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Social sustainability is important for investors, employees, and customers because it addresses the well-being of people and communities within and around an organisation. The concept includes social equity, human rights, employee development and community development.

For investors, social sustainability means that companies manage their brand equity, development potential and risks associated with issues like labour violations, human rights abuses, and community backlash. Socially conscious companies attract investment and improve a company’s access to capital.

For employees, social sustainability is a powerful employer value that attracts top talent and ensures continuous learning and development, fair opportunities for advancement, attention to work-life balance issues and a diverse and inclusive work community.

For customers, social responsibility is the guarantor of trust and credibility which can enhance a company’s reputation and customer loyalty. It also reduces the risks of poor quality and unethical business practices. This can drive increased market share and brand diversification.

This session will discuss strategies for social sustainability while relying on the ecosystem of sustainable governments, education institutions, professional service firms, and civil society organisations.



3.30 pm Registration
4.00 pm Opening Remarks by EuroCham
4.05 pm Welcome Remarks by Ms Eileen Chua, Managing Director Singapore at SAP
4.10 pm Moderated Panel Discussion by Ms Srividya Jandhyala, Associate Professor at
ESSEC Business School Asia Pacific

  • Dr Renee Tan, Director at Research Division at Institute for Adult Learning Singapore
  • Mr Paul Coignec, Head of Human Resources Asia Pacific at Airbus
  • Mr Daniel O’Connor, Chief People Officer, ALBA Group Asia

4.35 pm Open and interactive Q&A
5.00 pm Closing Remarks
5.05 pm Networking
5.30 pm End of Event

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.




Dr Renée Tan
Director, Research Division
Singapore Institute of Adult Learning (IAL)

Renée is Director of the Research Division at the Institute for Adult Learning, an autonomous Institute at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. She leads IAL’s applied and innovative research efforts to provide a strong knowledge base for the development of practice in Continuing Education and Training, sustainable economic and workforce performance, and informed policies and practices. Her previous roles at the IAL include being the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Development, as well as leading the professionalisation and growth of Adult Educators in the Training and Adult Education community in Singapore.

Renée’s research interests include Lifelong Learning, Workplace and Workforce Learning, Adult Learning, Human Development and Sustainability, National Narratives and Diversity, Inclusivity and Equality.  Recently, Renée has also completed her Certificate in Human Development for Professionals with the ASEAN Human Development Organisation (or AHDO) and she serves on the Learning Committee of the AHDO.


Mr Paul Coignec
Head of Human Resources APAC
Airbus Asia-Pacific

Paul Coignec is Airbus Head of HR APAC and a member of the APAC leadership team. He graduated with a French-German Master’s Degree in Business Administration and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Ruhr Universitat Bochum.
Paul made his whole career in Airbus. Before being appointed as Head of HR APAC, he held the positions of Head of HRBP for HR & Workplace, Head of HR Site for Airbus Helicopters in Paris and Head of Social Relations for Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. Paul brings along more than 10 years of HR experience in a wide range of topics including but not limited to employment marketing, leadership development, resource management and social relations.
Paul’s motivation and passion to join Airbus stems from his support towards European project ambition, and is honoured to contribute as a member of EuroCham Human Development Committee.


Daniel O’Connor
Chief People Officer
ALBA Group Asia

Originating from England, he studied Business Management in Nottingham (UK) before joining Rolls-Royce on their HR Graduate Leadership Development Programme. He spent the next 13 years with Rolls-Royce across Aerospace, Defence and Marine sectors in a range of senior HR Business Partnering and latterly General Management positions across UK, Singapore and Norway.

In 2018, He moved back to Asia as Chief HR Officer and Board Director of a luxury furniture company (Rochdale Spears) HQed in Hong Kong with manufacturing operations in Vietnam. He is currently transitioning from the role of HR Director (APAC) with Southco, to join the ALBA Group (recycling company) as Chief People Officer in July of this year.

With a company vision of ‘a world without waste’, He is excited to get started and look forward to contributing to the development of a sustainable workforce agenda centred on human development principles.




Ms Srividya Jandhyala
Associate Professor of Management
ESSEC Business School 

Srividya Jandhyala is an Associate Professor of Management at ESSEC Business School. Her research focuses on global strategy and business-government relations in the international context. She has examined phenomena such as geopolitics, foreign investment in emerging markets, diplomacy in international business, and legal dispute resolution. Her award-winning research has been published in a wide range of top journals in Management, Strategy, International Business, Political Science, and Development. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and teaches courses on Strategy and International Business. Prior to joining ESSEC in Singapore, she served on the faculty of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She was previously a Fung Global Fellow and Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University and received her PhD in Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. 



On 2 October, EuroCham organised a panel discussion on “Social Sustainability” at SAP Asia.

We would like to thank our host Mrs Eileen Chua (SAP Asia) and our esteemed speakers, Dr Renee Tan (Institute of Adult Learning Singapore), Mr Paul Coignec (Airbus Asia-Pacific ) and Mr Daniel O’Connor (ALBA Group Asia) for the interesting and engaging discussion.

Our moderator, Ms Srividya Jandhyala (ESSEC Business School), skillfully weaved a very vibrant discussion on the increasingly more important concept of social sustainability and the importance of incorporating it into your company’s business model. Enabling social sustainability in the workplace, therefore enhancing employee work ethic, is one of the key takeaways for a successful transition into a sustainable future. A very lively discussion arose during the Q&A.

We would like to thank all who joined us and made this event a successful one!


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