ASEAN CSR Vision 2020 is our project to support the development of an integrated, equitable and sustainable ASEAN Community through promoting awareness and implementation of international standards on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Leveraging on the momentum created by the ASEAN Community 2015 integration process, the project will support the achievement of ASEAN community-building goals while constructing a strategy and outlook that goes beyond 2015 – recognising that community-building is a continuous process, not an end goal.
OUR FRAMEWORK OF ACTION
Create a Shared Vision
With support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), we play a coordinating role in the formulation of a regional cooperation strategy on CSR in support of ASEAN Community-Building. We believe that there is a need for multi-sector collaboration in crafting a shared vision that will guide stakeholders on CSR implementation, capacity-building, and policy development. This strategy is in line with international standards, taking into consideration the goals of ASEAN and regional realities, especially as we enter a new chapter in ASEAN integration post-2015.
The ACN supports international CSR standards and frameworks – such as the UN Global Compact Ten Principles, ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises – as a basis for CSR advocacy and promotion. We also support partners in delivering training and capacity-building services to their stakeholders. This is done through workshops and forums organised by us and not forgetting the local conferences and events run by our national-level partners. Our training partners include the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Swedish Institute of Standards (SIS).
Enable Collective Action
As interest in CSR increases across all stakeholders in the region, there is a danger of too many fragmented initiatives clouding the landscape and creating unnecessary competition, to the detriment of the goal to create a shared vision on what CSR is and how it can be implemented effectively. We play a critical role in harmonising CSR efforts at the regional level by providing a platform for coordination, cooperation and information exchange.
The objective is to develop, coordinate and implement a regional cooperation and collective action strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility that is consistent with international standards and at the same time, recognising ASEAN goals and realities.
Towards these ends we work on three key issues: