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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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Trung Nguyen, Founder & Managing Director of Advertising Vietnam

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Having initial success with his first start up in the ad industry, Trung Nguyen went on to start other ventures in the ad world in Vietnam. He now has the largest agency community in Vietnam.

What’s your story?
Three years ago I got my first job in the advertising industry. I worked for a local agency in town, and I fell in love with the creative industry. In June 2015, I founded Agency Life Community in Vietnam. It quickly became the most engaging community in the ad industry. The main content focuses on entertainment. After six months we had over 30,000 organic followers, now we have 120,000 followers.

Because the industry had been good to me, I decided I had to something for the industry to help the industry be better. So, I opened http://AdvertisingVietnam.com – a creative industry ad site which keeps advertising informative, creative and inspiring.

After more than a year in the ads industry in Vietnam, I figured the industry needed a better solution for the recruitment of good staff. Given I own the largest advertising community platform, why don’t I utilise Agency Life to help connect talent with ad agencies. So, I founded job site, AdJob.Asia in January 2017.

What excites you most about your industry?
The ad industry is a creative one with very passionate people who are always challenging themselves. The exciting part for creatives, in the morning they might be working on a baby brand and in the afternoon they are answering a beer brief. There is so much diversity. Every day is the new journey.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I am Vietnamese.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Thailand. The Thais are the kings of the creative industry in SEA. Thai ads are very smart and creative.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Do what you love.

Who inspires you?
My friend, mentor and partner Mr Nghi Nguyen, founder of BrandsVietnam.com. We started our businesses at a similar time. He doesn’t see us as a competitor but rather, he believes that we share the same passion and we are working to provide better knowledge for the ad community.
Mr Nghi also guided me a lot when I first opened the business. I am inspired by his vision to make our marketing industry better.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Our business is a startup company and as a founder I do everything from operations, business development, planning and strategy. However, this is not the good way grow our business. You have to share the workload – find a co-founder or hire a great employee to help share the workload. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Quit my full time job sooner.
During the first year of running my business, I was still working as an ad manager for an agency. However I lacked focus at work due to the overload of work and it affected the company I used to work for. I strongly recommend people who have an idea to start their own business, quit their job early on and focus 100% on it from the get go!

How do you unwind?
Play with my cat.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
I love to travel throughout all of Asia. I enjoy new places and meeting new people.

Everyone in business should read this book:
The Carpenter: A story about the greatest success strategies of all.

Shameless plug for your business:
AdvertisingVietnam.com is a site where you can quickly update yourself on the advertising news in Vietnam. We have 15,000 unique monthly readers who are professional people in the advertising and communications industries.

The Agency Life, https://www.facebook.com/agencylife is largest agency community in Vietnam. This is the right place for ad agencies to share their creative work.

AdJob.Asia now has more than 160 agencies in Vietnam who use our services. We are a leading recruitment service for the advertising industry in Vietnam.

How can people connect with you?
You can connect with me:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trungnx26
Email: [email protected]
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trungnx26/

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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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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