CSR News from around ASEAN

ACN Joins New 5-year Programme on Human Rights and Sustainable Development 23 Mar 2017 (Bangkok)

ASEAN CSR Network (ACN) is now a key partner of a newly-launched Regional Programme on Human Rights and Sustainable Development, which will be implemented from 2017 to 2021. Led by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) – a Swedish research institution with a global presence in more than 40 countries – the regional programme will focus on the strengthening of human rights, gender equality and the environment in Asia. ACN will lead in private sector engagement, holding capacity building programmes for companies, while partners such as UNDP and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) focus on similar training for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI), judges and lawyers. A key outcome of the programme is also to empower academics in Asia to deliver high quality, evidence-based research which can better inform policy decisions. More information on the programme will be shared soon.

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A Step Closer for Entry into Force of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons

It has been a positive start for ASEAN’s efforts to combat trafficking in persons in 2017, marked by the ratification of the regional convention against trafficking in persons by two more ASEAN Member States. Viet Nam and Myanmar deposited their Instruments of Ratification of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons.  For more information, please refer to the full article found here.

Integrity key to business survival and sustainability, say company leaders

Transparency and accountability are essential for the very survival of businesses. This was the key message conveyed by company leaders at a seminar on business integrity held in Kuala Lumpur recently.  For more information, please refer to article found in here and here 

Vietnam Business Forum 2016 focuses on private sector

Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnam Business Forum 2016 opened on December 5 in Hanoi focusing on strengthening the role of the private economic sector through fostering the partnership between domestic and foreign enterprises. In opening the annual event, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said the business community in Vietnam saw developments in both terms of quantity and quality in 2016, but still the domestic enterprises are not strong enough to make effective integration, without any representative able to join the global value and supply chains.  For more information, please refer to here.

Helping enterprises resist corruption

The first draft of Việt Nam’s latest anti-corruption law was published in late June by the Government Inspectorate and has been attracting comment and debate from all sectors of society. If all goes according to schedule, the draft will be submitted to the National Assembly in November of this year. Final revisions will go to the National Assembly for adoption in May 2017. Please refer to here for more information.