#Thailand injects sustainability into their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic by rallying Thais to donate paper waste and transforming the recycled material into beds for the field hospitals #SoutheastAsia #Asean #ESG #Sustainability #Circular #Covid19 #hanjun

As Thailand continues to record new infections and deaths due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the country immediately leaps forward to scour for new ways to support the fight against the pandemic.

A third of the new cases since April have been from Bangkok, prompting health authorities to focus on the capital and three surrounding provinces, with the rest of Thailand’s 77 provinces already largely under control. The Governor of Bangkok was quoted as saying that currently, 1,291 patients were being treated at hospitals and field hospitals in Bangkok.

In the meantime, more field hospitals are being construct to support the ongoing medical operation and the government is leveraging sustainability initiatives and the circular economy, to further control the situation.

Combining creativity, innovation and sustainability in their medical operations, Thailand has started to encourage the use of recycled paper beds in the field hospitals for the Covid-19 patients to rest on.

With the help of the private sector, the government is setting up collection points where the Thais could donate waste paper for processing into recycled material. The recycled material is then used to manufacture the paper beds.

The government is encouraging its citizens to contribute to this initiative to show support and be part of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

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#Indonesia launched a business export programme in mosque & mulls over mosque-based business coaching workshops, to encourage entrepreneurship in the Halal industry & Muslim fashion #SoutheastAsia #Asean #ESG #Sustainability #Management #Innovation

As part of Indonesia’s plan to improve its economy over the next two decades, the country would start to encourage Indonesians to be entrepreneurs and create their own products, with a focus on the Halal industry and Muslim fashion.

Many young Indonesians aspire to become politicians, civil servants and employees but the government hopes that the younger crowd will change their thinking and consider to embark on the entrepreneurship path instead. The country thinks that entrepreneurship could be one of the key enablers to strengthening the Sharia economy.

The government just launched a Halal export programme at Istiqlal Mosque and mulls over a longer-term business coaching programme to be based in mosques too. The business coaching programme will provide business education to the younger entrepreneurs and might serve as a exchange platform for ideators and capitalists.

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Podcast: Latest developments from Southeast Asia – 4 May 2021

In this podcast, I shared about:

1) Continental and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, working together on traceability of the natural rubber supply chain in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan in Borneo; 

2) Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas partners U.S. Coalition and SustainChain , to work with suppliers to seek safer alternatives and address the root causes of plastic pollution; and 

3) The Vietnamese trade office in Australia is working to promote processed agricultural products like Frozen Durians and Frozen Ginger of Vietnam in the market.

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#Indonesia to further strengthen Sharia economy with a four-pronged approach of improving traceability of Halal products, educating SMEs, developing Halal industrial hubs & creating a bigger Sharia bank presence #SoutheastAsia #Asean #ESG #Sustainability

The Halal economy is a very important one. Let me cite a personal experience so that you might get some sense of it. I was having my breakfast in a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) branch. It was very early and there was no one else except for this old lady who kept staring at KFC’s wall menu. She was pacing up and down and seemed to be very bothered about something. At first, I thought that she wanted to eat but maybe forgot to bring out her purse, or maybe her family told her to get specific dishes but she cannot recall what to get.

A server at the counter kept looking at her and finally decided to ask the old lady in Bahasa Melayu, “Hi, Can I help you, Mdm?”

The old lady replied hesitantly, “Yes, I want to order the chicken drumstick dish but I am worried that it is not Halal.”

“Oh, don’t worry. All the chickens that are slaughtered for KFC’s cooking, are Halal-certified. Look at the Halal certificate that we’ve hung on the wall. Take a look at it.” said the server.

The old lady looked suspiciously at the Halal certificate and indicated that she doesn’t trust certificates.

The server spent the next full 15 minutes explaining the entire process of what happened at the chicken slaughter-house, who’s at the slaughter-house, how the slaughter took place, who’s in charge of the certification, basically the entire process. Finally, the old lady was still unconvinced and she walked away without buying anything.

She couldn’t be convinced. Even with the certificate that was designed to look very legal and serious. She just doesn’t buy into it. In short, she could be concerned about traceability issues.

To the business-readers, I am sure you’ve picked up a lot from this sharing. Even though it is just a sample size of one, it is indicative of some of the Muslims’ buying culture. Even if you were to spend a lot of time to explain about the origins of your product, some of them might just walk away if you risk their faith. Truth be told, what’s one meal worth when majority of the Muslims have been fasting regularly during the yearly Ramadan, some for many decades? Also, there’s other food alternatives too.

Anyway, Indonesia will try to further strengthen its Sharia economy by adopting a four-pronged approach. First, the administration will try to facilitate growth of the digital economy to support the Islamic economic and financial development, and to develop an integrated information system to manage Halal products’ traceability. Eligible companies will be encouraged to register their company details with the integrated information system.

Second, Halal supply chain will be strengthened by the establishment of a halal marketplace. Education on this matter will be provided to small and medium enterprises, integrated financing facilities and other related stakeholders along the value chain.

Third, the government might facilitate the merger of PT Bank Syariah Mandiri (BSM), PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia Syariah Tbk. (BRIS) and PT Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI Syariah) into Bank Syariah Indonesia (BSI). This would hopefully strengthen Indonesia’s Islamic financial industry so that it should be able to provide adequate financing in accordance with Sharia principles.

Last but not the least, the government will encourage and facilitate the establishment of Halal Industrial Parks, Halal certifications and attract more international partners to develop/ support these developments. They will need a lot of buy-ins from the local provincial governments and the private sector too.

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Podcast: Latest developments from Southeast Asia – 2 May 2021

In this podcast, I shared about:
1) Esports Technologies releases betting platform Gogawi.com in Thailand; 

2) How women in Cambodia’s floating villages are adapting to climate change; 

3) Nestlé Philippines targets zero GHG emissions by 2050 and embarks on Plastic Neutrality; and 

4) Indonesia’s halal industry gains momentum amid pandemic

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Unless farming improves, water scarcity & high temperatures could reduce rice output in Southeast Asia by about 50% before end of century and the world’s coffee production area would be halved by 2050. #SoutheastAsia #Asean #ESG #Sustainability #hanjun

Via Cornell Daily Sun, By Aliva Das

The days of drinking coffee on the way to work or school may be numbered — experts warn that climate change has the power to deplete the production of this much beloved beverage, in addition to many other fan-favorite foods.

A book written by a group of Cornellians — Prof. Emeritus Michael Hoffmann, entomology, and Prof. Danielle L. Eiseman, communication, along with Carrie Koplinka-Loehr, M.S. Ed. ’84 — called “Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need” was released on April 15. Through this book, the group hopes to bring attention to how the food chain is affected by climate change and create a social movement battling climate change driven by food. 

“This book is meant to be a celebration of food,” Eiseman said. “There is no villain in this story; we are not pointing fingers at someone else along the food chain.” 

Eiseman said that the fight against climate change can start at the dinner table. 

“Food can be a great talking point,” Eiseman said. “Times when we share meals with other people are perfect for raising your voice and talking about food and climate change.” 

Grounded in numerous scientific reports, as well as reviewed by over 60 experts, “Our Changing Menu” examines complex relationships between the food supply chain and climate change for each part of a typical dinner menu — salads, main courses, sides, desserts and beverages.

The book also contains interviews with people on the frontlines of food production, such as farmers, distillers, food factory managers, chefs and scientists across different genders and geographical locations. 

“We wanted to put human faces along with the science, in order to tell a more compelling story,” Koplinka-Loehr said. “These interviews highlight how climate change affects people in the food industry personally, professionally and financially, as well as the steps they take to adapt to their new realities.” 

Hoffmann said the main issue he has had to overcome in communicating the urgency of climate change is the psychological distance between his audience and the impending dangers of climate change. 

“Audiences don’t necessarily care about events that are going to happen in the year 2100, or melting glaciers in Greenland, as [these problems] are not relevant to their daily lives,” Hoffmann said. “However, as we all eat, and we all drink, drawing that connection makes climate change more relevant to the general public.”

According to Hoffmann, record-high temperatures and other effects of climate change severely threaten the food supply chain, and could result in dramatically different meals and beverages in just a few decades.

Rice, a staple food for more than half the world’s population, is a prime example of the discrepancy between dietary needs and climate-friendly choices. While it is a necessary source of nutrients, rice is a very water-intensive crop. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warns that unless agricultural practices improve, water scarcity and high temperatures could reduce rice production in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam by about 50 percent before the end of the century.

The changing climate could also alter many students’ source of caffeination — coffee. Researchers predict that with continued climate change, the world’s coffee production area will likely be cut in half by 2050.

“Melting glaciers are bad enough, but the loss of coffee is downright terrifying,” Hoffmann said. 

Though this book paints quite a grim picture of the future state of the world’s dinner plates, it offers solutions to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change on food production. 

According to Hoffmann, scientists worldwide are developing crop varieties that are more resilient and improving predictive models to help food growers know what to expect for the future. Farmers are adopting water, soil, waste and pest management practices that reduce risk to crops and increase resilience, while food industries are also stepping up by reducing energy consumption in their factories. 

Individuals can also make small steps to decrease their carbon footprint by changing what’s on their plate. For instance, Eiseman recommended cutting back on meat, since its production requires the use of larger quantities of land and water compared to plants.  

Eiseman also recommended whole foods  — foods that have not been refined or have had ingredients added to them — over processed foods.

“Do plenty of research into the whole foods that you buy, and identify producers who are transparent about their manufacturing processes and practice climate-smart methods,” Eiseman said. “If you purchase processed foods, looking into sustainability statements of those corporations can be very useful in making climate-smart choices.”

Beyond making more sustainable choices for one’s dinner menu, individuals can also be conscious of the environmental impact of other purchases they make.

“Don’t buy things just because they are cheap and unless you absolutely need them, and try to buy things that cause less waste and last longer,” Eiseman said.

Along with suggestions on how to include climate-smart practices in one’s daily life, “Our Changing Menu” is accompanied by an interactive website that offers resources to help readers understand the causes and impacts of climate change.

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Podcast: Latest developments from Southeast Asia – 1 May 2021

1) Kinesis Money is working with Allocated Bullion Exchange – ABX and @PT Bullion Ecosystem International to build gold-based blockchain system in Indonesia; 

2) The Digital Council of Thailand (DCT) is working with 36 leading tech organisations (including MicrosoftHuaweiOracleEricssonAmazon Web Services (AWS), etc) and the Medical Council of Thailand (TMC) to provide digital technology for field hospitals treating Covid-19 patients; 

3) Budget-hotel booking platform RedDoorz Philippines is looking at doubling its accommodation offerings next year, with focus on destinations that have looser restrictions; and 

4) Wisium, part of ADM acquires Vietnamese Premix Feed Company, Golden Farm Production and Commerce Company Limited, to strengthen its industrial and commercial coverage in the premix feed industry within Southeast Asia. 

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#Indonesia outlined 2022 development goals to fire up the economy and swing the country towards sustainable growth and urban development #SoutheastAsia #Asean #ESG #Sustainability #hanjun

Indonesia prepares to swing their entire administration onto the path of sustainable urban development and growth, focusing its crosshair on clear development targets as it spurs all organs of state marching towards 2022.

The development plan sets out specific and measureable targets in areas of unemployment rate, economic growth, human development index, poverty index, agriculture exchange rate, greenhouse emission limits, fishermen exchange rate and Gini coefficient, so that everyone is clear of their Key Performance Indicators.

The government would be encouraging the state-owned enterprises and private sector to work cohesively together to solicit/ encourage investments of about USD$420 Million and also to reinvigorate and animate anemic sectors.

Indonesia recognised the importance of sustainable urban development and its link to fostering healthy socioeconomic dynamics therefore set out key ideas to lug the entire administration forward. The country would set out to develop:

  1. Waste Management Plants;
  2. Digital Transformation;
  3. Integrated Port Network;
  4. Education and Skills Reforms;
  5. Health Systems Reforms;
  6. Social Protection Systems;
  7. State Capital Development;
  8. Specific Tourism Spots;
  9. Food Production Centres;
  10. Development of Renewable Energy;
  11. Targeted assistance to Small and Medium enterprises; and
  12. Development of industrial parks of different themes depending on the locations.

The focus moving forward would be to transform the economic structures, gearing it towards higher productivity sectors and improving the productivity of the rest of the sectors, in hope that the country could better manage the Middle Income Trap typically seen in more developed countries.

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