Sustainability One on One: Palm oil proponent Simon Lord in conversation with apparel futurist Pamela Mar

In the first in a new video series where sustainability leaders interview each other about the toughest things about their jobs, Simon Lord of Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby Plantation went head to head with Pamela Mar of Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Fung Group.

Simon Lord and Pamela Mar on Sustainability One on One

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In a new video series, Eco-Business Conversations: Sustainability One on One, two of Asia’s most influential sustainability leaders quiz each other about the challenges they face in doing their jobs.

The first episode features a conversation between Dr Simon Lord, the chief sustainability officer of Malaysian palm oil company Sime Darby Plantation, and Pamela Mar, director of sustainability for Hong Kong-based apparel and textiles firm Fung Group.

The pair met in Singapore at the unveiling of the inaugural Eco-Business A-List, a who’s who of the region’s corporate sustainability circuit, in December.

In this 10-minute dialogue, Lord, a champion of sustainable palm oil over a 30-year career in the sector, talked to Mar, who’s pushing for better career opportunities for garment factory workers, about dealing with activists, blockchain, the era of hyper-transparency and the value of patience.

Production: Tim Daubach, Philip Amiote, Robin Hicks


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