Making the Case for Corporate Sustainability: Integrating Global Goals

Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited, Nathan Hunt, Director of Sustainability, UWC South East Asia and Karen Lee, Sustainability Lead, Interface

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : September 28, 2017

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $25.00

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Making the Case for Corporate Sustainability: Integrating Global Goals and What It Means For Your Business

Sustainability has always been considered a fundamental aspect of an organization’s growth and businesses have a part to play in improving the environment and dealing with climate change.

Join us over lunch and hear renowned sustainability experts who will share their companies' best practices and insights gained from committing to tried and tested sustainability programs.

The speakers will also discuss on:

  • how to successfully incorporate sustainability in an organizational culture and what sustainable practices make good business sense now and the foreseeable future

  • what role should businesses and investors play in shaping new thinking and turning ambition into action

  • the implications of achieving UN’s sustainability goals and detail the challenges and opportunities in the region

About the Speakers:

Esther An
Chief Sustainability Officer
City Developments Limited

Ms. Esther An joined CDL in 1995 to establish the Company’s Corporate Communications department and subsequently CDL’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) portfolio. She has been instrumental in building up CDL’s leadership in sustainability. A forerunner in CSR and a member of the management committee of Global Compact Network Singapore since 2005, she also sits on board the Corporate Advisory Board of World Green Building Council. A founding member of the Singapore Business Council for Sustainable Development, she is a signatory of the UN Caring for Climate initiative and a member of the Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative Singapore Steering Committee. Her latest appointment includes the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative Investor Work Group.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Hong Kong and has extensive experience in communications, advertising and community engagement, as well as media and investor relations, in both the public and private sectors before joining CDL.

Nathan Hunt
Director of Sustainability

Nathan Hunt is Director of Sustainability at UWCSEA, a post recently created to help align to the College's Learning Programme and operations more closely with the UWC mission. He was deeply involved in developing UWCSEA's corporate and educational sustainability practices for several years until he moved into his current role.

Alongside this, he is the Environmental Stewardship Coordinator on Dover Campus and teaches the IB Diploma Environmental Systems and Societies course.

Nathan’s experience includes: 

  • Developing a strategic partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to design a curriculum for educating for and about the Circular Economy.
  • Drafting energy and water policies to ensure optimal conservation practices.
  • Developing an institutional travel policy and carbon offset scheme.
  • Incorporating the UN Global Goals as a conceptual framework for our corporate engagement with Sustainable development.
  • Piloting a waste to energy project with SG NEA to address food waste.

Karen Lee
Sustainability Lead
Interface Singapore Pte Ltd

Karen heads sustainability for Asia at Interface, the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet and a leader in sustainable business. 
In addition to nourishing and reinforcing the unique sustainability culture across more than 10 countries in the Asia region, her role involves collaborating with various industry partners to support programmes that positively impact the environment and communities beyond which they operate.

As a key contributor to advancing sustainability within one of the most sustainable companies on the planet, Karen is frequently invited to speak about Interface's commitment to being a positive force in the world and demonstrating through its ideas and actions how it can be both a financially successful and restorative enterprise.

Karen holds a Master's Degree in Tri-sector Collaboration from the Singapore Management University and has completed a sustainability programme awarded by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership.

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