What does sustainability mean to Asia’s small businesses?

Published: 13 Jun 2017
Type: News

Singapore, 13 June 2017: How are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relevant to Asia’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs)? A recent event organized by Eco-Business and Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) Singapore explored what the SDGs really mean for the bulk of corporate Asia.

WBCSD Vice President and COO Peter White was the keynote speaker, and centered his remarks around the Council’s CEO Guide to the SDGs, a publication launched in March to encourage global business leaders to align their business strategies with the SDGs.

He commented that smaller businesses, which account for more than 97 per cent of businesses in the region, are often a source of innovation needed to achieve the SDGs. “In many cases, they [smaller businesses] can be the most sustainable and most innovative of all,” he said, adding that they may need to work with larger corporations to scale their sustainability efforts. “A lot of the value here is in innovation – new ways to do things,” he said.

Read the full event debrief, written by Ariane Ruppli and published by Eco Business.

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