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Tri-Sector Forum 2017


The Tri-Sector Forum is an annual event organised as part of the Singapore Management University’s (SMU) School of Social Sciences’ Tri-Sector Initiative.

This initiative provides thought leadership on the burgeoning phenomenon of cross-sector partnerships, creating the hub for cutting-edge thinking on collaborative governance. To this end, the Tri-Sector Initiative conducts rigorous research and extensive convenings such as the Tri-Sector Forum, and though its unique Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration (MTSC) Programme, seeks to professionalise the practice of partnership and provide emerging leaders from businesses, governments and civil society organisations with the interdisciplinary skills and knowledge to become collaborative leaders who create high impact partnerships to tackle the world’s big problems.


Growth and development are not the same. As organisations and societies develop the ability to secure more of the resources they need (and not just grow their consumption), sustainability increases in importance. Both the sustainability of their operating and financial models, as well as the sustainability of our shared human, social and environmental capital. Beyond 16 substantive goals of ending extreme poverty and hunger, improving human well-being, and reversing the worst of environmental degradation, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lists a unique 17th goal. “Partnerships” were named as the means for achieving the other 16 ambitious SDGs.

 The Tri-Sector Forum 2017 will showcase innovative cross-sector partnerships to address Glo-cal challenges – ones that each nation faces, but that are also shared in many other parts of the world. We’ll also hear how Olam International, is co-creating an industry coalition to set new standards for sustainability and responsible practices in the Agri Business sector. The forum’s panel discussion and presentations will also address issues of inclusiveness and equity, as these are essential to the sustainability of societies. After the initial plenary sessions, participants can choose from 3 in-depth, interactive workshops to better understand how partnerships create an impact in different segments of society and in sustainability.

We invite you to register your attendance for Tri-Sector Forum 2017 here and look forward to hosting you!

18 May 2017 (Thursday) 

Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
Singapore Management University School of Accountancy Building
60 Stamford Road. Singapore 178900 

9:00am to 1:30pm 

The event will kick off at 9am with a Keynote Address by:
Mr Sunny Verghese, CEO & Co-Founder, Olam. Chairman, Human Capital Leadership Institute.

This will be followed by a Panel Discussion with:
Mr Sunny Verghese, CEO & Co-Founder, Olam. Chairman, Human Capital Leadership Institute
Ms Melissa Kwee, CEO, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre Singapore;
and other panellists to be confirmed. 

 Thereafter, the Forum will feature 3 short presentations by the 3rd Cohort of MTSC students, followed by detailed Breakout Sessions on the following topics undertaken as part of their Group Capstone Projects:

POWERING UP: AFFORDABLE CLEAN ENERGY IN THE PHILIPPINES - This collaborative initiative capitalizes on the diminishing costs of off-grid solar technology and the Philippines’ growing fintech and mobile banking technology. Leveraging a shared value business model it seamlessly integrates the interests of private energy players, mobile fintech platforms, supportive government agencies and civil society organisations for economically challenged families. The benefits may yet be profound. With an immediate impact on the personal lives of participating families, this partnership also has the potential to influence and support the Philippines' national development goals, increase climate action and Sustainable Development Goals commitments when applied at scale.

SINGAPORE'S URBAN FOOD PRODUCTION: VISIONING A SHARED FUTURE - The world’s population is projected to grow to 8.9 billion people by 2050, with up to two-thirds living in urban centres, exerting tremendous pressures on rural-based food production systems. The global food system is estimated to account for about one-third of greenhouse gas emissions which, rising dramatically with population growth may prevent our global environment’s recovery to sustainable levels unless significant mitigation measures are found and implemented. These mega-trends present both an impetus and an opportunity for cities to develop a more self-reliant and lower-carbon approach to food production. This presentation shows a collaborative tri-sector approach to identify and co-formulate actionable steps to increase urban food production, using Singapore as an urban food production test-bed for future replication in other urban cities.

"REINTEGRATIVE EMPLOYMENT" FOR EX-OFFENDERS: STRUCTURAL VERSUS HUMAN BARRIERS -  For an ex-offender re-entering mainstream society, finding legitimate, gainful employment is an essential step toward living a productive, new life. However, garnering employment opportunities often prove to be a formidable challenge for someone with a criminal record for varied reasons. This session explores the barriers to sustainable employment for ex-offenders as they attempt to re-integrate into their community and society at large. Different perspectives from the viewpoint of social service professionals, employers and ex-offenders will be shared, in addition to prevailing employment models being adopted in several industries. It is hoped that encouraging partnership and collaboration mindsets among industries and social enterprises may enhance opportunities for this vulnerable group.

Last updated on 15 Oct 2018 .