Yulanda Chung, Managing Director, Head of Sustainability, Institutional Banking Group at DBS (left) and Liam Salter, CEO of RESET Carbon (right) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at ReThink HK Sustainable Business on Conference & Expo to scale up decarbonisation solutions in Asia’s manufacturing supply chain.
MOU signed to facilitate opportunities for Sustainable Finance
Hong Kong, 14 September 2023 – DBS and RESET Carbon (RESET) announced a partnership to focus efforts on accelerating the adoption of decarbonisation and sustainability solutions in the apparel, footwear and textile (AFT) supply chain. The collaboration was formalised with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was inked today, in conjunction with the ReThink HK Sustainable Business Conference & Expo.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the trillion-dollar fashion industry accounts for up to 8% of global carbon emissions1. Of this, upstream activities within the supply chain including materials production, preparation and processing, account for an estimated 80% of emissions2. While apparel brands have made strides to reduce emissions 3 in their own operations to be in line with their commitments, decarbonising supply chains continues to be a hurdle.
To enable and accelerate sustainable growth in the AFT sector, DBS and RESET aim to work with both buyers and suppliers, including small and medium enterprises, in Asia’s manufacturing supply chain. AFT brands can access RESET’s advisory services and technical support to drive carbon reductions in their supply chains, set science-based carbon targets, as well as strengthen in-house capabilities. DBS will provide financing solutions to suppliers to invest in cost-effective technologies that enable meaningful reductions in their factory emissions, water use and waste.
In addition, companies can participate in the Carbon Leadership Program (CLP) developed by RESET and the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii). The three-year-old program is designed to help apparel brands and their suppliers set science-based carbon reduction targets. Action plans are then developed through benchmarking and assessments, using a set of standardised tools and collaborative processes.
To date, over 20 of some of the world’s largest apparel brands have participated in the program – representing up to three million tonnes of CO2 avoided per year, if the action plans are fully implemented.
Yulanda Chung, Managing Director, Head of Sustainability, Institutional Banking Group at DBS, said, “Joining forces with an experienced industry practitioner like RESET is a signal that we mean to effect changes in the real economy rather than offering soundbites. The apparel sector is looking for solutions, in both finance and resource efficiency advisory, to mitigate the harmful impacts of fast-changing fashion. This partnership brings together DBS’ extensive Asia network, expertise in sustainable finance with RESET’s successful Carbon Leadership Program.”
Liam Salter, CEO of RESET said, “RESET’s mission is to drive significant carbon reductions in our customers’ value chains. With financing increasingly seen as an integral part of the solution, we are excited to partner with DBS who we view as the most innovative bank in the region to develop new solutions for our collective customers.”
Named World’s Best Bank for Corporate Responsibility4, DBS offers support to corporate and institutional clients through a range of sustainable finance solutions, from renewable energy financing, green loans, sustainability-linked loans, ESG bonds, green and sustainable trade financing.