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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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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’.

Connect with Callum here:
twitter.com/laingcallum
linkedin.com/in/callumlaing
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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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