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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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Andrew Schorr, Founder of Grata

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Taking a different route throughout his life, Andrew Schorr ended up in China and started several businesses.

What’s your story?
I moved to China after I graduated from college in 2004. English teaching was the easiest way to get there, so I looked on a map and picked a small town in Hubei, because it looked to be more or less in the middle of China. I was the only foreigner there.

Back then, everything was about the upcoming Olympics in Beijing, so I moved to the capital after my year of teaching. Pretty soon after arriving, I met the co-founder for all three of my companies. We decided to start a company together the first day we met. He has now moved back to the US and builds flight software at SpaceX.

Our first company, an online city guide, was re-purposed into our second company, GuestOps, a web concierge platform. We sold GuestOps to most of the major international hotel brands in China and still operate it. The genesis of our latest company, Grata came from looking at the intersection of hotels and WeChat in 2012, when WeChat was just starting to blow up. Grata expanded from hotels into a live-agent customer service console.

What excites you most about your industry?
Our thesis with Grata has always been that what is happening with WeChat in China is the future of messaging platforms globally, and as an international team building on WeChat, we would be well-placed to capitalize on that trend. It’s taken longer than we expected for the industry (and us, for that matter) to get there, but finally, we’re starting to see messaging as a platform to get better traction in other markets.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I’ve always been a bit of a contrarian. I grew up in Texas, where all my friends studied Spanish in school. I studied German for no reason in particular. I took a similar path in college: Chinese and Japanese seemed like languages that not a lot of people who look like me studied. I was one of only two students in my third-year Chinese class.

Concur conference in San Francisco, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (Photo by Paul Sakuma, Paul Sakuma Photography) www.paulsakuma.com

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Shanghai. I should live there, but Beijing has been home for so long. I take the night train down to Shanghai every two-three weeks to meet with clients. Domestic flights are way too unreliable here.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Don’t plan too far ahead; otherwise, you plan yourself out of good opportunities.

Who inspires you?
Has anyone said “Elon Musk” yet? Barack Obama would be another.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
The gravitational waves recently detected from neutron stars colliding, were so subtle as to only affect the distance from earth to our closest star, Alpha Centauri (4.24 light years away) by the width of a human hair. Perhaps in another life or in the future, I’ll be an astronomer, but a telescope doesn’t do me much good in Beijing.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
When I give advice to students looking to get into entrepreneurship, I advise them to work for a post-Series A startup first and learn from a company that’s already doing things well. I learnt everything on my own, which is slower and you pay for your own education. If you work for a startup that’s small in the beginning, you risk learning bad habits.

How do you unwind?
I Hash! The Hash is a drinking club with a running problem. The Hash attracts good people from all walks of life and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a great way to meet fun-loving people all over the world. It’s also how I met my co-founder, our first lawyer, and my girlfriend.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Pulau Perhentian, Malaysia. A fantastic beach and where I first learned to scuba dive.

Everyone in business should read this book:
For business in China, Tim Clissold’s, Mr. China.

Shameless plug for your business:
Grata does WeChat contact centers for many top-tier brands in luxury retail, travel, financial services and hospitality. We started developing on WeChat before they even had an open platform. Grata provides the most value for large enterprises with complex routing and content demands for their contact centers.

How can people connect with you?
Check out www.grata.co or email me: [email protected]

Twitter handle?
My personal handle is @andrew_schorr and we tweet about messaging from the company handle @grata_co.

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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Benjamin Kwan, Co-Founder of TravelClef

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Making music to create a life for his family, Benjamin Kwan, started an online tuition portal and his music business grew from there.

What’s your story?
I am Benjamin and I’m the Co-Founder of TravelClef Group Pte Ltd, a travelling music school that conducts music classes in companies as well as team building with music programmes. We also run an online educational platform which matches private students to freelance music teachers. We also manufacture our own instruments. I started this company in 2011 when I was still a freshman at NUS, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

I was born to a lower income family, my father drove a taxi and was the sole breadwinner to a family of 7. I have always dreamed of becoming rich so that I could lessen the burden placed on my father and give my family a good life.

After working really hard in my first semester at NUS, my results didn’t reflect the hard work and effort I put in. At the same time, I was left with just $42 in my bank account and it suddenly dawned on me that if I were to graduate with mediocre results, I would probably end up with a mediocre salary as well. I knew I had to do something to gain control of my future.

During that summer break, I read a book “Internet Riches” by Scott Fox and I knew that the only way I could ever start my own business with my last $42 would be to start an online business. That was how our online tuition portal started and after taking 4 days to learn Photoshop and website building on my own, I started the business.

What excites you most about your industry?
Music itself is a constant form of excitement to me as I have always been an avid lover of music. As one of the world’s first travelling music schools, we are always very eager and excited to find innovative ways to a very traditional business model of a music teaching.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born and raised in Singapore and I love the fact that despite our diversity in culture, there’s always a common language that we share, music.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Hands down, SINGAPORE! Although we are currently in talks to expand to other regions within Asia, Singapore is the best place for business. I have had friends asking me if they should consider venturing into entrepreneurship in Singapore, my answer is always a big fat YES! There’s a low barrier of entry, and most importantly, the government is very supportive of entrepreneurship.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
I have been blessed by many people and mentors who constantly give me great advice but right now, I would say the best piece of advice that I received would be from Dr Patrick Liew who said, “Work on the business, not in it.” This advice is constantly ringing in my head as I work towards scaling the business.

Who inspires you?
My dad. My dad has always been my inspiration in life, for the amount of sacrifices that he has made for the family and the love he has for us. He was the umbrella for all the storms that my family faced and we were always safe in his shelter. Although my dad passed away after a brief fight with colorectal cancer, the lessons that he imparted to me were very valuable as I build my own family and business.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
You can not buy time, but you can spend money to save time! With this realisation, I was willing to allow myself to spend some money, in order to save more time. Like taking Grab/Uber to shuttle around instead of spending time travelling on public transport. While I spend more money on travelling, I save a lot more time! This doesn’t mean that I spend lavishly and extravagantly, I am still generally prudent with my money.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have taken more time to spend with my family and especially my father. While it is important to focus our time to build our businesses, we should always try our best to allocate family time. Because as an entrepreneur, there is no such thing as “after I finish my work,” because our work is never finished. If our work finishes, the business is also finished. But our time with our family is always limited and no matter how much money and how many successes we achieve, we can never use it to trade back the time we have with our family.

How do you unwind?
I am a very simple man. I enjoy TV time with my wife and a simple dinner with my family and friends.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Batam, it’s close to Singapore and there’s really nothing much to do except for massages and a relaxing resort life. If I travel to other countries for shopping or sightseeing, I am constantly thinking of business and how I can possibly expand to the country I am visiting. But while relaxing at the beach or at a massage, I tend to allow myself to drift into emptiness and just clear my mind of any thoughts.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Work The System, by Sam Carpenter. This book teaches entrepreneurs the importance of creating systems and how to leverage on systems to improve productivity and create more time.

Shameless plug for your business:
If you are looking for a team building programme that your colleagues will enjoy and your bosses will be happy with, you have to consider our programmes at TravelClef! While our programmes are guaranteed fun and engaging, it is also equipped with many team building deliverables and organizational skills.

How can people connect with you?
My email is [email protected] and I am very active on Facebook as well!
https://www.facebook.com/benjamin.christian.kwan

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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