The Future of the CSO - APAC • The Digital Standards Initiative • Episode 2

16 November 2022 by Grace Coleman
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What do we talk about in Episode 2: The Future of the CSO - APAC?

With the role of the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) ever-evolving, Acre has the duty of uncovering the skills, knowledge and insights from our network of current leaders in the industry to share with the next generation of change-makers. This year, Acre has teamed up with Patricia Dwyer, Founder and Director at The Purpose Business and former CSO for the Shangri-la hotels, to interview sustainability leaders across Asia to share their insight into what it takes to be a CSO in the region. ‘The Future of the CSO - APAC’ series will bring you an insight into how the role has changed, how it will continue to evolve, the skillset required and the challenges that will be faced. It is important that we keep learning, sharing and developing. 

Who is Pamela Mar?

​Joining us for the second episode of the 'Future of the CSO - APAC' series is Pamela Mar, Managing Director at The Digital Standards Initiative and former Executive Vice President – Knowledge and Applications at the Fung Group. When the interview took place, Pam led the Fung Academy’s knowledge generation, application, and dissemination in support of the Fung Group’s business success and readiness for the future.  As such she directed the Academy’s research & development activities and experiments which form the base of the Group’s strategic response to key disruptions in its business operating environment, including technological change, the rise of sustainability, trade/geopolitical uncertainty and the changing nature of consumption. As a sustainability leader, Pam has published four books on Asian development and business alongside taking part in numerous talks on sustainability, corporate responsibility and Asia’s growth and development. Her ongoing dedication to the industry, knowledge and passion made her the ideal interviewee for episode 2.


Who is Patricia Dwyer?

Joining us as the host for the 'Future of the CSO - APAC' is ​Pat Dwyer, an internationally-respected sustainability expert, passionate about sharing her 20+ years of experience and leadership to help businesses in Asia thrive through responsible growth. She has guest lectured, spoken and moderated across global platforms including The Obama Foundation, The World Economic Forum, The Thomson Reuters Foundation, The University of Cambridge and The Climate Competent Boards Certificate Program, sharing her insights in sustainability, purpose, leadership and governance.

Pat and her team of globally-experienced sustainability and business practitioners across industry, academia, NGOs and government at The Purpose Business, guide companies to activate purpose, address ESG impacts and scale sustainability responsibly, in order to future-proof their business. Pat has advised and worked with blue chip companies including MTR, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Marsh Asia, Cathay Pacific, Jardine Matheson, Swire Properties, Universal Robina, Metro Pacific Investment Corporation, and Ayala. 

Who is Greg Brittian?

Joining the episode as our host and Acre representative is Greg Brittian, Head of Sustainable Business - APAC. Greg leads Acre's work in sustainable business, focused on the APAC region with a particular focus on senior-level executive searches. Greg has been with Acre for over seven years and during this time worked globally with some of the biggest names in the consumer goods, manufacturing, extractives, infrastructure and power generation industries. Prior to joining Acre, Greg holds a BSc degree in Environmental Science, Economics and Anthropology was previously involved in the studies of the emerging carbon credit trading sector in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, environmental consultancy work in the fishery sector of Caborra Bassa, Mozambique and a countrywide sales manager in Zimbabwe.

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