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CSR and Social Innovators Forum ˙ Co-creating the Future Economy through Sustainability and Innovation


Programme will be announced shortly.

Summit Venue

Suntec Singapore Exhibition and Convention Centre, Level 3, Summit 2

01 Sep, Thursday
02 Sep, Friday

01 Sep, Thursday


Registration and Networking


Welcome by Emcee


Opening and Welcome Address

by GCNS Vice President and SIP Representative


Guest of Honour Address

Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Deputy Prime MinisterCoordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies

Co-Creating Our Future: Sustainable Innovation

Giants-in-Conversation with Guest-of-Honour

Amidst the fast-paced changes of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and the rise of shared values, existing social contracts amongst the public, private and people (3P) sectors will have to be redefined. From the Singapore Conversations to the Committee of Future Economy, the Singapore government has been proactive in addressing / shifting the socio-economic-political climate, and continues its role as a social innovator for greater public good. Going forward,

Questions to be addressed:

  • What are some of the headwinds anticipated?
  • What are the trends that businesses should take heed of?
  • What is the role of government?
  • What is the role of businesses and the people sector?
  • How can the 3P sectors work in concert for greater good?
  • Why do we need to change the definition of success and growth and what will be the new articulation?
  • What is Singapore’s position and value-add to the world? (LKY-relevance)
Ms. Penny Low
Founder and PresidentSocial Innovation Park Limited

Prize Presentation - CDL-Compact Singapore Young CSR Leaders Award 2016


SIP-JPMC-ITE Programme Launch


Tea Break


Co-Creating Our Future Economy: Through Sustainability and Innovation

Plenary 1

In the age of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, where market systems and value chains are rapidly becoming interconnected with technology, existing public policy and industry norms are fast facing the risk of being outpaced.

The year 2015 was a monumental one for the global community. The world's agenda is shifting towards a shared value system, whereas at the same time, both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement have set the stage with strong commitments for a new normal, where business for profit is no longer sufficient.

In Singapore’s context, the formation of the Committee of Future Economy is a great example, along with its five sub-groups on future corporate capabilities, innovation, growth industries, connectivity, cities, jobs and skills.

Given the increased interest and practices adopted through CSR and Social Innovations, the search for Singapore's future economy should encompass both elements into its larger framework in order to adapt to the shift in global agenda. Therefore, it is important to understand how the global stage is being set up via a national strategy that engages the people, public and private sectors.

Talking Points

  • The role of CSR and social innovation in driving the future economy globally and what it means to businesses in Singapore.
  • Doing good and doing well: lessons from the movers and shakers in creating a sustainable and inclusive future economy.
  • Global trends such as climate change, resource scarcity, disruptive technologies, rapid urbanisation and demographic changes are reshaping the world. How can innovations in public, private and people partnerships help us to navigate these challenges and turn them into business opportunities?
Ms. Diana Tsui
Head, Global Philanthropy (Asia Pacific)J.P. Morgan
Mr. Ho Meng Kit
Chief Executive OfficerSingapore Business Federation
Mr. Oscar Wezenbeek
Managing DirectorAkzoNobel Marine Coatings
Dr. Parag Khanna
Co-Founder and DirectorHybrid Reality InstituteSIP Fellow
Mr. Willie Cheng
ChairmanSingapore Institute of Directors
Dr. Gillian Koh
Deputy Director (Research)Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy



Mainstreaming Sustainability to Create Business Values

Plenary 2

According to Michael Bloomberg Chairman of the Financial Stability Board, “everything has a financial component to it” - and the effects of climate change from extreme weather, coastal flooding and global warming have a real economic impact on companies, banks, insurers and investors. However, too little of the world’s capital today is supporting the transition to a sustainable and low carbon economy. A vast amount of resources continue to be invested in a high-carbon and resource-intensive economy. Are long term environmental risks and green opportunities being adequately assessed and valued?

Sustainability has scaled the agenda of both government and corporate agenda, in particular among listed companies. Globally, what are some initiatives that promote a green and sustainable economy? Also, how can we better align our financial systems with sustainable development?

Locally, are listed companies well prepared for SGX’s ‘Comply or Explain’ policy?  How have companies responded to the launch of the Sustainability Indexes? What are some of the best ESG integration practices from sustainability-centric companies and how they have benefitted from such practices? What are the views and advice from investors, analysts and the media?

Talking Points

  • Transitioning towards a low-carbon and green economy. Who are the players and what are their roles in mainstreaming sustainable development factors into the financial system, both at the global and local stage?
  • Increasing transparency for mitigating climate change risk. How businesses can better prepare for it by identifying the challenges ahead.
  • The role of investors and why they value companies who embed ESG into their corporate DNA.
  • Lessons from the early adopters: how sustainability reporting can be an opportunity for companies, both MNCs and SMES, to look into systemic change, and go beyond the basic mandatory ESG requirements?
Plenary Overviews
Prof. Simon Zadek
Visiting Professor DSM Senior Fellow in Partnership and Sustainability, School of Social SciencesSingapore Management University
Co-Director of the Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial SystemUNEP
Ms Yeo Lian Sim
Senior AdvisorThe Singapore Exchange
Vice ChairTask Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures
Mr. David Smith
Head of Corporate GovernanceAberdeen Asset Management Asia
Ms. Esther An
Chief Sustainability OfficerCity Developments Limited
Mr. Hardik Shah
Manager, Research ProductsSustainalytics
Ms. Jessica Cheam
Editor and FounderEco-Business
Mr. Ian Hong
Partner, Sustainability Advisory & AssuranceKPMG Singapore

Tea Break


Transforming Our World: Sustainable Development Goals in Focus

Plenary 3

2015 was a year of rally to set global goals and action. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) targets 17 ambitious goals to transform our world by year 2030. Governments, businesses, NGOs, academics and media are called to task to uphold these shared values and goals, which will have tremendous impact on current business models and social contracts.

As developed economies experience slow growth, the next 4 billion consumers in developing economies present mammoth business opportunities. It is time to rethink, redesign and realign your organisation’s strategies to achieve the SDGs. We should explore how SDGs can be translated into new value chains, business models, products and services that will create a fairer, greener and more prosperous world.

In Singapore, the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint will be re-launched in July 2016. How does the vision of a sustainable Singapore also contribute to the global development goals?

Talking Points

  • Why did the UN SDG achieve quicker traction among nation states vis-à-vis the Millennial Development Goals (MDGs)?
  • What are some barriers and triggers to businesses adopting the SDGs?
  • What are the 17 areas of SDGs and its opportunities?
  • How can stakeholder engagement be improved?
  • What are some examples of innovative people, public and private sector collaborations to create a sustainable economy and achieve our Sustainable Singapore Blueprint vision?
Plenary Overviews
Mr Georg Kell
Founding DirectorUnited Nations Global Compact
Vice ChairArabesque Partners
H.E. Jacques Werner
Ambassador, Netherlands Embassy in Singapore and Brunei
Mr. Daniel Quek
Vice President, Group Corporate AffairsSuntory Beverage & Food
Ms. Penny Burtt
Vice President, Government Relations, Asia PacificVISA
Ms. Shweta Shukla
Director - Communications, CSR & Government AffairsKimberly-Clark – Asia Pacific
Prof. Annie Koh
Vice President, Office of Business DevelopmentSingapore Management UniversityAcademic DirectorBusiness Families Institute, Centre for Professional Studies, Financial Training Institute, International Trading [email protected]

End of Conference on Day 1

02 Sep, Friday


Recap of Day 1 Highlights


Mindful Collaboration: People, Planet, Profits

Plenary 4

Being mindful about our existence and how we value add to the world, gives us a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Corollary, it is not just about what good or charity a person or organisation does at the side, but whether the existence of that individual and/or organisation is good for people and planet that determines the real value added.

The rise of mindfulness and shared value is therefore not a coincidence. Rapid urbanisation and technological connectedness disrupt traditional business models and social contracts, thereby increasing stress and anomie levels across the globe. Trust, social capital and productivity suffer. Millennial youths entering the workforce demand for the rules of the game to be changed in the 'new normal', with an inclusive matrix for growth and success. Super growth companies from the Silicon Valley offices of Google, Facebook to the Wall Street stalwarts of Goldman Sachs and leaders like Bill George (of Medtech, True North fame) and the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, practice mindfulness to align the self with planet and profits. With new perspectives, new opportunities arise.

Combining technology and mindful collaboration, the new normal witness the rapid rise of peer-to- peer prosumer movements, sharing and circular economies, new tri and multi-sector collaborations and platforms mushroom to reshape our world towards greater good.

In Singapore, the ‘SGFuture’ series were initiated to facilitate such mindful collaborations.

Questions to be addressed

  • What is the case for revolutionizing the way we collaborate?
  • What are the new models of collaboration for the 3P sectors?
  • What are the opportunities for businesses in this new normal and how can businesses ride on co-creation platforms?
  • How do we innovate and collaborate to co-create the future?
  • What are some success stories from Singapore?
Mr. Gautam Banerjee
Senior Managing Director and ChairmanBlackstone SingaporeChairmanraiSE Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise
Ms. Grace Fu
MinisterMinistry of Culture, Community and YouthMinister-in-charge of the Municipal Services Office
Mr. Raji Hattar
Chief Sustainability and Compliance OfficerAramex International Logistics
Mr. Richard Welford
ChairmanCSR Asia
Mr. Nicholas Fang
Board of DirectorSocial Innovation Park

SIP-Strate School of Design Signing Ceremony


Tea Break


Shared Value and Social Innovation

Session 1 Big Ideas Lab

Creating Shared Value (CSV) compliments corporate social responsibility, through implementing initiatives that enhance the competitiveness of a company while also advancing the economic and social conditions in which that company operates thereby, meeting social needs.

This interactive workshop will examine ways in which companies can design shared value initiatives through developing internal corporate social innovation initiatives. It will examine the practical steps that can be undertaken to start shared value projects. It will examine key principles of corporate social innovation and closely examine case studies of companies that have developed innovative shared value projects. The ways in which companies can develop innovation structures will be considered. Implications for businesses and their partners will be discussed.

  • What is shared value and how is it evolving?
  • What are practical first steps your organisation can take to initiate shared value projects?
  • How can a company structure best support innovative shared value projects?
  • Which are the most innovative shared value case studies coming out of Asia?
  • What are possible implications for businesses and their partners in undertaking these projects?
Mr. Richard Welford
ChairmanCSR Asia

Sharing Economy – The Next Billionaire

Session 2 Big Ideas Lab

Forbes has called this one of the top 10 ideas that will change the world. The Economist has put it on its front cover. The idea has also catapulted Airbnb into the billion dollar club in a mere four years (for comparison, Microsoft took ten years while Google took six years). The sharing economy has moved from a community practice to a viable business model and is taking the world by storm. Join us to learn about this fascinating paradigm-changing idea that emphasizes shared access to resources and empowering people with information.

Mr. Chai Jia Jih
Vice President, InternationalCarousell
Mr. Sunny Tham
Session Chair
Ms. Malavika Jain Bambawale
Director - Strategy & SustainabilityAccenture

Inclusive Innovation: Tales of 3 Social Innovators

Session 3 Big Ideas Lab

How do you build a strong cooperatives business? What makes a good investment? How does one discover trends and ride on it? From championing the co-operative movement in Singapore to investing in scalable businesses to improve the livelihoods of the working poor to leading a top regional think-tank to develop Asian leadership and strategic thinking, 3 social innovators will share lessons, mindsets and tribulations from their unusual journey.

Ms. Dolly Goh
Chief Executive OfficerSingapore National Co-operative Federation
Ms. Tang Shuyin
PrincipalUnitus Impact
Session Chair
Ms. Ng Yeen Seen
Chief Operating OfficerAsian Strategy & Leadership Institute



Design Thinking & System Change: Turning Food Waste to Gold

Session 1 Master Class

Food waste is one of the biggest problems confronting Singapore. In 2014, 13% of food, worth an estimated US$1.4 billion, was wasted. Both individuals/households and businesses bear equal responsibility for this staggering amount. What can we, as both individuals and employers/employees, do to turn this situation around? Join us as we apply design thinking to turn our food waste into gold.

Mr. Dominique Sciamma
Director and DeanStrate School of Design

Practising Mindfulness

Session 2 Master Class

In an increasingly fast-paced world that emphasizes fast turnovers, it is difficult for leaders to balance short-term financial metrics with long-term goals, both corporate and personal. How can you balance professional success with personal success? How can you lead with values while still retaining that edge that makes you successful? Join us as we learn from mindfulness experts the practices that great leaders such as Steve Jobs and Arianna Huffington have been well-known for.

Mr. Dominique Radas

Reaping Corporate Governance for Better Performance – Have We Missed the Elephant in the Room?

Session 3 Master Class

This session will address the missing link in corporate governance – better organizational performance. Despite all the hullabaloo in compliance, are we seeing the results? Even with all the governance regulations and codes, there are still spectacular downfalls in famous organizations.

This session will touch on the sceptical view of corporate governance as a form of red-tape or bureaucracy. The tendency is then for many to simply “go through the motion” and “check the boxes”. In addition, it does not help that compliance comes with much costs, especially for companies which need to cater to an ever-growing plethora of principles and guidelines.

So how do we come back to the original purpose of corporate governance which is to bring about excellent organizations? Have we been barking up the wrong tree in the compliance approach? How can good governance sustain good performance?

Key Facilitator
Assoc Prof. Lawrence Loh
Director, Centre for Governance, Institutions and OrganisationsNUS Business School
Corporate Perspective
Mr. Seung Hyun Kwak
Sustainability ManagerDNV GL Business Assurance

Tea Break


Smart Nation: Top Social Innovations Changing Our World

Closing Plenary

Several research papers price tagged social innovation market opportunity at about S$3 trillion by 2020.  Driven by emerging mega trends, socio-technological dynamics and the advent of a new era of industrial revolution 4.0, challenges have become complex- requiring multi-facet and stakeholders’ solutions. The Internet of Things (IoT) blurs the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres, ripening conditions for exciting game-changing social innovations. A new era requires new business model. As governments embrace high tech and race towards a smart nation/city, corporate involvement in social issues is no longer an option while the people sector need both the talent and platforms to scale solutions.

In Singapore, PM Lee Hsien Loong declared that in 10 years, Singapore will be a Smart Nation. Social innovations in big data analytics, mobile collaboration, sharing economy and impact on healthcare, mobility, energy use and wellness will potentially disrupt current business models to deliver greater social good and inclusion. By bringing together current fragmented uses of technology into a cohesive, nationwide narrative, it envisions an economy and people enabled seamlessly by technology, leading fulfilling lives.

Talking Points

  • What are the mega trends and dynamics driving social innovation?
  • What in the world is social innovation? Some concrete examples.
  • What are the top game-changing social innovations that companies can ride on to leapfrog their business and maximise their social impact?
  • How can the 3P sectors come together to create an environment suitable for companies in Singapore to thrive and be competitive globally in this new world?
  • How can Singapore-based companies contribute to and benefit from the Smart Nation vision set out by the government?
Ms. Chay Pui San
Deputy Head, Smart Nation Programme OfficePrime Minister’s Office
H.E. Paula Parviainen
Ambassador of the Republic of Finland
Mr. Manoj Menon
Partner & Asia Pacific Managing DirectorFrost & Sullivan
Ms. Tin Pei Ling
Member of ParliamentMacPherson SMC Grassroots AdviserMacPherson SMC Grassroots Organisations
Mr. Ynse de Boer
Managing Director - Strategy & SustainabilityAccenture

End of Forum

Summit programme is subject to changes.

(Last updated on 24 August 2016)