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INTERNATIONAL CSR SUMMIT 2017 & ASIA RESPONSIBLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS 2017

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ICS and AREA, Asia’s leading large scale and regional CSR programs, organized by Enterprise Asia, concluded its successful event last Friday in Bangkok. The event saw over 300 CSR thought leaders, doers and practitioners from across Asia attended the International CSR Summit (ICS) during the day, and in the evening, a total of 57 winners were presented with the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) who have excelled in their efforts in executing sound and effective CSR programs. The CSR events were held 2 June 2017 in Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel.

 

International CSR Summit (ICS), themed “Sustainability Beyond Borders”, offered high-level networking for the CSR community, delivering a platform that fosters interconnecting partnerships and urges global sustainability collaborations – a call to move beyond their borders. The summit reflected on the growing importance of partnerships and alliances in business, CSR is no longer a SILO initiative that is only the responsibility of the CSR team. Global collaboration and multi-sector alliances will open new opportunities for corporations to create greater competitive advantage.

 

Dr. Wijarn Simachaya, Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Thailand, did the honours of officiating the ICS 2017, and the welcome address was delivered by Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, Chairman of Enterprise Asia, former Minister of Human Resources and Chairman of Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia.

 

The summit featured a full suite of high level speakers from CSR-oriented organizations that are well known in their fields of expertise. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, former Secretary General UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was one of the keynote speakers for the summit. The rest of the spekers’ line up are:

  1. Rapee Sucharitkul, Secretary-General, Securities and Exchange Commission
  2. Yodphot Wongrukmit, Senior Exec. Vice President of Corporate Management and Sustainability Development of The Bangchak Corporation Public Co. Ltd
  3. Dr Eugene Chien, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of Environment of Taiwan
  4. Dr Naoki Adachi, Executive Director of Japan Business Initiative for Diversity
  5. Dr Niven Huang of KPMG Sustainability Consulting, Taiwan
  6. Rob Coombs, President and CEO, Interface Asia Pacific
  7. Graham Ross, CEO and Founder from Kusaga Athletic, Australia
  8. Tracy Nilsson, Senior Director of Social Environmental Affairs, Adidas Group

 


ICS – Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi

The Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) honour Asian businesses for championing sustainable and responsible business practices, demonstrating companies’ leadership, sincerity and on-going commitment in incorporating responsible and ethical values, compliance, investment in stakeholders, 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. The awards are presented in six categories:

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

 

 

ASIA RESPONSIBLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS 2017 WINNERS LIST

 

RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

  1. Mr Lee Chang-Ken, President of Cathay Financial Holdings Co., Ltd.

 

GREEN LEADERSHIP

  1. Advanced Micro Device (AMD), Inc.25×20 Energy Efficiency Initiative
  2. Better World Green Public Company LimitedIndustrial Waste To Green Energy
  3. Cathay Financial Holdings Co., Ltd.Green Finance Promoting Project
  4. CTBC Financial Holdings Co., Ltd.Green Management on Sustainable Environment
  5. Haycarb PLCHaritha Angara
  6. Hettigoda Industries Pvt. Ltd., – Herbal Garden Program In School
  7. Malaysian Mosaics Sdn Bhd – Innovating Sustainable Water Management in Tile Manufacturing.
  8. Phinma Energy CorporationHELP Earth Environment
  9. Prosperous Capital and Credit LimitedHaritha Lowak (Green World)
  10. Siloso Beach ResortSiloso Beach Resort
  11. Thanh Thanh Cong Group CorporationGreen & Win-Win

 

HEALTH PROMOTION

  1. Apex Circuit (Thailand) Co., LtdSpread Love Via Blood
  2. BDO Foundation Inc. Improving the Delivery of Healthcare Services in the Philippines.
  3. PT Combiphar COMBI HOPE Healthy Living Education
  4. CTBC Financial Holdings Co., Ltd. – Power Walking Tour for Three Generations of Your Family.
  5. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals LimitedGlenmark Foundation’s flagship Child Health Project – Project Kavach.
  6. FrieslandCampina (Hong Kong) LimitedWorld Milk Day 2016
  7. PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia TbkJAPFA4KIDS
  8. Pacific SOGO Department Stores, Co., Ltd. – SOGO’s “Food and Beverage Safety Network” : Ensuring Consumer’s Food Safety.
  9. Sanyei Corporation, – Supporting JMSS Activity
  10. Taiwan Star Telecom Co., LtdRoll Your Eyes
  11. Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt LtdSanitation: A Behavioural Change Demonstration (ABCD)

 

 

SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT

  1. PT Bhimasena Power IndonesiaCommunity Empowerment through Social Mitigation Program
  2. Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd. – 100 Singha Sufficient School
  3. British American Tobacco Bangladesh Company LimitedIPM (Integrated Pest Management) Club
  4. China Mengniu Dairy Co., Ltd.University of Ranchers CSR Project
  5. CJ CGV Vietnam Co., LtdMovie for Everyone
  6. CTBC Financial Holdings Co., Ltd. – Taiwan Dream Project – The Project That Provides Educational and Nutritional Services for Children in Remote Communities.
  7. Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company Of Vietnam, LtdMillion Bricks For A Happy Life
  8. Fubon Life Insurance Co., Ltd.Caring for the Elderly with Dementia
  9. FrieslandCampina (Hong Kong) LimitedNew Generation Milk Tea Master Training Program 2016
  10. FWD Life Insurance Public Company LimitedFWD in Partnership with PWD
  11. Holcim Philippnes Inc.Foster a Child’s Education
  12. Kanrich Finance LimitedKanrich Thaksalawa
  13. Novaland Investment Group CorporationLinking Hearts
  14. Pacific SOGO Department Stores, Co., Ltd.SOGO Children’s Charity Events: Bridging the Gap of our M-Shaped Society.
  15. PT Pembangkitan Jawa BaliPJB Community Academy (Akademi Komunitas PJB)
  16. Phinma Energy CorporationPUNLA Kabuhayan
  17. Puritas Pvt. Ltd.“Going Beyond” Empowering Rural Communities
  18. S&P Syndicate Public Company LimitedKitchen for Kids
  19. Sarawak Energy BerhadSarawak Energy’s CSR Journey for the Penan Community in Murum
  20. Selangor Dredging BerhadOne-Two-Wash – A CSR Initiative by Selangor Dredging Berhad
  21. Sinyi Realty Inc.Corporate Ethics Built on Social Trust
  22. Thoresen Thai Agencies Public Company LimitedDoing Good, Stop Bullying

 

INVESTMENT IN PEOPLE

  1. AirAsia BerhadAirAsia Allstars
  2. AP (Thailand) Public Company LimitedThe Unusual Football Field
  3. ARC Refreshments CorporationARC Young Leaders Camp
  4. Dipped Products PLCFirstLight
  5. IRPC Public Company LimitedIRPC Cubic Academy
  6. MGM China Holdings LimitedUnleashing Greatness – Employee Development and Employee Work-Life Balance.
  7. Novaland Investment Group CorporationNova Leadership Centre (“NLC”)
  8. Plaza Premium GroupPlaza Premium Group CSR Education Programme in Collaboration with The New York Times
  9. Takahata Precision India Pvt Ltd“WOW” – Worthy & Outshining Women (Upliftment of Females in Indian Society with Sustainable Future)
  10. Thai Life Insurance Public Company LimitedYes Club (Young Excellent Society)
  11. Thai Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.Samsung Smart Learning Center

 

SME CSR

  1. Platinum Group Public Company LimitedThe Platinum Empowering SME’s

Winners for AREA

 

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Women on Top in Tech – Tara Velis, Growth Hacker and Digital Innovation Strategist

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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.)

I am talking to Tara Velis, Growth Hacker and freelance Digital Innovation Strategist. Tara was selected and recognized by TheNextWeb.com as one of the 500 most talented young people in the Dutch digital scene during the 2017 TNW edition. Tara is known for her creative, entrepreneurial spirit, which she is using to her advantage in leading the change in SMEs and corporates around the globe.

What makes you do what you do?

I tend to see life as a big, complex puzzle. Because of my curious nature, I am in constant development, looking for new angles and new approaches to business problems. Innovation through technology is exploring ideas and pushing boundaries. The most radical technological advances have not come from linear improvements within one area of expertise. Instead, they arise from the combination of seemingly disparate inventions. This is, in fact, the core of innovation. I love going beyond conventional thinking practices. Mashing up different thoughts and components, connecting the dots, and transforming that into something useful to businesses.

How did you rise in the industry you are in?

I consistently chose to follow my curiosity, which has led me to where I am today. If you want to succeed in the digital industry, you need to have a growth mindset. Seen the fact that the industry is evolving in an astoundingly quick rate, it’s crucial to stay current with the trends and forces in order to spot business opportunities. I believe taking responsibility for your own learning and development is key to success.

Why did you take on the role of Digital Innovation Strategist?

The reason for this is twofold. On the one hand, I got frustrated with businesses operating in the exact same way they did a couple of decades ago. Right now we are in the midst of a technology revolution, and the latest possibilities and limitations of cutting-edge technologies are evolving every single day. This means that companies need to stay current and act lean if they want to survive. On a more personal level, I noticed that I felt the need to use my creativity and problem-solving skills to their maximum capacity. In transforming businesses at scale, I change the rules of the game. I love breaking out of traditional, old-fashioned patterns by nurturing innovative ideas. This involves design thinking, extensive collaboration and feedback, the implementation of various strategies and tactics, validated learning, and so on. I get a lot of energy from my work because it is aligned with my personal interests.

Do you have a mentor that you look up to in your industries?

Yes, I look up to Drew Boyd. He is a global leader in creativity and innovation. He taught me how to evaluate ideas in order to select the best ones to proceed with. This is crucial because otherwise,you run the risk of ideas creating the criteria for you because of various biases and unrelated factors. He also taught me a great deal on facilitation of creativity workshops.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I tend to have the characteristics of a transformational leader. People have told me that my enthusiasm and positive energy is motivating and even inspiring to them. Even though I take these comments as a huge compliment, I am not sure how I feel about referring to myself as a leader. To me, it still has a somewhat negative connotation. I guess I associate the concept with being a boss who’s throwing around commands. But if a leader means listening to others and igniting intrinsic motivation in people, then yes, I guess I’m a charismatic leader.

Do you consciously or unconsciously support diversity and why?

Yes, one hundred percent. I believe that creativity and innovation flourish when a highly diverse group of people bounces ideas off each other. Diversity in terms of function, gender,and culture is extremely valuable, especially in the ideation phase of a project, as it can help to see more possibilities and come up with better ideas.

Do you have any advice for others?

Yes, I have some pieces of advice I’d like to share.
First of all: Develop self-awareness. You can do so by actively seeking feedback from the people around you. This will help you understand how others see you, align your intentions with your actions, and eventually enhance your communication- and leadership skills.

Surround yourself with knowledgeable and inspiring people. They might be able to support you in reaching your goals, and help you grow both personally and professionally.

Ask “why?” a couple of times. This simple and powerful method is useful for getting to the core of a problem or challenge. Make sure to often remind yourself and your team of the outcome of this exercise to have a clear sense of direction and focus.

Data is your friend. Whether it’s extensive quantitative market research or a sufficient amount of in-depth consumer interviews (or both!), your data levels all arguments. However, always be aware of biases and limitations of research.

Say “Yes, and…” instead of “No”. Don’t be an idea killer. Forget about the feasibility and budget, at least in the ideation phase. Instead, encourage your team to generate ideas without restrictions. You can compromise certain aspects later.

Prioritization is key. There is just no way you can execute all your ideas, and, quite frankly, there is no point in trying to do so. Identify the high potential ideas and start executing those first.

Encourage rapid prototyping. Don’t wait too long to experiment, launch, and iterate your product or service. Fail fast and fail often. Adopt an Agile mindset.

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

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Marek Danyluk, CEO of Space Ventures

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Marek Danyluk has a talent for assessing the competencies of management teams for other businesses and pulling together exceptional teams for his own businesses!

What’s your story?
I am the CEO of a venture capital business, Space Ventures, which invests in seed and pre-series A businesses. I also own and run Space Executive, a recruitment business focused on senior to executive hires across sales, marketing, finance, legal and change.

My career started as a trainee underwriter in the Lloyds market but quickly moved into recruitment where I set-up my first business in 2002. The business grew to around 100 people. I moved to Asia in 2009 as a board member of a multinational recruitment business with the mandate to help them scale their Asian entities, which helped contribute to their sale this year, in 2017.

My main talent is assessing the competencies of management teams as well as building high performing recruitment boutiques and putting together exceptional management teams for my own businesses.

What excites you most about your industry?
Building the business is very much about attracting the best talent and being able to build a culture which people find invigorating and unique. It’s an exciting proposition to be able to define a culture in that regard and salespeople are a fun bunch, so when you get it right it’s tremendous.

From a VC point of view there is just so much happening. South East Asia is a melting pot of innovation so the ideas and quality of people you have exposure to, is truly phenomenal. The exposure in the VC has taken me away from a career in recruitment. Doing something completely different has given me a new level of focus.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Whilst I came here with work, both my boys were born in Singapore and to them this very much is home. That said, my father in law spent many years in the East so coming and settling here was met with a good degree of support and familiarity.


Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Possibly Hong Kong. It’s the closest I’ve been to working in London. Whilst there are massive Asian influences people will work with you on the basis you are good at what you do and work hard. I find that approach very honest and straightforward.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Always treat people well on the way up!”

Who inspires you?
I like reading about people who have excelled in business such as Jack Ma, James Kahn, Phil Knight, Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk, all have great stories to tell and they are all inspirational. No-one has inspired me more than my parents and they are well aware as to why…

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Pretty much any technology innovation blows me away.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Whilst it is important not to have regrets I do continually wake up thinking I’m still doing my A’ Levels. So, I’d have probably tried a little harder in 6th form.

How do you unwind?
I like the odd glass of red wine and watching sport

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Japan skiing. I love skiing and Japanese food and it’s a time when I can really enjoy time with the wife and kids. I recently tried the Margaret River which was divine, although not technically Asia.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Barbarians at the Gate

Shameless plug for your business:
Space Executive is the fastest growing recruitment business in Singapore focused on the mid to senior market across legal, compliance, finance, sales and marketing and change and transformation. Multi-award winning with exceptional growth plans into Hong Kong and London this year, and the US, Japan and Europe by the end of 2022. We are building a truly global brand.

Space Ventures is interested in any businesses that require capital or management and financial guidance or any or all of the above. We have, to date, invested in on-line training, food and beverages, peer to peer lending platforms, credit scoring as well as other tech and fintech start-ups. We are always interested in hearing about potential deals.

How can people connect with you?
[email protected]

Twitter handle?
@Spaceexecutive

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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