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Indonesia - Module 2 of ASEAN CSR Fellowship (2017)

For Module 2 of the ASEAN CSR Fellowship, ACN partnered with Indonesia Business Links (IBL) to deliver the 5-day programme. In Indonesia, Fellows re-visited key themes within CSR which they explored in Singapore – including business and human rights (BHR), business integrity and environmental sustainability – but in the different context of Indonesia. Compared to Singapore, a cosmopolitan island-state driven mainly by trade and commerce, Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s largest and most populous country, home to the largest Muslim population in the world, an archipelago with more than 18,000 islands abundant with natural resources. As such, the learning objective for the Fellows was to build an understanding of CSR as it applies across ASEAN, comparing the different experiences in the 4 countries visited.

Highlights in Indonesia:

  1. Tour of the ASEAN Secretariat
  2. Site Visit to a Waste Bank in Mampang, Jakarta, as an example of a multi-stakeholder initiative helmed by Unilever Foundation
  3. Sharing by Danone, APRIL-RAPP on their strategies to ensure business practices are in line with environmental protection
  4. Discussion with the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) and Telkomtelstra (one of Indonesia's largest telcos) on corporate governance
  5. A supply chain mapping exercise covering the garment, F&B, FMCG and other industries
  6. Workshop on how to forge and manage strategic partnerships for better outcomes

Day 1 (3 Apr 2017) - Visit to ASEAN Secretariat

The ASEAN CSR Fellowship kicked off in Jakarta with an overview of the status of responsible business practices in Indonesia presented by Indonesia Business Links (IBL), ACN's local partner for the 5-day programme. Over the 5 days, the key topics and learning points included: business and human rights, environmental protection, youth empowerment and unemployment, and multi-stakeholder approaches for development.

ASEAN CSR Fellowship Indonesia Day 1 

The first stop on Day 1 was the ASEAN Secretariat - where Fellows were introduced to the history of ASEAN, its objectives and role in the global order. Mr. Lee Yoong Yoong, Director of the Community Affairs Directorate shared compelling statistics presenting ASEAN as a formidable bloc, with a projected population of 700 million by 2030. He also presented one of ASEAN’s most important guiding documents – the ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Blueprint – which marks ASEAN’s goals to be more cohesive, resilient and self-sufficient.

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At the ASEAN Secretariat, Ms. Yanti Triwadiantini, Chair of ACN and Sustainability Advisor of IBL, also gave an overview of ASEAN's take on the responsible business agenda. She explained that CSR features in all three pillars of the ASEAN 2025 Blueprint, as ASEAN recognises the importance of involving the private sector to achieve sustainable development in the region. She also shared ASEAN’s key milestones in CSR, starting with the establishment of AICHR in 2009, the first Baseline Study on Business & Human Rights (prepared with the support of ACN) in 2014, and more recently, the ASEAN Guidelines for CSR on Labour and the draft ASEAN Regional Strategy on CSR and Human Rights – both developed in 2016. Ms. Yanti also shared the key highlights of the Baseline Study, and had an in-depth discussion with the Fellows on the commonalities and differences in the practice of CSR between ASEAN countries.

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Next, Mr. Heru Prasetyo, Chairman of IBL, introduced the role of Indonesia Business Links (IBL) in progressing the CSR agenda in Indonesia. He marked the history of IBL’s birth after the economic collapse of 1998, when there was high unemployment and exit of many companies from Indonesia. The highlight of Mr. Heru’s discussion was an observation on the evolution of CSR in ASEAN. First, when capitalism was first introduced, the only social obligation of companies was to pay taxes and create jobs. Later, this expanded to include philanthropy, then later strategic giving (e.g. cause-related marketing), corporate community investment and finally, the emergence of ‘sustainable businesses’. Governments and businesses in each AMS may have a varying understanding of CSR along this evolution of CSR.

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After the ASEAN Secretariat, Fellows paid a visit to the ASEAN Foundation, established in 1997 to promote awareness, identity, interaction and development of the people of ASEAN. The visit was hosted by Ms. Elaine Tan, Executive Director of ASEF and one of ACN’s Trustees. Ms. Elaine introduced the variety of programmes by the Foundation, from education (e.g. the ASEAN Internship Programme) to arts (e.g. APEX-ASEAN Puppetry Exchange) and – more in line with CSR – support for farmers (e.g. ASEAN Farmers’ Organisations Support Programme) and building a network for social entrepreneurs (e.g. ASEAN Conference on Social Entrepreneurship). During the Q+A, it was evident that the Fellows were impressed with the collaborative nature of the Foundation’s programmes, which typically involved private companies as strategic partners.

Day 2 (4 Apr 2017) - Business & Human Rights, Business Integrity in Indonesia

Day 2 focused on business and human rights, and collective action for business integrity in Indonesia. The day featured speakers from from Vale Indonesia, Oxfam Indonesia, Telkomtelstra and Indonesia Chamber of Commerece and Industry (KADIN).


The first panel discussion included Mr. Basrie Kamba from Vale Indonesia. Vale Indonesia is a subsidiary of Vale, a global mining company headquartered in Brazil, operating open-pit nickel mines in Sulawesi since 1968 and currently produces 5% of the world’s supply of nickel. Mr. Basrie shared that the mining industry has always been contentious, with many challenges in the area of BHR including land acquisition. He shared that the profile of business and human rights issues has continued to rise, with the Indonesian NHRI – Komnasham – receiving an increasing number of complaints. Fellows had many questions during the Q+A, particularly about how Vale conducts EIAs, community engagement and how they manage their communications.

Oxfam Indonesia was also invited to share their views and Mr. Budo Kuncoro, Country Director, presented a more academic approach to the topic of business and human rights, putting forward statistics on human rights complaints in Indonesia. He highlighted that the police receives the highest number of complaints, followed by companies – and half of these complaints were in the plantation sector. He reminded Fellows about the vastness of these operations, with one plantation occupying a land mass equivalent to 7 Singapores. Such large-scale operations can have massive impacts on communities – for the better or worse. Other issues faced by Indonesia include a widening inequality gap, freedom of association, discrimination against women, labour trafficking and contract violation, particularly in high-risk industries such as fisheries, garment, palm oil and extractive industries.


The second panel discussion focused on Business Integrity. Mr. Ernest Alto, VP of Risk and Compliance at Telkomtelstra, one of Indonesia’s largest telecommunications operators, shared about the importance of the tone from the top. He also shared an interesting case study involving collective action with other companies. Dr. Suryani Sidik F. Motik, Head of CSR from the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), also highlighted many new regulations and institutions set up after the Suharto era to combat corruption. Both panelists agreed that it often takes two to tango, and that the prerogative lies with companies to resist external pressures on corrupt practices and continue to act with integrity. 

Day 3 (5 Apr 2017) - Business & Environment in Indonesia

The focus of Day 3 was on business and the environment, a fresh topic not yet fully addressed during the Fellowship. Fellows heard from a former Indonesian Minister about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was followed by a sharing of the best practices of two MNCs – Danone and Unilever – as well as a regional company – APRIL-RAPP – on how they manage the transboundary haze issue in the contentious pulp and paper industry. The day ended with a visit to Unilever Foundation’s waste bank project in Mampang, Jakarta.


Ms. Erna Witoelar is a former Minister of Human Settlements and currently a National Advisor to SDGs, spending a large part of her career working on sustainable development in Indonesia. She shared that there have been major progressive steps taken by the environment ministry to set regulations and take bold action. However, as there were still problems with regards to enforcement, she sounded the call for the private sector to take the lead, likening government bodies to a tank which is slow to take off, compared to non-state actors as bicycles which are nimble and efficient.

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Ms. Ratih Anggraeni from Danone Indonesia gave a comprehensive summary of Danone’s key and efforts in sustainability. This included detailed strategies on managing water cycles, waste management, promoting sustainable agriculture and forging a circular economy in their business operations. Danone is a well-recognised leader in the field of CSR and Ms. Ratih’s presentation proved that their brand equity through CSR was well-founded.

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Ms. Dian Novarina, Sustainability Head of APRIL-RAPP - a leading manufacturer in the pulp and paper industry - shared that along with many other companies in this industry, APRIL-RAPP had been accused in the past of unsustainable forestry methods contributing to the transboundary haze. She shared a presentation on the company’s ‘no burn’ policy, and the multi-prong approach taken to prevent fires in their plantations. In particular, she shared that APRIL-RAPP takes efforts to engage the community engaged in agriculture next to their plantations, working with them to halt and prevent the use of fires – intentional or accidental – to clear land. Ms. Dian shared that 80% of the fires were related to the community, spreading into APRIL’s land, whether conservation areas or plantations. The creation of buffer zones and a no-encroachment policy failed to prevent fires from spreading accidentally. Hence, one of APRIL-RAPP’s strategies is to strengthen partnership with the community with the creation of Fire-Aware / Free / Resilient Communities, incentivizing communities with in-kind gifts if they meet fire-free targets. They also work with other NGOs and companies through the Fire-Free Alliance. During the Q+A, a long list of questions were raised to better understand why, despite efforts as communicated by companies, fires continue to burn and the transboundary haze continues for decades to be a problem.

The last item on the agenda for Day 3 was a visit to a waste bank in Mampang, Jakarta, supported by the Unilever Indonesia Foundation. In the recent years, various waste banks have been set up to increase the rate of recycling and are now scattered across Jakarta. Members of the community collect and deposit waste at the waste bank, earning credit which they can withdraw as vouchers or cash. In this way, the community also benefits from better financial literacy. To incentivise the use of the waste bank, members are allowed to borrow money from the bank and receive discounts for perks such as a trip together at the end of the year.

While such community projects are not uncommon and not unique to Indonesia, the objective of the site visit was to help Fellows understand how the private sector can work closely with the government, community and civil society to implement a successful community project. A key learning outcome to understand first-hand how multi-stakeholders can leverage on each other’s strengths while navigating through their differences when working together on multi-stakeholder projects such as this.

The Vice Mayor of South Jakarta, Drs. Irmansyah, graced the site visit in Mampang. Ms. Djuraidah Mahmud spoke, representing the views of the community as the Head of Community of Waste Bank Mekar Sari, sharing that the community did not initially see the benefits of this initiative, starting only with 12 members with one waste bank in 2014. However, by 2017, they had expanded to 200 members and developed 7 waste banks. Lastly, Mr. Muchtazar Muchtazar from the Unilever Indonesia Foundation shared about Unilever’s involvement in waste banks in Indonesia, as well as their general strategy on sustainability. Part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan includes creating impact through community engagement – and supporting this waste bank was one such initiative. For all projects implemented, Unilever maintains a 360-degree engagement model, involving NGOs, the government, media and the private sector to allocate resources. This ensures that all stakeholders are engaged in the implementation of their programmes. For this particular programme, they formed partnerships with the local government, local community and an NGO called Rumah Palawi Foundation.

The local media was also present and the visit was featured in the news.

Day 4 (6 Apr 2017) - CSR & Youth Empowerment in Indonesia

Day 4 started with a 2-hour supply chain mapping exercise, where Fellows split into 4 groups to explore the supply chain of 4 different industries. These industries were selected to reflect the work experience of some of the Fellows, as well as industries which faced large risks in terms of CSR.

1) Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Industry
2) Garment Industry
3) F&B
4) Construction / Property Development


Fellows marked out the main stakeholders using post its and drew arrows to identify the main flows (of labour and money). The groups then rotated around and shared their key findings with each other. After which, using coloured dots, they identified the ‘pain points’ where risks to human rights, environment or business integrity could occur, as well as the ‘opportunities’ to address these risks through CSR.


The focus then turned to CSR and youth empowerment – or more importantly, the private sector playing a role to find opportunities for the youth to gain employment. 48% of the Indonesia population is economically active, and of that rate, 22.6% are unemployed. Especially in regions outside Jakarta, few jobs are available for high school graduates and they are lower-skilled. Youth empowerment is also one of IBL’s key focuses, in recognition of this problem. The afternoon’s sharing consisted of 2 speakers from Accenture and IBL.

Mr. Fuad Lalean, Managing Director of Accenture shared that youth empowerment is one of Accenture’s most important focuses for CSR, recognising that the top challenges for youth people include a poor ability to present themselves in the job market – for example, writing good CVs and conducting themselves well in an interview – as well as lacking in entrepreneurial skills. He argued that corporates should view these youths as their potential talent pool, and advocated for the corporate role of corporates in youth empowerment. He also shared Accenture’s strategy to impact 3 million youth globally by building up their competencies, engaging them in the business operations and advocating for them to have more opportunities.
Ms. Harmini Simanungkalit, Youth Manager from IBL also shared about IBL’s approach to increase the capacity of youth through the strengthening of entrepreneurship skills and employability. Since 2009, IBL has been engaged in projects for youth empowerment with Accenture as one of the donors. Over the last decade or so, they have worked with 1,500 youths through 4 programmes, and are continually improving the methodology and strategy. The major impacts are an improvement in the attitude and mentality of beneficiaries, the creation of 42 new life skill trainers, as well as income generation for the families.

Day 5 (7 Apr 2017) - Managing Effective Partnership for Development


The final day featured a half-day workshop by Ms. Yanti Triwadiantini, Chair of ASEAN CSR Network and Sustainability Advisor of IBL. She encouraged Fellows to consider strategic partnerships for their Capstone Projects, and shared that partnerships have also been identified as the way forward, whether for businesses, CSOs or governments, to implement successful programmes. However, partnerships requires tact and skill to strike a fine balance between the goals of partners, and the morning session tackled those issues head on.


In the afternoon, Fellows took a break and went on a half-day tour of Jakarta’s best sites to better understand Indonesia's history and development. Starting with a visit to the Bank Museum, they continued on to a walking tour of Kota Tua (or “Old Town”), a visit to the beach at Ancol before heading to Bandar Djakarta for a seafood dinner.


The closing dinner was hosted by Mr. Rafendi Djamin, former representative of Indonesia to AICHR and one of the Advisers to ACN. Mr. Rafendi has had a long career in activism, civil society and academia, advocating for human rights in Indonesia and ASEAN. Over dinner, Fellows had the opportunity to tap on his rich experiences and stories collected during his long journey.

Ms. Dian Novarina, Sustainability Head of APRIL-RAPP - a leading manufacturer in the pulp and paper industry - shared that along with many other companies in this industry, APRIL-RAPP had been accused in the past of unsustainable forestry methods contributing to the transboundary haze. She shared a presentation on the company’s ‘no burn’ policy, and the multi-prong approach taken to prevent fires in their plantations. In particular, she shared that APRIL-RAPP takes efforts to engage the community engaged in agriculture next to their plantations, working with them to halt and prevent the use of fires – intentional or accidental – to clear land. Ms. Dian shared that 80% of the fires were related to the community, spreading into APRIL’s land, whether conservation areas or plantations. The creation of buffer zones and a no-encroachment policy failed to prevent fires from spreading accidentally. Hence, one of APRIL-RAPP’s strategies is to strengthen partnership with the community with the creation of Fire-Aware / Free / Resilient Communities, incentivizing communities with in-kind gifts if they meet fire-free targets. They also work with other NGOs and companies through the Fire-Free Alliance. During the Q+A, a long list of questions were raised to better understand why, despite efforts as communicated by companies, fires continue to burn and the transboundary haze continues for decades to be a problem.

Myanmar - Module 3 of ASEAN CSR Fellowship (2017)

For Module 3 of the ASEAN CSR Fellowship, ACN worked with the Union of Myanmar Federation Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) as its local partner. Myanmar presents a unique context as a country at the turning point of its history - with ongoing political and economic reform, a new investment law which empowers the government to keep out irresponsible investments, as money continues to pour into the energy, mining, garment and other 'high-risk' industries, and as Burmese 'repats' return to start businesses after lifted sanctions.

In this context, Fellows focused on the following questions for Module 3: Will they be able to undo years of corruption by the military government? Will the development of its tourism industry also come with the common ills such as sex tourism? Will proceeds from its oil fields trickle down to the poorest? Will post-conflict states be able to recover and benefit from business activity?

Highlights in Myanmar:

  1. Learning from high profile advocates of CSR in Myanmar: Daw Khine Khine Nwe – Joint Secretary-General, UMFCCI, Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet - Chairman, Global Compact Network Myanmar; Mr. Martin Pun - CSR Head of YOMA Strategic Holdings Group

  2. Discussion on responsible investment with First Myanmar Investment Company, Myanmar Investment Commission and others

  3. Site visit to Coca Cola bottling plant

  4. Site visit to Best Garment Factory

  5. Learning about business and human rights at the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB)

  6. Workshops on CSR buzzwords, sustainability reporting, responsible public procurement

Day 1 (3 July 2017) - Understanding CSR in Myanmar

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The morning session started with a session by Prof Dr. Aung Tun Thet (Chairman, Global Compact Network Myanmar) who provided an overview about the role of the business community in Myanmar, especially during this transitional period of democratisation. He spoke on the particular aspects of Myanmar's culture which made it unique, including the culture of corporate philanthropy being deeply embedded among the business community. Importantly, he commented on the baggage of the past which continues to affect CSR in Myanmar - there remains a strong reliance on top-down approaches due to years of authoritarian rule, as well as historically-complex issues such as crony capitalism and land rights. Yet, good news remains as the new government seems to have the political will to combat corruption, and a strong drive from the business community to participate in the UN Global Compact Network.

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Next was an introduction to UMFCCI by U Zaw Min Win (Chairman, UMFCCI) and Daw Khine Khine Nwe (Joint Secretary-General, UMFCCI; Trustee, ACN), who provided an overview of how UMFCCI promotes responsible business. They added that other key developments in Myanmar include: A large number of companies signing up to Global Compact Network Myanmar, interest from UMFCCI to promote responsible business, a new coalition called Business 4 Peace (B4P) focusing on responsible business in post-conflict areas, a keen interest from companies in ISO 26000 and an interest from academia to introduce 'Principles of Management' Education to train future business leaders in business ethics.

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The afternoon session featured a panel discussion on responsible investment in Myanmar by the following speakers:

  • Mr. Aung Naing Oo (Director General, Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, Secretary, Myanmar Investment Commission)
  • Mr. Melvyn Pun (CEO, First Myanmar Investment Company)
  • Mr. Xavier Preel (Country Director, TOTAL)

Responsible investment has been an important topic for Myanmar since 2012, communicating to potential investors that the government was seeking quality investments – for example, which promoted export, featured technological transfers. The discussion featured questions such as how Myanmar could attract responsible investors which could benefit the country in an inclusive manner, what the key challenges in responsible invesment in Myanmar were, and what were the key interventions that have been successful to the country. Speakers shared that on 18 Oct 2016, a new investment law came in place where investors were required to provide quarterly reports on their performance in responsible business, as well as conduct Environmental Impact Social Assessments which must include community consultations. Another positive development is that the private sector is gaining interest and awareness in CSR. For example, the Myanmar Property Investment Award now includes an award for CSR.

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The day ended with a workshop on CSR concepts such as: "Creating Shared Value (CSV)", "social license to operate" and "FTSE4Good". Which of these 'buzzwords' are here to stay and which are simply fads? What are the latest trends in CSR? 

Day 2 (4 July 2017) - Business & Human Rights, Deep Dives in the Energy & Extractive Industry

In the morning of Day 2 of the ASEAN CSR Fellowship in Myanmar, the Fellows had a conversation with Myanmar ‘Returnees” to learn how the new wave of returning Myanmar businessmen are becoming Myanmar’s pioneers of responsible business. There is a strong desire by the people of Myanmar living overseas to return home, as long as quality employment is available. According to the speakers, there is a genuine desire to return home to contribute to the country’s rise from its slumber after political/economic reform. For the Pun family, one of the most prominent business families in Myanmar, they had clear reasons for returning after sanctions were lifted – to build up the nation. They hoped to do this by providing employment opportunities and ensuring that the company was not corrupt. By 2012, they had 46 companies from banks to hotels, hiring up to 4,000 people. However, challenges remain for ‘repats’ to reintegrate into Myanmar society, as they may no longer speak the local language and usually command a much higher salary. Further challenges also face entrepreneurs hoping to return home to start businesses, as the infrastructure supporting business activities is relatively weak. For example, there are barriers in place for exporting goods. SMEs also face the problem of a lack of support to move up the value chain.

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Mr Martin Pun, CSR Head of YOMA Strategic Holdings Group (photo middle), his son, Mr. Calvin Pun, a social entrepreneur (photo: left), and Mr Zaw Htoo Aung, Market Development and Government Affairs & Policy Leader, GE Myanmar (photo: right) were on panel to provide their experiences and lessons they hoped the country would adopt in order for it to harness the potential of private sector activity.

Daw Pansy

The second session featured Daw Pansy Htun Thein, National Advisor to the Gender Equality Network (GEN), who shared with the Fellows on the status and challenges of gender equality. While the country has indeed taken many steps to address the issue, more had to be done to ensure enforcement. She shared that women are still under-represented in the workforce and that the majority were unskilled and given unequal pay for equal work. The civil society movement – including advocacy for women empowerment – received a large boost of support after Cyclone Nargis. After the disaster, many cases of abuse against women occurred and this ironically raised alarm bells about the need to tackle these previously-hidden issues. At the start, ‘women protection’ served as an entry point for discussions rather than the more sensitive term of ‘gender equality’. Since then, civil society dialogue opened up after further economic and political reforms made it easier for women advocates to speak up.


In the afternoon, the Fellows visited the Myanmar Center for Responsible Business (MCRB) to learn about the key business and human rights issues in Myanmar, with a deep dive in the energy and extractive industries. MCRB has conducted in-depth impact assessments in selected industries, including oil & gas, tourism, ICT and mining. They shared that the key business and human rights issues in Myanmar include land issues, such as forceful land acquisition for agribusiness and extractive industries, and labour rights issues, such as strikes about long working hours, low wages and health and safety in certain industries.


For the final session of the day, the Fellows visited Turquoise Mountain’s workshop, a social enterprise working hard to be Myanmar’s first retailor of responsible-gold, while hiring Myanmar craftsmen to ensure the continuity of Myanmar’s traditional jewellery-making.

Day 3 (5 July 2017) - Responsible Tourism


The 3rd day started with a visit to the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI). Discussions surrounded Myanmar's large potential for tourism, which - if harnessed in a responsible manner - can maximize the benefits for communities and the economy. As the number of businesses involved in the tourism industry continued to grow, it will be increasingly important for the government and other stakeholders in Myanmar to ensure tourism can help empower local communities, create livelihoods, while having a strong focus on environmental protection. A situational analysis conducted by MRTI revealed that many problems currently exist, including the sexual exploitation of domestic workers who are mainly from ethnic minority groups, and young brides being sold in the ‘virgin market’ to wealthy Chinese in the Myanmar-Chinese border. If Myanmar does not have a consolidated effort to stem the flow of these practices, it could open the floodgates to further problems such as child sex tourism.


The rest of the day saw the Fellows spending the afternoon joining a walking tour in Yangon. They visited and learned about the history of the Bogyoke Aung San Market and Shwedagon Pagoda (Golden Pagoda).

Day 4 (6 July 2017) - Deep Dives in the F&B and Garment Industry

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Fellows visited Best Garment Factory in Hmawbi to learn about the garment industry. The garment industry often faces criticisms for the lack of protection for factory workers, driven by low returns due to stiff competition for low prices of garments. In many factories, the staff turnover rate is high and protests are not uncommon. In general, it was discussed that European brands usually demand a higher standard of protection for workers, due to pressure from NGO groups.

Garment Factory

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Fellows then visited a Coca-Cola botting facility to learn about the MNC's best practices in responsible business. They were met by Mr. Alexander Chapman, Head of Public Affairs and Communications of Coca-Cola Pinya Beverage Myanmar. He highlighted the importance of earning the 'social license to operate’, in order to ensure the long term sustainability of the business. In order to attain this, he shared that Coca-Cola embarked on a high-level framework which includes the following key steps/actions: mapping out business value chains and impacts; developing policies, procedures and internal controls; investing in infrastructure, machinery and technology; having transparency in operations (e.g. reporting); engaging stakeholders in discussions; and participating in community and social business programmes.

Day 5 (7 July 2017) - Looking Ahead


On the final day of the ASEAN CSR Fellowship in Myanmar, the Fellows spent the morning reflecting on the key things they have learnt from the Fellowship, and discussing the next steps for the Fellowship. This includes their Capstone project presentation and setting up the Fellowship Alumni.


Another workshop was held on Sustainability Reporting, tackling 3 key questions: Why do businesses report? What should they report on? And what distinguishes an outstanding report from the rest? Fellows also compared sustainability reports based on GRI standards, and shared their analysis on the strengths and weaknesses of each report.


For the final session, Fellows took part in a 'crony mapping' exercise which highlighted the harsh reality in ASEAN that business and political circles too often overlap. Fellows split into their respective countries, mapping out power relations within well-known families in their own country, and analysing where the risks of corruption lie. They also discussed potential solutions to cronyism, including the adoption of international standards on transparency and public procurement.


The ASEAN CSR Fellowship in Myanmar concluded successfully with a closing dinner hosted by the Joint Secretary General of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), Daw Khine Khine Nwe at Karaweik Palace, where Fellows were treated to traditional Burmese cultural dances and local cuisine.

The Fellowship will resume in September 2017, with the last training module in Manila held to coincide with the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit.

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SINGAPORE, Reporting ASEAN (31 August 2016)– Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate governance are far from new, but they are now becoming norms that merit companies’ investment in and disclosure about them, deeper study by research institutions and their teaching in business schools in Southeast Asia and beyond.