The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, through the Department of Social Development and Welfare in its capacity as secretariat for the Thai Social Enterprise Office, together with Social Enterprise Thailand, British Council and ESCAP, hosted the ASEAN Plus Three summit on the topic of social enterprise from 6-8 March 2019 at Hotel Swissotel Bangkok Ratchada on the topic “Mobilising Social Enterprise towards Successful Sustainable Development Goals in ASEAN”. Deputy Prime Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikalaya presided at the opening.
M.L. Dispanadda Diskul, CEO of Mae Fah Luang Foundation, in his capacity as President of Social Enterprise Thailand, joined a panel by British Council Hong Kong, ESCAP Thailand, and Social Enterprise Singapore Association to discuss “Mobilising Social Enterprise towards Successful Sustainable Development Goals in ASEAN”.
M.L. Dispanadda emphasised that the mobilisation effort towards Sustainable Development Goals was everyone’s responsibility, not just for social enterprises or any individual organisation. Everyone can become a change maker, and those in business should consider the company’s impact on society and the environment, while consumers can show their support by patronising products and services that are socially and environmentally-friendly. These principles and practices are part of “Sustainable Development”, and key factors in solving issues of narcotic crops and synthetic drugs.