The Business Case for Sustainability

Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Ltd; Matt Harris, President and CEO, AIG Asia Pacific; Paul Kent, Director for Economics and Regulation, KPMG; Zach Wilson, Managing Director, Singapore, Alfa Tech VestAsia Pte Ltd; and William Clune, Sustainable Earth Office Policy Director, Nanyang Technological University (Moderator)

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-01/05 Shaw Centre)

Date : August 25, 2016

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $25.00

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What are the challenges and opportunities for business from the global sustainability phenomenon? How can sustainable practices make good business sense?  Will some industries sectors benefit more than others?  To launch AmCham's series on business and sustainability, we'll ask business leaders to give us their frank business perspectives. And we'll give you the opportunity to ask frank questions.  

Nanyang Technological University Asian School of the Environment Faculty Associate and Sustainable Earth Office Policy Director William Clune will lead off with a brief summary of the business case for sustainability.  We will then enjoy a panel discussion with experts from a variety of industries including:

About the Speakers:

Esther An
Chief Sustainability Officer
City Developments Ltd

Esther joined City Developments Limited (CDL) in 1995 to set up the Company's Corporate Communications department and subsequently established the company’s CSR/Sustainability portfolio.  A pioneer CSR practitioner for over 20 years and a committee member of the Global Compact Network Singapore, which is the local network of UN Global Compact, she is instrumental in building up the company’s leadership in Sustainability.

CDL is the first Singapore company to be included on 3 leading global sustainability listings, namely the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2002, the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World since 2010 and Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2011.  In the 2016 Global100 Listing, CDL is ranked 10th overall and top amongst real estate companies globally.  The company has also been ranked top Asian developer in the Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking for two consecutive years since 2014.  It was also conferred the Business Leadership in Sustainability Award by the World Green Building Council and the top honours for the Sustainable Business Awards by Singapore Business Federation, amongst many other accolades.  The first Singapore-listed company to publish a GRI-checked Sustainability Report in 2008, CDL has adopted the Integrated Reporting approach since 2015.

A signatory of the UN Caring for Climate initiative and a champion in green building and sustainability, Esther is a member of the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board and the Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative Singapore Steering Committee.

Matt Harris
President and CEO
AIG Asia Pacific

Matt Harris is the Chief Executive, AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte. Ltd. and Head of Country Operations, Southeast Asia since 23 December 2014. He covers Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines, including Guam and Micronesia. Matt was the Chief Executive Officer of AIG Malaysia (since August 2010) and AIG New Zealand (from December 2008). He was also a member of AIG’s Regional Audit and Investment Committees and a Board Member of the Insurance Council of New Zealand.
Before this, Matt was the Chief Representative for the Insurance Australia Group (IAG), during which he secured the State Bank of India as IAG’s joint venture partner. AIG has been a member of The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) since 1974. As Singapore’s number one general insurer, AIG, together with Matt, can bring deep industry knowledge, research expertise and thought leadership in Consumer and Commercial insurance, and help AmCham member companies further their business priorities.

Paul Kent
Director for Economics and Regulation
Speaker's bio to follow

Zach Wilson
Managing Director, Singapore 
Alfa Tech VestAsia Pte Ltd

Zach Wilson
, MD of Alfa Tech VestAsia Pte Ltd, has over 12 years of experience in engineering, construction and real estate development. He specializes in Clean Technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency and hi-tech projects. Zach has developed over 2 million square feet of mixed-use real estate projects in San Francisco prior to setting up the Alfa Tech VestAsia in 2010. 

Zach is a LEED Accredited Professional, a member of CoreNet Global and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He has an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2005) from Stanford University and a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology (2003) from Montana State University.

About the Moderator:
William Henry Clune

Sustainable Earth Office Policy Director
Nanyang Technological University Asian School of the Environment

William Henry Clune
is a consultant, lawyer, and entrepreneur whose work focuses on sustainable economic development and environmental protection. With projects and research related to global and corporate governance, regulatory and legal frameworks, addressing the challenges and opportunities of urban development, and empowering individuals and communities, he has worked with corporations, governments, universities, and third sector clients. William is the Managing Director of SEDC, an impact consultancy based in Stockholm, Sweden, that develops and supports collaborative projects promoting sustainable economic development. At NTU in Singapore, William is a Faculty Associate in the Asian School of the Environment and the Policy Director at the Sustainable Earth Office.
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