CSR News from around ASEAN

ACN calls on AEC Deputy Secretary-General to discuss responsible business institutionalisation

From left: Mr Thomas Thomas, CEO of ACN; Dr Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community; Ms Yanti Triwadiantini, Chair of ACN; Ms Lynda Lim, Programme Director of ACN

On 16 July 2018, the ASEAN CSR Network (ACN) paid a courtesy call on newly-appointed Deputy Secretary-General for the ASEAN Economic Community, Dr Aladdin D. Rillo in Jakarta, Indonesia. This meeting discussed the framework of strategic partnership on institutionalising Responsible Business in the ASEAN Economic Pillar, to contribute to the achievement of the ASEAN Economic Community 2025 Blueprint.

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ASEAN CSR Fellowship 2018 completes Module 2 in Vietnam

ASEAN CSR Network (ACN) organised Module 2 of the ASEAN CSR Fellowship between 2 and 6 July 2018, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was held with support from the Government of Sweden through the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK FCO), National Youth Council Singapore, and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).

It was participated by 22 Fellows, represented by all ASEAN member states, except Brunei. Most of the Fellows are employed in the private sector (90 percent), and 10 percent of the Fellows comprised of professionals who work in the third sector and academia.

The overall aim of the programme is to develop a pool of professionals to become ambassadors for responsible business in Southeast Asia. It aims to bring together a team of high-potential individuals from businesses, governments, academia, and civil societies, to equip them with in-depth theoretical and practical concepts in responsible business. The learning objective is to build an understanding of responsible business as it applies across ASEAN.

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ACN signs MOU with RWI to strengthen collaboration on business and human rights and other issues

ASEAN CSR Network (ACN)  and Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 09 July 2018 in Singapore to strengthen the partnership and set out broad areas of cooperation between the two organisations for the period of April 2018 to December 2021.

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ASEAN CSR Fellowship 2018: Module 2 (Vietnam)

ASEAN CSR Fellowship 2018 - Module 2 will convene in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam on 2-6 July 2018.

The learning objective is to build on their understanding of responsible business as it applies across ASEAN, by following up with Vietnam’s business integrity and anti-corruption initiatives, and explore human rights and labour issues in migration. Module 2 will also introduce the concept of sustainable development and deep dive into the fourth industrial revolution and its impact on responsible business. Fellows will go through a series of trainings, including but not limited to ethical recruitment, and cost and benefit analysis of responsible business.

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