MACAU, China, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A total of 52 projects across Asia were selected as recipients of this year's Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) by Enterprise Asia. The Awards, often dubbed the Nobel Prize for Sustainability also recognized four 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.
"We are glad to celebrate this award as part of our commitment in investment in people and social empowerment programs contributing to the development of Indonesia," said Rohan Hafas, SVP ? Corporate Secretary of PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) in reference to their programs Mandiri Young Technopreneur Program and Mandiri Sahabatku.
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."
Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, chairman of Enterprise Asia, and former Minister of Human Resources and founding chairman of Sustainable Energy Development Authority of Malaysia, presented the Awards trophy and certificate to recipients.
Dr Fong said, "today, 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."
The four business leaders named as recipients of the AREA Responsible Business Leadership Award are Batara Sianturi, Dato' Michael Tio, Paul Norman Janelle and Seah Kian Peng.
"This achievement represents not only a recognition but also an encouragement to continue and improve Sampoerna's CSR programs, and we are pleased to have won two prestigious AREA Awards. We hope that this achievement will also inspire other businesses to play their own role of promoting positive changes in their communities", shared Paul Norman Janelle, President Director of PT HM Sampoerna.
CSR is embedded into the operations of these companies. Yodphod Wongrukmit, Senior EVP of The Bangchak Petroleum PLC said the company creates shared value for Thai farmers, strengthen communities and Thai society through its Cooperative Service Stations.
For Universal Harvester, Inc. Dr. Milagros O. How believes that "CSR is vital in our human relations and customer care. We invest in human progress by providing the greatest gift of HOPE."
Dato' Michael Tio of PKT Logistics Hub said, "CSR is not about how you spend your profits, instead it's about how responsible you make your profits."
Full List of Recipients of the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2015
Responsible Business Leadership
Batara Sianturi, CEO, Citi Indonesia
Dato' Michael Tio, CEO, PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd
Paul Norman Janelle, President, PT HM Sampoerna
Seah Kian Peng, CEO, NTUC FairPrice Co-operative Limited
A.S. Watson Group (HK), A.S. Watson Global Volunteer Day
Cepatwawasan Group, Cepatwawasan Humana Education Resource Centre
Ceylon Tobacco Company, Sustainable Agricultural Development Programme
Expolanka Holdings, Venture Engine
FrieslandCampina (HK) Milk Tea Day 2014
Hayleys Agriculture Holdings, Seaweed Innovation Project
IRPC PLC, From Bench to Community
Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor, Entrepreneurship Development Program
Lamina Films, Lamina's "Dream" Educational Project
New World Development Company, The New World Springboard
Permodalan Nasional Berhad Unit Trust Week
Port Authority Of Thailand, Determination of the Princess Mother & Giving Love and Warmth to the underprivileged Children Project
PT Bank Mandiri (Persero), Mandir Sahabatku
PT HM Sampoerna, Empowering Tobacco Farmers Community through Community Learning Group
S&P Syndicate PLC, S&P Kitchen For Kids
Thai Life Insurance PLC, Thai Good Stories
The Bangchak Petroleum PLC, Cooperative Service Station
The Shell Company Of Thailand Limited, Shell Thailand CNS Terminal Fire Water Pipeline Replacement Project
Toshiba Information Equipment (Phils.), Building a Nation Trough Quality Education
Trans-Asia Oil And Energy Development Corporation, Harnessing Energy Literacy for Planet Earth
Universal Harvester, Inc., BACK-TO-FARM Project
WNS Cares Foundation, WNS Cares Foundation Computer Literacy Project, India
Investment in People
AP Honda Co., Ltd, Safety Thailand
Mah Sing Group, Mah Sing's Investment in People
Metropolitan Waterworks Authority, MWA Plumber for People Project
PKT Logistics Group, Build A Company That's Everybody's Dream
PT Bank Mandiri, Mandiri Young Technopreneur Program
PT Trakindo Utama, The Trakindo Education Cooperative Program
Shah Cement Industries, Amar Nirmaney Ami - Building My Home, Bangladesh
A.S. Watson Group (Philippines), Watsons Generics: Improving Lives of the Filipinos One Pill at a Time
Billion Hearts Beating Foundation, Billion Hearts Beating: For a Heart-Healthy India, India
DLF Foundation, AAROGYAM ? Comprehensive Healthcare, India
PT Combiphar, COMBI HOPE Health Living Education
PT Indosiar Visual Mandiri, Peduli Kasih
Sampath Bank, "Hope for a Life"- Endowment of Neuro Navigation System
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Takeda-Plan Healthcare Access Program
Ampol Food Processing, Reduce Waste by using 3 Rs
ArthaLand Corporation, We Are ArthaLand: We Are Green
British American Tobacco Bangladesh, Probaho (Water Filtration Project), Bangladesh
Hang Lung Properties, "Hang Lung Green LEEDers Program"
Lafarge Republic Group, Beyond the National Greening Program
Land Bank of The Philippines, Environmental Due Diligence Financed Projects
PARKnSHOP, PARKnSHOP Energy Saving Program
PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad, ecoCare and ecoCare Environmental Education Centre
PTT Global Chemical PLC, Bio-Agri
Ricoh Malaysia, Much About Mangrove
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, RCBC Green ATM Project
Selangor Dredging Berhad, River Rehabilitation Program
SPCG PLC, SPCG 36 Solar Farms
Muang Thai Life Assurance PLC, Muang Thai Life Assurance Community Development Volunteer Camp
Puritas, Sath Diyawara
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