Responsible Business for a Resilient ASEAN

Responsible Business for a Resilient ASEAN

There is an increased emphasis for businesses to look ahead, anticipate and put in place measures that would make their operations more resilient to the impact of climate change, resource scarcity and digital disruption.

The next generation of businesses needs to incorporate responsible and inclusive practices into their business models. This will contribute to the implementation of the United Nations (UN)’ Sustainable Development Goals and support the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)’s efforts to enhance growth and investment in the region. It can also contribute to the AEC’s objectives, including boosting employment and quality jobs for women and youths, supporting agriculture to improve food security and nutrition, and developing micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs).

Objective: To discuss sustainable business practices, and the opportunities and challenges that businesses might face in trying to incorporate these practices into their operations.

Key Questions:

  1. What is the current state of business/corporate sustainability practices in ASEAN, especially in areas such as sustainability reporting and compliance?
  2. What are the challenges that companies face when practicing corporate sustainability?
  3. How can ASEAN businesses position themselves to invest in corporate sustainability?
  4. What is the outlook for impact investing in ASEAN, and what existing institutions can assist companies in this area?
  5. To promote inclusive growth with the community, what can businesses do to help and upgrade the local economy?

Mohit Grover, Sustainability Leader, Deloitte Southeast Asia


  1. Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship (Hon.) Chairman, ASEAN BAC Philippines
  2. Tony Cripps, CEO, HSBC Singapore
  3. Oudet Souvannavong, President, Lao National Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  4. Chia Boon Chong, Director, Group Sustainability, Singtel
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