Press Releases

ASEAN Day 50th Anniversary Statement by the ASEAN CSR Network Secretariat

Today, 8 th August is ASEAN Day.

This year, 2017, is also a special year as we, people of ASEAN celebrate the 50 th Anniversary of the founding of ASEAN.

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Applications open for the ASEAN CSR Fellowship!

APPLY BY: 1 Dec 2017 (for commencement on Feb 2018)

The 3-week programme (over a 1-year period) will take Fellows across 4 ASEAN countries –Singapore/Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam – to gain an in-depth understanding on the power of responsible businesses to address Southeast Asia’s key challenges in sustainable development, anti-corruption, human rights and environmental protection.

Scholarships available.

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Regional blended learning course on Human rights and Environment in the framework of Agenda 2030: Introductory workshop 17-21 July 2017

A 3 month training programme kicks off in Jakarta for around 30 participants from the judiciary, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and business community, on the link between human rights and environmental protection. ACN is supporting the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) for this course, which features 1 week of classroom sessions in Jakarta, followed by online modules.

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Myanmar Fellowship Day 5


On the final day, Fellows spent the morning discussing next steps for the Fellowship, including the setting up of an Alumni Network to ensure that the peer learning platform provided by the Fellowship continues to stay alive. Country leads and a 'Class Chairman' were appointed. They also shared ideas on how best to present their key learning outcomes at the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit in Sept 2017, which will mark the conclusion of the inaugural batch of Fellows.

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Myanmar Fellowship Day 4

best garment brief

Fellows being briefed on Best Garment Factory's CSR policies

Fellows visited Best Garment Factory in Hmawbi to learn about how older companies in Myanmar have been practising CSR, including good practices in industrial relations and employees' welfare, before the onset of "CSR" as a more Western-economic concept. Building trust among workers and managers, being open and incorporating good ideas from workers in production lines, continuous training, providing incentives for optimal productivity and reduced overtime work are some of the ideas which have been applied by the Best Garment Factory. This has enabled the factory to sustain its business despite increasing competition in the garment industry in Myanmar.

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