Green rules at business forum on sustainability

Green rules at business forum on sustainability

Regional government leaders and those from global businesses and non-government organisations will gather in Singapore next week to discuss practical ways to improve their environmental footprint on the earth.

The two-day Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development will start on Monday at the Marina Bay Sands and span topics such as green business practices and how to factor in the value of natural assets, such as forests, into business and policy decisions.

The opening address will be given by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, and participants will include Mr Michael Kobori, vice-president of sustainability at retail giant Levi Strauss, and Dr Peter Holmgren, director-general of the Centre for International Forestry Research.

The forum was held here last year for the first time.

This year's edition is organised by five partners, including the Singapore-based media firm Global Initiatives, online publication Eco-Business and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The Straits Times is an official media partner for the event.

Potential improvements in seven industries - including agriculture and forestry, consumer goods, financial services and building and urban infrastructure development - will be discussed.

Palm oil cultivation, which was blamed for fires in Indonesia that led to the worst smoke haze in neighbouring countries earlier this year, will also get its own working group discussion chaired by The Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez.

Said Global Initiatives chief executive Tony Gourlay: "The forum will deliver recommendations to increase the sustainability within industries key to the development of Singapore and South-east Asia."

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