Corporates on a Mission to Achieve
Child-focused Sustainable Development Goals
Singapore, 5 August 2022
More than 250 corporates from 25 countries convened with World Vision and the development sector to explore accelerated efforts to meet child-focused Sustainable Development Goals. Limitless 2022, World Vision’s First Asia Summit for Corporate Good, held on the 2nd and 3rd of August 2022, brought development leaders together to share experiences and expertise to find solutions to issues facing vulnerable children across Asia Pacific. The region is already the world’s most disaster-prone region with the highest number of vulnerable children. Concrete commitments have already been made by corporates like P&G, Globe Telecommunications, Kao Industrial, Inqube, DOW Chemicals, Rothschild bank and House Osotspa with World Vision to impact 50 thousand vulnerable children.
During the opening address of Limitless 2022, Cherian Thomas, Regional Leader, South Asia and Pacific, World Vision International, presented the health, education and economic crises as a children’s crisis. Thomas spoke of the importance of collective will and action to achieve positive and sustainable change for the most vulnerable children in Asia Pacific – a region where an estimated 600 million extremely poor live on less than US$1.9 a day.
Keynote speaker, Kim-See Lim, Regional Director, East Asia and the Pacific, International Finance Corporation commented
“Reinvigorating the private sector in emerging markets and developing economies is critical for post-COVID economic recovery. The future demands that we venture even deeper into the world’s most difficult places, while helping countries address systemic challenges such as climate change.”
As a trusted partner of corporations and the government for child well-being with over 600 such partnerships in the region, World Vision facilitated discussions and deep reflections at Limitless 2022 on addressing issues of youth and inclusive economic growth, technology and education, hunger and sustainable food systems, climate change and corporate volunteerism and engagement.
House Osotspa in Thailand have committed to supplying 960,000 cartons of Vitamin C drinks to schools from August 2022 to July 2023 through World Vision Foundation Thailand. P&G have increased their commitment to existing projects with World Vision Development Foundation in the Philippines and have launched a new campaign to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of single mothers through World Vision’s Go Baby Go programme, an innovative and holistic approach to integrated Early Childhood Development in the critical earliest period of human development. In crisis stricken Sri Lanka, King Baudouin Foundation (giving arm of Rothschild bank) Is supporting the meal program for 1,345 preschool children.
The summit ended with Chris Devairakkam, COO – Strategic Solutions, Asia Pacific, World Vision International, launching World Vision’s newly-minted Corporate Engagement Programme ‘Adopt a Young Persons’ Club’ to increase volunteerism while reducing staff attrition. This is expected to directly impact the lives of young people in over 24,000 groups across the region.
The dialogue and cooperation demonstrated by participants at the summit is testament to how corporations, through strategic partnerships, can deliver sustainable change, bringing hope, joy and justice to children, their families and communities across the Asia Pacific.
Note to editor
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children, their families and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. Across the Asia Pacific, World Vision has partnered with over 600 corporations in child well-being projects. For more information, please visit wvi.org/asiapacific or follow us on Twitter @WVAsia
Watch recordings of the sessions here: https://www.limitless-wvi.org/agenda-livestream
Read the World Vision in Asia – Limitless brochure here: https://www.wvi.org/publications/report/Limitless-WorldVisioninAsia
Learn more about “Adopt a Young Persons’ Club” programme here: https://www.limitless-wvi.org/partner-with-us
Read the Daily Tribune’s existing P&G’s partnership with World Vision here (photo featured in this release): https://www.pressreader.com/philippines/daily-tribune-philippines/20201018/282007559873255
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