FWA Women Empowered Impact (WEimpact) pillar is pleased to host a dynamic huddle on “Treading Unchartered Paths in Corporate Sustainability” with Ms Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer for City Developments Limited (CDL).
Corporates are rethinking Sustainability and this is becoming an integral component of any viable corporate strategy. Globally, legal and regulatory requirements are revolutionising how corporates account for climate, social and environmental risks. Topics around corporate sustainability are now material and are permeating through C-suites and Boards of both public and private companies who now integrate sustainability considerations into their decision making. Companies that subscribe to sustainable corporate principles are best positioned to demonstrate corporate resilience. This advantage allows them to tap into the massive pools of capital dedicated to sustainable investment strategies and generate sustainable financial outperformance.
We are delighted to host Ms Esther An from City Developments Limited, one of Singapore’s largest property firms to give us insight about CDL’s Corporate Sustainability ambitions. Increasingly, corporates are concerned not only about profits but also about the costs of doing business. The legacy and success of companies will be intrinsically intertwined with the sustainability of their business models.
- Women are primary caregivers and are naturally poised towards altruism. How can women, who represents half of the world’s population, drive the change in Corporate behaviours?
- As a provider of capital, the finance industry plays a critical role. It has the power to shift capital and drive the change in Corporate attitudes towards Sustainability.
- Sustainability reporting – looking beyond brand loyalty and reputation. A communication tool to external stakeholders to demonstrate transparency and promotion of Corporate vision.
- Millennials demand accountability and are purpose driven. Are corporates well prepared to meet the expectations of this upcoming generation?
||Opening address by FWA WEimpact Chair – Grishma Kewada and FWA President – Jacqueline Chua
||Interactive Conversation with Esther An, City Developments Limited and facilitated by Nitin Jaiswal, Bloomberg
Registered participants will receive the link for the Zoom meeting one day before the event.
Guest Speaker and Facilitator Bios:
Guest Speaker: Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited
An active advocate or sustainability for over two decades, Esther has been instrumental in establishing CDL’s leadership in integrating ESG best practices into its business. CDL is ranked top real estate company on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World 2020 and is also the only CDP A-List company for climate strategy and water security in SE Asia. Key ESG initiatives she has spearheaded include publishing the first sustainability report using GRI standards in Singapore in 2008; issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017 and pioneering an SDG Innovation Loan in Singapore in 2019.
As the founder of the Women4Green Network, Esther is committed to engaging and empowering women to drive sustainable practices at home, at work and at play. Staying true to the SDG spirit of building sustainable cities and communities, she spearheaded the establishment of the zero energy Singapore Sustainability Academy. An extensive partnership involving government agencies, industry partners and NGOs, the Academy has become a dynamic hub for thought leadership, capacity building and networking for climate action, sustainable development and partnerships across the stakeholder ecosystem both locally and globally.
A forerunner in aligning the company’s business and practices to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Esther was conferred the 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact. She sits on boards or advisory platforms of several organizations including World Green Building Council, Singapore Green Building Council, UNEP Finance Initiative Property Work Group, GRI Corporate Leadership Group and Global Compact Network Singapore, and was also recently appointed Chairperson of Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Singapore’s Sustainability & ESG Committee and Co-Chair of Urban Land Institute Singapore’s Sustainability Product Council.
Nitin Jaiswal, Head of Government Affairs & External Relations, Bloomberg
Nitin Jaiswal is Head of Government Affairs & External Relations for Bloomberg in Asia-Pacific. Based in Singapore, Mr Jaiswal works with government, regulators, business leaders and think tanks to help advance market development in emerging and developed countries. Through strategic initiatives, spanning financial market structure to green finance, he looks to leverage Bloomberg’s global network and expertise as a leading data and information company to affect positive change and accelerate development in Asia, a region that is shaping global markets. Prior to this, he was Asia Pacific Head of Market, Products and Government Relations for Bloomberg. In this role, Mr Jaiswal oversees product development of the Bloomberg Terminal and leads the market specialist team across Asia, offering innovative services and specialized financial markets knowledge to key clients. His expertise covers equities, fixed income and foreign exchange instruments.
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