The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Global Initiatives, Singapore will welcome over 600 business and sustainability leaders, senior government officials, UN agencies and NGOs from across the globe for the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development (RBF) in Singapore on November 22 to 24, 2016.
Large-scale conferences tend to be highly resource-intensive with major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and waste for the host city. Taking the environmental impact into consideration, the 5th Responsible Business Forum in Singapore sets itself the ambitious target to be Asia’s first “Zero Waste to Landfill Zero Emission Event,” underpinning its commitment to a sustainable economy not only with the issues addressed in the program, but also in the logistics of putting the event together. This is the first time such efforts have been undertaken at a large-scale business conference in Asia.
“With 2016 as yet another hottest year on record, it is now urgent to innovate, scale up and increase efficiency to achieve the SDG’s.” explained Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia-Pacific. “The zero-waste zero-emission Responsible Business Forum leads by example on how this can be accomplished.”
“As we engage the business community here at RBF to break new ground on their existing sustainability commitments, we need to ‘walk the talk’ ourselves in running the event. We also want to get everyone thinking about how much each single plastic cup, plane ride, conference badge actually impacts the earth,” said Tony Gourlay, CEO, Responsible Business Forum, Global Initiatives.
Together with Marina Bay Sands, RBF’s venue sustainability partner and with their Sands ECO360° program, everything has been minutely reviewed from food to napkins to stage set decorations in order to raise the bar exponentially this year to minimize the carbon footprint during the event, wherever possible, to reduce its overall environmental impact.