Session 13
Monday, 8 November 2004
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - Room 301B
Asian Development Bank Workshop: Making Profits, Saving Earth - Corporate Responsibility for Environmental Performance in Asia-Pacific
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is preparing its second Asian Environment Outlook, focusing on corporate responsibility for environmental performance in Asia and the Pacific. The authors of the report, David Annandale (Murdoch University), Al Fry (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), and William Halal (George Washington University), plus ADB staff, will deliver their initial findings and seek feedback from a wide range of stakeholders. The content of the report will cover external pressures that are driving Asian firms towards greater attention to environmental issues, the implications of moving of at least towards compliance with government regulations and standards, the prospects of new business opportunities in the emerging environmental goods and services market, the probability of new technologies making old environmental concerns obsolete, and the role of governments and other institutions in creating an enabling environment for corporations to take up their responsibilities for improved environmental performance. The inputs from the participants will be incorporated in the final report, which will be presented to the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Korea in March 2005.
Chair:Peter N. King, Asian Development Bank
Moderator:Jan Van Heeswijk, Asian Development Bank
Panelists:David Annandale, Murdoch University
Albert Fry, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Peter N. King, Asian Development Bank
David McCauley, Asian Development Bank
11:00 AM Why Asia’s Corporations Should Improve Environmental Performance
David Annandale, Murdoch University, Australia
11:20 AM What Emerging Opportunities Does the Environment Offer Asia’s Corporations?
Albert Fry, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Switzerland

Technical Program

The 12th International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network - Partnerships for Sustainable Development November 7-10, 2004