From China’s ban on foreign waste imports to Vanuatu’s plan to take fossil fuel firms to court, this year saw countries toughen their national and foreign policies to tackle the world's biggest social and environmental problems.
Much of the growth in Asian green bond issuance is in China, with Southeast Asian countries gaining momentum. What can the finance industry do to boost green investments in developing nations in Southeast Asia?
Henry Chan –
Malaysia's 2019 budget included promises to protect the tropical Southeast Asian country's rich natural heritage. But more needs to be done to address declining biodiversity—it's a matter of national security, writes WWF Malaysia's conservation director Dr Henry Chan.
Antonio Savoia and Niaz Asadullah –
Despite progress over the last few years, eliminating poverty remains a distant goal for many countries. Improving state capacity is key to tackling the world's first Sustainable Development Goal, write experts.
Richard Hardyment –
The Asian miracle has seen living standards rise – but citizens aren’t getting any happier. Companies can help by measuring and improving how people feel about life, writes Richard Hardyment.
The reasons for forest fires are numerous and complex. With hotter and drier temperatures becoming the new normal in parts of the world, the solution is to work with companies, not against them, writes Sinar Mas’ Bernard Tan.
An independent media organisation in a tough industry, Eco-Business has striven to be Asia Pacific’s go-to source for all things sustainable business. To mark our seventh birthday, we've put together a video about our work and how we define purposeful journalism.
Medilyn Manibo –
Weber Shandwick’s new study examined eight cities in Asia Pacific and how the 'soft power' attributes of cities exert influence and attract people, with Singapore topping the list for its innovative approach to sustainability and the environment.
On November 1st 2017, The Economist held its first Sustainability Summit Asia at the Sunway ResortHotel & Spa in Kuala Lumpur.Discussing sustainability in the Asian context is becoming increasingly urgent ...