The 5th Responsible Business Forum (RBF) on Sustainable Development, co-organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Singapore from 22-24 November, convened more than 700 participants. These included ministers and senior government officials from 10 different countries across the APAC region, business leaders, UN agencies, NGOs, and media, all from over 26 countries across the world.
These leaders in their fields came together to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and shared opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.
Achieving wide media coverage in Asia, over 100 speakers were present, and each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals being addressed.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment were a key theme throughout the forum. UNDP introduced their Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for the Private Sector, with an inspiring call to action from UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, Michelle Yeoh.
Direct outcomes of the forum included the launch of the Sustainable Finance Collective Asia, aiming to accelerate funding of sustainability projects, initiated by ING and backed by major financial institutions, Credit Suisse, Dutch development bank, and UN Social Impact Fund (UNSIF).
The forum was also an opportunity for celebration, recognising the achievements of Young Leaders in Sustainable Business. Winners of the CDL-Compact Young CSR Leaders Award and winner of Create4Good Challenge presented their winning projects and UNDP presented awards to the winners of the ASEAN Impact Challenge. WWF Tigers Alive Initiative celebrated the halfway point of the St Petersburg commitment to double tiger numbers by 2022.