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Sustainable Development the only option

Released at: 10:23, 20/11/2014

Sustainable Development the only option

The vision of the ASEAN Sustainable Development Conference being held in Bangkok is for enterprises to strike a balance between growth and natural resource use.

by Nguyen Quynh

The world’s population will reach 9 billion by 2050 while natural resources will become rapidly exhausted. As sustainable development will be a necessity by that time, not a choice, more than 200 leaders of enterprises from around the world have agreed with a general vision that targets the sustainable development of enterprises. The program requests all enterprises propose a specific strategy to ensure a balance between continued strong development and limited natural resources.

This topped the agenda at the ASEAN Sustainable Development Conference 2014, taking place in the Thai capital of Bangkok and hosted by the Siam Cement Group (SCG). Addressing the gathering, Mr. Kan Trakulkoon, Chairman and CEO of SCG, said the conference aims to build a sustainable community that will lead to real sustainable development in all business processes. “The conference also provides a forum where governments, chambers of commerce, unions, and commercial banks are able to exchange knowledge and experience in order to expand the scope of business in Southeast Asia,” he said.

“Greening”, from supply chains to consumers, is a main goal of SCG, said Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, Chairman of the SCG Sustainable Development Council. “Beyond exchanging information, enterprises need to wholeheartedly cooperate to reach the general goals and create ASEAN Sustainable Development,” he said.

Sustainable development has become the main aim of most enterprises around the world. Last month the “Implementation of an Eco-industrial Park Initiative for Sustainable Industrial Zones in Vietnam” project was launched, with the aim of protecting the environment and contributing to building sustainable development at industrial zone in Vietnam.

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