Olam Hires New Climate Action Project Manager
Olam, a Singapore-based agribusiness, has appointed Jacelyn Tan to help the company meet its decarbonisation targets.
She will be part of the company's corporate responsibility and sustainability team as a climate action project manager. Her job will be to plan, measure, and carry out Olam's journey toward net-zero emissions.
Olam is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. In 2020, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development asked its 200 members to promise to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Temasek, Singapore's state investor, owns Olam and has set a mid-century goal for portfolio companies to decarbonise.
In her new role, Tan will focus on strategies to decarbonise the company's worldwide supply chains, with a special focus on priority crops such as cereals, edible oils, rubber, cotton, and timber. She will also work on carbon credit projects and nature-based solutions.
She joins Olam after a two-month stint at the Albemarle Climate Protection Department sponsored by the US State Department as part of the Young Southeast Leaders Initiative, which aims to improve leadership abilities in Southeast Asia.
Tan has worked in conservation and sustainability for more than ten years. She has a background in both environmental geography and research, policy, and management of forest carbon. She has worked for Syngenta, an agrichemicals firm; Climate Conversations, a civil and social non-governmental organisation; and South Pole, a carbon financing consultancy.
She has worked on projects such as Syngenta's Asia Pacific biodiversity programme, Climate Conversations' sustainable financing working group initiative, and the development of a tool to simulate the carbon roadmap for Abermarle County's land and agriculture practices.