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Inaugural ASEAN CSR Fellowship concludes in the Philippines

The inaugural ASEAN CSR Fellowship, first launched in January 2017, closes in Manila with a Graduation and Closing Dinner with H.E. Mr. Leo Herrera-Lim, the Chair of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). This marks the end of a year-long journey for 15 Fellows which saw them successfully completing four modules of the Fellowship, starting with Singapore (January), Jakarta (April), before heading to Yangon (July) and finally Manila (September).

Over the past year, Fellows visited 4 countries and attended a series of on-site discussions, workshops and site visits. The key highlights include:

  • Workshops on: Sustainability reporting; CSR buzzwords and trends; supply chain mapping; strategic partnerships; dilemmas in ethical decision-making; crony-capitalism & responsible public procurement; communicating their CSR strategy, and crafting a public narrative
  • Site visits to: the ASEAN Secretariat; Singapore Parliament; a waste bank supported by Unilever Foundation; a Coca-Cola factory; a garment factory; a hydro-electric power plant; and a farmer’s group supplying to a large F&B chain
  • Closing dinners in Singapore with Ambassador Ong Keng Yong (former ASEAN Secretary General), in Indonesia with Mr. Rafendi Djamin (former representative of Indonesia to AICHR), in Myanmar with Ms. Khine Khine Nwe (Joint Secretary-General, Union of Myanmar Federation Chambers of Commerce and Industry), and in Manila with H.E. Leo Herrera-Lim (Chair of ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights)

From left: Visit to Coca-Cola factory in Yangon, workshop on business integrity at the National University of Singapore, sharing of ideas at the closing dinner in Singapore

Fellows also completed a Capstone Project, either as individuals or in groups, as a tangible outcome of the Fellowship. These projects are practical, hands-on and have clear measurable outcomes. Key Capstone Projects that have come from the Fellows include: A project on responsible agricultural investments; a project to improve financial inclusion for coffee farmers and an e-platform to educate factory workers in Vietnam about their rights.

We are also pleased to announce that an Alumni Network of CSR Fellows has been set up. An executive committee has been formed with the aims of ensuring that the sharing process on CSR practices continues. The Fellows have also set up a peer sharing e-platform for past and future Fellows to maintain constant contact, continue discussions and receive updates on CSR. Fellows will also continue engagement through informal/formal meetups. The opportunities are there for this Alumni to grow and become a supportive leaders group in CSR, to transform the ASEAN landscape into one that recognises not just profits, but also people and the planet.

The Fellowship will continue in 2018. Applications are currently open till Dec. 1, 2017. In 2018, the programme will take place in Vietnam, Myanmar, and either Singapore or Malaysia. Information on eligibility and the application process can be found at:


About the ASEAN CSR Fellowship

The Fellowship seeks to build up the next generation of ambassadors for responsible business in Southeast Asia, harnessing the potential of the private sector in addressing key regional issues in anti-corruption, environmental degradation and human rights. The Fellowship is part of ACN’s ongoing efforts to help practitioners re-define CSR, away from its misconception that it is just corporate philanthropy and volunteerism, towards the business responsibility to look beyond their bottom line and consider the social and environmental implications of their activities. It is in line with ACN’s mission to promote and enable responsible business conduct in ASEAN to achieve sustainable, equitable and inclusive social, environmental and economic development. The Fellowship is organised with support from the Government of Sweden, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UKFCO) and the National Youth Council of Singapore (NYC).

Class of 2017 – ASEAN CSR Fellowship:

  • Aji Paramartha - Senior Manager, People Performance & Culture, KPMG Indonesia (Indonesia)
  • Dini Triyuni - Senior Grant Officer, WWF Indonesia (Indonesia)
  • Selvaraj A/L V Ramasamy - Diplomatic & Administrative Officer (Principal Assistant Secretary), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Malaysia)
  • Lydia Ang - Senior Manager, Group Communications & CSR, Capitaland (Singapore)
  • Michelle Ong - Program Coordinator, MetroBank Foundation (Philippines)
  • Nguyen Dung Tien - Enterprise Advisor, ILO-IFC Joint Programme on Better Work (Vietnam)
  • Nguyen Thi Bich Hien - Project Manager, Ha Long-Cat Ba Alliance Initiative, International Union for Conservation of Nature (Vietnam)
  • Philaiphone Vongpraseuth - Managing Director, Phousy Group Sole (Laos)
  • Pidor Chhay - Business Integrity Senior Programme Officer, Transparency International (Cambodia)
  • Quek Shiyun - Assistant Director, Corporate Giving & Lead, National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (Singapore)
  • Sambath Bun - Assistant to CEO, G Gear Company (Cambodia)
  • Sanva Saephan - General Manager, Business Development, KP Lao (Laos)
  • Vanida Khouangvichit - Private Sector Engagement, Village Focus International (Laos)
  • Vo Ly Hoai Vinh - Sustainability Officer, Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam (Vietnam)
  • Zin Mar Lwin - International Finance Manager, Norwegian People's Aids (Myanmar)

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About the ASEAN CSR Network (ACN)

ACN is an ASEAN Entity acting as the regional network of CSR networks in ASEAN Member States. It was formed in December 2010 with the vision to have “a responsible business community that makes ASEAN a better place to live for all”. Its mandate is to have corporate social responsibility (CSR) incorporated in the corporate agenda and contribute towards sustainable socio-economic development in ASEAN Member States. The ACN provides a platform for networking and cooperation, supports capacity-building and training activities, helps catalyse collective action on key issues, and provides a link with regional and international bodies in supporting the advancement of CSR in the region. It is accredited as an ASEAN entity under Annex 2 of the ASEAN Charter.

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About the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF)

The League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) is a network of almost 100 corporate foundations and corporations in the Philippines. The League has continued to be at the forefront of promoting and enhancing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice among its members and the larger business community since its formation in 1991. In 2016, the LCF celebrated its 20th year as a network in leading the business sectors expanding interest in corporate philanthropy, CSR, and commitment to nation building.

Kapihan Sa LCF

A monthly round table discussion among LCF members to chat about issues, concerns or any topics relevant to CSR practice and beneficial to members.

Last March 17, 2016, LCF-CSRI had a one-hour session on Section 30: Exemption from Tax on Corporation and Other Tax Exemption Updates with our guests from the Legal Division of BIR Revenue Region No. 8 - Makati, Atty. Wilmer Dekit and Atty. Vic Santos. It was attended by 41 participants from 25 LCF member organizations.  This was held at JVR Function Room, AIM Conference Center, Makati City.

"Gains From Giving" BusinessWorld special feature on CSR

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July is Philippine CSR Month!

July 1 marks the start of CSR Month!


“Commit. Strengthen. Rebuild.” - this year’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Month is lined up with various important and exciting events, all envisioned to promote nation building and collaborative action by various sectors in the country. The celebration, organized by the League of Corporate Foundations, encourages individuals and groups to take action and be a part in rebuilding and strengthening the Philippines after all the difficulties and challenges it faced last year.  Representatives from the private sector continue to support the much awaited observance through the 13th annual CSR Expo on July 24. From the annual two day festivities held in previous years, LCF has expanded the 2014 Expo to a month-long celebration, with dynamic activities plotted all over the month of July throughout the entire country.

LCF has been holding this annual gathering to celebrate CSR in the Philippines since 2001. The expo brings together over six hundred representatives from different sectors such as the business community, corporate foundations, non-government organizations and members of the academe to discuss the latest trends, models and practices in CSR. Notable government officials graced the expo in previous years, including President Benigno S. Aquino III (2012 CSR Expo) and Senators Grace Poe and Bam Aquino (2013 CSR Expo).

Leading the 2014 LCF CSR Expo’s line-up of activities is the main Conference on July 24 (Tuesday) at the Mayuree Grand Ballroom, Dusit Thani Manila, Makati. The event features distinguished guest World Bank Country Director of the Philippines Mr. Motoo Konishi as the Keynote Speaker. Other prominent personalities to be expected at the conference are Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Ms. Kim S. Jacinto-Henares, Private Sector Co-Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council Mr. Guillermo M. Luz and Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Ms. Nora Kakilala-Terrado. Moderating the sessions are seasoned media practitioners which include Ms. Ces Orena-Drilon (ABS-CBN), Mr. Mike Enriquez (GMA7) and Ms. Luchi Cruz-Valdes (TV5), representing the country’s three major radio and television networks. Discussions will focus on governance, building resilient communities and reinforcing public and private partnerships.

LCF also welcomes back its CSR Institute (CSRI) Lecture Series which targets students from universities across the metro. This year, CSRI brings the lecture to the universities in a caravan-type series, allowing students to listen and attend the sessions by LCF Member organizations the likes of Ayala Foundation, CEMEX Philippines Foundation, San Miguel Foundation and SM Foundation. The CSRI Lecture Series is scheduled from July 7 to July 18.

Much awaited as well are the special events organized by LCF’s 5 program-based committees. The Environment committee’s “Klima ng Pagbabago sa Nagbabagong Klima” on July 22 will be held at the Cleanergy Center, Bay, Laguna, from 8:00am – 5:00pm. July 25 features two lectures by the Enterprise Development committee, 8:00am – 12:00nn at The Laurel House (Shaw Boulevard), and the Education committee, 1:00pm – 6:00pm at the Department of Education’s Bulwagan ng Karunungan. The sessions are entitled “ASEAN Economic Community 2015: Are You Ready?” and “Towards More Strategic CSR in Education” respectively. On July 26, the Health committee will have its “HIP-HOP. Health is Precious, Health is Our Priority! An Amazing Health Fair” activity.  It will be held at the RAVE Pasig from 7:00am – 12:00nn featuring activities such as Zumba classes and free haircut for senior citizens. Also on July 26 and rounding up the committee events is Arts & Culture’s “Rising from Ruin: The Story of Bohol,” a lecture and photo exhibit, 5:00pm – 8:00pm at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5.

The CSR Expo month ends with an Exhibit at the Glorietta Activity Centers 2, 3, 4 from July 29 – 31 (Tuesday – Thursday). The Exhibit features the initiatives and programs of both LCF and non-LCF members to help spread CSR awareness to the public.

The League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) is a network of 83 operating and grant-making corporate foundations and corporations that promotes and enhances strategic practice of Corporate Social Responsibility among its members and the larger business community, towards sustained national development. For more information on the 2014 LCF CSR Expo,

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