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Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 Honors 59CSR Projects and Initiatives

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A total of 59 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, returned this year to Singapore, after having been held in Delhi and Macau over the past two years. The Awards also recognizedthree business leaders for their roles in promoting CSR practices within their organizations 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 organizations 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:

  1. Social Empowerment
  2. Investment in People
  3. Health Promotion
  4. Green Leadership
  5. SME CSR
  6. Responsible Business Leadership.

Dr.Chiensaid, “through these Awards, 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.”

Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 Honors59 CSR Projects and Initiatives

The three business leaders named as recipients of the AREA Responsible Business Leadership Award are ShehzadMunim, Managing Director of British American Tobacco Bangladesh, Sun YipingPresident of China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited andYen Wen Long, Chairman of CTBC Financial Holding Co., Ltd.

Among the notable projects winning the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards are Aircel’s ‘Save Our Tiger’, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s ‘Coral Relocation’, Hai-O Enterprise Berhad’s ‘Talent Development Through Education Excellence’, Pfizer Taiwan’s ‘A Warmth During Winter’, Nu Skin Malaysia’s ‘Southeast Asia Children Heart Fund’, and The Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited’s ‘Healthy Communities Initiatives’.

“The successof these programs are perhaps best measured in the number of lives touched and saved, communities uplifted, tears of joy shed, and how the future of our children, and their children, are secured. There’s really no better recognition for having contributed to making the world a better place, than the satisfaction of witnessing the difference you have made. I congratulate all award recipients, and hope that this will encourage them to continue with their generosity of spirit,” Ng said.

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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.

 

Full List of Recipients of the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2016

 

== Responsible Business Leadership ==

  1. ShehzadMunim, Managing Director, British American Tobacco Bangladesh
  2. Sun Yiping, President, China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited
  3. Yen Wen Long, Chairman CTBC Financial Holding Co, Ltd

== Green Leadership ==

  1. AAG Energy Holdings Limited
    AAG’s Contribution to the Environment, Economy, and Society
  2. Advanced Lithium Electrochemistry (Cayman) Co., Ltd
    Aleees – New Frontier of Green Power Energy
  3. AirAsia Berhad
    Green24
  4. Arthaland Corporation
    KabataangKaibigan ng Kalikasan (Youth Friends of Nature)
  5. Far Eastern New Century Corporation
    Invention of the First 100% Bio-based PET Bottle in the World
  6. Hair O’right International Corporation
    The greenest shampoo from Taiwan washes away the challenges of a global carbon foot-printing scheme
  7. JLanka Power & Energy (Pvt) Ltd
    Online Electricity Monitoring & Controlling System
  8. Malaysian Mosaics SdnBhd
    Green Leadership in Tile Manufacturing – MML Leading The Way
  9. Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
    Coral Relocation and the Innovative Use of Excavated and Dredged Materials for Reclamation
  10. Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (Thailand)
    Watershed Forest Conservation Project to Honor His Majesty The King
  11. Taipei Financial Center Corporation
    TAIPEI 101 as the new paradigm for high rise green buildings
  12. YFY Inc.
    Every Byproduct has Its Value – Rediscovery of Hydrogen Energy

== Social Empowerment ==

  1. S. Watson Group

Project LOL

  1. ASE Group (Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc)

ASE30 Environmental Conservation Fund

  1. Asian Alliance Insurance PLC

WIN Youth Empowerment Program

  1. Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company SdnBhd

Connecting Communities

  1. Cathay Financial Holdings

Foster Social Enterprise Ecosystem

  1. Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC

Sustainable Agricultural Development Programme

  1. China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited

Teaching in My Hometown

  1. CTBC Financial Holding Co, Ltd

“Light up a Life” Fundraising Campaign

  1. Eduspec Holdings Berhad

Cyber Security & Wellness

  1. Fubon Insurance Co, Ltd

Foster social charity with Fubon Insurance’s Core Competencies

  1. FWD Life Insurance Public Company Limited

FWD Helps PWD

  1. Hai-O Enterprise Berhad

Talent Development Through Education Excellence

  1. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited

Able Disabled All People Together (A.D.A.P.T) Programme

  1. HSBC Sri Lanka

Restoration of the Cascading Tanks in Anuradhapura

  1. IRPC Public Company Limited

Lam Sai Yong Model

  1. MitrPhol Group

Community Enhancement through the Collaboration of Disability

  1. Oxford College of Business (Pvt) Ltd

Out of Darkness

  1. Pfizer Limited, Taiwan

A warmth during winter – Helping the Elderly Live Longer and Happier

  1. Prudential Malaysia Assurance Berhad

Cha-Ching

  1. PT DarmaHenwaTbk

DarmaMandiri

  1. Puritas (Pvt) Ltd

Going Beyond

  1. Sampath Bank PLC

SampathSaviya

  1. Sinyi Realty Inc.

We are ONE

  1. Tai O Heritage Hotel

Promoting Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage Conservation

  1. Thai Life Insurance Public Company Limited

Thai Life Insurance and Mae Joe University Boost Local Economies Bring Happiness

  1. Uflex Limited

Sports For Growth

 

 

== Health Promotion ==

  1. P. Honda Co. Ltd

Big Blood Donation Across Thailand

  1. FrieslandCampina (Hong Kong) Ltd

Tailored Nutrition For Age

  1. Nu Skin (Malaysia) SdnBhd

Nu Skin Malaysia Southeast Asia Children Heart Fund

  1. SENA Development Public Company Limited

Baan Ruam Tang Fun

  1. Puritas (Pvt) Ltd

PuritasSathDiyawara

  1. The Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited

Healthy Communities Initiatives

== Investment in People ==

 

  1. AP (Thailand) PCL

AP Academy

  1. Apex Circuit (Thailand) Co, Ltd

TUK KAI

  1. Global Indian International School

People Development Through Innovative Initiatives

  1. Holcim Philippines, Inc.

Galing Mason Program

  1. Index Creative Village PCL

Our People, Our Index Creative Village

  1. Prosperous Capital & Assurance Limited

Women Empowering through Women

  1. Resorts World Manila

League Of Volunteer Employees (LOVE) Program

  1. Strategic Public Relations Group Limited (SPRG)

20 years: A Solid Foundation For Sustainable Growth

== SME CSR ==

  1. Auden Techno Corp

The Environmental Education for Teenagers: WildView Taiwan Film Festival Tours

  1. Helping Hand Group

Last Donor Standing

  1. Infinity Development Holdings Company Limited

Fundamental works for Social Responsibility and the Company’s Sustainability

  1. Strategic Public Relations Group Limited (SPRG)

Care.Connect.Contribute by SPRG

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Women on Top in Tech – Minette Navarrete, Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman, and President of Kickstart Ventures

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(Women on Top in Tech is a series about Women Founders, CEOs, and Leaders in technology. It aims to amplify and bring to the fore diversity in leadership in technology.)

Here is our interview with Minette Navarrete, Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman, and President of Kickstart Ventures. Kickstart is an investment firm that funds early-stage digital startups, providing capital, incubation and mentoring, and market access.  Minette has held CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from Philippine startups to iconic multinationals.

What makes you do what you do?
I’m keenly interested in innovation and ecosystem development, and committed to contributing to nation-building. I love that my job combines all of that, and allows me to leverage all my past experiences into a new role that creates value for founders and fund-providers alike.

How did you rise in the industry you are in?
Counter-intuitively! I don’t have a background in tech; nor do I have a long history of venture investing. My skill sets are in strategy, general management, and marketing; and my experience has largely been in innovation and business turnaround. But I have a broad range of work experience (FMCG, apparel, property, and online game publishing in a startup), and that has helped inform my views. More than anything, though, Kickstart has made this progress because of the trust of our principals, and the initiative of a wonderful team. Truly, people make the difference.

Why did you take on this role/start this startup especially since this is perhaps a stretch or challenge for you (or viewed as one since you are not the usual leadership demographics)?
All throughout my career, I’ve only taken on difficult roles. There’s little growth in a role that is easy; and the challenges are what makes a role worth doing.

Do you have a mentor that you look up to in your industries or did you look for one or how did that work?
I’ve had the benefit of a number of good mentors through my career.

How did you make a match if you and how did you end up being mentored by him/her?
First off: I have had both male and female mentors. Generally, I’ve met mentors in work situations: i.e. they started out being an immediate superior, or being on my Board of Directors. The close work association evolved as both sides found the experience productive, intellectually satisfying, and fun.

Now as a leader how do you spot, develop, keep, grow and support your talent?
Mostly through the same process: nothing compares to actually working together. That said, with more and more experience, I think people develop a sharper instinct about talent, and the potential for development. It’s also important to build the relationship over time, and to invest in actively supporting talent by both seeing things through their eyes as well as helping them find other lenses with which to view the situation they find themselves in.

Do you consciously or unconsciously support diversity and why?
Yes, we care about diversity, although the primary filter for Kickstart is always ability and performance. Many studies have shown that diverse teams are closely correlated to better results; and given the kind of work we do, it’s important that we all sharpen our ability to deal with varied types of people and situations.

What is your take on what it takes to be a great leader in your industry and as a general rule of thumb?
It’s important to be trustworthy, especially given that venture investing deals with the highest-risk asset class. Trust is earned through competence, diligence, honesty, clarity, and courage.

Advice for others?
I say this a lot: Build strong foundations. Be clear about your values, principles, and priorities. Volunteer for the toughest jobs. Do the unsexy stuff. And work with conviction, commitment, courage, and honour. None of this is particularly glamorous, and they don’t deliver instantaneous results, but the value-creation is real, authentic, and sustainable over a longer period.


If you’d like to get in touch with Minette Navarrete, please feel free to reach out to her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/minettenavarrete/

To learn more about Kickstart Ventures , please click here.

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Joelle Ung, Founder of Treasure Unity

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Joelle’s entrepreneurial journey has been an interesting one, leading her to the world of network marketing, enabling her to help other entrepreneurs succeed.

What’s your story?
The sense of wanting to make an impact, of needing to add value to ‘something,’ be it focused on business or peoples’ lives, has led me, through many failures, to where I am now, the food and beverage manufacturing industry. My entrepreneurial journey began as a wedding planner. Then, having tasted initial success, my desire to find meaningful business mentors brought me to the world of network marketing.
Having benefited from the teachings of my mentor, plus the time I spent growing up as the daughter of a great father, I realised that the urge to ‘pay it forward,’ by mentoring future entrepreneurs and helping my colleagues, other entrepreneurs to succeed, had become a personal mission.
The Honest Living Program, owned by my current company, Treasure Unity, is a realisation of that dream. The program opens up learning opportunities for women under duress, underprivileged women and single mothers. It provides a platform from which I am able to teach, imparting people skills and the art of presentation through the day-to-day program. It is absolutely free.

What excites you most about your industry?
To be able to keep adding values to others. On stage or off, it doesn’t matter. I enjoy every call I receive, every appointment that is set up, every individual I have met, and have yet to meet. There is only one agenda, and that is to add value to the person I am speaking to.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Having lived in Singapore and Malaysia for the past 39 years, my heart is impacting the people in Asia.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Because of the people who live there, and because there are no barriers to communication for me.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Don’t make any decision out of confusion, disappointment or anger. Decisions should always be made with a restful heart.

Who inspires you?
Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
My husband is an ‘overcomer’ who had a near fatal stroke 18 years ago. He lost the ability to practice his dream career as a medical doctor, yet he chose to be a prisoner of hope rather than be a prisoner within his body, and he has never indulged in self-pity.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Lately, I have learned to be still when an opponent strikes at me. It works! You do not need to immediately rebut an opponent. He, or she, will most probably be waiting for a reaction. When they don’t get one, when you remain still and unmoved, you become unpredictable. They do not know your next move.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have sought advice from more wise counsellors before making major decisions, especially if finance or investments were involved.

How do you unwind?
Sometimes I like to take a short getaway or, on a daily basis, I read bible verses that I find uplifting.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Penang. It is close to home and you can get a premium service at an affordable cost. Also, I can pack light, and it is easy to find anything and everything there.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Like a Virgin, by Richard Branson

Shameless plug for your business:
Become an irresistible woman with substance! We will bring out your natural leadership skills through the Honest Living Program.

How can people connect with you?
They can connect with me by email [email protected], through WhatsApp 92300071, or they can call me on my mobile.

Twitter handle?
My twitter account is inactive. @ungjoelle @treasureunity

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

Connect with Callum here:
twitter.com/laingcallum
linkedin.com/in/callumlaing
Download free copies of his books here: www.callumlaing.com

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