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 2nd GCNS CEO Roundtable

“Unlocking Business Opportunities with the SDGs in Asia”



According to the recent “Better Business, Better Worldreport by the Business and Sustainable Development Commissioners (BSDC), achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) unlocks up to US$12 trillion of market opportunities in four economic systems. These include Food and Agriculture, Cities, Energy and Materials, and Health and Well-being, representing around 60 percent of the real economy.


Locally, the Singapore Budget 2017 introduced carbon taxes, diesel duties and increase in water prices to emphasise the importance of resource consciousness and management to both businesses and consumers. Shortly thereafter, the Monetary Authority of Singapore introduced a Green Bond Grant scheme to help offset the cost of issuing a new asset class of sustainability-oriented bonds to companies. This emphasises the interest of positioning Singapore as the regional hub for sustainable financing.


Against this backdrop, the second GCNS CEO Roundtable took place at the Shangri-la hotel on 6 June. Mr Lim Boon Heng, Chairman of Temasek Holdings was the Guest of Honour.


The Round Table comprising invited C-suite delegates from local and regional MNCs and SMEs, discussed why it is timely for businesses in Asia to embrace the SDGs, and how businesses should position themselves to capitalise on emerging opportunities in the region.


Moderated by Mr Assaad Razzouk, Group Chief Executive Officer of Sindicatum Renewable Energy Company Pte Ltd, the Roundtable addressed the following three questions where participants shared their insights freely.


  • Why is it a good time for businesses in Asia to embrace the SDG?
  • How should businesses operate to capitalise on these new market opportunities
  • Where are the gaps that need to be filled for Asia businesses to ride on these opportunities?


This RoundTable discussion was a continuation of the earlier CEO Roundtable held in February, where business leaders shared their insights on corporate sustainability and the current landscape of the movement in Singapore. 

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Corporate Members

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Impact International

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For over 35 years, we have partnered with leaders and organisations to improve levels of awareness, performance and change capability through customized, experiential learning programs. We are a global firm, based in the UK, with over 250 creative professionals spread across 14 offices in 7 different countries. In short, we support the development of organisations worth working for; we do this by helping our clients leverage their inherent strengths and opportunities through creative change. For more information, please see here.

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We have been signatories to the UN Global Compact since 2005, and strive to contribute meaningfully to the betterment of our world. One way we do this is by associating in partnership with other organisations. GCNS offers us an opportunity in Asia to further that objective; we will work to support a level of dialogue amongst its member organisations toward solutions to our collective challenges.

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Bartley Community Care Services is an IPC since 2012 and adopts a holistic approach in its programs, aiming not only to build the literacy skills of children in need but also to equip their parents with the right nurturing skills and to engage them in their child’s learning journey, offering bursaries and family support services where needed. BCCS’ core services include preparatory education for pre-schoolers and their parents, enrichment programs, after school care, tuition for children lagging behind in their studies to progress academically. BCCS’ programs aim to assist needy/troubled children from disadvantaged and/or challenging background to achieve a breakthrough in difficult situations. BCCS’s services have also extended its services to cater to needy and lonely elderly to help them cope in a challenging environment.

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As a new member, BCCS could learn more from GCNS and its members for the good of the community.

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