BNP Paribas today hosts its second Sustainable Future Forum in Singapore, featuring a world-class line up of speakers to explore the opportunities and challenges in embedding sustainability as a business driver.
The full day agenda will explore topics including managing the energy transition in Asia Pacific, unlocking private sector capital to finance development projects and an executive leaders’ debate on whether sustainability actually helps improve profitability.
BNP Paribas’ Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific, Eric Raynaud said: “There is no longer any time to debate whether sustainability makes business sense. We must move to the “how” and embed sustainable finance and investment mechanisms into financial markets globally.”
As the bank for a changing world, BNP Paribas recently announced it would no longer finance oil and gas from shale and tar sands projects or companies for which this is the principle business.
The forum is held in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, the world’s premier sporting event for women, given the importance of gender equality to sustainable development. United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director Erik Solheim and WTA Legend Martina Navratilova will deliver keynote addresses, with executive leaders from Singapore Power, agribusiness giant Olam, the Business Council of Australia, AGL Energy and other leading corporations from the Asia Pacific region also featured alongside institutional investors and major multilateral development banks.
The bank hosted its first European Sustainable Future Forum in Paris on October 4 and will host similar events in Sao Paulo and New York over the coming weeks, recognising its role in connecting investors with corporates to accelerate sustainable development.
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About BNP Paribas in Asia Pacific
In Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas is one of the best-positioned international financial institutions with an uninterrupted presence since 1860. Currently with over 10,000 employees* and a presence in 14 markets, BNP Paribas provides corporates, institutional and private investors with product and service solutions tailored to their specific needs. It offers a wide range of financial services covering corporate & institutional banking, wealth management, asset management, insurance, as well as retail banking and consumer financing through strategic partnerships.
Worldwide, BNP Paribas has a presence in 74 countries with more than 190,000 employees. It has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. Asia Pacific is a key strategic region for BNP Paribas and it continues to develop its franchise in the region.
* excluding partnerships