Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2015 honors CSR projects and initiatives

A total of 52 projects across Asia were selected as the recipients of this year’s Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) by Enterprise Asia.

The Awards, often dubbed the Nobel Prize for Sustainability, was held in Macau for the first time, after having been held in Singapore and Delhi previously. The Awards also recognised four business leaders for their roles in promoting CSR practices within their organisations and across their industries.

Over 300 submissions from 28 countries were received from companies across Asia, with judges led by former Minister of Environment of Taiwan, Dr Eugene Chien, sieving through the submission over a two-months judging period. Besides being able to demonstrate the design and execution of sound and effective CSR programs, nominees are required to demonstrate the extent that CSR practices have been institutionalized within their organisations and the measurable impact of their programs to people, community and environment.

The Awards honor Asian businesses for championing sustainable and responsible business practices, demonstrating companies’ leadership, sincerity and on-going commitment in incorporating responsible and ethical values, compliance, respect for people and individuals, involvement in communities and protection of the environment into the way they run their businesses.

Dato’ William Ng, president of Enterprise Asia said, “the quality of this year’s submission is outstanding. It was a truly monumental task to decide on the best, as every submission was of very high quality – demonstrating the expertise and capability of the region’s CSR practitioners. This is a far cry from when we first started giving out the awards in the year 2009. Much thought has been given to impact and measurability, as a result of increased reporting requirements.”

Prizes were awards in six categories:

Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, chairman of Enterprise Asia, and former Minister of Human Resources and founding chairman of Sustainable Energy Development Authority of Malaysia, presented the Awards trophy and certificate to recipients.

Dr Fong said, “today, we highlight the efforts by businesses to promote sustainable corporate practices and an ethical and compassionate business culture. More than ever, we now see the urgency to institutionalize responsible entrepreneurship as a mean to protect our market share, shareholder’s value, and the sustainability of our businesses.”

The four business leaders named as recipients of the AREA Responsible Business Leadership Award are Batara Sianturi, CEO of Citi Indonesia, Dato’ Michael Tio, Group Chief Executive and Managing Director of PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd, Paul Norman Janelle, President of PT HM Sampoerna Tbk. and Seah Kian Peng, CEO of NTUC FairPrice Co-operative Limited.

Among the notable projects winning the AREA were Mandir Sahabatku and Mandiri Young Technopreneur Program by PT Bank Mandiri Tbk., Empowering Tobacco Farmers Community through Community Learning Group by PT HM Sampoerna Tbk., Cooperative Service Station by The Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited, BACK-TO-FARM Project by Universal Harvester, Inc., and Build A Company That Is Everybody’s Dream by PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd.

Full List of Recipients of the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2015

Responsible Business Leadership Category

Social Empowerment Category

  • A.S. Watson Group (Hong Kong), A.S. Watson Global Volunteer Day, Hong Kong
  • Cepatwawasan Group Berhad, Cepatwawasan Humana Education Resource Centre (CHERC), Malaysia
  • Ceylon Tobacco Company, Sustainable Agricultural Development Programme (SADP), Sri Lanka
  • Expolanka Holdings PLC, Venture Engine, Sri Lanka
  • FrieslandCampina (Hong Kong) Ltd, Hong Kong Milk Tea Day 2014, Hong Kong
  • Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd, Seaweed Innovation Project, Sri Lanka
  • IRPC Public Company Limited, From Bench to Community, Thailand
  • Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad, Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP), Malaysia
  • Lamina Films, Lamina’s “Dream” Educational Project, Thailand
  • New World Development Company Limited, The New World Springboard, Hong Kong
  • Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), Malaysia Unit Trust Week, Malaysia
  • Port Authority Of Thailand, Determination of the Princess Mother & Giving Love and Warmth to the underprivileged Children Project, Thailand
  • PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk., Mandir Sahabatku, Indonesia 
  • PT HM Sampoerna Tbk., Empowering Tobacco Farmers Community through Community Learning Group, Indonesia
  • S&P Syndicate Public Company Limited, S&P Kitchen For Kids, Thailand
  • Thai Life Insurance Public Company Limited, Thai Good Stories, Thailand
  • The Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited, Cooperative Service Station, Thailand
  • The Shell Company Of Thailand Limited, Shell Thailand CNS Terminal Fire Water Pipeline Replacement Project, Thailand
  • Toshiba Information Equipment (Phils.), Inc., Building a Nation Trough Quality Education, Philippines
  • Trans-Asia Oil And Energy Development Corporation, Harnessing Energy Literacy for Planet Earth (HELP Earth), Philippines
  • Universal Harvester, Inc., BACK-TO-FARM Project, Philippines
  • WNS Cares Foundation, WNS Cares Foundation (WCF) Computer Literacy Project, India

Investment in People Category

  • AP Honda Co., Ltd, Safety Thailand, Thailand
  • Mah Sing Group Berhad, Mah Sing’s Investment in People, Malaysia
  • Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA), MWA Plumber for People Project, Thailand
  • PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd, Build A Company That Is Everybody’s Dream, Malaysia
  • PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk., Mandiri Young Technopreneur Program, Indonesia
  • PT Trakindo Utama, The Trakindo Education Cooperative Program, Indonesia
  • Shah Cement Industries Ltd, Amar Nirmaney Ami - Building My Home, Bangladesh

Health Promotion Category

  • A.S. Watson Group (Philippines), Watsons Generics: Improving Lives of the Filipinos One Pill at a Time, Philippines
  • Billion Hearts Beating Foundation, Billion Hearts Beating: for a heart-healthy India, India
  • DLF Foundation, AAROGYAM – Comprehensive Healthcare, India
  • PT Combiphar, COMBI HOPE Health Living Education, Indonesia
  • PT Indosiar Visual Mandiri, Peduli Kasih, Indonesia
  • Sampath Bank, “Hope for a Life”- Endowment of Neuro Navigation System, Sri Lanka
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Takeda-Plan Healthcare Access Program, Japan

Green Leadership Category

  • Ampol Food Processing Ltd, Reduce Waste by using 3 Rs, Thailand
  • ArthaLand Corporation, We Are ArthaLand: We Are Green, Philippines
  • British American Tobacco Bangladesh, Probaho (Water Filtration Project), Bangladesh
  • Hang Lung Properties Limited, “Hang Lung Green LEEDers Program”, Hong Kong
  • KPMG, Rainforest-to-Reef (R2R), Malaysia
  • Lafarge Republic Group, Beyond the National Greening Program, Philippines
  • Land Bank Of The Philippines, Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) on LANDBANK-financed Projects, Philippines
  • PARKnSHOP, PARKnSHOP Energy Saving Program, Hong Kong
  • PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad, ecoCare and ecoCare Environmental Education Centre, Malaysia
  • PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, Bio-Agri, Thailand
  • Ricoh (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Much About Mangrove, Malaysia
  • Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), RCBC Green ATM Project, Philippines
  • Selangor Dredging Berhad, River Rehabilitation Program, Malaysia
  • SPCG Public Company Limited, SPCG 36 Solar Farms, Thailand

SME CSR Category

  • Muang Thai Life Assurance Public Company Limited, Muang Thai Life Assurance Community Development Volunteer Camp, Thailand
  • Puritas (Pvt) Ltd, Sath Diyawara, Sri Lanka

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About Enterprise Asia

Enterprise Asia is a non-governmental organization in pursuit of creating an Asia that is rich in entrepreneurship as an engine towards sustainable and progressive economic and social development within a world of economic equality. Enterprise Asia builds on its two pillars of existence: investment in people and responsible entrepreneurship. Enterprise Asia work with governments, NGOs and other organizations to promote entrepreneurial and sustainable development, in uplifting the economic status of people across Asia and in ensuring a legacy of hope, innovation and courage for the future generations.

For further information, visit www.enterpriseasia.org

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