This year, the Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards (AREA) celebrates its 10-year anniversary milestone championing the most exceptional CSR programmes across Asia. Over the last decade, AREA is proud and honored to be the advocate in encouraging and inspiring business leaders and enterprises to take on their responsibilities in creating a better world for all.
Enterprise Asia, the organiser of AREA, is pleased to recognise 69 outstanding award recipients and who exemplified determination and perseverance despite the trying times. The AREA awardees have demonstrated relentless dedication to responsible business practices amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Widely regarded as the gold standard for CSR and sustainability practice, the AREA is the most prominent CSR recognition programme across Asia initiated by the region’s leading NGO, Enterprise Asia. With over 500 winners from more than 19 countries/regions since its launch, the AREA aims to recognise and honour Asian businesses and leaders for championing sustainable and responsible business practices. This year, an impressive number of 205 nominees from 16 countries/regions were shortlisted in the final round of judging and only 69 were accorded as award recipients.
Richard Tsang, President of Enterprise Asia stated in his welcome speech, “Today, the majority of a company’s long-term value includes components such as innovation, intellectual capital and culture. Thus, a strong ESG strategy is an important element of a broader long-term value strategy that is tied to a business’s purpose and vision for recovery and success moving towards the post COVID-19 world.” He further mentioned that, “sustainability cannot be looked at in isolation. It is akin to engineering a whole new system and cultivating a new way of life. It is a tough balancing act because there will be conflicts, compromises and trade-offs.”
Since 2011, AREA has recognised businesses from various industries while honouring their achievements in the seven categories of Social Empowerment, Investment in People, Health Promotion, Green Leadership, Corporate Governance, Circular Economy Leadership and Responsible Business Leadership.
The winners for the Responsible Business Leadership Category which recognise leaders who are strong advocates for responsible entrepreneurship and at the forefront of promoting sustainable practices and in promoting the sustainability agenda within their organisations and their communities includes Shuang-Lang (Paul) Peng, Chairman and CEO of AU Optronics Corporation; Joseph Huang, Chairman of E.SUN Commercial Bank; Richard M. Tsai, Chairman of Fubon Financial Holding Co., Ltd.; Pitak Ratchakitprakarn, President and CEO of PTG Energy Public Company Limited from Thailand; and Chun-Chi Chou, Founder of Sinyi Group from Taiwan.
Among the notable winning projects from the Health Promotion Category is Far Eastern Big City Shopping Malls Co., Ltd.. Their programme, ‘Big City, Big Health – A Healthy Community Platform for All Ages’, focuses on devoting their resources to the segments of blood donation, liver disease prevention, and health promotion for all ages. The company held record-breaking blood donation campaigns, funded liver health forums to promote liver disease prevention, and organised over 160 activities promoting health for all ages last year.
The joint initiatives of Taipei Lung Shan Temple, Liver Disease Prevention and Treatment Research Foundation, Taiwan, YUAN High-Tech Development Co., Ltd., and Realtek Semiconductor Corporation, was also a part of the winning recipients for the Health Promotion Category. Their programme, ‘For Peace, For Health, Ten Thousand People Together to Protect Our Livers!’, broke the Guinness World Record for the most people completing a health survey in 12 hours in Taipei, Taiwan on 31 October 2020. The programme sought to improve healthy liver awareness and all participants were offered free health check-ups after completing the survey.
PTG Energy Public Company Limited emerged as one of the winners under the Social Empowerment category with their programme – PT Volunteer Camp, ‘We Care Leave No One Behind’ programme concentrates on contributing to the community nearby the company’s operational sites in the development areas of healthcare, education, and environment to empower the villagers’ access to better life opportunities and enable them to grow sustainably with the company. They established the PT volunteer doctor unit and PT creating lungs for the community and offered eye examinations for the elderly, scholarship, sports equipment and education media deliveries for thousands of villagers.
Bolloré Logistics Singapore Pte Ltd is among the exceptional recipients of the Green Leadership Category for their “Powering Sustainable Logistics in Singapore” programme. The programme contributes to 8 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and the company managed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, waste consumables, and water consumption while increasing their recycling rate. In 2020, over 1,500 of the company’s staff were educated on sustainability topics, among which more than 1,300 received formal trainings on the topics.
Prior to the AREA, the International CSR & Sustainability (ICS) Summit 2021 was held in the day. The virtual summit was convened with over 300 C-suite level executives and business leaders from 12 countries.
Themed “Towards an Inclusive and Resilient Future”, the summit provided a regional platform for leading thought leaders and CSR practitioners to explore on pressing topics and recovery actions to rebuild towards a sustainable and resilient world.
The Chairman of Enterprise Asia, Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, expressed at the summit’s opening that, “the crisis has been a sobering wake up call to the importance of sustainable development and the urgent need to pay more attention to planetary health, similarly to the burning reality of the climate crisis, giving us food for thought about our priorities. I believe that the time for talk is over and we should now focus on real actions. We have the opportunity to reset and re-shape the post-pandemic recovery towards a better future.”
Among the speakers were Dr. Niven Huang, Regional Leader for KPMG Sustainability Services Asia Pacific, KPMG Taiwan; Dr. Allinnettes Adigue, Head of the ASEAN Regional Hub and Global Reporting Initiative; Edoardo Gai, Managing Director for ESG Benchmarking, S&P Global Switzerland SA; Paul Marriott, President of SAP Asia Pacific and Japan; Marie Victoria Tan, Executive Director and Group Head of Enterprise Risk Management and Sustainability Unit, Ayala Corporation, Philippines; Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer of City Developments Limited (CDL); Margaret Kim, CEO of Gold Standard; Karina Litvack, Co-Founder of Climate Governance Initiative (World Economic Forum) and Non-Executive Independent Director, Eni SPA; Dr. Naoki Adachi, Executive Director of Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity and CEO and Founder of Response Ability, Inc.; Alexandra Tracy, President of Hoi Ping Ventures Hong Kong; Lito T. Tayag, Country Managing Director of Accenture, Inc. Philippines; Dr. Renard Siew, Head of Sustainability of Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB); Jessica Robinson, Founder and Managing Director of Moxie Future and Former-Head of Asia at UN-PRI; Andrew WK Chan, Sustainability and Climate Change Leader of PwC’s South East Asian Consulting Services; Rosemary Addis, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Impact Investing Australia, Senior Advisor to SDG Impact at UNDP.
The AREA 2021 and ICS Summit 2021 are supported by ASEAN CSR NETWORK, China Biodiversity Conversation and Green Development Foundation, Circular Economy Club, CSRone, CSR Universal Org, Global Reporting Initiative, India CSR Network, Malaysian Alliance of Corporate Directors, National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (NIEI) (Cambodia), The Green Earth, The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (HK and Macau) Limited (MAYCHAM). Additionally, AsianNGO, Bangkok Post, Biz Hub Vietnam, BusinessWorld, Commercial Times, Earth.Org, Hong Kong Economic Times, Impact Boom, Kumparan, SME Magazine and Viet Nam News as media partners.