CSR Asia Summit 2019 — Schedule

The Summit’s two days center around strategy for results, supply chain innovation and effectiveness, and emerging issues and impact. The Summit is preceded by the Pre-Summit Training Day on 17 September 2019.

Pre-Training Sessions
17 September

Day 1
18 September

Day 2
19 September

09:00 – 12:00  |  Morning Pre-Summit Training Sessions

Training 1: Building and Implementing a Sustainability Strategy

This practical session is aimed at companies who want to make their sustainability strategies truly strategic and embedded into the organization. We will look at how companies can develop sustainability roadmaps and move from sustainability initiatives to a coherent sustainability strategy. We will examine the structures and systems that need to be put in place in an organization to create value and enable integration of sustainability issues into business planning and processes. The course will build on a strategic framework that has been tried and tested with a number of CSR Asia clients. It will look at successful implementations plans and how to get employee buy-in through “champions”.

Training 2: Understanding Effectiveness and Impact of Community Investment and CSR Programs

This session will go through step-by-step the Theory of Change methodology to help attendees first understand the effectiveness of their program design and accordingly determine what else is needed for their CSR programs to achieve positive impact. Participants will be able to apply the methodology during the training on their own CSR programs to ensure relevance and practicality of session.

Register USD

Register THB


12:00 – 13:30  |  Lunch


13:30 – 16:30  |  Afternoon Pre-Summit Training Sessions

Training 3: Integrated Reporting and Integrated Thinking

Integrated Reporting is the next phase in the evolution of corporate reporting. The process that began with the requirement to report on sustainability (along with financial reporting) has now reached its next natural phase – linking financial performance to sustainability. Integrated Reporting and Integrated Thinking are crucial in understanding and communicating the links between sustainability strategies and investment decisions and lead to better decision making within an organization, effective disclosures for investors and improved communication for an organization’s stakeholders.

Training 4: Creating Shared Value

Creating Shared Value (CSV) compliments CSR, through implementing initiatives that enhance the competitiveness of a company while also advancing the economic and social conditions in which that company operates thereby, meeting social needs. The CSV approach represents an exciting new wave of social responsibility and community investment that can enhance the long-term viability of projects.

Register USD

Register THB


 

09:00 – 10:30  |  Welcome and Keynotes

World Ballroom, 23/F

Archana Kotecha, Asia Region Director and Head of Legal, Liberty Shared

Regulation, Risk and Opportunity: Our next steps in dismantling human trafficking and forced labor

Named one of the top ten innovative lawyers in Asia-Pacific by the Financial Times in 2017, Archana Kotecha has produced multiple best practices and reports, involved in policy and advocacy and educated human rights practitioners, financial institutions and governments on trafficking in persons including legal and anti-money laundering frameworks.

Rob Kaplan, CEO and Founder, Circulate Capital

Rob Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of Circulate Capital, an investment management firm dedicated to incubating and financing companies that prevent the flow of ocean plastic waste to the world’s oceans and advance the circular economy in South and Southeast Asia. Rob has two decades of experience in corporate sustainability and impact investing with industry leaders ranging from Walmart to Closed Loop Partners.


10:30 – 11:00  |  Coffee Break

Pre-Function Area, 23/F

11:00 – 12:30  |  Leadership Panel

World Ballroom, 23/F

This session will look towards the practical actions that businesses can undertake to tackle some of the most pressing sustainability challenges. It will examine global trends that are shaping sustainability and the role of technology in finding solutions. It will include discussion about climate change, supply chain challenges, migration, human rights and the move to a more circular economy.

Alan Aicken, Vice President Procurement, Chief Sustainability Officer Supply Chain, Huawei

Dana Graber Ladek, Chief of Mission, IOM

Glenn Maguire, Principal Asia-Pacific Economist, Visa

Sorachon Boonsong, Principal, Co-head Corporate / M&A and Head of Insurance and Real Estate, Baker McKenzie Thailand

Moderator: Richard Welford, Chairman, CSR Asia


12:30 – 14:00  |  Lunch

Dynasty Restaurant, 24/F
The World Restaurant, 24/F

14:00 – 15:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Sustainability Context and Business Model Evolution

World Ballroom A, 23/F

This session will explore the link between organizational business models / strategies / performance management and the context in which they operate. Panelists will also explore how business models can integrate multiple capitals in their purpose and value creation proposition.

Mara Chiorean, Johnson & Johnson

Rob Kaplan, Circulate Capital

Moderator: Felipe Arango, BSD Consulting

 

Responsible Sourcing Trends 2019

World Ballroom B, 23/F

This 90-minute kick-off session will be an engaging discussion with industry experts on global trends in responsible sourcing led by Ian Spaulding. The topics are identified based on innovation, industry trends and key insights within supply chains.

Didier Bergeret,The Consumer Goods Forum

Hilde-Gunn Vestad, Lidl Hong Kong

Lara White, IOM

Mark Robertson, IETP

Moderator: Ian Spaulding, CEO, ELEVATE

 

Clearing the Air: The Role of Business in Driving Down Air Pollution

World Ballroom C, 23/F

The impacts of air pollution are as invasive as the particulates that more than 9 in 10 people living in Asia are breathing at unsafe levels. The health implications range from premature deaths and asthma-related emergency room visits to mental ill-health.

Jinhua Zhang, UNEP

Peter Galli, Nissan Motor Thailand

Samantha Allen, IWBI Asia

Moderator: Mabel Wong, ELEVATE


15:30 – 16:00  |  Break

Pre-Function Area, 23/F

16:00 – 17:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Investors and ESG Data

World Ballroom A, 23/F

Investors increasingly integrate ESG factors into investment decisions. Between 2012 and 2016, ESG assets under management in Asia ex. Japan grew by 16%, spurred by the implementation of national stewardship codes and ESG disclosure requirements.

Hardik Shah, CFA, GMO

Mans Carlsson-Sweeny, AUSBIL

Mohdi Jeroudi, MSCI

Moderator: Ruhi Mukherji, CSR Asia

 

Ethical Recruitment & Southeast Asia Supply Chains

World Ballroom B, 23/F

Migrant workers face increased risks of forced labour within supply chains. This is why brands are focused on embedding responsible recruitment practices within their supply chain to eliminate worker fees and other indicators of forced labor.

Ashley Orbach, Apple

Chris Messer, Kimberly Clark

Guna Subramaniam, IHRB

Kristin Marie Dadey, IOM

Moderator: Jessie Fisher, ELEVATE

 

Doing Good While Eating Well: How Consumers & Corporates Galvanize One Another on Food Sustainability

World Ballroom C, 23/F

Asian consumers are increasingly using their spending power to do good while eating well. Companies too are influencing consumer behavior and leveraging new opportunities in food waste, plant-based foods, and healthier options.

Mark Lim, NamZ

Roshith Rajan, SODEXO

Thirach Rungruangkanokkul, AFMA

Moderator: Tess Zinnes, CSR Asia

 

Working on Supply Chain Sustainability with Small Scale Producers

Lotus Suite 7, 22/F

Worldwide small scale farmers are key suppliers in many value chains. Yet often when companies work with small scale producers, both parties can experience challenges …

Ernesto J. Morales, ASIC

Julia Majail, RSPO

William Wyn Ellis, Sustainable Rice Platform

Moderator: Richard Welford, Chairman, CSR Asia


17:30 – 19:30  |  Networking Reception

Pre-Function Area, 23/F

 

07:00 – 09:00  |  Breakfast Roundtable

Breakfast Roundtable: Children’s Rights in the Agricultural Sector (Invitation only)

Lotus Suite 9, 22/F

The agricultural sector in Southeast Asia is a major regional force, both as a driver of GDP as well as a formal and informal employer. However, with the combination of growing populations, migrant workforces and the threat of climate change, agrobusiness in Southeast Asia is at a crossroads, particularly for its largest and most vulnerable population: children.

Cajsa Wiking, Global Child Forum

Nina Vollmer, Global Child Forum


09:00 – 10:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Measuring Business Impact on SDGs

World Ballroom A, 23/F

Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) needs to accelerate as only a decade remains to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Engaging the private sector is crucial to the fulfilling the SDGs. While the private sector has shown increased awareness of the SDGs – as evidenced by annual sustainability reports – a majority of companies seem to be simply connecting SDGs to sustainability and / or CSR initiatives.

Artak Melkonyan, UNDP

Erik Christianto, Trucost

Samira Khan, Salesforce

Moderator: Jonathan Tong, ELEVATE

 

Sustainability & Agriculture – A Social Lens

World Ballroom B, 23/F

Implementing social compliance at the commodity level requires a different a set of tools than at tier 1. This session will focus on actions brands are taking to understand and address commodity-specific challenges within their supply chain and how they are engaging workers.

Akkaphan Rammanee, adidas Sourcing

Andi Sitti Asmayanti, Mondelez International

Moderator: Erin Lyon, ELEVATE

 

Developing Tomorrow’s Resilient Workforce Today

World Ballroom C, 23/F

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is rapidly changing the nature of work across industries. While technological-driven change is displacing jobs and threatening to exacerbate global inequalities by creating a tech divide, this disruption is also creating opportunities…

Euan Wilmshurst, IBM Asia Pacific

Ichiro Miyazawa, UNESCO Bangkok

Randeep Sudan, Multiverz

Moderator: Tess Zinnes, CSR Asia

 

Sustainable Finance through a Gender Lens

Lotus Suite 7, 22/F

In 2019, Asia will account for half the world’s GDP growth. Governments and investors in the region are increasingly seeing sustainable finance as an important tool to mitigate the environmental and social impacts of rapid economic development.

Arif Qayyum, Visa

Caterina Meloni, USAID Green Invest Asia

Namit Agarwal, Oxfam India

Outi Grüner, AVPN

Moderator: Richard Welford, CSR Asia


10:30 – 11:00  |  Break

Pre-Function Area, 23/F

11:00 – 12:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Biodegradable Bags and Plastic Straw Bans – Looking Beyond the Trends in Plastic Pollution Reduction

World Ballroom A, 23/F

Awareness and action is increasing to fight plastic pollution. We know the issues: That plastic may one day out number fish in the sea and that we may be consuming a credit card’s worth of plastic each week. How do we move the conversation forward?

Meridith Beaujean, Sands China

Paola Cortese, Plastic Bank

Petrus Ng, BASF Thailand

Moderator: Janet Salem, UNEP

 

Sustainable Capacity-Building at Site Level: What Incentives & Opportunities?

World Ballroom B, 23/F

Market dynamics, business needs, and new technologies and data are coming together in ways that are enabling – perhaps for the first time ever – truly scalable and sustainable capacity building at factories and farms. Common program themes are workplace safety, gender (from harassment to empowerment), social dialogue, and management systems…

Shelly Heald Han, Fair Labor Association

Leo Chen, Apple

Romesh Grover, Li & Fung

Moderator: Heather Canon, ELEVATE

 

Big Data, Technology and Sustainability in the Age of Digital Transformation

World Ballroom C, 23/F

From real-time supply chain optimization and the internet of things (IoT), to blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), Asia is ahead of most regions in the age of digital transformation. Whilst technology and the use of data and AI have been lauded for its ability to enhance productivity and innovation, it has equally been in the spotlight for a series of less appealing outcomes including unemployment, increased inequalities as well as issues relating to data privacy and resulting diminishing public trust …

Clair Deevy, WhatsApp

Pamela Mar, Fung Group

Richard Liu, Huawei

Moderator: Dr. Kevin Franklin, ELEVATE

 

Collaborative Strategies to Positively Impact Mental Health in Asia (Roundtable with limited seating)

Lotus Suite 7, 22/F

The global impact of mental illness is staggering as the attributable burden of disease is on the rise. Challenges such as lack of resources and trained healthcare providers, inaccurate assessment and social stigma compound the inability to address the mental health epidemic effectively.

Mara Chiorean, Johnson & Johnson


12:30 – 14:00  |  Lunch

Dynasty Restaurant, 24/F
The World Restaurant, 24/F

 

ELEVATE Strategic Partner Lunch Gathering (Invitation only)

Dynasty Meeting Room, 24/F

The annual ELEVATE Strategic Partner Gathering provides an opportunity to reconnect and network, and to get the latest insights on Strategic Partner program plans and activities. The gathering is exclusive to ELEVATE Strategic Partners. Lunch will be served.

The ELEVATE Strategic Partner program is a network that connects leading sustainability practitioners. We bring global sustainability expertise with a focus on Asia. To learn more, click here.


14:00 – 15:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Entrepreneurship Accelerator for Sustainability in Thailand, and beyond

World Ballroom A, 23/F

There is no shortage of innovative ideas in Thailand for improving sustainability and quality of life. And the ideas are also—imagine this!—profitable. Their objective is clear: to benefit communities while working to preserve the planet’s resources, with the Sustainability Development Goals as guide and inspiration. This involves real-world challenges of the kind that entrepreneurs excel in tackling, and they are doing just this in Thailand today.

Amorpol Huvanandana, Moreloop

Boonyarit Soonphonrai, Hybrid Aerator

Craig Griffin, EcoMatcher

Moderator: Alex Mavro, Sasin School of Management

 

Beyond Policies and Targets: What’s Next in Gender Equality

World Ballroom B, 23/F

A study by the Asian Development Bank estimated that if women’s participation in the workforce rose by 10%, Asia’s economy could see a 30% growth in income per capita in just one generation. Achieving gender parity is not only good for the economy but also good for business…

Dr. Darian McBain, Thai Union

Teri Choong, NIPSEA Group

Charles W. Lewis, USAID

Moderator: Samantha Woods, CSR Asia

 

Climate Prosperity – Building Business Success under Changing Climate

World Ballroom C, 23/F

Join this session to gain insights from industry leaders who have adopted frameworks including the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), and learn how establishing climate action plans can guide economic development for companies from various industries.

Joanne Manda, UNDP

Karen Westley, Shell

Sameer Chopra, Bank of America

Moderator: Candice Low, CDP


15:30 – 16:00  |  Break

Pre-Function Area, 23/F

16:00 – 17:00  |  World Café

Rethinking the Future – New Approaches to Innovation and Transformation

World Ballroom, 23/F

In this session, we would explore two new perspectives – Zoom out, Zoom in, and Scaling Edges, on driving institutional innovation and transformation. The session will end with an exercise of putting these perspectives into practice for a topic that is relevant to you.

Duleesha Kulasooriya, Deloitte Center for the Edge

 


 

Pre-Training Sessions
17 September

09:00 – 12:00  |  Morning Pre-Summit Training Sessions

Training 1: Building and Implementing a Sustainability Strategy

This practical session is aimed at companies who want to make their sustainability strategies truly strategic and embedded into the organization. We will look at how companies can develop sustainability roadmaps and move from sustainability initiatives to a coherent sustainability strategy. We will examine the structures and systems that need to be put in place in an organization to create value and enable integration of sustainability issues into business planning and processes. The course will build on a strategic framework that has been tried and tested with a number of CSR Asia clients. It will look at successful implementations plans and how to get employee buy-in through “champions”.

Training 2: Understanding Effectiveness and Impact of Community Investment and CSR Programs

This session will go through step-by-step the Theory of Change methodology to help attendees first understand the effectiveness of their program design and accordingly determine what else is needed for their CSR programs to achieve positive impact. Participants will be able to apply the methodology during the training on their own CSR programs to ensure relevance and practicality of session.

Register USD

Register THB


12:00 – 13:30  |  Lunch


13:30 – 16:30  |  Afternoon Pre-Summit Training Sessions

Training 3: Integrated Reporting and Integrated Thinking

Integrated Reporting is the next phase in the evolution of corporate reporting. The process that began with the requirement to report on sustainability (along with financial reporting) has now reached its next natural phase – linking financial performance to sustainability. Integrated Reporting and Integrated Thinking are crucial in understanding and communicating the links between sustainability strategies and investment decisions and lead to better decision making within an organization, effective disclosures for investors and improved communication for an organization’s stakeholders.

Training 4: Creating Shared Value

Creating Shared Value (CSV) compliments CSR, through implementing initiatives that enhance the competitiveness of a company while also advancing the economic and social conditions in which that company operates thereby, meeting social needs. The CSV approach represents an exciting new wave of social responsibility and community investment that can enhance the long-term viability of projects.

Register USD

Register THB


 

Day 1
18 September

09:00 – 10:30  |  Welcome and Keynotes

World Ballroom, 23/F

Archana Kotecha, Asia Region Director and Head of Legal, Liberty Shared

Regulation, Risk and Opportunity: Our next steps in dismantling human trafficking and forced labor

Named one of the top ten innovative lawyers in Asia-Pacific by the Financial Times in 2017, Archana Kotecha has produced multiple best practices and reports, involved in policy and advocacy and educated human rights practitioners, financial institutions and governments on trafficking in persons including legal and anti-money laundering frameworks.

Rob Kaplan, CEO and Founder, Circulate Capital

Rob Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of Circulate Capital, an investment management firm dedicated to incubating and financing companies that prevent the flow of ocean plastic waste to the world’s oceans and advance the circular economy in South and Southeast Asia. Rob has two decades of experience in corporate sustainability and impact investing with industry leaders ranging from Walmart to Closed Loop Partners.


10:30 – 11:00  |  Coffee Break

Pre-Function Area, 23/F

11:00 – 12:30  |  Leadership Panel

World Ballroom, 23/F

This session will look towards the practical actions that businesses can undertake to tackle some of the most pressing sustainability challenges. It will examine global trends that are shaping sustainability and the role of technology in finding solutions. It will include discussion about climate change, supply chain challenges, migration, human rights and the move to a more circular economy.

Alan Aicken, Vice President Procurement, Chief Sustainability Officer Supply Chain, Huawei

Dana Graber Ladek, Chief of Mission, IOM

Glenn Maguire, Principal Asia-Pacific Economist, Visa

Sorachon Boonsong, Principal, Co-head Corporate / M&A and Head of Insurance and Real Estate, Baker McKenzie Thailand

Moderator: Richard Welford, Chairman, CSR Asia


12:30 – 14:00  |  Lunch

Dynasty Restaurant, 24/F
The World Restaurant, 24/F

14:00 – 15:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Sustainability Context and Business Model Evolution

World Ballroom A, 23/F

This session will explore the link between organizational business models / strategies / performance management and the context in which they operate. Panelists will also explore how business models can integrate multiple capitals in their purpose and value creation proposition.

Mara Chiorean, Johnson & Johnson

Rob Kaplan, Circulate Capital

Moderator: Felipe Arango, BSD Consulting

 

Responsible Sourcing Trends 2019

World Ballroom B, 23/F

This 90-minute kick-off session will be an engaging discussion with industry experts on global trends in responsible sourcing led by Ian Spaulding. The topics are identified based on innovation, industry trends and key insights within supply chains.

Didier Bergeret,The Consumer Goods Forum

Hilde-Gunn Vestad, Lidl Hong Kong

Lara White, IOM

Mark Robertson, IETP

Moderator: Ian Spaulding, CEO, ELEVATE

 

Clearing the Air: The Role of Business in Driving Down Air Pollution

World Ballroom C, 23/F

The impacts of air pollution are as invasive as the particulates that more than 9 in 10 people living in Asia are breathing at unsafe levels. The health implications range from premature deaths and asthma-related emergency room visits to mental ill-health.

Jinhua Zhang, UNEP

Peter Galli, Nissan Motor Thailand

Samantha Allen, IWBI Asia

Moderator: Mabel Wong, ELEVATE


15:30 – 16:00  |  Break

Pre-Function Area, 23/F

16:00 – 17:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Investors and ESG Data

World Ballroom A, 23/F

Investors increasingly integrate ESG factors into investment decisions. Between 2012 and 2016, ESG assets under management in Asia ex. Japan grew by 16%, spurred by the implementation of national stewardship codes and ESG disclosure requirements.

Hardik Shah, CFA, GMO

Mans Carlsson-Sweeny, AUSBIL

Mohdi Jeroudi, MSCI

Moderator: Ruhi Mukherji, CSR Asia

 

Ethical Recruitment & Southeast Asia Supply Chains

World Ballroom B, 23/F

Migrant workers face increased risks of forced labour within supply chains. This is why brands are focused on embedding responsible recruitment practices within their supply chain to eliminate worker fees and other indicators of forced labor.

Ashley Orbach, Apple

Chris Messer, Kimberly Clark

Guna Subramaniam, IHRB

Kristin Marie Dadey, IOM

Moderator: Jessie Fisher, ELEVATE

 

Doing Good While Eating Well: How Consumers & Corporates Galvanize One Another on Food Sustainability

World Ballroom C, 23/F

Asian consumers are increasingly using their spending power to do good while eating well. Companies too are influencing consumer behavior and leveraging new opportunities in food waste, plant-based foods, and healthier options.

Mark Lim, NamZ

Roshith Rajan, SODEXO

Thirach Rungruangkanokkul, AFMA

Moderator: Tess Zinnes, CSR Asia

 

Working on Supply Chain Sustainability with Small Scale Producers

Lotus Suite 7, 22/F

Worldwide small scale farmers are key suppliers in many value chains. Yet often when companies work with small scale producers, both parties can experience challenges …

Ernesto J. Morales, ASIC

Julia Majail, RSPO

William Wyn Ellis, Sustainable Rice Platform

Moderator: Richard Welford, Chairman, CSR Asia


17:30 – 19:30  |  Networking Reception

Pre-Function Area, 23/F

 

Day 2
19 September

07:00 – 09:00  |  Breakfast Roundtable

Breakfast Roundtable: Children’s Rights in the Agricultural Sector (Invitation only)

Lotus Suite 9, 22/F

The agricultural sector in Southeast Asia is a major regional force, both as a driver of GDP as well as a formal and informal employer. However, with the combination of growing populations, migrant workforces and the threat of climate change, agrobusiness in Southeast Asia is at a crossroads, particularly for its largest and most vulnerable population: children.

Cajsa Wiking, Global Child Forum

Nina Vollmer, Global Child Forum


09:00 – 10:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Measuring Business Impact on SDGs

World Ballroom A, 23/F

Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) needs to accelerate as only a decade remains to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Engaging the private sector is crucial to the fulfilling the SDGs. While the private sector has shown increased awareness of the SDGs – as evidenced by annual sustainability reports – a majority of companies seem to be simply connecting SDGs to sustainability and / or CSR initiatives.

Artak Melkonyan, UNDP

Erik Christianto, Trucost

Samira Khan, Salesforce

Moderator: Jonathan Tong, ELEVATE

 

Sustainability & Agriculture – A Social Lens

World Ballroom B, 23/F

Implementing social compliance at the commodity level requires a different a set of tools than at tier 1. This session will focus on actions brands are taking to understand and address commodity-specific challenges within their supply chain and how they are engaging workers.

Akkaphan Rammanee, adidas Sourcing

Andi Sitti Asmayanti, Mondelez International

Moderator: Erin Lyon, ELEVATE

 

Developing Tomorrow’s Resilient Workforce Today

World Ballroom C, 23/F

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is rapidly changing the nature of work across industries. While technological-driven change is displacing jobs and threatening to exacerbate global inequalities by creating a tech divide, this disruption is also creating opportunities…

Euan Wilmshurst, IBM Asia Pacific

Ichiro Miyazawa, UNESCO Bangkok

Randeep Sudan, Multiverz

Moderator: Tess Zinnes, CSR Asia

 

Sustainable Finance through a Gender Lens

Lotus Suite 7, 22/F

In 2019, Asia will account for half the world’s GDP growth. Governments and investors in the region are increasingly seeing sustainable finance as an important tool to mitigate the environmental and social impacts of rapid economic development.

Arif Qayyum, Visa

Caterina Meloni, USAID Green Invest Asia

Namit Agarwal, Oxfam India

Outi Grüner, AVPN

Moderator: Richard Welford, CSR Asia


10:30 – 11:00  |  Break

Pre-Function Area, 23/F

11:00 – 12:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Biodegradable Bags and Plastic Straw Bans – Looking Beyond the Trends in Plastic Pollution Reduction

World Ballroom A, 23/F

Awareness and action is increasing to fight plastic pollution. We know the issues: That plastic may one day out number fish in the sea and that we may be consuming a credit card’s worth of plastic each week. How do we move the conversation forward?

Meridith Beaujean, Sands China

Paola Cortese, Plastic Bank

Petrus Ng, BASF Thailand

Moderator: Janet Salem, UNEP

 

Sustainable Capacity-Building at Site Level: What Incentives & Opportunities?

World Ballroom B, 23/F

Market dynamics, business needs, and new technologies and data are coming together in ways that are enabling – perhaps for the first time ever – truly scalable and sustainable capacity building at factories and farms. Common program themes are workplace safety, gender (from harassment to empowerment), social dialogue, and management systems…

Shelly Heald Han, Fair Labor Association

Leo Chen, Apple

Romesh Grover, Li & Fung

Moderator: Heather Canon, ELEVATE

 

Big Data, Technology and Sustainability in the Age of Digital Transformation

World Ballroom C, 23/F

From real-time supply chain optimization and the internet of things (IoT), to blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), Asia is ahead of most regions in the age of digital transformation. Whilst technology and the use of data and AI have been lauded for its ability to enhance productivity and innovation, it has equally been in the spotlight for a series of less appealing outcomes including unemployment, increased inequalities as well as issues relating to data privacy and resulting diminishing public trust …

Clair Deevy, WhatsApp

Pamela Mar, Fung Group

Richard Liu, Huawei

Moderator: Dr. Kevin Franklin, ELEVATE

 

Collaborative Strategies to Positively Impact Mental Health in Asia (Roundtable with limited seating)

Lotus Suite 7, 22/F

The global impact of mental illness is staggering as the attributable burden of disease is on the rise. Challenges such as lack of resources and trained healthcare providers, inaccurate assessment and social stigma compound the inability to address the mental health epidemic effectively.

Mara Chiorean, Johnson & Johnson


12:30 – 14:00  |  Lunch

Dynasty Restaurant, 24/F
The World Restaurant, 24/F

 

ELEVATE Strategic Partner Lunch Gathering (Invitation only)

Dynasty Meeting Room, 24/F

The annual ELEVATE Strategic Partner Gathering provides an opportunity to reconnect and network, and to get the latest insights on Strategic Partner program plans and activities. The gathering is exclusive to ELEVATE Strategic Partners. Lunch will be served.

The ELEVATE Strategic Partner program is a network that connects leading sustainability practitioners. We bring global sustainability expertise with a focus on Asia. To learn more, click here.


14:00 – 15:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Entrepreneurship Accelerator for Sustainability in Thailand, and beyond

World Ballroom A, 23/F

There is no shortage of innovative ideas in Thailand for improving sustainability and quality of life. And the ideas are also—imagine this!—profitable. Their objective is clear: to benefit communities while working to preserve the planet’s resources, with the Sustainability Development Goals as guide and inspiration. This involves real-world challenges of the kind that entrepreneurs excel in tackling, and they are doing just this in Thailand today.

Amorpol Huvanandana, Moreloop

Boonyarit Soonphonrai, Hybrid Aerator

Craig Griffin, EcoMatcher

Moderator: Alex Mavro, Sasin School of Management

 

Beyond Policies and Targets: What’s Next in Gender Equality

World Ballroom B, 23/F

A study by the Asian Development Bank estimated that if women’s participation in the workforce rose by 10%, Asia’s economy could see a 30% growth in income per capita in just one generation. Achieving gender parity is not only good for the economy but also good for business…

Dr. Darian McBain, Thai Union

Teri Choong, NIPSEA Group

Charles W. Lewis, USAID

Moderator: Samantha Woods, CSR Asia

 

Climate Prosperity – Building Business Success under Changing Climate

World Ballroom C, 23/F

Join this session to gain insights from industry leaders who have adopted frameworks including the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), and learn how establishing climate action plans can guide economic development for companies from various industries.

Joanne Manda, UNDP

Karen Westley, Shell

Sameer Chopra, Bank of America

Moderator: Candice Low, CDP


15:30 – 16:00  |  Break

Pre-Function Area, 23/F

16:00 – 17:00  |  World Café

Rethinking the Future – New Approaches to Innovation and Transformation

World Ballroom, 23/F

In this session, we would explore two new perspectives – Zoom out, Zoom in, and Scaling Edges, on driving institutional innovation and transformation. The session will end with an exercise of putting these perspectives into practice for a topic that is relevant to you.

Duleesha Kulasooriya, Deloitte Center for the Edge

 


 

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