SASPO affirms commitment to Sustainable Palm Oil

The Southeast Asia Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil (SASPO) conducted its first ever publicised event on 26 February. The press conference was held in recognition of the member countries' efforts to source sustainable palm oil, as well as to raise public awareness of SASPO.

 SASPO MEWR presscon 

In attendance were the CEO of WWF- Singapore Ms Elaine Tan, who gave opening remarks, and the Miniter of MEWR Singapore, Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, who followed with a speech. A sharing session was also conducted featuring Ayam brand (canned food), WRS (zoo), Tung Lok (restaurant chain) and Commonwealth Capital (restaurant chain).

SASPO members, trade representatives, SASPO-affiliated organizations, and members of the press were also present during the event.


SASPO businessguide

SASPO also proudly launched their first publication, the SASPO business guide entitled "Guide To Sustainable Palm Oil For Singapore Companies: Economic Opportunities And Sourcing Guidelines." With detailed instructions and background information needed for sourcing sustainable palm oil, the SASPO business guide is a one-stop reference for Singapore companies.

Read the business guide here.





Promoting and enabling
responsible business conduct in ASEAN

​ASEAN CSR Fellowship 2018
kicks off in Kuala Lumpur



(Text c/o Marya)

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SASPO launches
sustainable palm oil ​guide
for businesses in Singapore




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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore invited ACN's CEO Mr. Thomas Thomas to be a guest panelist on a luncheon roundtable discussion held on 20 March 2018 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. Entitled "Responsible Business Conduct Abroad - Keeping Canadian Companies at the Forefront", Mr. Thomas shared with the perspectives on corporate social responsibility in ASEAN. ACN's Programme Manager Ms Melissa Chong and Communications Manager Ms Princess Meeralith Celestino also participated in the discussion.

Learn more about the event here.


ACN will also made significant contributions to the:​​
  • ​​ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour and Human Trafficking's Consultation on Responsible Business Conduct and Competition in Supply Chainswhere ACN's CEO Mr. Thomas Thomas will be participating in Kathmandu, Nepal on 26 March. Senior Programme Manager Karen Sim will also be attending the  Consultative Forum on Regional Cooperation against Human Trafficking, Labour Exploitation and Slavery at Sea in Bali, Indonesia on 29 March.

​ACN's Programme Manager Melissa Chong
 is one of the 12 selected individuals who will take part in the Asia Foundation Development Fellowship. She will be travelling to Sri Lanka, South Korea, and the USA to learn about Asia's critical development challenges, and to develop professional expertise. Her main focus will be the potential of responsible business to address environmental and social challenges in ASEAN.

​Read more about the fellowship here.

ACN proudly presents the 
an initiative of the network to raise awareness on responsible business.

The first installment of the series is going to happen on
5 April 2018 (Thursday), at 3-4PM (Singapore time).
Click here to register.


Please take note of the upcoming dates and
topics of the other webinars in the RB 101 series:​

The RB 101 Webinars are free of charge and open to all interested parties.
For queries, contact:


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10-11 April 2018
Asia Pacific Business Forum
​Hong Kong

11 April 2018
Global Child Forum 2018

17-18 April 2018
Asian Forum on Enterprise for Society 2018



The Department of Trade and Investment (DTI) of the Philippines pushes for the agenda of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME's) in the region. This commitment was made clear as the Philippines prepares to host "ASEAN MSME Development Summit: The 7Ms Towards a Prosperous ASEAN MSMEs" on 14 July of this year. The summit will discuss MSME development, fully taking advantage of regional integration.

Read more from the Philippine DTI here.

Indonesia's largest pulp and paper producer, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), is in hot water amidst its failure to implement its flagship zero-deforestation policy. Local and international NGOs condemned the company's activities have decimated over 20,000 sq km of natural forest in a period of three decades. Despite the company's recent efforts in the past 5 years, reports show that very little progress has been made, while pointing out key issues that contribute to its failure: deforestation threats of its new mills, land conflicts, and ineffective measures to restore degraded peatland.​

Read more from Eco-Business here.

Singapore produced less solid waste last year, and food waste recycling also improved. However, despite a nationwide recycling campaign that started in 2014, figures suggest that the programme may be failing. The National Environment Agency's (NEA) reports that Singapore actually recycled less in 2017 compared to the year prior, putting the blame on smaller amount of wood waste, plastic and paper that were being recycled.

Read more from the Straits Times here.


The Ship to Shore project of the International Labor Organization (ILO) found that Thailand continues to face the problem of modern slavery among Thai fishermen and seafood workers. While the report showed some progress, Thailand’s multibillion-dollar seafood industry is still mired by global criticism after investigations showed forced labor, trafficking and violence on fishing boats and at onshore processing facilities. The ILO report recommends a multi-sectoral approach in order to effectively enforce Thai law to create decent work conditions in the fishing industry.

Learn more about ILO's Ship to Shore here.



In San Francisco, climate change science and history lectures are being conducted by a federal judge presiding over lawsuits against large oil companies that are accused of lying about climate change in order to protect business interest. The parties required to participate in the tutorial are five (5) of the world's largest oil companies and lawyers involved in two (2) states in California. This is a rare move in an effort to use scientific facts for jurisprudence.

Read more from the Washington Post here.


London-based NGO, Human Rights Watch has tagged Indian jewelers like Tanishq, TBZ and Kalyan Jewellers as involved in sourcing illegally-produced gold and diamonds from places accused of human rights abuses. Their report states: "Sometimes children have been injured and even killed doing hazardous work in small-scale gold or diamond mines. Communities have faced ill-health and environmental harm because mines have polluted waterways with toxic chemicals. And civilians have suffered enormously as abusive armed groups have enriched themselves through mining."

​Read more from Business Standard here.

A global-ranking conducted by HSBC revealed that India is the most vulnerable country to climate change, followed by Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh. The bank assessed 67 developed, emerging and frontier economies, which comprise almost a third of the world’s nation states, 80% of the world's total population, and 94% of global gross domestic product.

Read more from Reuters here.

From Garment Worker Diaries:
Cambodia Garment Worker Diaries
By Microfinance Opportunities, Fashion Revolution, and C&A Foundation

From Harvard Business Review:
Socially Responsible Business Can Only Succeed If It Becomes a Movement
By Richard Straub, Funder of Peter Drucker Society Europe, Secretary General of European Learning Industry

From Eco-Business:

How can companies own their climate narratives?
​By Jing Ling Tan, Writer for Eco-Business
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Indonesia - Indonesia Business Links
Myanmar - Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry

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