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Asian bankers with ESG job titles under pressure to sell products they 'don't fully understand'

Asian bankers with ESG job titles under pressure to sell products they 'don't fully understand'

The raiding of a European multinational bank over greenwashing allegations could be a 'sign of things to come' for Asian bankers, who could be tripped up by a lack of ESG knowhow, experts say.

AIA hires Karen Lee to lead ESG partnerships and advocacy

AIA hires Karen Lee to lead ESG partnerships and advocacy

Insurance giant AIA has hired Karen Lee as head of partnerships and advocacy, where she will work with partners towards AIA's net-zero 2030 goal.

Dengue in Southeast Asia: How our warming planet will change the future of 'breakbone fever'

Dengue in Southeast Asia: How our warming planet will change the future of 'breakbone fever'

As dengue bites in countries such as Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam, experts say climate change could make matters worse.

Southeast Asia cross-border clean energy trade gets a boost with Laos-Singapore sales

Southeast Asia cross-border clean energy trade gets a boost with Laos-Singapore sales

A project to send solar power from Australia to Singapore has also been deemed investment-ready. These are important milestones for multilateral energy trade in Asia-Pacific, said experts, but the incremental gains reveal huge challenges.

Despite stress toll of Covid-19 pandemic, mental health 'not seen as a development issue'

Despite stress toll of Covid-19 pandemic, mental health 'not seen as a development issue'

The pandemic exacerbated a global mental health crisis. But social stigma, ignorance and a lack of metrics remain barriers to tackling a problem set to become the world's biggest health burden this decade.

Policymakers should factor nature into development projects earlier: Singapore primatologist Andie Ang

Policymakers should factor nature into development projects earlier: Singapore primatologist Andie Ang

Across Southeast Asia, forest carbon offsetting projects also need to account for their inhabitants for lasting success, Ang tells Eco-Business, during a guided forest walk to spot langurs.

Anthony Tan joins Sentosa Development Corporation to head up sustainability

Anthony Tan joins Sentosa Development Corporation to head up sustainability

Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) has appointed Anthony Tan to head up its sustainability function. Tan joins the statutory board for Singapore's island resort after almost a decade with DBS Bank.

Sustainable supply chains and the road to net zero

Sustainable supply chains and the road to net zero

The road to decarbonisation requires commitment and collaboration between the private and public sector to ensure that companies and countries reduce carbon emissions. Logistics is one key area where there is vast room for improvement.

Forget Western models, Asian philanthropists should give boldly and champion local leaders: AVPN CEO

Forget Western models, Asian philanthropists should give boldly and champion local leaders: AVPN CEO

As Western philanthropic organisations are prone to misallocating capital due to lack of local knowledge, it is time for Asian investors to "step up" to fill post-pandemic funding gaps, says Asian Venture Philanthropy Network chief.

Could the food crisis spur an alternative protein shake-up?

Could the food crisis spur an alternative protein shake-up?

High crop prices could hurt plant-based products, presenting an opportunity for alternatives such as cell-based and fungal options. But they too face supply chain issues and sceptical diners – and none are silver bullets for food security.

Mangroves face overwhelmingly negative impacts from climate change in a 2°C warmer world: study

Mangroves face overwhelmingly negative impacts from climate change in a 2°C warmer world: study

While climate change may bring some benefits to mangrove forests, the net effect will be strongly negative, researchers say. Mangroves are particularly vulnerable to stressors like sea level rise and cyclonic activity.

RSPO CEO Joseph D'Cruz: we need to get better at telling the sustainable palm oil story

RSPO CEO Joseph D'Cruz: we need to get better at telling the sustainable palm oil story

The former UN executive is three months into his role leading the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. He tells Eco-Business that the much-criticised industry needs to improve how it communicates the value of certified oil palm.

'We have reached peak greenwashing': what to do about the sustainability marketing tsunami?

'We have reached peak greenwashing': what to do about the sustainability marketing tsunami?

Greenwashing has become a big problem for consumers, investors and regulators. Eco-Business asked expert communicators Janissa Ng and James Lorenz why greenwashing is dangerous, and how to stop spin in sustainability communications.

ComfortDelGro appoints new sustainability chief

ComfortDelGro appoints new sustainability chief

Jonathan Jong has replaced Jackson Chia as the transport firm's new sustainability lead. He joins ComfortDelGro as it announces the approval of its climate targets by the Science Based Targets Initiative.

Culture eats strategy for breakfast – and it starts with workplace inclusion

Culture eats strategy for breakfast – and it starts with workplace inclusion

What does inclusion mean to companies in Asia? Genuine inclusion means more than single issues like gender, race or age — it means acknowledging differences in perspectives, backgrounds and experiences, writes Pat Dwyer.

Slow take off: the flight path to net-zero air travel in Southeast Asia

Slow take off: the flight path to net-zero air travel in Southeast Asia

Aviation experts say achieving net-zero emissions for air travel will depend on how fast industry can scale sustainable aviation fuel. What are the region's carriers doing to decarbonise a carbon-intensive sector?

Poor planning of renewables in Asia is hurting biodiversity, say conservationists

Poor planning of renewables in Asia is hurting biodiversity, say conservationists

Asia is braced for rapid renewable energy deployment as the region starts to shift away from fossil fuels. But poor planning is placing areas of high biodiversity at risk. A new tool could help developers avoid killing birds.

Singapore introduces framework for inaugural sovereign green bond

Singapore introduces framework for inaugural sovereign green bond

More Asian sovereign issuers are lining up green bonds to address post-pandemic financing gaps. Singapore, for example, is gearing up for its first green note launch in the coming months.

The workplace of the future: smart, sustainable, holistic

The workplace of the future: smart, sustainable, holistic

The office as we know it has evolved dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic. As organisations navigate new working arrangements in 2022, how can technology help to shape green, welcoming workplaces of the future?

Social forestry project wins the Liveability Challenge 2022

Social forestry project wins the Liveability Challenge 2022

Fairventures, an agroforestry management system, was awarded top prize in the annual search for solutions to the toughest sustainability challenges of our time.

Price and performance are slowing EV adoption in Southeast Asia: Grab sustainability chief

Price and performance are slowing EV adoption in Southeast Asia: Grab sustainability chief

The sustainability head of Southeast Asia's largest ride-hailer says there is still a long way to go before electric vehicles can match petrol-power cars and bikes on price and performance.

Global climate finance coalition opens APAC office to spur funding, promote net-zero target

Global climate finance coalition opens APAC office to spur funding, promote net-zero target

The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero — a group of finance firms worth US$130 trillion in assets — will be promoting action in a region where less than a tenth of firms have declared net-zero ambitions.

Little kids, big questions: a special interview with Dr Sylvia Earle on World Oceans Day

Little kids, big questions: a special interview with Dr Sylvia Earle on World Oceans Day

[VIDEO] Do children ask the toughest questions? This World Oceans Day, we get renowned oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue, to field questions from curious kids on the mysteries of the deep.

24 hours with... marine ecologist Neo Mei Lin

24 hours with... marine ecologist Neo Mei Lin

Her study of a massive shellfish that can grow up to a metre long earned her the nickname ‘Giant Clam Girl’. On World Oceans Day, the Singapore researcher shares more about how she juggles fieldwork, mentorship, advocacy and family duties.

Singapore plans to build fish farms next to corals; a report says it is possible

Singapore plans to build fish farms next to corals; a report says it is possible

An environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the planned fish farms suggests safeguards such as capacity limits and sealed enclosures. But experts say that stronger measures are needed.

Building retrofits: the underrated weapon in the fight to decarbonise cities

Building retrofits: the underrated weapon in the fight to decarbonise cities

The built environment's sprawling carbon footprint can be reined in by giving old buildings a 'climate makeover' as cities grow. The Eco-Business Podcast talks to Vinod Jethani about the benefits and challenges of retrofitting buildings.

DBS appoints transition finance expert Ben Caldecott to help meet climate goals

DBS appoints transition finance expert Ben Caldecott to help meet climate goals

The former COP26 strategy advisor to the British government will help the Singaporean bank work towards climate targets that include achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Sustainability recruitment firm Acre launches in Asia

Sustainability recruitment firm Acre launches in Asia

One of Asia's first specialist sustainability recruitment firms has opened for business in Singapore as demand for jobs in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) sector builds in the region in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Constant van Aerschot leaves WBCSD for ESG executive training firm Earth on Board

Constant van Aerschot leaves WBCSD for ESG executive training firm Earth on Board

Constant van Aerschot, the Asia Pacific director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), has moved to a new consultancy that trains company board directors in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Don’t neglect climate change amid high cost of living: Singapore environment official

Don’t neglect climate change amid high cost of living: Singapore environment official

A recent survey found that cost of living far outweighs climate as the top concern of Singapore youths. Going green necessarily entails higher costs, a minister in Singapore’s environment ministry told Eco-Business at a youth event.

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