A Lawyer’s New Year Resolution Working to Overcome Sustainability Fatigue

Jeffery Tan, Group General Counsel & Chief Sustainability Officer , Jardine Cycle & Carriage Limited

Now that the year-end festivities are behind us, one should be refreshed, renewed, and reinvigorated to start the new year. That’s the theory. For those who are involved in sustainability matters (be it in a business or personal capacity), this comes with its challenges, including a condition that is seldom, if ever, talked about openly: Sustainability fatigue - feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the task and the constant pressure to perform better, even as the sustainability landscape morphs and evolves at a breakneck pace.

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Management Manufacturing January 2024 Vol.17, No. 66, Winter 2024

Jeffery Tan


Jeffery is the Group General Counsel; Chief Sustainability Officer, Director, Group Corporate Affairs; and Group Company Secretary of Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd. He is responsible for legal, compliance, company secretarial, communications and public affairs at the Group level. Before joining Jardine Cycle & Carriage, he was the Group General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Board Secretary for UTAC Holdings Ltd. Prior to that, he has over 30 years of private practice and in-house legal experience with international law firms and multinational companies such as Allen & Gledhill, DLA Piper, Siemens and Motorola. He also served in a business capacity as President of Motorola Singapore for five years. Jeffery has an LLB (HONS) from the National University of Singapore. He is a senior Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore and a Solicitor of England & Wales. He has completed the Senior Executive Management Program, at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and the Driving Strategic Innovation Program at MIT Sloan School of Management. Jeffery serves on the board of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and is an Advisor to the Sustainability Panel of the Singapore Stock Exchange’s SGListco Association.

Management Manufacturing January 2024 Vol.17, No. 66, Winter 2024