ESG in Korea: 'Happy employees mean happy business'
By Lee Min-young ESG, or the environmental, social, and governance principles of a company, is one of the main topics being discussed these days in the business world. Europe and the U.S. have been leading the adoption of ESG standards, while businesses in Asia have recently started to jump on the bandwagon. To understand this topic in more depth, The Korea Times invited Jeon YouMe, the managing director of PERSOLKELLY Korea and the group leader for PERSOLKELLY Consulting in the APAC region, for a discussion on how Korean companies are responding to the rapidly evolving business environment in which ESG management practices are becoming the central issue for companies to tackle in order to survive ― both for the firms themselves and for humankind's future generations. Jeon has more than 20 years of experience in consulting for multinational corporations in Korea and Singapore to help them build corporate strategies for market entry, HR solutions, and corporate restructuring. We also invited Elvin Tan, who will join us online from Singapore. He is the Regional Director of PERSOLKELLY and the Head of Operations in the APAC region. With our two panelists having worked in the HR solutions industry for many years, they will give us more focused insights on what roles HR plays in helping companies succeed, as well as how companies can incorporate HR strategies that pursue ESG principles and standards.