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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)

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Mikyung Kim, TV Commercial Producer

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Mikyung Kim is a savvy producer who runs her own TV and print production business, based in Hong Kong.

What’s your story?
I am a TV commercial and print producer working with advertising agencies and brands to bring their communication needs to the screen. My background is in film production and I started my career in Hollywood working with Oscar winning directors Michel Gondry and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Before starting my own company last year to produce content directly with agencies and brands, I was with Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong for nearly five years as the Senior Producer and Head of TV running the film production department.

What excites you most about your industry?
How it’s constantly evolving! Every day is different and it’s certainly never boring. I love that it’s a creative industry and that my job involves talking to people with creative minds on how we can bring a story on paper to life. It’s exciting that the advertising industry places high value on the creativity and effectiveness of content. I’ve produced a few commercials that creatively push the envelope with fun and sometimes wild ideas that have converted into positive brand awareness. Ever heard of KFC Finger Lickin’ Good…Nail Polish that yes, tastes like chicken? https://www.adweek.com/creativity/kfc-just-made-edible-finger-lickin-good-nail-polish-yeah-tastes-chicken-171245/

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born in Seoul and raised in Hong Kong until graduating from high school at HKIS. I spent my university years in Boston at Emerson College and worked in Los Angeles at Anonymous Content and Partizan Entertainment. But on a brief visit back to Hong Kong in 2010, I decided to move back and continue my career here, and it was the best decision I ever made.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Hong Kong is my home so it will always be my favourite city for business and for me personally. What I love about Hong Kong is that while I am based here, I can actually work with agencies and brands from anywhere in APAC. If I need to attend an important meeting, I can just hop on a quick flight easily. I spent most of 2017 working in Seoul with Korean agency Cheil and Samsung, and currently I am working with Japanese agency ADK and Toyota based in Singapore.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Fake it until you become it,” from Amy Cuddy’s TED talk. Worth a watch. This helped me early in my career when I felt like I was under qualified for the job I was in. I learned to fake my confidence and fake a powerful body language until I truly felt that confidence became something real. It was nerve wracking at first but it worked and now I don’t have to fake it.

Who inspires you?
My friends. Noelle who worked part time jobs while being a full time student to pay her own tuition while we were in college together. Osti who is a lawyer focused on supporting developing nations and a board member of Redress, an environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry. Vanessa who runs a real estate company, co-owns the gym Crossfit Asphodel, started a health foods business called Quo and NGO The Keep Moving Project to promote wellness in our community. Cathy who will be the first Asian woman to direct a big budget superhero film starring Margot Robbie with Warner Bros and DC. And too many more to name!

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
5.2 million plastic bottles are thrown away in Hong Kong every day. Plastic pollution is a major issue for the environment and we as responsible citizens can do our small part by reducing our consumption of unnecessary plastic. I do mine by having a water filter at home and carrying my own reusable water bottle with me everywhere I go. I love the brand Hydroflask because the stainless steel material keeps water hot or cold for hours, so I don’t feel tempted to buy a cold water at 7-11 on those hot, humid days we have here.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
About five years ago I purchased my very first stock and put one month’s salary into it, which at the time was a lot of money for me. Knowing how that stock has performed now, I would have put all my savings into it.

How do you unwind?
Exercise is essential in my daily life to help clear my head and de-stress. My go to is a workout at Crossfit Asphodel, running outdoors, yoga and hiking. But a glass of red wine and live music at Soiree in Soho on Sunday night works pretty well too!

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
One of the best trips I ever took was to the island of Lombok in Indonesia. Two girl friends and I did a 3 day 2 night hiking and camping trip to summit the Mount Rinjani Volcano. It was physically challenging but mentally relaxing. There was no cellphone reception, no distractions, we had the company of nature and nights with skies full of shooting stars. It was pretty magical. We then went to the Gili Islands for a few days of scuba diving, yoga and sitting on the beach doing nothing but sipping on coconuts. That was pretty relaxing too.

Everyone in business should read this book:
“Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” by Lois P. Frankel and “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg. Essential reads for every working woman and/or man who wants to know how to support the working women in their life.

Shameless plug for your business:
I am a TV commercial and print producer that can plug into an existing advertising agency or brand team to produce their communication needs. Many advertising agencies these days are scaling down so they have creative directors and account services but may not have an in-house producer, so I can fill that gap by becoming a part of the existing agency team. For brands that want to produce content directly without involving an agency, I can also bridge the gap by bringing my production knowledge in-house and working as part of the marketing/brand team and liaising with the other departments in the company such as product team and ecomm.

How can people connect with you?
They can email me at [email protected]
or visit my website at mkimproducer.com

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’.

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Renne Ballard, Owner of Renée Ballard Communications

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Renne Ballard runs a social media agency working with business women, helping them find their business’s voice.

What’s your story?
I began my career in PR/communications ten years ago in Australia, after arriving home from two years in Dubai. In Dubai I was working for Emirates Airlines as a flight attendant and flying around the world non-stop for two years. This really sparked my interest for how people communicate. I started out as a community manager for an online advertising company, then moved into the corporate world of outdoor advertising, managing internal and external PR and communications. After having a baby four years ago, I decided to leave the safety net of corporate, and stride out on my own. I now run a social media agency and I specialise in working with business women, helping to find their business’ voice so they can use social media to achieve their business goals.

What excites you most about your industry?
I love the open accessibility online provides. It’s free for businesses to get online and connect with their target audience. Twenty years ago, advertising and PR was insanely expensive and quite elitist, but through incredible platforms like Facebook or Twitter, any business can connect with who is looking for their product/solution. Social media is particularly effective for small businesses because they have the edge when it comes to authenticity and a clear voice.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I’m in Hong Kong because I’m a trailing spouse. I know it’s such a daggy term, but I love it, it makes me sound so dedicated to my husband! Alas, we came to Hong Kong for my husband’s work. He’s the Design Director of Asia for an international retail design agency. We’ve been here for almost two years and it’s been a huge learning curve in terms of business and culture. We love the fast-paced nature of Hong Kong and the fact that everything is open late – it suits me perfectly because I’m nocturnal.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
That’s easy, Hong Kong. It’s the perfect blend of start-ups and mothership-sized institutions. I love the small business side, watching the collaborations between workshare spaces with galleries, networking groups and foodies; it’s a hothouse of creative partnerships here.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
When you’re are feeling scared about your next step, lean in and feel the difference. Is it fear mixed with excitement? Or fear mixed with dread? Always go with the former and cut loose the latter.

Who inspires you?
I love Tamara Mellon (Jimmy Choo founder). She has created multiple empires and she never stops trying new business models and pushing her limits. It helps that I love shoes too.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I just turned 40 years old. At best, I’m probably halfway through my life. It makes me constantly question, “Am I where I want to be?”

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have asked more questions to the people I looked up to, and listened less to the people telling me I won’t achieve my goals.

How do you unwind?
In this day and age, it’s scandalous to say, but I love sunbaking. At any chance, you’ll find me poolside, laying in the sun in a trance-like state.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Northern Danang in Vietnam. We were there at Christmas, at the foot of the mountains and it was beautiful. Heaps of wildlife and jungles and enough five star resorts that I was never parched once.

Everyone in business should read this book:
‘The E Myth’ by Michael Gerber. It’s an oldie but a goodie because it succinctly outlines how to transition from a one person operation to a global business like McDonalds. Once you see how important systems and processes are, you can recognise shambolic companies a mile off.

Shameless plug for your business:
Renée Ballard Communications is a social media agency that works with business women who are ready to make social media work for them. We create effective, powerful social media strategies that are tailored to the people who will be breathing life into them. We hand on heart promise to never use annoying, marketing buzzwords and that we value laughter above everything else.

How can people connect with you?
[email protected] or www.reneeballard.com or +85296670115

Twitter handle?
@ballard_comms

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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