KUALA LUMPUR, 5 August 2021 – The pandemic has offered a reset button for global economies to reassess their financial risks and the benefits to be gained by placing the environment, society and governance at the heart of businesses, and as economies recover, ASEAN is primed to play a leadership role for sustainable development, if it accelerates the institutionalisation of sustainable actions.
In order to achieve this, ASEAN’s private sector must reimagine and adapt their strategies, structures and processes to future proof themselves against inevitable sustainability risks, and tap into the opportunities of the USD 1trillion green economy envisioned for ASEAN.
To transition these companies towards this goal, GO ESG ASEAN 2021, a 2-day virtual conference organised by UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB), will take place on 24th and 25th November 2021 designed to ignite awareness, enable networking, identify best practices and showcase innovative approaches in sustainability investment.
Riding on the theme ACHIEVING A SUSTAINABLE ASEAN: Raising Business SDG Ambitions and Mainstreaming Sustainable Financing, this year’s summit will provide deeper insights and showcase best practice actions from ASEAN and global leaders.
“As the world pushes towards sustainability, there is a need to balance pragmatism with expectations in the context of developing economies. ASEAN’s pathway towards a sustainable future will be unlike its global counterparts, considering the differing social and economic development factors. However, this presents an opportunity for ASEAN businesses to carve a new pathway to a sustainable future by accelerating innovation and enabling a conducive sustainable financing ecosystem,” said Faroze Nadar, Executive Director of UNGCMYB.
This year’s GO ESG ASEAN event, which is into its second year, is already off to a good start with Sarawak Energy Berhad, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS Malaysia), Bloomberg and Bursa Malaysia Berhad weighing in as partners and speakers.
To support this event, UNGCMYB is working with Rantau PR Sdn Bhd (Rantau Golin) as its official PR and Sponsorship Marketing partner.
“GO ESG ASEAN does not just discuss sustainable issues, but provides actionable insights and solutions to guide companies towards achieving their sustainable goals and we want to reach more participants and organisations to access this event,” Faroze said.
“Rantau Golin has some notable ESG-related engagements, and we see passion and appreciation for this agenda amongst its senior team leading the sustainability conversation. We believe that this, coupled with their solid track record in Malaysia and extended regional reach will help take the conference to a wider audience,” Faroze said.
With over 2,000 participants from around the region expected to attend GO ESG ASEAN 2021, which will present more than 30 global and regional speakers and panellists via an engaging and interactive virtual event platform, Rantau Golin Founder and Consulting Director, Janitha Sukumaran is focusing efforts in building on the growing emphasis on sustainability in boardrooms.
“Sustainability practises are not new, but we are seeing a major shift amongst more Malaysian organisations that are future-proofing themselves against unseen financial risks like Covid-19 by restrategising their businesses with purpose-driven frameworks.
“We started realigning our focus two years ago to meet these emerging opportunities around ESG and we welcome this partnership with UNGCMYB to further learn and harness our own understanding of sustainability, to effectively communicate and measure it,” added Janitha.
GO ESG ASEAN 2021 is the highlight for SDG Ambition Month in November that will see several other activities including:
A virtual exhibition to complement the summit from 2nd to 30th November, showcasing ESG developments, achievements, tools and financial facilities by ASEAN companies.
SME SDG Festival from 8th to 13th November featuring specially customised workshops and webinars that focus on enabling Malaysian SMEs to accelerate their recovery from the crisis and become more resilient to future risks.