Sustainability in Asia: Family Business at the Forefront

34 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2019 Last revised: 26 Sep 2019

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Stephen J. Mezias

INSEAD Abu Dhabi Campus

Indira Pant

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Rikki Abzug

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Date Written: September 25, 2019

Abstract

We interview the leaders of six successful family firms based in SE Asia about their efforts to make their organizations more sustainable. Although the sectors, histories, and locations of these firms differ, they share visions of sustainability rooted in continuing success for the family and the community. In reviewing these cases, we were struck by similarities in the sources that pushed these firms towards sustainability initiatives, the challenges of implementing them, and the winning strategies that helped the leaders of these firms overcome these challenges. After presenting the six cases, we develop these themes in more detail to suggest implications and consider the relevance of these efforts to global sustainability efforts.

Suggested Citation

Mezias, Stephen J. and Pant, Indira and Abzug, Rikki, Sustainability in Asia: Family Business at the Forefront (September 25, 2019). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2019/43/EFE. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3370819 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3370819

Stephen J. Mezias (Contact Author)

INSEAD Abu Dhabi Campus ( email )

P.O. Box 48049
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Indira Pant

National University of Singapore (NUS) ( email )

Bukit Timah Road 469 G
Singapore, 117591
Singapore

Rikki Abzug

Ramapo College of New Jersey ( email )

505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
United States

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