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29 Apr

Charoen Pokphand Group Sweeps Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards with Six Wins

Taiwan and Thailand continue to outperform others at ASRA

Singapore, 29 April 2020: Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group) of Thailand emerged as the biggest winner by receiving an award in six categories at the 5th Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA), the most prestigious awards for reporting. CP Group’s sustainability report was also adjudged Asia’s Report of the Year.

Two other companies in the CP Group, Charoen Pokphand Foods and C.P. Intertrade also collected four awards between them taking the total tally for the Group to 10 awards out of the overall 55 awards presented for 2019 ASRA.

Singapore’s City Developments Limited (CDL) won three Gold medals, the highest by a single company. CDL earned Gold for Asia’s Best Integrated Report, Asia’s Best Sustainability Report (Digital) and Asia’s Best Carbon Disclosure.

Companies from Thailand and Taiwan continued their winning streak at ASRA by cornering 13 and ten awards respectively.

The winners were selected from 461 entries received from 16 countries in Asia. The 2019 ASRA saw 80 shortlisted companies from 13 countries competing in the finals across 19 awards categories.

In a live broadcast from Singapore, more than 200 senior business leaders and sustainability professionals from 15 countries attended the exclusive awards ceremony hosted virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Attendees also included dignitaries from academia, embassies, trade associations and advocacy organisations.

The Swedish Ambassador H.E. Niclas Kvarnström, the Swedish Ambassador, Singapore was the Guest of Honour at the awards ceremony hosted virtually this year due to Covid-19 pandemic.

In his keynote address, Ambassador Kvarnström said, “The current times highlight the importance of transparency for solving global problems. Businesses that show investors and customers that they are sustainable and responsible also show that they are leaders.”

The awards ceremony started with the opening address by Ms Alexandra McKenzie, Chargé d’Affaires of the British High Commission to Singapore. Ms McKenzie said, “As the incoming co-Presidency for the UN Climate Talks (COP26), the UK continues to press for much greater ambition around the world;  to reduce GHG emissions,  build resilience, and to drive collaboration in order to overcome the climate crisis. We understand that transparency, disclosure and data are integral to accelerating the transition to low carbon economies, which is why the British High Commission is proud to have been an active supporter of ASRA for so many years.”

As institutional investors are getting more serious about a company’s sustainability performance, sustainability reporting has become an essential tool for communicating how the reporting organisation manages its material economic, environmental and social impacts, risks and opportunities to build a sustainable business.

Rajesh Chhabara, managing director of CSRWorks International and the founder of ASRA, said: “The unprecedented global pandemic caused by Covid-19 is a stark reminder that businesses, governments and societies need to work together to build mutual resilience. Adopting responsible environmental, social, and governance practices has become ever more essential to ensure corporate sustainability.”

Mr Chhabara said, “Companies winning at ASRA have demonstrated their leadership in sustainability reporting, transparency and their commitment to creating long-term value for stakeholders.”

ASRA, the most prestigious recognition for sustainability reporting, has continuously raised the bar for quality and authenticity of reporting introducing a healthy competition among companies in Asia.

An independent judging panel determined gold, Silver and Bronze winners for 2019.  ASRA follows a rigorous multi-tier evaluation process. Evaluation of entries involves three rounds of assessments to select the very best in each award category. In addition to assessing the report quality, comprehensive due diligence is carried out to consider finalists’ reputation among their stakeholders as part of the judging process.

CSRWorks International, a Singapore-based firm focussed on sustainability consulting, training and thought leadership, has created non-profit Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards to inspire all companies to adopt sustainability reporting.

Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards 2019

WINNERS

Note to editors:

Please see the full list of ASRA 2019 winners at https://csrmatters.com/winners-2019/

For more information, contact:

Ms Doris Yeo

Email: asra@csrworks.com

 

About the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards

The Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA) recognise and honour sustainability reporting leaders in Asia. The Awards celebrate best practices in sustainability reporting. The vision for ASRA is to become the most inspiring recognition for sustainability reporting excellence in Asia.  The Awards are open to all types and sizes of private, public and non-profit organisations in all sectors which produce a sustainability report or an integrated report in Asia. An independent panel of distinguished judges evaluates the entries to select the winners. www.csrmatters.com

 

About CSRWorks

The Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards, a non-profit initiative, are organised by CSRWorks International, Singapore’s most trusted sustainability services firm focussed on consulting, training and thought leadership with a proven track record more than 15 years. ASRA aims 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

Supporting Organisations

ASRA is supported by diverse organisations representing governments, NGOs, academia, media and professional sectors keen on encouraging responsible business practices and sustainability disclosure in Asia. The supporting organisations include the British High Commission Singapore, Embassy of Sweden in Singapore, the British Chamber of Commerce, Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD), Sasin Centre for Sustainability Management and CSRone Taiwan among others.

27 Dec

Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards 2019 Finalists

Singapore, 27December: Eighty organisations from 13 countries have progressed to the final round of the 2019 Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA). An independent panel of judges assessed the entries to shortlist the finalists.Winners will be declared at an exclusive gala dinner eventin Singapore on 6 March 2020.

ASRA is the most prestigious recognition for sustainability reporting and integrated reporting in the region. A non-profit initiative, ASRA’s mission is to inspire all companies to adopt sustainability reporting.

The 2019Awards will be given in 19 categories covering various aspects of reporting. Two new categories,Asia’s Best Sustainability Report (Public Sector) and Asia’s Best Integrated Report (First Time), have been included this year.

A new awards system starting with the 2019 ASRA empowers the judging panel to choose up to three winners for each category: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

A statement from the ASRA Secretariat said, “ASRA continues to see a rising number of entries each year with an ever-increasing level of competition. Entries to the 2019 ASRA show a continuing trend of improvement inreporting quality overall.”

The complete list of finalists is available on the Awards website (www.csrmatters.com).

Contact:
The Secretariat,
Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards
Email: asra@csrworks.com



About the Awards

The Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA), a non-profit initiative, recognise and honour sustainability reporting leaders in Asia. ASRA’s mission is to inspire all organisations to adopt sustainability reporting to provide meaningful information to stakeholders. The Awards are open to all types and sizes of private, public and non-profit organisations in all sectors who produce a sustainability report or an integrated report in Asia. An independent panel of distinguishedjudges evaluates the entries to select the winners.

ASRA provides a powerful platform to organisations, large and small, to showcase their sustainability efforts to build trust among stakeholders and helps them attract ESG investors.

More information is available at www.csrmatters.com

About the Organisers
The Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards have been established by CSRWorks International, Singapore’s most trusted name in sustainability advisory, training and thought leadership. CSRWorks collaborates with businesses and other stakeholders to promote excellence in reporting across the region. Other noteworthy initiatives by CSRWorks include Asia Sustainability Reporting Summit and Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen.

More information about CSRWorks International is available at www.csrworks.com

ASRA Supporting Organisations
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. The main supporting organisations include the British High Commission Singapore, Embassy of Sweden in Singapore, the High Commission of Canada, the British Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD), and Sasin Centre for Sustainability Management.

4 Sep

27 leaders honoured in Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen 2019 List

Singapore (4 September, 2019): 27 outstanding women leaders from 11 countries have been selected as Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen, an annual listing of exceptional female sustainability leaders in the region. They were chosen out of 126 nominations from 20 countries across Asia.

The 2019 List was announced by Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) CEO Tim Mohin, and ÁsthildurHjaltadóttir, GRI’s Chief of Network Engagement and Regional Implementation Officer, who were Guests of Honour at theAsia Sustainability Reporting Summit’s networking cocktail reception in Singapore. They presented Superwoman Certificates as a mark of honour to the Sustainability Superwomen attending the event.

A Sustainability Superwoman is someone who is leading change through sustainability strategies and initiatives within her organisation as well as outside of her organisation. An international jury reviews and assesses the nominations to identify the winners.

Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen is a non-profit project initiated by CSRWorks International, Singapore’s most trusted name in sustainability consulting, training and thought leadership. The project’s purpose is to recognise and honour the contribution of exceptional women leaders who are driving change to make the world a better place.

Rajesh Chhabara, managing director of CSRWorks International, said,”We’re delighted to seeAsia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen go from strength to strength. These women have led the way on sustainability and diversity throughout Asia. We hope that bycelebrating their numerous achievements we will inspire more women to become future sustainability leaders. “ 

Here is the full list of Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen 2019:

Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen 2019 List of Honour

S. No. Name Title Organisation Country
1 Aisah Eden Executive Vice President, Corporate Services Sarawak Energy Berhad Malaysia
2 Angela Sim Founder and CEO Alps Group Pte Ltd Singapore
3 Anoka Abeyrathne Co-founder & Asia-Pacific Representative SustainSolutions / UN Habitat YAB Sri Lanka
4 Dr. Darian McBain Global Director of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Thai Union Group PCL Thailand
5 Durreen Shahnaz Founder & CEO Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) Singapore
6 Eranthi Premaratne Director, Sustainable Business MAS Active Trading Pvt Ltd (MAS KREEDA) Sri Lanka
7 Evi Afiatin Executive Board Director & Chief Financial Officer BPJS Ketenagakerjaan Indonesia
8 Febriany Eddy Vice President & Director PT Vale Indonesia Tbk Indonesia
9 Gennie Yen Founder/ President CSRone Reporting Platform/ Veda International Corporation Taiwan
10 Herry Cho Director, Head of Sustainable Finance Asia Pacific ING Bank Singapore
11 Izumi Kobayashi Co-Chairperson Women Corporate Directors Japan Japan
12 Kristin Koleen Vice President, Sustainability SM Investments Corporation Philippines
13 Laleh Daraie National Coordinator GEF/SGP at UNDP Iran
14 Lavina Sequera CSR Professional & Founding Member Soil of India India
15 Prof. Madhavi Srinivasan Professor/ Co-Director NTU/ NTU SCARCE Centre Singapore
16 Madhulika Sharma Chief Corporate Sustainability Tata Steel Limited India
17 Maria Victoria Tan Group Head, Enterprise Risk Management & Sustainability Ayala Corporation Philippines
18 Mariam Al Foudery Group Chief Marketing Officer Agility Singapore
19 Naina Batra CEO & Chairperson AVPN Singapore
20 Ninfa Rubio Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Provincial Government of Palawan Philippines
21 Shalini Singh Chief of Corporate Communication & Sustainability,
CEO & Managing Trustee of Tata Power Community Development Trust(TPCDT),
Chief of Tata Power Skill Development Institute (TPSDI)
Tata Power Co Ltd India
22 Dr. Sandy Chong Founder & Principal Consultant Verity Consulting Pte Ltd Singapore
23 Sophia Cheng Chief Investment Officer Cathay Financial Holding Co Ltd Taiwan
24 Dr. Vikas Goswami Head of Sustainability, Good and Green Godrej One Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies India
25 Voravan Tarapoom Chairman of Executive Board BBL Asset Management Co Ltd Thailand
26 Win Win Tint Founder & CEO City Mart Holding Co Ltd Myanmar
27 Yvonne Soh Executive Director Singapore Green Building Council Singapore

 

Note to editors:

The full list of Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen 2019 will be published on www.csrworks.com/superwomen on 4th September 2019 immediately after the names are announced at the event.

Contact:

Email: superwomen@csrworks.com

 

About the Organisers

Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen is organised by CSRWorks International, Singapore’s trusted sustainability services firm focussed on consulting, training and thought leadership.

CSRWorks also organises the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards(ASRA), the highest international recognition for reporting excellence, and the Asia Sustainability Reporting Summit, the region’s top annual gathering of reporting community. 

CSRWorks International is a GRI Certified Training Provider, GRI Data Partner and a GRI Gold Community Member. CSRWorks is also IIRC’s Foundation Training Partner for approved Training in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka and the Middle East. As EcoVadis’ CSR Expert Partner for Southeast Asia, CSRWorks provides training and advisory to suppliers participating in the EcoVadis CSR Assessment.

Learn more about CSRWorks here.

6 Mar

Taiwanese companies dominate the 4th Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards

Sinyi Realty of Taiwan emerges as the top winner

Singapore, 6 March 2019: Sinyi Realty Inc., a Taiwan-based real estate brokerage and agent sale services company, emerged as the top winner at the 4th Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA) just concluded in Singapore. Sinyi won five awards, the highest this year, including the most coveted Asia’s Report of the Year honour.

Taiwan’s Taishin Holdings, Singapore’s Singtel and City Developments Limited, Japan’s Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co, Thailand’s Bangchak Corporation and Charoen Pokphand Group and India’s Mahindra and Mahindra were among the companies which won more than one award.

In total, 25 companies from 11 countries representing a wide array of sectors won the awards in 17 categories. A record 82 companies from 14 countries had made it to the final round of the 2018 Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards.

Nearly 100 business leaders from 15 countries turned up at the exclusive awards ceremony hosted by the British High Commissioner in Singapore H.E. Scott Wightman. The event was attended by dignitaries from diverse fields including academia, non-profit, embassies, trade associations and advocacy organisations.

The awards were presented by the Guest of Honour Jessica Cheam, managing editor of Eco-Business, The British High Commissioner H.E. Scott Wightman and special guests Dr Lawrence Loh, director of Corporate Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) at NUS Business School and Dr Wu Huijuan, Assistant Director, Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

Speaking at the event, Rajesh Chhabara, managing director at CSRWorks International and the creator of the Awards said: “Sustainability reporting has become an important tool for investors and stakeholders to assess a company’s full value. High quality reporting and disclosure allows organisations to communicate how they manage their economic, environmental, social and governance impacts, risks and opportunities to create value in the short, medium and long term”.

(The awards are) a reflection of the traction that sustainability reporting is gaining in the region, almost if not equaling the status of financial reporting. - Jessica Cheam, managing editor, Eco-Business

“ASRA is helping organisations to raise the bar in reporting and improving the quality of sustainability information for stakeholders,” he added.

An independent judging panel decides the awards following rigorous criteria. The judges sifted through nearly 400 entries to select the winners. The judging process involved three rounds of screening and evaluations to identify the very best in each award category. Finally, comprehensive due diligence was carried out to assess finalists’ reputation among stakeholders, and the findings were considered to determine the winners.

CSRWorks International, a Singapore-based firm focussed on sustainability consulting, training and thought leadership, has created the non-profit Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards to inspire Asian organisations to adopt sustainability reporting and integrated reporting.

The winners received a specially designed plaque framed with recycled wood. The winner of the top honours, Asia’s Report of the Year, won an exclusive golden plaque. All finalists received a merit certificate printed on FSC certified paper sourced from sustainable forests. Also, the winners and the finalists will be authorised to use the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards logo for branding purpose.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Category Winner Country
Asia’s Report of the Year Sinyi Realty Inc. Taiwan
Asia’s Best Sustainability Report (Stand-alone) Sinyi Realty Inc. (Winner) Taiwan
Singtel (Highly Commended) Singapore
Asia’s Best Sustainability Report within Annual Report Sunway Construction Group Berhad (Winner) Malaysia
Mah Sing Group Berhad (Highly Commended) Malaysia
Asia’s Best Integrated Report Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC (Winner) Sri Lanka
Ayala Corporation (Highly Commended) Philippines
JSW Steel Limited (Highly Commended) India
Asia’s Best Integrated Report (SME) Vallibel Power Erathna PLC (Winner) Sri Lanka
Asia’s Best First Time Sustainability Report Magarpatta Township Development & Construction Company Limited (Winner) India
Sinarmas Land Limited (Highly Commended) Indonesia
Asia’s Best Sustainability Report (SME) Salcon Berhad (Winner) Malaysia
Asia’s Best Online Sustainability Report City Developments Limited (Winner) Singapore
Sinyi Realty Inc. (Highly Commended) Taiwan
Asia’s Best Materiality Reporting Taishin Holdings (Winner) Taiwan
Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co., Ltd. (Highly Commended) Japan
Asia’s Best Stakeholder Reporting Charoen Pokphand Group (Winner) Thailand
Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited (Highly Commended) Thailand
Asia’s Best Workplace Reporting Sinyi Realty Inc. (Winner) Taiwan
Cathay Financial Holding Co., Ltd. (Highly Commended) Taiwan
Asia’s Best Diversity Reporting Singtel (Winner) Singapore
Sinyi Realty Inc. (Highly Commended) Taiwan
Asia’s Best Environmental Reporting Charoen Pokphand Group (Winner) Thailand
CTBC Financial Holding Co., Ltd. (Highly Commended) Taiwan
Asia’s Best Carbon Disclosure City Developments Limited (Winner) Singapore
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (Highly Commended) India
PT Pertamina (Persero) (Highly Commended) Indonesia
Asia’s Best Supply Chain Reporting ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (Winner) Taiwan
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (Highly Commended) India
Asia’s Best Community Reporting Reliance Industries Limited (Winner) India
PT Pertamina EP Asset 4 Cepu Field (Highly Commended) Indonesia
Asia’s Best SDG Reporting Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited (Winner) Thailand
Taishin Holdings (Highly Commended) Taiwan
Asia’s Most Transparent Report Joint Winners:  
Baoviet Holdings Vietnam
Singtel Singapore
Asia’s Best Report Design Tata Motors Limited (Winner) India
Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co., Ltd. (Highly Commended) Japan

Note to editors:

More comprehensive information on the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards is available at www.csrmatters.com

For more information contact:

Melissa Kee, Project Executive,

Email: melissa.kee@csrworks.com

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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. The vision for ASRA is to become the most inspiring recognition for sustainability reporting excellence in Asia. The Awards are open to all types and sizes of private, public and non-profit organisations in all sectors which produce a sustainability report or an integrated report in Asia. An independent panel of distinguished judges evaluates the entries to select the winners. www.csrmatters.com

About CSRWorks

The Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards, a non-profit initiative, are organised by CSRWorks International, Singapore’s most trusted boutique-style sustainability firm focussed on consulting, training and thought leadership with a proven track record more than 13 years. ASRA aims 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

ASRA Supporting Organisations

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. The supporting organisations include the British High Commission Singapore, Embassy of Sweden in Singapore, the British Chamber of Commerce, Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD), Sasin Centre for Sustainability Management and CSRone Taiwan among others.

22 Jan

SG-UK Partnership for the Future

2019 is a significant year for both Singapore and the United Kingdom. It marks both the Bicentennial of the founding of modern Singapore and the beginning of a new era for the UK. The SG-UK Partnership for the Future builds on our historical links by celebrating all that our nations are already achieving together and looks to the future by launching new collaboration initiatives.

The relationship between Singapore and the United Kingdom is as broad as it is deep. From government to government, business to business, academic to academic, person to person – it reaches every level through the four areas that the Partnership for the Future focuses on:

• Digital economy
• Sustainable business and innovation
• Security and defence
• Education, culture and youth

The Partnership for the Future will expand and solidify existing links while creating new opportunities for collaboration that secure our bilateral partnership for the years to come.