Every business is looking for a thriving, profitable business model ,while gradually responsible business is becoming an emerging trend for many companies and organisations globally recent years. Responsible Business means running a business in an efficient and responsible way, good corporate governance or management system, meets and exceeds legislation , always considers its impact on people and the environment. The UN have put its SDGs agenda, the financial market has integrated ESG element into the investment or finance decision, the consumer have increasing demand on companies’ good social and environmental behaviours etc. This session will help the audience(mainly from Multinational Company to Small and Medium size enterprise) could gain a better understanding of responsible business ,and its connection with the SDGs, ESGs, consumer expectation etc. Also understand the importance of responsible business.
“Responsible business in the supply chain” is the management of environmental, social and economic impacts, and the encouragement of good governance practices, throughout the lifecycles of goods and services. The objective is to create, protect, and grow long-term environmental, social and economic value for all stakeholders involved in bringing products and services to market. In recent years, many companies have gradually realized the importance of responsible supply chain management, no matter from external pressure or internal motivation, but they have found it quite struggle to start with this journey, how to carry out this, how to integrate into the overall business strategy, how to value the effectiveness etc. This session will invite guests from different perspectives to share the practical experience, best practice and challenges they have seen so far, so that the audience to learn and take away with some useful suggestions put into their own companies.
As we approach the deadline for submission of the first Modern Slavery Statements under Australia's Modern Slavery Act, Jessica Casben will share her observations on implementation and broader progress. She will also discuss areas for potential improvement and the general direction of the ABF's activities in the area.
Join us for a panel discussion involving buyers and suppliers from across the region as we explore the key elements in effective collaboration. We will take a practical look at timelines, communication and what has proved effective. The panel will also consider the implications of COVID-19 and how it has impacted collaborative efforts
The keynote session will focus on the following topics
- The growing discourse in ASEAN and more broadly in Asia around policies on Responsible Business.
- The ongoing efforts to draft National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia.
- A case study on the process to draft and the content of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights of Thailand.
- A reflection on how the growing support within the EU Member States and at EU level to introduce Mandatory Environmental and Human Rights Due Diligence will have implications for the supply chain of European Companies based in Asia.
- A reflection on the specific Human Rights risks faced by companies in Asia in times of COVID-19 and a review of the UNDP’s tool Human Rights Due Diligence a Rapid Self-Assessment tool in times of COVID-19.
With internal and external drivers towards sustainability，more and more companies getting serious about their supply chains, this led to suppliers finding themselves buried by different information requests from their customers. In this session it will talk about:
- How can suppliers strike a balance between fulfilling customer requests and achieving their own sustainability initiatives?
- How can buyers and suppliers collaborate to efficiently share data and drive sustainability progress forward?
- How can you communicate the value of supply chain sustainability to bring leadership and other internal stakeholders on board?