PRESS RELEASE - 29 January 2015

For immediate release, 29 January 2015

ASEAN Next-Gen Forum to tackle role of Corporate Social Responsibility in ASEAN post-2015

Bali, Indonesia -- From 3 to 7 February 2015, approximately 200 leaders and representatives from the business, civil society, and government sectors will gather in Bali, Indonesia for the ASEAN NEXT-GEN CSR FORUM – Breakthroughs for Inclusive & Sustainable Growth in ASEAN Post-2015, to discuss the ‘next generation’ of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  in the region.


The Forum is organised by the ASEAN CSR Network in partnership with the Government of Canada through its Embassy in Jakarta, the ASEAN Foundation, and the Government of Sweden through its Embassy in Bangkok. Key support has likewise been received from the Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office through its Prosperity Fund, and platinum sponsor Intel.

ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh leads the high-level panel of speakers as the guest-of-honour for the Main Forum on 5 February 2015. John Elkington, a sustainability strategist and thought-leader who is credited with developing the “triple bottom line” approach to doing business, will be the keynote speaker. High-level representatives from international bodies such as the OECD, UN Global Compact and UN Office on Drugs & Crime, ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, government agencies, diplomatic and trade missions, NGOs, and trade unions will join business leaders in helping shape the future of CSR in ASEAN.

“New Opportunities, New Challenges”

As ASEAN is gearing up for an integrated economic, political-security and socio-cultural community by the end of 2015, there is growing optimism regarding the opportunities that a single ASEAN market and production base presents. However, if ASEAN is to achieve truly inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth, many challenges need to be faced head-on.  

At the Main Forum and its side events on 4 and 6 February 2015, key issues such as Business & Human Rights, Business Integrity & Anti-Corruption, Food Security & Sustainable Agriculture, Governance & Shared Value in the Extractives Sector will be addressed. Through consultation workshops, working group meetings and training sessions, participants will be able to take an active part in helping translate international norms and standards to concrete actions that fit the ASEAN context.

A Master Class on Corporate Social Responsibility is likewise offered on 03 February 2015 to corporate representatives who wish to learn more about sustainability strategies, CSR implementation, and reporting & communicating CSR. Interest   For more information and registration details, please visit


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