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As home to some of the globe’s fastest growing economies, Southeast Asia is no stranger to rapid urbanization and industrialization. The skyline of cities like the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur demonstrates the relatively high economic growth rate of the region.
Liu Thai Ker, master planner of Singapore, shares about lessons learn from Singapore’s journey towards becoming a sustainability city. Singapore ranked as the top city in Southeast Asia in the Sustainable Cities Index by Arcadis, a global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm.
Professor Jeffrey Sachs was a speaker at the Sustainability Summit Asia 2017 at Sunway Resort. The rate of progress in many areas of the Sustainable Development Goals is far slower than needed to achieve the targets by 2030, according to the SDG Report 2017. Complexity of the SDG agenda and vested interested was cited as a challenge to achieving the United Nations SDGs.
For most people, an entrepreneur’s success is defined by the firm’s bottom line or market capitalization. However, for Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group, one of Malaysia’s top conglomerates, success is defined by his commitment to the two key issues he cares deeply about: sustainability and philanthropy.
Sunway Group is a corporate behemoth in Malaysia with three companies listed on Bursa Malaysia. Across the Causeway, it might be best known for its water theme park Sunway Lagoon, a favourite destination of many Singaporeans in their childhood.
Companies both big and small have begun to realise that partaking in green or eco-friendly activities is an important aspect of growing a business and a key factor that would help in establishing better ties with stakeholders and, in particular, the surrounding communities.
The launch of the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University. Establishing Sunway City township into a model smart city of the 21st century via the deeper integration of innovation and technology.
Sixteen years ago, the world adopted the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs to deliver by 2015 a more inclusive and accessible world. The MDGs were further distilled into the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030.
The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation made a US$10 million (RM44.6 million) contribution to establish the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development to promote collaboration and linkages between various stakeholders.
Mention the name Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO and one would invariably know him as the Founder and Chairman of Malaysia’s Sunway Group. After all, the soft-spoken businessman is recognized for developing some of the most iconic townships and establishments in Malaysia.