Asian Companies Receive Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards

Twenty companies from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand received the prestigious Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2013 Southeast Asia for their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The Awards were presented by regional non-governmental organisation, Enterprise Asia, at a closed-door awards ceremony at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The Awards are organized by Enterprise Asia to encourage continued corporate leadership towards sustainable economic development for the region. The Awards are held in four sub-regions of Asia: Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and West Asia, with a total of 32 countries participating to promote responsible entrepreneurship in Asia.

The Awards recognize organizations and business leaders for their initiatives and impact towards the society and environment through their Corporate Sustainability projects in five Enterprise categories and one Individual category; Social Empowerment, Green Leadership, Health Promotion, Investment in People, SME CSR and the Responsible Business Leadership (Individual).

Award nominees have to undergo a stringent evaluation and judging process spanning a period of 6 months, including compulsory on-site and project audit before being selected from amongst other highly qualified nominees from all over Southeast Asia as winners.

Among the winners this year was Singapore’s sole representative, Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd., who took home an award in the Green Leadership category for their continued efforts in raising awareness on environmental conservation as well as promoting eco action in conjunction with the World Environment Day.

Ricoh initiated Eco Action Day, the first annual nationwide energy saving campaign, with the Singapore Environment Council in 2007. It is endorsed by several other government agencies, including the National Environment Agency, National Climate Change Secretariat and Energy Market Authority. Eco Action Day encourages organization or institutions to go green and take eco action in their respective offices, in conjunction with the World Environment Day, which falls on 5th June annually. To date, more than 300 organizations have come together in a collective effort, to play a part and counter the climate change.

Nobuaki Majima, Managing Director of Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd noted the importance of such recognition and how it would help to further promote responsible entrepreneurship globally.

He said, “This award means a lot to us, as we have set a really good example to other Ricoh regional offices, such as Europe and America, to continue this green effort. This is definitely not by one effort; it is an accumulative result after so many years of continuous effort, despite difficulties. Receiving this award further motivates us to work and think even harder, to bring the campaign to the next level.”

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About Enterprise Asia
Enterprise Asia is a non-governmental think tank for the development of entrepreneurship across the region and in the promotion of opportunities and fair ground rules for emerging entrepreneurs. We champion honest, fair, and responsible entrepreneurship across Asia. We believe the true foundation of any nation’s economy lies in its entrepreneurial resources; which if properly nurtured can be the most potent asset for sustainable and predictable economic planning. With entrepreneurial spirit ingrained within a country’s culture, numerous social and economic issues, including urban poverty, urban-rural income disparity, racial or cultural-sensitive dynamics, labour exploitation and economic slavery can be diminished and eventually be eradicated. We work with governments, NGOs and other organizations to promote competitiveness and entrepreneurial development, in uplifting the economic status of people across Asia and in ensuring a legacy of hope, innovation and courage for our children.

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SOURCE: Enterprise Asia