PublicAffairsAsia has convened the inaugural SharingValueAsia Forum in Singapore bringing together nearly 150 senior level participants from major corporations, NGOs, industry groups and government agencies.
Keynote speakers included Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Secretary General of ESCAP. Dr Heyzer spoke of the need for sustainable business engagement across all sectors including civil society and government.
From the private sector, the audience heard from Joe Bae, the managing partner of KKR Asia, who spoke of the need for a responsible investment approach to creating sustainable value. Bae pressed the case for active employee engagement and the need to develop a green investment portfolio. The day was rounded off by Peter Ter Kulve, EVP of Unilever, South East Asia and Australasia, spoke of the need to extend the benefits of capitalism to the region’s underprivileged through greater sustainable economic development based upon the profit motive.
Elsewhere, panel debates and breakout sessions examined and debated increasing interaction between business, civil society and government and included sessions on the changing nature of philanthropy, responsible investment, public-private partnerships, social enterprise, stakeholder engagement and corporate reputation.
Other contributors included, Syed Fakhar Ahmed, the Head of Creating Shared Value at Nestle, Peter Heng of Golden Agri Resources, Wenchi Yu of the Banyan Advisory Group, Ruby Shang of the Clinton Foundation and Elizabeth Hernandez from Hewlett Packard.
Commenting, Mark O’Brien, PublicAffairsAsia’s Vice President, said: “It was clear from the forum that there is great demand for more dialogue and debate in promoting and communicating the the citizenship and shared value agenda. The need for business, the not for profit sector and the policy-making community to work together to solve common problems through joint innovation has never been greater. We would encourage business, NGOs and those in public service across the region to become more actively involved in developing and driving this agenda and we look forward to framing next year’s forum.”
The event was supported by a wide range of sponsors and partners including lead sponsor Golden Agri-Resources, KKR, WATATAWA, CARE, VISA, Save The Children, Food Industry Asia, World Vision, Conservation International and Sarawak Energy.