CSR News from around ASEAN

Role of the Private Sector in the Post-2015 ASEAN and Global Context

Date Thursday, 5 February 2015
Headline What CSR means for ASEAN businesses, the challenges and what can be done
  • Chris Bendl, CEO & President Director, Manulife Indonesia
  • Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair, OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct
  • Rafendi Djamin, Representative of Indonesia for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
  • Noriyuki Suzuki, General Secretary, ITUC Asia-Pacific
  • The social culture dimension of ASEAN compliments economic growth. CSR needs to be contextualised to ASEAN's need and challenges as the region is diverse.  Some of the issues include human rights challenges - migrant workers, inequality within the region and countries, development gaps.
  • The private secor has a role to play in CSR.Private sector need to move from low engagement CSR to more impactful CSR, otehwise it becomes Public Relations.  It needs to be inclusive with all stakeholders. 
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Ensuring ASEAN's Sustainability & Economic Viability

Date: Thursday, 5 February
Event Title:  Ensuring ASEAN's Sustainability & Economic Viability Through Proper Resource Use & Management
Headline Ensuring ASEAN's Sustainability & Economic Viability
  • Ali Mundakir, Vice-President, Corporate Communications, Pertamina
  • Daniel Dumas, Executive Director, Canadian International Resources & Development Institute (CIRDI)
  • Potro Soeprapto, Senior Manager Social Responsibility & Government Relations, PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara
  • Ridwan Kamil, Mayor of Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
  • Puvan Selvanathan, Head for Sustainable Agriculture, UN Global Compact
  • Debora R. Tjandrakusuma, Legal & Corporate Affairs Director, PT Nestle Indonesia
  • Businesses can work on their core values (business expertise) but collaboration of private sector, government and civil society is needed for there to be sustainable outcomes for communities.
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Closing Remarks

Date: Thursday, 5 February
Event Title: Identifying Key Take-Aways for ASEAN
Headline  Consultation on Business and Human Rights to help develop implementation guidelines for National Action Plan
  • Professor Aung Tun Thet, Economic Advisor to the President of Myanmar
  • Michael Addo, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights
  • Thomas Thomas, CEO ASEAN CSR Network
  • Professor Aung Tun Thet, Economic Advisor to the President of Myanmar announced the drafting of National Action Plan for business and human rights in Myanmar.
  • Michael Addo, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.  His next forum in 2015 will help deliver CSR ambition

Tri-sector collaborations are important for ASEAN to harness and manage its natural and human resoures fo sustainable growth.

CSR Thailand Conference 2014 highlights imperative of integrating CSR and sustainability into business strategy

Bangkok, Thailand, 13 November – Themed “Sustainability Development Journey in ASEAN”, the 4th CSR Thailand Conference held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand on 11-12 November 2014 aimed to encourage the private sector in Thailand to integrate corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability into their business strategy and operations at national and regional levels.

Speaking at the Sustainability Reporting Awards ceremony on the second day of the Conference (12 November), Chair of ASEAN CSR Network (ACN) Ms. Yanti Triwadiantini congratulated the winners on their dedication to sustainable business practices and sustainability reporting.

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