to the other criteria stated in FAQ 3. 

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