ASEAN Responsible Business Forum 2018 Post-Forum Report


The ASEAN Responsible Business Forum was held from 27 to 28 August 2018 in Singapore. This flagship event of the ASEAN CSR Network aims to enhance understanding of the role of responsible and inclusive business in creating an inclusive, resilient and sustainable ASEAN community.

Download the summary report of the event here.


Enhancing the Competitiveness of Philippine SMEs through CSR Strategies

The paper aims to determine if SMEs in the Philippines are capable of improving their practices to become sustainable, and if these practises would enable them to compete in the global market given the ASEAN integration. The paper also aims to identify the constraints that SMEs face in engaging with CSR practices.

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Enhancing the Competitiveness

Analysis of Corruption Risks for Investors in Vietnam by VBF Governance & Integrity Working Group

analysis of corruption risk

This study looks at the risk of corruption in Vietnam, particularly in the private sector where the gifting of gifts, entertainment and other such exchanges have proven to be a difficult grey area to navigate given the competitive disadvantages companies often encounter when attempting to follow ethical guidelines that conflict with local cultural expectations.

This report was done primarily through high profile bi-annual Forums between the business community and Vietnamese leadership and through specialized Working Groups cutting across sectors.

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Tackling Integrity Risks in Government Contracts

tackling integrity risks

This Guidebook is designed as a practical methodology to help countries diagnose integrity risks in the public procurement system and processes, as well as to indicate proper actions to mitigate them. In addition, the Guidebook is designed to help governments in the region upgrade their procurement systems during the Second Review Cycle of the UN Convention against Corruption (2017-2021).

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Multinationals as global institution: Power, authority and relative autonomy

REGO large This article aims to inform the long-standing and unresolved debate between voluntary corporate social responsibility and initiatives to impose binding legal obligations on multinational enterprises. 

Building Food Security and Managing Risk in Southeast Asia

building food security This report explores effective policy solutions to the current and future challenges related to food security in the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). While robust GDP growth, rising agricultural productivity and output, and strong growth in agricultural incomes have all contributed to vast improvements in the food security of the region, 60 million people remain undernourished. ASEAN governments have therefore justifiably kept food security as a policy priority. The regional policy architecture set out in ASEAN frameworks provides sound guidance, yet some of the current policies adopted by members are not helping to address food insecurity and its causes, including the formidable challenges related to climate change and the need for continued growth in sustainable food production to feed growing populations. This report puts forward a number of policy recommendations to ensure that the ASEAN agricultural and fisheries sectors contribute effectively and efficiently to ensuring regional food security. Read the report online here.

Comprehensive Food Security & Vulnerability Analysis

comprehensive food sceurity The Comprehensive Food Security & Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) is a unique tool designed to understand and describe the profiles of food-insecure and vulnerable households, identify the root causes of hunger, and analyze the risks and emerging vulnerabilities among populations in crisis-prone countries. It also makes recommendations on the best response options (food or non-food) to reduce hunger, target the neediest and informing preparedness. The Guidelines provide the CFSVA team with currently recommended procedures and protocols to conduct a desk review, implement a large household survey, analyse quantitative and qualitative data, conduct a risk analysis and a response analysis. The user should already possess basic knowledge of food security and social research techniques. Get the whole publication here.

Regional Business Integrity Conference

BI Conf

The Regional Business Integrity Conference was organised by the ASEAN CSR Network (ACN) on 6 March 2017 in Singapore. It served as a platform for different stakeholders to discuss potential solutions to fight against corruption and restore business integrity in ASEAN, creating a level playing field and promoting long-term sustainability and success for businesses as well as the ASEAN region as a whole. Click here to read the conference report. To find copies of the presentations and speeches, please click here.

Sustainability Reporting in ASEAN 2015

This Sustainability Reporting in ASEAN 2015 is a study carried out by both ASEAN CSR Network (ACN) and National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School's Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO). Please click on the above image to access the full study. For the methodology used for this study, please refer to here.

Sustainability Reporting in Singapore 2015


A study has been carried out by both ASEAN CSR Network (ACN) and National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School's Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) that revealed majority of companies in Singapore are still not communicating sustainability.  A study was also done on REITS as there is a growing importance of them in the capital market. Please click on the above images to download the study reports

Accountability for a Sustainable Future - Sustainability Reporting in Singapore among Singapore Exchange Mainboard Listed Companies 2013

A joint study by Singapore Compact and the National University of Singapore Business School, this second study on the state of sustainability reporting provides a snapshot on the breadth and depth of sustainability communication and reporting by 537 companies listed on Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange as of 31 December 2013. Click to download

For a quick summary of the findings from this latest study, please refer to this infographic.

More information about the methodology can be downloaded here.

Non-Financial Reporting Among Mainboard Listed Companies in Singapore: A View of the Sustainability Reporting Landscape in 2010-2011

Published in 2011, this groundbreaking research study by SIngapore Compact provided the first overview of the non-financial reporting landscape in Singapore as at end 2010 and involved 562 mainboard-listed companies on the Singapore Exchange.

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Non-Financial Accountability of Real Estate Investments in Singapore: Sustainability Reporting in Singapore among Real Estate Investment Trusts listed on the Singapore Exchange 2013

A first-ever look on the state of sustainability reporting among Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by Singapore Compact and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School, this 2014 study is affiliated to the study on the state of sustainbility reportinng by companies listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange, released in July 2014.

For a quick summary of the key findings, please refer to this infographic.

More information on the methodology can be downloaded here.

Click here for a table that compares the difference between a REIT and a property trust.

Integrity Has No Borders

Resources on this website include relevant documents and tools by the Regional Working Group on Business Integrity in ASEAN, the United Nations Global Compact, Transparency International and other credible organisations

ILO Survey of ASEAN employers on skills and competitiveness

The integration of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), scheduled for 2015, raises many questions about potential challenges and impacts faced by enterprises operating in this geographic territory. This survey report aims to capture perceptions of ASEAN employers with respect to the perceived challenges and concerns of enterprises across the regional labour market, and to assess the human resource needs of businesses as well as their awareness of and preparedness for AEC 2015.

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ILO World Report on Child Labour 2015

The second volume of the ILO World Report on Child Labour series highlights the close linkages between child labour and good youth employment outcomes, and the consequent need for common policy approaches to addressing challenges arising in countries where both child labour and youth unemployment prevail.

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ILO World Employment and Social Outlook 2015

The World Employment and Social Outlook is the ILO’s new flagship report on world of work issues. Exploring the inter-connected nature of macroeconomic policies on the one hand, and employment and social outcomes on the other, it analyses which policy combinations are most effective in delivering high employment and balanced incomes. The publication also provides readers with the most up-to-date global as well as regional labour market and social indicators.

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UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014

This reports by UNODC covers 128 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2010 and 2012 (or more recent). The Global Report 2014 highlights the role of organised crime in trafficking in persons, and includes an analytical chapter on how traffickers operate. The worldwide response to trafficking in persons is also a focus of this edition of the Global Report.

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