CSR News from around ASEAN

Financing the Missing Middle in Southeast Asia

ASEAN CSR Network (ACN) and its project partner, AVPN, shared the findings of a recent piece of research about MSMEs in ASEAN, covering the level of support available to them with regards to access to finance, technical support and an enabling environment. The findings were presented to participants at the breakout session on Financing the Missing Middle in Southeast Asia of the AVPN Conference 2018 on 6 June 2018, making up mainly of impact investors and social entrepreneurs. A key finding of the research was the 'missing middle' phenomenon, where MSMEs in early- to growth-stage remain underserved by financiers. They typically exceed upper thresholds for smaller loans such as microfinance, and yet are perceived by financial institutions to be risky and costly customers.

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ACN supports AICHR Interregional Dialogue: Sharing Good Practices on Business & Human Rights

With support from the ASEAN CSR Network (ACN), more than 100 participants from the region gathered at the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Interregional Dialogue on 4- 6 June 2018 in Bangkok to share best practices on business and human rights, covering issues ranging from progress made on National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights in ASEAN, to the role of financial institutions in human rights.

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ACN tackles carbon pricing in new webinar

Carbon pricing can only be effective if it is economically meaningful--That is the main message of ACN's webinar on carbon pricing and its role in tackling climate change.

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Responsible Business 101 Webinar Series wraps up with business integrity & gender equity

The Responsible Business 101 (RB101) Webinar Series ended on a high note in May 2018, with the last two (2) webinars on the topics of business integrity and anti-corruption and gender equity in business.

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