Asia Compact: Sustainability in Singapore and South-East Asia During the second week of the spring break at the University of St.Gallen, 14 students from the Master in Business Management (MUG) programme travelled to Singapore to learn more about social and environmental sustainability issues across several important industries in Southeast Asia - such as building and real estate, palm oil and other agri-business, tourism, shipping, and energy Prof. Judith Walls, PhD, who had joined HSG earlier this year, introduced the students to challenges particular to Southeast Asia and the differences in sustainability between European and ASEAN countries. One of the most prominent issues discussed was palm oil cultivation, which on the one hand is a driver for economic growth and empowerment of small-scale famers, but on the other hand is responsible for deforestation, peatland burning, and wildlife loss. Green energy production and property development were put into focus as well, so the students learned about the sustainability challenges in a densely populated tropical metropolis. Another issue raised was illegal wildlife trade, that has been increasing due to growing demands by the budding middleclass in the region and China. Finally, we discussed the exponential growth of travel in the region and its impact on sustainability and encouraged the students to offset their own travel footprint with support from the Institute of Environment and Economy (HSG-IWÖ). The guest speakers in the class gave the students insights into strategies to overcome the challenges, both regarding technical solutions and education of the consumer, as well as the results of successful regional cooperation. Due to the success and positive reviews of this pilot class, Prof. Walls will continue to offer this course in the following year, giving more students the chance to learn about social and environmental issues in emerging markets and big tropical cities.