The United Nations Global Compact has shared a special appeal #UnitingBusiness around a corporate response to the COVID-19 pandemic: for all companies to take collective action to stem the outbreak through implementing our Ten Principles.
Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region were the first to experience the transnational effects of COVID-19, which continues to spread at an alarming rate. The World Bank has warned that the impact of COVID-19 is likely to wipe out the progress made in poverty alleviation by South Asia and may widen the income inequalities with over a billion people in the region already in poverty.
However, the region has also shown signs of progress, and some countries have already successfully “flattened the curve.” Governments in the region have mobilized extensive resources towards emergency health care response, with encouraging instances of effective regional cooperation between countries for evacuating stranded citizens, supplying life-saving drugs and protective gear, providing financial aid and sharing technical know-how to produce essential commodities. At this pivotal juncture in the fight against the pandemic, the role of responsible business in the Asia-Pacific region is critical to protecting the workforce and developing innovative solutions to ensure business continuity.
This session will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation in Japanese.
Moderator: Rini Simon Khanna, Media Personality and Anchor
- Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP
- Sandra Wu, Chairperson and CEO, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd
- Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman & CEO, Ayala Corporation