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25 May

Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards 2016 Open for Nominations

The Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA) for 2016, the highest honour for sustainability reporting excellence in Asia, is now open for entries.

ASRAcover 15 categories including Asia’s Best Sustainability Report, Best Integrated Report, Best Sustainability Report (SME), Best First Time Sustainability Report, Best Online Sustainability Report and Best CSR Report within Annual Report. Other award categories include specialised areasof reporting, such as environment, carbon disclosure, stakeholder engagement, supply chain sustainability, corporate communication and community commitment.The best overall submission will be namedAsia’s Sustainability Report of the Year award.

The Awards are open to all types and sizes of private, public and non-profit organisations in all sectors who report on sustainability for their operations and business in Asia.

The overall winner of Asia’s Best Sustainability Report last year was Hang Lung Properties, Hong Kong. Other top category winners for 2015 included Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lanka (Best Integrated Report), Omnicom Media Group MENA, Dubai and ACWA Power, Dubai (Joint winners of Best First Time Sustainability Report), ADFIAP Philippines (Best Sustainability Report-SME), Orient Overseas Container Line, Hong Kong (Best CSR Communication within Annual Report) and Birla Carbon (Best Online CSR Communication and the Most Transparent Report award).

An independent panel of judges with distinguished backgrounds in academia and business will judge the entries to decide the winners. A short-list of finalists will be announced in mid-October and the winners will be announced at the ASRA presentation dinner event in Singapore in November.

ASRA is a non-profit multi-stakeholder initiative organised by csrmatters, a unit of CSRWorks, which isa leading sustainability advisory firm operating in Singapore and the region.

After a very encouraging start in 2015, when ASRA attracted entries from 13 countries or territories, the awards have become the professional benchmark for sustainability reporting excellence in Asia.

The man who launched Asia’s first sustainability report awards, Rajesh Chhabara, Managing Director of CSRWorks, sees that ASRA hasalready created a much needed platform for sharing best practices, bench marking, mutual sharing and peer learning by bringing together organisations who are leading the way in sustainability reporting in Asia.

“The awards also give organisations large and small the opportunity to showcase their sustainability efforts,thereby building trust among their stakeholders, adding value to their businesses and attracting socially responsible investors,” Mr Chhabara said.

Interested organisations may submit their entries by the early bird deadline of 30 June 2016 or by the final deadline of 15 September 2016. An organisation may submit entries to multiple categories.

Further details on partnership opportunities, judging criteria, judging panel and how to enter are available on the awards website: www.csrmatters.com

For more information contact:
Email: arsa@csrworks.com

About the Awards
The Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA) recognise and honour sustainability reporting leaders in Asia. The Awards celebrate best practices in sustainability reporting and communications. The vision for ASRA to become the most inspiring recognition of sustainability reporting excellence in Asia.The Awards are open to all types and sizes of private, public and non-profit organisations in all sectors who produce a sustainability report in Asia. An independent panel of judges with distinguished backgrounds judge the entries to decide the winners. www.csrmatters.com

About the Organisers
The Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards are organised by csrmatters, a unit of CSRWorks International, Singapore’s leading sustainability advisory, research and training firm with a successful track record more than10 years. CSRWorks closely collaborates with businesses and other stakeholders to promote excellence in sustainability reporting across the region. Rajesh Chhabara, Managing Director of CSRWorks, has launched ASRA to give organisations large and small the opportunity to showcase their sustainability efforts, thereby building trust among their stakeholders, adding value to their businesses and attracting socially responsible investors. www.csrworks.com

Awards Categories
The following categories are open for entry:
1. Asia’s Sustainability Report of the Year** (Judges’ Choice)
2. Asia’s Best Sustainability Report
3. Asia’s Best Integrated Report
4. Asia’s Best First Time Sustainability Report
5. Asia’s Best Sustainability Report (SME)
6. Asia’s Best CSR Communication within Annual Report
7. Asia’s Best Online CSR Communication
8. Asia’s Best Materiality Reporting
9. Asia’s Best Stakeholder Reporting
10. Asia’s Best Carbon Disclosure
11. Asia’s Best Supply Chain Reporting
12. Asia’s Best Community Reporting
13. Asia’s Best Workplace Reporting
14. Asia’s Best Environmental Reporting
15. Asia’s Most Transparent Report
*Descriptions of each category can be found on the Awards webpage at www.csrmatters.com

ASRA Supporting Organisations and Partners
The Awards are supported by diverse organisations representing governments, NGOs, academia, media and professional sectors keen on encouraging responsible business practices and sustainability disclosure in Asia, including the British Chamber of Commerce, the British High Commission, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the High Commission of Canada, Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD), India Institute of Corporate Affairs, Sasin Centre for Sustainability Management, Systainability Asia, Green Evangelist, Academy of Fashion Professionals, Sustain Ability Showcase Asia (SASA), Teach CSR, ABC Carbon and Ginga Environment.

Judging Panel for ASRA 2016

Alex P. Mavro,
Chief of Operations,
Center for Sustainability Management,
Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University,
Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Artie W. Ng
Deputy Dean for Business Engagement & External Affairs
Nottingham University Business School,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee
Director General & CEO
Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA)
Ministry of Corporate Affairs,
India

Brigitte Holtschneider
Executive Director
British Chamber of Commerce
Singapore

Elaine Cohen
CEO
Beyond Business,
Asia, Middle East and Europe
United Kingdom and Israel

Ken Hickson
CEO, Sustain Ability Showcase Asia (SASA),
Director, ABC Carbon
Singapore& Australia

Dr. Lawrence Loh
Principal Lecturer & Deputy Director
School of Professional Education &
Executive Development (SPEED)
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,
Hong Kong

Dr. Avvari V. Mohan
Associate Professor for Strategic Management
Director, Centre for Governance, Institutions & Organisations
Deputy Head & Associate Professor of Strategy & Policy
NUS Business School,
Singapore

Marcellinus bin Frederick Lamhai
CEO
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC),
Malaysia

Nithyanandam Yuvaraj Babu
Chief of Climate Change Initiative
US Aid,
India

Ramakrishnan K T
Head of Operations
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
India and Sri Lanka

Dr. Huijuan Wu
Research Fellow
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
Singapore