Inspiring Change, Education In Post-Pandemic Recovery

The BIBD SME360 Series continued with a virtual forum which saw a discussion of the current shape and state of the non-profit, change-makers and education industries in the post-COVID-19 era. The two-day event began on May 17 with a session titled ‘Social Impact in the Post Pandemic Era: Reflections, Needs and Responses’.

One of the last sessions of day 1 was ‘We Are All Responsible: A Total Approach to Saving the Planet’. Co-founder of Green Brunei Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari, Environmental Activist and co-founder of Accelerating Climate Action Malaysia Dr Renard Siew, Head of Energy Transition, Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd, Country Head of Girls for Girls Brunei and co-founder of React Co, Brunei Shirley Sikun and EnEvo Sdn Bhd founder Siti Norasyidah binti Haji Kariya participated. 

They discussed the need to find localised solutions in addressing climate issues. They also agreed that combatting climate issues should become a priority for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and non-profit entities or institutions in Brunei.

Topics were in line with BIBD’s effort to help SMEs recover sustainably following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Sultanate. It is also part of BIBD’s commitment to educate and bring awareness to areas where businesses can learn how to carry out more environmentally conscious business practices – within the three pillars of the BIBD Sustainability Framework, in this particular, Responsible Entrepreneurship.

BIBD Group’s strategic vision is aligned with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Brunei Vision 2035 and recently, through its sustainability framework, the bank aspires to complement the government’s efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by creating a holistic plan that contributes towards lasting economic growth, community empowerment, healthier lifestyles and more environmentally conscious production and consumption.

Credit: Borneo Bulletin