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Healthy economies need a healthy Mother Earth

Connecting economic growth to environmental sustainability in Asean is a business imperative. Attention must be paid to the planet's failing health if Asean's potential is to be realised.

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Asean marks its 50th anniversary this year with bright propects, but, the writer says, businesses are putting more energy into tracking economic prospects than they do on a critical trend that could hurt their bottomline - the failing health of the planet.

THE economic future of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) region looks bright. In recent years, the grouping has been growing by around 5 per cent a year, and the Asian Development Bank estimates that by 2030, nearly half a billion of Asean's population will be considered middle

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