As the Asia Tatler Sustainability Forum at Soneva Kiri brought together 16 passionate business leaders across Asia to find solutions towards a more sustainability and eco-friendly future, one of the most profound takeaways of the summit was each delegate's personal pledge to do their part and lead each of their tremendous followings through example.
Find each of the pledges below. What will you be doing differently for a more eco-friendly future?
1. Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, Thailand
A member of Thailand's famed Sukosol family and the executive vice-president of Sukosol Hotels, Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, pledges to reduce 20 per cent of single-use plastics in 20 of her hotels by 2020.
2. Busaba Chirathivat, Thailand
For Busaba Chirathivat, executive vice-president of corporate communications at Central Group, moving towards a sustainabile future is about creating new habits and attitudes. She would like to be the lead example of reducing and reusing packaging in the retail industry.
3. Yolanda Choy-Tang, Hong Kong
Founder of Central Weddings and co-founder of EcoDrive Hong Kong, Yolanda Choy-Tang is on a mission to educate people on the devastating long-term effects of single-use plastic, while encouraging them to make small everyday changes to ensure a greener future.
4. Kent Ho & Emily Lam-Ho, Hong Kong
Husband and wife impact investors, Kent Ho and Emily Lam-Ho pledge to empower more sustainable and socially responsible companies, Emily adding that she would like to see more women lead these companies.
5. Laura Southwood, Hong Kong
As the managing director of Hong Kong-based PR agency Prime and a co-founder of EcoDrive, Laura Southwood pledges to instill and foster consciousness in the brands that she works with to help them win in an increasingly consumer-conscious market.
6. Claire Yates, Hong Kong
Owner of the Lion Rock Press and co-founder of EcoDrive Hong Kong, Claire wants to see EcoDrive’s short film, Start Small, Start Now: Hong Kong’s Plastic Story, surpass its current viewship of tens of thousands to more than 10 million within a year.
7. William JL Davies, Hong Kong
William Davies, head of sustainability at Swire Beverages, the world’s fifth-largest bottler of Coca-Cola, promises that by 2025, 100 per cent of Swire Beverages' packaging will be recyclable. Since the forum, Swire Beverages has announced its partnership with Alba Group Asia and Baguio Waste Management and Recycling to open a new plant in 2020 that can recycle all PET and HDPE plastics used in the city.
8. Clara Goh, Singapore
Representing Singapore at the forum, Clara Goh, Fendi's marketing and communications director for Southeast Asia and Australia, believes in the good of people but recognises the challenge with matching intentions with know-how and actionable solutions. This year, she wants to start a platform to help make solutions for sustainability more accessible to people who are willing to change.
9. Daryl Foong & Melissa Lam, Malaysia
Couple Daryl Foong and Melissa Lam, who collectively manage Aquawalk aquarium and Senja Aman properties in Malaysia, pledge to make their places of business completely plastic-free by the end of 2019. “We are fighting to keep our oceans clean for our children and for the generations to come.”
10. HRH Princess Zatashah & Aubry Rahim Mennesson, Malaysia
This highly influential couple has been paving the way to a plastic-free future, starting with Princess Zatashah’s #sayno2plastic campaign, which went viral in Malaysia early last year. Aubry Rahim Mennesson, who is Malaysia’s Cold Stone Creamery executive director, pledges to reduce single-use plastic in both his personal life and in his businesses.
11. May Mei, China
GoalBlue’s May makes a bold promise to work with 5,000 restaurants in Beijing and Shanghai to reduce their use of plastic and red meat. The production of meat is a major contributor to greenhouse gases and uses up excessive resources in its process.
12. Mia Arcenas-Branellec & Jacque Christophe Branellec, Philippines
Philippine pearl farmers Jacques Christophe Branellec and Mia Arcenas-Branellec are passionate about educating the Philippines' youth on simple ways to protect the oceans, so that they may be continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.