Singapore-based Indian-origin businessman Sunny Verghese has become a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. This institution aims to help accelerate sustainable growth in agri-business.
About Sunny Verghese :
Verghese, Co–Founder and CEO of Singapore’s agri-business group Olam International Limited, joins roster of leaders from the private sector, academia and civil society, who are committed to accelerating the world’s transition to inclusive and sustainable growth.
- Sunny Verghese is the Co‑Founder and Group CEO and was appointed to the Board in 1996. He had been with the Kewalram Chanrai Group for nearly 3 decades and in 1989 was mandated to start the Company with a view to building an agricultural products business.
- Before joining the K.C. Group, he worked for Unilever in India. Sunny is currently the Chairman of the Human Capital Leadership Institute.
- He holds a postgraduate degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
- Sunny has won several awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Singapore in 2008 and Best CEO of the Year 2011 at the Singapore Corporate Awards. He was also awarded the Public Service Medal by the Government of the Republic of Singapore in 2010.
- Sunny is a member of the Company’s Board Risk, and Capital and Investment Committees.
- Sunny co-founded Olam in 1989 and leads the Company’s strategy, planning, business development and management. His external Directorships include Chairman of International Enterprise Singapore and the Human Capital Leadership Institute.
- Sunny is a recipient of the Outstanding CEO of the Year award, as well as the Public Service Medal from the Government of Singapore.
About Business Commission :
Business and Sustainable Development Commission, launched in January 2016, aims to accelerate this market transformation and advance the world’s transition to a more prosperous, sustainable economy.
- As disruptive innovations are breaking new ground and transforming business models in health, education, mobility, agriculture and energy, they are challenging the status quo of industries, from fossil fuels to fashion.
- But the private sector needs to accelerate inclusive growth and drive sustainability at a far greater speed and scale than it has to date.
- The core of our mission is to make a powerful case—supported by sound evidence, rigorous research and compelling real-world examples—for why business leaders should seize upon sustainable development as the greatest opportunity of a lifetime.
- We will show how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide the private sector with a framework for achieving this market shift.
- The Business Commission’s flagship report, to be published in January 2017, will serve as the foundation from which we will launch a number of activities to inspire and mobilise a growing number of business leaders to align their companies with social and environmental impact.
- Our Commissioners bring their diverse expertise to bear on our research and help us to expand our impact and reach. The Business Commission’s Steering Committee and Research Advisory Group, which include individuals from the private and public sectors, as well as civil society.