The ACES Summit & The ACES Awards - Event Registration

Actioning ASEAN’s ESG: A Vision for Sustainable Progress

23 November 2023 | 9am – 1.00pm

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

24 November 2023 | 6.30pm – 10.30pm

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

8.30am          Registration
9.00am          Welcome & Insights Keynote
9.30am          Keynote
Catalyzing Impactful Change Beyond Disclosures
Highlighting the obstacles and challenges encountered by ASEAN companies in paving the way for ESG      Transformation, the session looks at environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices that transcends the mere requirements for disclosure, compliance and ratings. It emphasizes the need for innovative ESG solutions that drive progress and move the needle, transitioning beyond regulatory compliance and ratings.

Introduction to the concept of trade-offs and inspiring companies to make conscious choices that prioritize significant impacts

10.15am          Panel  Discussion                                             

Key Enablers for Sustainability Transformation
The panel focuses on the different approaches taken by different industries in driving sustainability transformation and purpose-driven business management. Hear from the advocates the different actions taken, including current status, and opportunities to facilitate sustainability transformation in ASEAN countries. The success factors and enablers are key to sustainability transformation which creates business opportunities.

11.15am          Coffee Break    

11.30am – 1.00pm       Roundtable Breakout Discussions


Technology and Innovation

Roundtable One – Circular Business Models

The discussion focuses on product circularity and circular economy technologies including decarbonisation techniques. Circularity is more than just use, reuse, recycling, but in actual integrate Circular economy into the core business models.

How can businesses transform their models to a circular economy? How can we adopt the third principle of the Circular Economy to shift focus to an economy that regenerates nature? How does all this impact biodiversity-friendly sourcing efforts?


Roundtable Two – Reinventing Supply Chain Decarbonisation

The discussion focuses on actions taken to decarbonise the supply chain (eg: sustainable sourcing & procurement), including discussion on hurdles and barriers, exchange knowledge on successful strategies and best practices,

What is the role of innovative technology, in tracking and reducing carbon footprints in the supply chains? The session is to enable meaningful discussions on supply chain decarbonisation technologies, leading to potential collaborations between companies



Financing and investments

Roundtable Three – Climate Financing For Positive Change

The discussion focuses on new and innovative financing structures suited to the ASEAN context (eg: blended finance, sustainable financing) to be channeled towards climate mitigation projects, in addition to de-risking mechanisms.

Session also involve debating of solutions to challenges in securing climate financing and opportunities for scaling up investments, and exploring the role of the private sector in climate financing.


Roundtable Four – Navigating Impact Investing In Asia

The discussion focuses on new and innovative financing structures (eg: blended finance) to be channeled towards not only climate, but also community investment and social impact projects, in addition to discussions on de-risking mechanisms, ultimately leading to mobilisation of updated financing structures by the private, public and sector.

Discussion of different impact investment strategies and approaches relevant to the Asian context, including challenges and opportunities for impact investing in Asia, and the regulatory considerations.


Human Capital


Roundtable Five – Future of Social & Community Impact

The discussion focuses on new and innovative approaches towards community investment, including role of partnerships, measurement of impact and scaling up successful programs, as well as uplifting talent to drive the sustainability agenda. Also consider the influence of government policies and regulations on the future of social and community impact.

1.00pm – 1.30pm       Sharing of Outcomes from Roundtable

1.30pm       Networking Lunch

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