About Sustainable Business Network
In 2012 the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) was set up under the guidance of the ESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC), to promote the active engagement of the business sector in addressing the issues of environmental sustainable and social inclusiveness in business, in the Asia and Pacific region. This Network has been established in reference to the outcome document of the Rio+ 20 Conference on Sustainable Development, which emphasized the importance of business’s role in sustainable development globally.
The ESBN was established bases on three pillars of sustainability: namely (1) an economic pillar, which encompasses the need for sustained economic growth; (2) an environment pillar, which refers to environmental protection and development; and (3) a social pillar, which describes the need for poverty reduction and enhanced development of local communities and disadvantaged social groups.
To achieve its objectives under this framework, ESBN currently consists of ten task forces, these include task forces on: (1) Green Business; (2) MSMEs & Social Enterprise; (3) Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction; (4) Banking and Finance; (5) Digital Economy; (6) Trade and Transport Facilitation; (7) Innovation and Competitiveness; (8) The Pacific Issues; (9) Young Entrepreneurs; and (10) Agriculture and Food.