Responsible Business Forum: A call for shared prosperity

The Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development will be held for the third year in Singapore, where delegates will address why redefining prosperity to include economic, social and natural systems is necessary for sustainable growth

The Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, a high-level congregation of government, business and civil society leaders focused on the theme of “Building Prosperity with Economic, Social and Natural Capital”, will be held from 24-26 November 2014 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Co-organised by Global Initiatives, Eco-Business, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), together with strategic partner Marina Bay Sands, the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development will provide practical solutions for sustainable growth.

Global Initiatives chief executive Tony Gourlay noted that there is a growing consensus from the United Nations, governments and leading corporations around the world that sustainable and equitable global development is critical to achieve prosperity.

“The third Responsible Business Forum aims to better frame a shared prosperity that broadens the concept to include economic, social and environmental wellbeing for all, and provide a practical path for collaboration between government, business and civil society,” Gourlay added. 

The forum will discuss topics which include high-impact innovation, equitable growth, responsible supply chain, access to clean energy, the latest tools on integrated reporting and ways on how to build sustainable cities.

Some of the notable speakers include:

  • Grace Fu, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
  • Mark Kramer, one of the co-creators of the concept of ‘creating shared value’, which recognises that the competitiveness of a company and the health of the communities around it are mutually dependent
  • H.E Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, 6th President, Republic of Indonesia & Chairman, Global Green Growth Institute
  • Paul Druckman, Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council

A full list of confirmed speakers and the forum agenda can be found at: www.responsiblebusiness.com/forum

Meanwhile, delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in the following:

  • A panel discussion titled, “Creating shared value and growth”, which will discuss a new strategic approach for creating shared value for all stakeholders, for business, the environment and society
  • The launch of the world’s most sustainable stock exchanges index by Corporate Knights, and a panel discussion on how the growing movement in corporate sustainability disclosure has opened up a new era for investors and companies
  • The second Responsible Business Forum Young Leaders Dialogue, chaired by Eco-Business founder and editor Jessica Cheam, which will gather 50 selected young people in a roundtable discussion on the role of youth in driving responsible business

At the end of the forum, delegates participating in high-level working groups across six sectors - building and urban infrastructure; consumer goods; financial services; food, beverage and agriculture; renewable energy and shipping – will take with them actionable recommendations for building a more prosperous society and planet.

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