Regional corporate sustainability summit underlines the need for SEA businesses to take decisive action

Regional corporate sustainability summit underlines the need for SEA businesses to take decisive action

Business leaders from across the region are set to convene to discuss the continued role of the private sector, governments and youth, in the region’s sustainable future at this year’s Global Compact Network Singapore Summit 2022.

Organised by Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS), the Singapore Chapter of the United Nations Global Compact - the world’s leading voice on corporate social responsibility, the flagship event will take place at Orchard Hotel, Singapore from 9 am - 5:30 pm, 17 October.

The theme of this year’s Summit is ‘Global Challenges, Shared Agenda – Time for Decisive Action,’ underlining the need for more to be done to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a shared blueprint of peace and prosperity for people and planet.

The GCNS Summit, which is in its 14th year, will provide a much-needed platform for more than 250 delegates to come together to share knowledge and hear from thought leaders on the latest corporate sustainability trends and ways to meet the SGDs while driving long-term growth. Topics to be discussed during this year’s event include decarbonising to optimise business operations; paving the way for circular supply chains and disruptive innovations that enable positive transformation.

Confirmed speakers for this year’s event include Eric Lim, Chief Sustainability Officer, UOB, and Sharon Chong, Vice President of Sustainability, RGE, who are the Platinum Sponsors of this year’s Summit, along with Sanda Ojiambo, Assistant Secretary-General and CEO United Nations Global Compact; Dr. Sanjay Kuttan, Chief Technology Officer, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation; Jessica Cheam, Founder and Managing Director, EcoBusiness, plus many more to be announced soon.

Mr Teo Chee Hean, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, who also oversees the National Climate Change Secretariat under the Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office (Singapore), will deliver the opening speech as Guest of Honour (GOH) at this year’s seminal event.

He will also join a special fireside chat moderated by Dr Bicky Bhangu, GCNS Council Member, and Rolls-Royce President Southeast Asia, Pacific & South Korea, to discuss how recent global events have slowed and, in some cases, regressed progress on the SDGs across the region, and the need for a shared agenda in actively rethinking businesses to address the most pressing problems that our world faces today.

Senior Minister Teo will also present an award to the winners of this year’s CDL-GCNS Young SDG Leader’s Award, an annual case competition which offers Singapore youths a platform to champion sustainable development and SDG integration into business for positive change.

Commenting on this year’s event, Esther Chang, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network Singapore, said: “With less than a decade to implement sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, more action is needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s Summit underlines the need for decisive action, bringing together organisations and government to discuss shared agenda for accelerating sustainability and social change efforts at scale, so that we can meet these unprecedented challenges head-on.”

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