ASEAN CSR Fellowship 2018
October 1 - December 1
The ASEAN CSR Fellowship seeks to build up the next generation of ambassadors for responsible business in Southeast Asia, harnessing the potential of the private sector in addressing key regional issues in anti-corruption, environmental degradation and human rights. The Fellowship is part of ACN’s ongoing efforts to help practitioners re-define CSR, away from its misconception that it is just corporate philanthropy and volunteerism, towards the business responsibility to look beyond their bottom line and consider the social and environmental implications of their activities. The attention is shifted from how businesses spend money (charity) to how the money is made.
A small team of high-potential individuals will be selected from business, government and civil society, to be equipped with in-depth theoretical and practical concepts in responsible business. The year-long journey will take Fellows to 3 countries across ASEAN, spending 5 days each in Singapore/Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam. Covering the full spectrum of ASEAN member states with varying levels of economic development, the Fellowship starts at the heart of ASEAN’s business activity in Singapore/Malaysia, before heading to the emerging economy of Myanmar and the manufacturing hub of Vietnam. Each week spent in the different countries will feature a series of study tours to meet top business leaders, government representatives, academics and civil society practitioners. Modules will also feature deep-dive topics, delving into difficult issues such as the rights of migrant workers, labor standards in the garment industry and responsible investment. The learning objective is to build an understanding of CSR as it applies across ASEAN, comparing the different experiences in the 3 countries visited.
As ASEAN continues to face a variety of complex national and regional issues, the Fellowship hopes to deepen cross-border perspectives, and unite a new generation of CSR leaders in our common goal towards regional sustainable development.