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: http://asean-csr-network.org/c/programs/fellowship/about-the-fellowship

 

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.

For more information, please visit www.asean-csr-network.org

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.