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This handbook “Corporate Agenda of Sustainable Development: Toward Responsible Business 2.0”, which was developed by the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) Task Force on Banking and Finance, aims to promote socially responsible business practices and corporate sustainability among banks and financial institutions, and others, responsible for facilitating the enhancement of productivity in the regional business community. It was based on the most recent Task Force publication titled “The 3Cs for Responsible Banking in Asia and the Pacific: Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Sustainability”. This handbook was specifically developed to disseminate key theoretical background and practical cases in pursuing a new cultural orientation of sustainability and responsibility in the business community in Asia and the Pacific. By adopting the proposed Responsible Business 2.0 model, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs and other relevant international principles and guidelines, such as ILO’s Tripartite Declaration, the OECD Guideline for Multinational Enterprises or the UN Global Compact, corporations in the finance, and other sectors, equip themselves to generate not only profitable and stable returns, but also to create social values and to foster sustainability in the community and the environment in which they operate. This handbook is essential for corporations willing to integrate this model and its principles into day-to-day business operations.

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