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Climate Action Lead

Date:  21-Apr-2022
Country:  Singapore
Function:  Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Sub-Function:  Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability


About Us

Olam International is a leading food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre to over 19,800 customers worldwide. Our value chain spans over 60 countries and includes farming, processing and distribution operations, as well as a sourcing network of 4.8 million farmers. Through our purpose to 'Re-imagine Global Agriculture and Food Systems', Olam aims to address the many challenges involved in meeting the needs of a growing global population, while achieving positive impact for farming communities, our planet and all our stakeholders. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, Olam currently ranks among the top 30 largest primary listed companies in terms of market capitalisation on SGX-ST.

Job Description

Job Title- Climate Action Lead


Location- Singapore


Reports To- Head of Climate & Natural Capital


Role overview

The world is facing a global climate crisis and a global biodiversity crisis, to which unsustainable agriculture and associated habitat loss and soil degradation are huge contributors. Feeding 10 billion people sustainably by 2050, within the planetary boundaries, is the greatest challenge of our lifetime.  

With some 2.5 million farmers and 10 million hectares in our supply chains, and our on-the-ground ground presence -- through outgrower programmes, our farms and processing units, and our supply and distribution networks -- OGA businesses can make a tangible, positive impact for people, nature and the climate. 

As Climate Action Lead in the global Sustainability function, you will lead our efforts to grow an outstanding global portfolio of Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) based around Olam’s estates and farming operations, and across our highly diverse supply chains; helping to reduce Olam’s greenhouse gas footprint in line with our ambitious Science Based Targets (SBT) for climate, and generating multiple social and environmental benefits in the landscapes where we operate. The NCS portfolio will generate business value through verified Carbon credits and SBT-linked GHG reductions, for use in Olam’s internal carbon exchange, for sale in global carbon markets, and as a commercial offering to customers. 

You will work with Olam Business Units (BUs) to improve existing projects and assess new opportunities for NCS across their supply chains and operating sites; act as Olam’s key technical advisor in shaping projects and programmes to deliver an optimal balance of measurable Climate benefits and co-benefits (livelihoods, social and environmental); train and mentor Olam staff involved in project delivery; and support project implementation and monitoring as required.

Key Deliverables

The responsibilities of the Climate Action Lead include

  • Co-designing, developing, implementing and driving Natural Climate Solutions projects and programmes in teamwork with the BU leads, to meet Olam’s climate and generate value from emissions reductions, avoided emissions and carbon removals/sequestration.

  • Identifying, prioritising, budgetting, and driving implementation of both Group-wide and operation-specific NCS actions and projects.

  • Working with customers and BUs to develop commercial agreements to advance NCS and climate-friendly products and services.

  • Working with Olam’s CR&S team and BUs to engage governments, multi-laterals, civil society, grant-making bodies, universities and other relevant organisations to form technical and financial partnerships that advance NCS.

  • Leading on emerging NCS technologies, regulatory changes and innovative approaches that help deliver our ambition.

  • Evaluating and advising on the design and technical implementation of sustainability projects generated by BUs, to maximize climate benefits and assign value to GHG emissions reduction, avoidance or removals.

  • Acting as a key subject matter expert on NCS approaches, processes and technologies for Olam’s NCS network of BU partners, CR&S leads and internal Functions (including e.g. Climate Smart Agri, relevant aspects of agroforestry, ecosystem restoration, soil carbon, by-product use, renewable energy and community projects)

  • Developing and driving through practical innovations and approaches to NCS with partners and service providers.

  • Monitoring and reporting relevant risks, progress and impacts. Work with other functions, including Risk and Finance, Footprinting team and AtSource to integrate climate change and NCS outcomes into ongoing work (Climate-related risk, Integrated Impact Statement, Finance 4 Sustainability etc).

  • Representing Olam externally to develop NCS standards and policies through multi-stakeholder platforms and partnerships.


  • A personal passion for sustainable agriculture and food systems

  • 10+ years practical experience in developing and managing relevant projects e.g. in agroforestry, forest and soil conservation, sustainable crop production.

  • Educational Qualification (Masters preferred) / equivalent technical experience in Environmental science or Ecology or Sustainability or related field

  • Significant climate-relevant policy development experience and a strong network with relevant regulators and agencies, finance organisations, NGOs and climate focused alliances.

  • Experience with donors, implementing agencies and partners in REDD+ type projects.

  • A thorough, practice-based understanding of current standards, tools, technologies and trends in GHG emissions measurment and accounting in relevant sectors. Experience in managing complex projects within a large organisation and in partnership with multiple stakeholders.

  • Experience in GHG emissions verification as part of global standards-based reporting. In-depth knowledge of associated documentation (such as, Project Design Document- PDD) and reporting, especially based on (i) Voluntary Carbon Standard (such as, Verra, Gold Standard, etc), (ii) Climate, Community, Biodiversity Standard (CCB) and others.

  • Self-reliance, motivation and willingness to travel and work in remote locations and sometimes challenging circumstances.

  • Proficiency in French is desirable

Olam is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, nationality, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants are requested to complete all required steps in the application process including providing a resume/CV in order to be considered for open roles.

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