The Sustainability Community is an initiative aimed to provide a network for professionals to share knowledge and information on how to drive business performance in synch with making a positive impact on the environment and society in ASEAN, Asia and beyond.
With a growing world population nearing 9 billion people, a complex set of global, societal and environmental challenges need to be addressed now. Not only the scarcity of resources like raw materials, energy and water but also social inequality, health, well-being, the ageing population and climate change are among the issues that provide significant threats AND opportunities for businesses. Companies, governments, not-for-profits and academia have a crucial role to play in this process of transformation. Innovative products, services and entirely new collaborative business models that address our global sustainability challenges are the way forward to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and to make global improvements at pace and at scale.
Dutch companies are leading the way in sustainable business and are very active in further expanding, locally adapting as well as sharing their experience in platforms such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD, or BCSD), the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
Current topics within the community:
- Green Buildings
- Digitalization & Sustainability
- Energy Transition & Technology
- Carbon footprint & Innovation
- Waste Management
- Circular Economy
- ESG regulations and implications for business
- Urban Farming
- Sustainable Finance
- Nature Based Solutions
- Climate adaptation
- B-Corp certification
- Sustainable HR Practices
- Navigating sustainability in the maritime sector
Resources and links:
- Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition: www.vno-ncw.nl/dsgc
- UN Global Compact Network Singapore: www.csrsingapore.org
- Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore: www.bcsd.org.sg
Events by the Sustainability Committee
On March 30, 2023, we also had an interactive session about Gamification & Sustainability, hosted by community member Thomas Deijen from Green Scout. This session was focused on sharing knowledge within the Sustainability, Digital and Young Professionals communities. We learned the benefits of using gamification, in order to raise engagement and lasting sustainable habits in organisations.
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