A video recap of the Asia Tatler Sustainability Forum at Soneva Kiri

Last November, 16 delegates made up of leaders in the retail, hospitality and F&B industries in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand joined Asia Tatler on the lush island of Koh Kood, where they would spend the following three days participating in the first-ever Asia Tatler Sustainability Forum.

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Edipresse Media chief innovation officer Julie Lee weloming delegates to the forum as they step off the private sea plane

The aim of the forum and its ensuing editions is to initiate an exchange of ideas and solutions among highly influential and consciously action-oriented leaders in Asia, in order to spark positive social changes in the region. Co-hosted by EcoDrive Hong Kong, a non-profit organisation focused on the reduction of single-use plastics, the inaugural Sustainability Forum centred on the theme of environmental responsibility and was held at Soneva Kiri resort for a very special reason.

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Soneva Kiri

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Soneva Kiri is part of the Soneva luxury island resort chain that champions the positive correlation of business and sustainability. Throughout their stay at Soneva Kiri, delegates were able to see firsthand how the resort prevents pollution, eliminates food waste and in practice turns “waste to wealth”.

The summit opened with an outdoor welcome dinner and screening of Start Small Start Now. This documentary short reminds us—through the eyes of two concerned travellers as they go about their lives in Hong Kong—that every single piece of plastic we’ve ever used is still out there somewhere.

Meet the delegates in pictures:

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Busaba Chirathivat, Central Group, Thailand

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Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, The Siam & Sukosol Hotels, Thailand

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May Mei, GoalBlue Low Carbon Development Center, China

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Laura Southwood, Prime PR, Hong Kong

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Claire Yates, No Plastic Mm Goi, Hong Kong

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William JL Davies, SWIRE Beverages, Hong Kong

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 Kent Ho, S28 Capital and Emily Lam-Ho, Empact28, Hong Kong

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Yolanda Choi, Central Weddings, Hong Kong

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Clara Goh, Fendi, Singapore

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Mia Arcenas-Branellec, Jewels of Irisha Inc and Jacques Christophe Branellec, Jewelmer Group, Philippines

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HRH Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Make-A-Wish and Dato Setia Aubry Rahm Mennesson, Light Cibles & Cold Stone Creamery, Malaysia

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Daryl Foong, Aquawalk and Melissa Lam, Senja Aman Development, Malaysia

 Roundtable discussions took place over the next two days. Day one topics included “Designed for Reuse”, then “Power of Influence” and “Waste to Wealth”. In between sessions, delegates also reflected individually in one-on-one video interviews about their “passions and pledges”, as well as toured Soneva’s Eco Centro, the heart of the resort’s sustainability efforts.

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Group photo at Soneva Kiri's Eco Centro

On day three, delegates dived into the last two topics of the forum, “Power of Storytelling” and “Voting with our Wallet”, but not before a scuba and snorkeling session in the morning during which delegates decided ad hoc to recover and collect plastic trash from the ocean that had been swept in from other places by the tides.

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Delegates discussed relevant topics, such as “Designed for Reuse” and “Power of Influence”, in roundtable discussions

At the end of the forum, delegates shared a special dinner on the beach, a memorable finale before flying back to their respective countries the next morning to make good on their video pledges over the coming twelve months. The first Asia Tatler Sustainability Forum at Soneva Kiri, had lived up to its promise to be the beginning of many new friendships across the Asia-Pacific region with sustainable and responsible business practices being at the core.

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Stay tuned as we unveil the 16 delegates' individual pledges for sustainability in their lives and businesses. 

Tags: Environment, Soneva, Eco Friendly, Sustainability, Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri, EcoDrive, Summit, Start Small Start Now, Ocean Plastic, Sustainability Forum