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A Just Transition: Prioritising Basic Needs and Creating Business Opportunities of the Future

Day 2 - 6th Oct | 15:20 - 16:10

Location: Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)

Redefining Value

Overview

The basic needs of a significant proportion of the world’s population remain unmet (i.e., access to clean water and sanitation, nutrition, electricity, adequate housing, healthcare, education). In Hong Kong , almost 15% of the population are unable to afford basic necessities. In discussing what a sustainable future will look like, beyond the focus on environmental sustainability, it is equally important to  meet these basic needs to ensure societal resilience and social sustainability. Moving forward, how should governments and businesses  develop policies and business models to meet such needs while capturing business opportunities in the face of growing environmental and societal challenges?

Learnings

  • What are some notable efforts countries in Asia or beyond are making to ensure basic needs for their populations are met? What are the successes and challenges faced, and what lessons can be learned from their experiences?
  • How can businesses contribute to improving the lives of communities they operate in / people they affect?
  • How can businesses develop successful business models that balance capturing opportunities with building societal resilience / meeting basic needs, especially in the context of the growing environmental challenges we face?

Post Event Actions

  • Learn from successes and challenges faced by various countries in their efforts to meet their populations’ basic needs, alleviate poverty, etc.
  • Rethink how your company and industry may address and contribute to alleviating these fundamental concerns.
  • Consider future business opportunities and new business models that will contribute to social sustainability.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Aasha Pai

Co-Chair, Asia Board

EMpower, the Emerging Markets Foundation

Aasha Pai

Co-Chair, Asia Board

EMpower, the Emerging Markets Foundation

Aasha Pai is a global health consultant with over 20 years of experience focusing on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender equity. She is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Empower Asia, the Emerging Markets Foundation and a Senior Associate at Mann Global Health.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I want to see all people in Hong Kong living with dignity, with decent livelihoods to meet their basic needs and beyond, and access to the services they need in the ways they want them.

Hester DeCasper

Regional Head of Operations, East Asia Pacific

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Hester DeCasper

Regional Head of Operations, East Asia Pacific

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Hester is the Head of Office for IFC in Hong Kong, SAR, where she is responsible for developing business and knowledge-sharing opportunities with Hong Kong-based partners and clients. She also serves as IFC’s Regional Head of Operations, East Asia & Pacific. As RHO she is responsible for regional strategy formulation, facilitation and oversight of investment and advisory programs, fundraising efforts, and general administration.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

More use of renewables, and smart management of food and plastic waste!

Dr Sarah Chapman

Global Chief Sustainability Officer

Manulife Financial Corporation

Dr Sarah Chapman

Global Chief Sustainability Officer

Manulife Financial Corporation

As the Global Chief Sustainability Officer at Manulife, Sarah is responsible for leading the ongoing development and execution of the organization’s global sustainability and social impact strategy and oversees environmental, social & governance (ESG) reporting and disclosures. She has her PhD in Sustainability and Social Impact and a Master’s in Management.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Driving sustained interest and engagement on sustainability – both in the business context and in people’s personal lives.

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