Search
Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

Governments and businesses need to collaborate to achieve sustainable development goals

Singapore government setting aside SG$150 million for new Cities of Tomorrow Programme
Singapore government setting aside SG$150 million for new Cities of Tomorrow Programme

Speaking at the Responsible Business Forum for Sustainable Development (RBF) on 23 November 2016, Minister Wong (above) gave an urgent call for action for governments, businesses, and consumers in Asia Pacific to come together to tackle the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

During his opening address, Minister Wong cited that this had been a year of surprises and upheavals but that forums such as RBF were important for bringing government, businesses together to align on goals and that good progress was being made in this regard.

Minister Wong reminded the audience to think about the broader sense of sustainability and responsibility, not just confined to climate change and the environment. He added,

“It is not just about doing CSR by donating millions to charity or having solar panels on the rooftops of buildings. These are good things to do, but it is not just about tokenism. It is about how you align your business outcomes with broader sustainable development goals; it is fundamentally about how you make your money as a responsible member of our global community.”

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Initiatives welcomed over 750 business leaders, senior government officials, UN agencies and NGOs for the RBF at Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore.  Focusing on the theme of ‘Innovation and Collaboration to Deliver the Global Goals’ and in collaboration with the UNDP for the very first time, this year’s Responsible Business Forum (RBF) gave delegates the opportunity to examine each of the 17 SDGs in depth with case studies and insights from businesses, governments, UN agencies and international experts.

Major sustainability issues are being tackled at RBF this year, many of which are critical to the Asia Pacific region.  These include goals to end poverty and hunger in all its forms, achieve food security and improved nutrition, promote sustainable agriculture, tackle climate change, provide better access to quality healthcare, enable education opportunities in rural areas, tackle gender inequality in the workplace, reduce deforestation and haze issues and promote sustainable city development and living, among the many other issues that will be addressed.

Underpinning this will be a focus on collaboration, and establishing new partnerships that bring together players from all arenas – public, private and the third sector – and the creation of new policy frameworks to support the SDGs.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service. For more information, visit www.ibm.com