Inclusive Collaboration: Working Together for Sustainable Value Chains
Venue: John Jacob Ballroom, The St Regis Singapore
Date: Thursday, 6 April 2017
06 Apr, Thursday
Competition or Convergence? How Non-State Actors Can Complement Environmental GovernancePanel 1
The past decades have witnessed rising environmental threats, some of which transcend political borders such as air pollution and biodiversity loss. Environmental governance in the form of rules, policies and institutions is critical to shaping how humans interact with the environment and find solutions to these challenges. Governments, for instance, have established various regulations and institutions but the support and contribution of other stakeholders will be needed. This panel presents practical methods for non-state actors to complement government efforts, the challenges they face, and the outlook for environmental governance in ASEAN.
Managing Director, Sustainability
Temasek International Pte Ltd, Singapore
Morning Tea Break
Small Steps to Big Goals: How Smaller Players Can Become More SustainablePanel 2
Much of the discussion on sustainability has centred on the roles and responsibilities of large companies. Yet, smaller players, such as smallholders and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), comprise a sizeable proportion of the market and many have yet to come on board. Often, smaller players also find it difficult to transition to sustainability without external support. This panel examines how smaller players can embark on sustainability, and how this can be scaled up across different agricultural commodities.
In Conversation with
Navigating Labour and Social Issues: What’s Next?Panel 3
Despite moves to strengthen industry standards, the agroforestry sector continues to face labour and social issues, several of which have escalated to become high-profile cases. These include poor working conditions, gender discrimination, land conflicts, and loss of livelihoods. Both upstream and downstream companies are coming to realise that they have to take an active role in these issues to mitigate reputational and operational risks. On the flip side, greater social empowerment can build a mutually beneficial relationship and raise the standard of living for local communities. This panel compares labour and social issues across various Southeast Asian countries, examining the effectiveness of different approaches that have been taken to address them.
Pushing Boundaries: Leveraging Technology for Inclusive AgriculturePanel 4
The application of technology has advanced agricultural productivity and helped address sustainability concerns. But the high cost of technology may exclude small farmers and impact its scalability. The speed at which technology is progressing is also outpacing regulations and challenging societal acceptance. This panel examines these ongoing concerns of technology and how we can balance them to achieve inclusive agriculture.
Coordinator of South Sumatra Peatland Restoration Team, Indonesia
Government of South Sumatra Province, Indonesia
Closing Tea Break & Networking
Dialogue programme is subject to changes
(Last updated on 4 April 2017)
Venue: Millenia 8, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore