ASEAN CSR Network: 2020 Newsletter

Promoting and enabling
responsible business conduct in ASEAN

​​Dear All Friends and Supporters,

1. 2020 Extraordinarily Challenging Year

20202020 extraordinarily Challenging Year had been a challenging year, different from all the previous challenges.  In addition to the problems of global tensions, environmental degradation, climate change, inequalities, terrorism, etc, we have a pandemic that had serious economic and social consequences.  It has increased hardships for many.  Governments of different countries reacted differently.  At ASEAN level, business leaders made recommendations to ASEAN leaders on the way forward in the document Pathway 225,

Recommendations include strengthening decision making at regional level and more support for responsible and inclusive business conduct with resources for ASEAN CSR Network and the ASEAN Responsible And Inclusive Business Alliance – ARAIBA.

2. The ASEAN Responsible and Inclusive Business Forum is Back

The ASEAN Responsible and Inclusive Business Forum 2020 will be held on 10 December 2020.  It will be a virtual event.  Am impressive list of speakers will cover the 2020 theme of “All-In For Digital Transformation – Revolutionising Your Purpose To Profit in the New Norm”.  This virtual conference is organized by ACN and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) with support from Brands For Good.

Singapore’s Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information; and the Ministry of National Development Ms Sim Ann will be the Guest of Honour.

Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Ambassador at Large at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs will give a special address.  Ambassador Ong is the former Secretary General of ASEAN and also the Chair of the ASEAN CSR Network’s Board of Advisors.

Tan Sri Dato Dr Munir Majid will deliver the keynote address.  Other prominent speakers include Dr Surya Deva from the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and business leaders from the region.  Detailed programme is at

There will be a multitude of sessions at this conference.  Attendance for conference opening, panel discussions and tracks are free.  Register at There is a small fee for additional access.

The detailed synopsis and programme is at

3. ACN launches the ASEAN Responsible and Inclusive Business Alliance (ARAIBA)

ACN launches the ASEAN Responsible and Inclusive Business Alliance (ARAIBA)
The ASEAN Responsible and Inclusive Business Alliance (ARAIBA) is an initiative of ACN and ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC).  It is to mainstream responsible business conduct in ASEAN.  We have created a microsite for this initiative

The Participating Members of the Alliance will be companies operating in ASEAN that agree to the ASEAN Responsible and Inclusive Business Code and demonstrate commitment to work towards upholding this Code, which is based on global standards.

We encourage companies to join us in this effort as global pressures for responsible and inclusive business increases.  This needful as the world addresses the climate challenge, social issues of inequalities, abuses against people and the environment and governance shortfalls as seen in corruption scandals and many moral failures.

Membership details are at and please join by submitting through

4. Thanks you and best wishes for the remainder of the year and better 2021

Participating Organisations
Indonesia - Indonesia Business Links
Myanmar - Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry

If your country does not have a Participating Organisation formalised as a convenor yet, you may contact the Secretariat of the ASEAN CSR Network directly.

ASEAN CSR Network is a company limited by guarantee in Singapore, with charity status as an International Charitable Organisation (ICO) and is an ASEAN accredited Entity.


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