Climate Change and SMEs in Southeast Asia: What Do We Know, and What Can We Do?


About the Webinar

What are small businesses doing about climate change? This webinar will examine recent research into this and associated questions.

The 70 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in ASEAN account for approximately 97% of all business entities within Southeast Asia, and are an important contributor to both emissions generation and future reduction. But little is known about their views on climate change, what steps they are currently taking to reduce emissions and how they plan to deal with a warmer future likely to contain many more extreme weather events.

ISEAS has recently undertaken a large-scale survey of SMEs from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.

Join us to find out the revealing results of this study, which throw light on:

  • How much SMEs are concerned about climate change
  • What they’re already doing to reduce emissions
  • How they plan to prepare for future extreme weather events and other climate impacts
  • The barriers they face to becoming more climate-ready
  • Who they turn to for information and support, advice and assistance

This webinar is for everyone with an interest in SMEs and in climate change – especially SME owner/managers, company directors, industry associations, government environment agencies, financial institutions, professional advisers and NGOs.

About the Speakers

Dr Michael Schaper is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at ISEAS, and an experienced CEO, board director, regulator and small business/economic development specialist. He currently chairs a number of private and government boards, including the Australian government’s Shadow Economy Advisory Forum. His prior roles include Deputy Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; CEO of the state peak business chamber in the Australian Capital Territory; and dean of business schools in Western Australia and Queensland. He holds a PhD in business and environment issues, is currently also an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University, and is a member of the governing council of the University of Canberra.

Dr Ryal Wun is the Deputy Executive Director and Legal Director of Global Compact Network Singapore and Managing Director of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Singapore. Ryal has held appointments in the public and private sectors at national and international levels. He is currently responsible for operations, research and compliance matters for GCNS, and oversees decarbonisation strategies for CPLC Singapore. Ryal serves on the Advisory Council for the Packaging Partnership Programme (PPP) and the Working Group on GHG and Product Life Cycle. A published author in public international law, sustainability and decarbonisation, Ryal is a law graduate from the University of London. He holds Mas from the University of Oxford, as well as a doctorate in International Law.

Mr Sebastian Cortes Sanchez is Deputy Director at the Asian Trade Centre. He leads and manages trade policy, trade facilitation, digital trade, and supply chain related projects for public and private sector stakeholders. As part of his work at the ATC, Sebastian assists governments across the region in the assessment, design, and implementation of national and regional trade policies. He specialises in the development of MSME friendly trade agendas within e-commerce and trade facilitation areas. His areas of technical expertise include supply chain and FTA optimisation, paperless trade, non-tariff measures, regional value chains, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the CPTPP, RCEP, the Pacific Alliance, EU FTAs with Asia Pacific Countries, e-commerce agreements and US-China trade disputes.

Due to scheduling conflict, we regret that Dr Deborah Elms, who was previously listed as a speaker, is unable to join us. We will be joined by Mr Sebastian Cortes-Sanchez (above) instead.


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Feb 22 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am