On Wednesday, 23rd of October, EuroCham Myanmar is organising a Breakfast Talk on the topic of Private sector collaboration with not-for-profit organisations in sustainable development in Myanmar.
At first sight, it might not seem obvious why NGOs, funds or foundations and companies would engage in partnerships. The first ones are not-for-profit organisations while the latter conduct income- generating activities. However, both can find common goals and reasons to work together. As the UNDP admits, "private sector is recognised as a key partner to the achievement of the universally adopted Sustainable Development Goals". Not-for-profit organisations and companies have the same ambition to improve infrastructure, enhance living standards and foster the economy. In Myanmar where the market is still opening, the collaboration between not-for-profit organisations and companies on sustainability remains rare but is essential to encourage responsible investments and projects.
In this context, EuroCham Myanmar decided to organise a Breakfast Talk in Yangon to bring together companies and non-for-profit organisations operating in Myanmar, the government and civil society to further discuss this topic.
This Breakfast Talk will be the second event organised by the EuroCham Myanmar Responsible Business Initiative. This group was launched during the Myanmar-EU Economic Forum 2019 and provides our members with a platform where they can share and exchange their practical expertise and know-how in managing business responsibly. By doing so, we aim to foster positive and mutual collaboration amongst businesses, government, non-governmental organisations, and the general publicExpected outcomes
The expected outcomes of this event are as follow:
1. Give more visibility to existing cross-sector partnerships
2. Discuss concrete cases of Not-for-Profit - Private Sector collaboration in Sustainable Business to show what is achievable and how
3. Develop a better understanding of how not-for-profits and for-profits can act together to tackle economic and social issues in a sustainable way
4. Send an incentive to actors to engage, encourage and promote collaboration between the private sector and non-profits
5. Highlight the necessity of doing business responsibly, especially in a market like Myanmar
1. Ms. Inga Makusheva – Myanmar Center for Responsible Business (Moderator)
The Myanmar Center for Responsible Business is a Yangon-based initiative to encourage responsible business activities throughout Myanmar. MCRB is a major platform to discuss business and human rights-related issued in Myanmar, offering relevant parties access to expertise, tools, and events.
2. U Min Thu – Telenor
Corporate responsibility at Telenor means maximizing the impact of telecommunication technology by creating added value, both for business and society. In that sense, they have established worldwide partnerships with UNICEF and Plan International. Since August 2018, they have been working with the first on a Mobile Birth and Death Registration. With the latter, they have launched a Digital Literacy Program supported by the Ministry of Education.
3. Mr. Philippe Battle – Novotel Yangon Max
Accor worldwide is very engaged in sustainable practices and development. In Myanmar, the Yangon Novotel Max has launched several initiatives, i.e. the Green Room. It has also tied relations with the non-profit sector, i.e. the Shwe Minn Tha Foundation, thanks to whom the Novotel Yangon Max now counts more than 10 disabled employees in its team. Since 2014, the Novotel Yangon Max also supports the development of a training program set up by FXB to help young girls escape poverty and offer the association's products to their customer through a showcase within the hotel.
4. U Ye Htuk Htake – Mya Ayer
Mya Ayer is a Myanmar family business of the coconut oil industry. Settled in 1986, they aim to create sustainable business for farmers and develop the Man-Aung Island into a paradise for coconut cultivation. They have been working with RBF on three modernization projects regarding energy efficiency, OSH and food safety. They are also conducting inclusive business initiatives with DaNa Facility for their zero-waste factory project on Man-Aung Island.
5. Mr. Ujjwal Pokhrel – WWF
WWF launched in 2018 the Tha Bar Wa Project. This initiative encourages cleaner production in the food and beverage industry by promoting wastewater treatment plants, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The project supports factories to design, finance and implement cleaner production solutions; works with the government to develop a roadmap for cleaner production guidelines; supports financial institutions to offer banking products for a cleaner production.
6. Mr. Amarnath Reddy – Responsible Business Fund
RBF is part of the Danish Development Assistance to Myanmar. It provides partial grants to SMEs for the implementation of innovative projects in one of the following areas: energy efficiency, water use efficiency, water use efficiency, waste treatment and recycling, occupational safety & health, food safety, managerial & supervisory skills and practical & technical skills.
7. U Thant Sin Lwin, Director General, DICA