On Thursday 9th February, Krip Rojanastien, Chairman and CEO of Chiva-Som, was invited to speak at the ‘CEO Forum on Sustainable Finance’, organised by UN Global Compact Network Thailand (GCNT) together with the United Nations in Thailand.
Held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, and moderated by Sue Allchurch, Chief of Outreach and Engagement of the UN Global Compact, the Forum focused on the intersection between sustainable finance and investing in the SDGs and next steps in scaling up sustainable finance within the private sector. The forum convened UN leaders, CEOs of UNGC Network Thailand, investors, and regulators from Thailand to explore how business leaders are transitioning towards more sustainable operations, and how their internal investment decisions and financial strategies are driving this transition.
The Forum was followed by a roundtable for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) titled ‘Unlocking Potential, Pivoting to Sustainability’. Speakers from select SMEs - which represent 90 percent of businesses and more than 50 percent of employment worldwide - discussed how integrating sustainability in their operations and improving ESG performance is unlocking market opportunities for them. Companies also discussed the challenges and opportunities in integrating sustainability in their supply chains.
Asked about the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Rojanastien shared how these also provided an opportunity for SMEs to build more resilient, sustainable supply chains, and help develop their capacity to deliver on the SDGs.