RMF GAIL Forum 2021 Agenda

DAY 1 | 25 June 2021 | Friday

TimeGAIL SUSTAINABILITY FORUM AGENDA
9:30am – 9:40amEmcee Opening

Emilda Zakaria, Senior Business Development Manager RHTLaw Asia
9:40am – 10:00amOpening Address

Mr Chew Heng Ching
, Chairman, RHT G.R.A.C.E Institute
10:00am – 10:20amGuest-of-Honour Address

Mr Tan Kiat How,
Minister of State for National Development and for Communications and Information
Member of Parliament East Coast GRC
10:20am– 11:00amKeynote Address: 

Reimagine Leadership, Not Capitalism
Although technological advancements have led to life-changing innovation in recent years, the first two decades of the 21st century have already witnessed two global recessions, socio-political strife, severe resource/income inequality, and massive environmental degradation. We live in times where exciting growth opportunities coexist with existential threats to current and future generations, but businesses cannot fully exploit opportunities and sustain their success without addressing the threats.
In today’s brave new world, we need brave new thinking that creates a WIN-WIN-WIN scenario wherein individuals, organisations, and humanity at large can thrive together.

But how? The most common cry these days is to shun shareholder centric capitalism and replace it with a more inclusive model that caters to the needs of a wider set of stakeholders including future generations and the environment. In his keynote, Rajeev Peshawaria, CEO of the Stewardship Asia Centre will challenge this view and argue that the solution lies in reimagining leadership, not capitalism. Instead of just changing and/or strengthening the rules and regulations governing market mechanisms, we need a change of beliefs and behaviors towards collective values and higher purpose. In short, we need a whole new leadership model – one that embraces stewardship.

The keynote will cover the following:
• How the world has changed in recent years because of massive shifts in both technological and societal norms
• Steward leadership as a model to drive inclusive WIN-WIN-WIN growth

Keynote Speaker: 

Rajeev Peshawaria  
CEO, Stewardship Asia Centre

11:00 -12:00amPanel Discussion

The Race to Net Zero Carbon
This session will examine how businesses and governments can deliver on their net zero commitment.

• The pivotal role of businesses towards a net-zero carbon future
• The actions needed to accelerate progress on net zero emission
• The importance of public and private partnership to accelerate the transition and delivering net-zero
• Top-down and bottom-up: Building a net-zero culture

Moderator:
Philip Lim,
Principal Consultant, RHT Green

Panelists:
Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer,
City Developments Limited (CDL)
Marc Allen, Technical Director, Engeco
Kavita Ghandi, Executive Director, Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS)
Ch’ng Li-Ling, Partner, Head of Financial Services (Regulatory) Practice, RHTLaw Asia
12:00pm – 12:30pm RHT Green Launch
12:30pm – 1:30pmLunch Break
1:30pm – 2:30pmPanel Discussion:
Towards a Just Transition: The Role of Investors for Positive Social Change

The COVID-19 pandemic placed a bright light on the ‘S’ in ESG investing, underscoring the importance of integrating social factors into investment strategies. This focus on the ‘S’ will be paramount as investors consider their role in investing for a just transition. Without a full integration of social, environmental and governance factors, a low-carbon future that works for both the environment and society will be impossible to attain.

In this session, our panelists will share how investors can play an active and effective role in the just transition. How can social factors be fully embedded into investment strategies? How can environmental and social factors be better integrated going forward?

Moderator:
Piyush Gupta, Partner (Foreign Lawyer), Corporate & Capital Markets, RHTLaw Asia

Panelists:
Kelvin Tan, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Origin Capital
Leon Toh, Executive Director, Damson Capital
Aveline Chan, Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF- Singapore
2:30pm – 3:30pmPanel Discussion: Advancing the Circular Economy

This session will focus on how companies are innovating to design out waste. How can small innovations be taken to scale? What lessons can the pioneers share with other businesses struggling with the same challenge.

• How circularity fits into the green recovery
• Eliminating single-use plastics: Where are we now?
• Closing the loop in your supply chain
• Achieving environmental standards

Moderator:
Raymond Ang,
Executive Director, RHT Governance, Risk & Compliance

Panelists:
Boon Siong Wee, CEO, RHT Green
Dr. Andrew Chew, CEO, Reclaims Global Limited
Edwin Seah, Head of Policy, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Food Industry Asia
Neelamani Muthukumar,Group CFO, Olam International Limited
3:30pm – 3:45pmClosing Remarks

Boon Siong Wee, CEO, RHT Green