The Asia Venture Philanthropy Network’s (AVPN) Conference 2022 recently took place in Bali. With the overarching theme of ‘The Asian Decade’, it challenged Asia, a continent encompassing some of the world’s wealthiest and poorest countries, to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on Climate Action, Gender, Health & Nutrition and Economic Opportunities.

AVPN believes the next decade is critical for social investment and an opportunity for social investors to ‘take advantage of the fluid developments in the region and unlock its full potential in the next decade’.  With 1000+ attendees, 44+ markets, 258+ speakers and 72+ sessions from 21 – 24 June 2022, the AVPN Conference 2022 asked what are the big shifts and changes that AVPN and their members must respond to in the decade ahead.

At Pearl Consulting, we work with our clients, local partners and other stakeholders to drive their social impact programmes, thus helping to achieve the SDGs. It was a privilege for Gillian Pearl, CEO, to moderate a panel discussion, entitled ‘Localising Global Corporate Social Impact Strategies in Asia’. The theme got right to the nub of the key issue – what are the practical ways that corporates can realise their aspirations for creating effective positive social impact at the local level. The expert panel responded to this question.

Each of the panellists shared insights about how they localised their global programmes, aligned to the objectives of important stakeholders and identified communication opportunities to showcase their work and insights.

Some takeaways:

  • Mohammad Danny BuldansyahIndosat Ooredoo Hutchison: “Building digital talent in Indonesia in alignment with government objectives is good for the country, good for the people and good for our company.”
  • Pompy SridhahMSD for Mothers: “We must do a better job telling our stories in Asia Pacific, of what has worked, gathering evidence of what has been successful, but also talking about what hasn’t worked, which is extremely valuable.”
  • Dee MooneyMicron Foundation: “Collecting local feedback to tailor our programme, and focusing on under-represented communities, and allows us to engage the field effectively and align on the business and the Foundation’s goals, contributing to building a talent pipeline in engineering.”

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