Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility within an ASEAN Human Rights Framework

30th November to 1st December 2010
Plaza Room 1, Park Royal Hotel, Beach Road, Singapore

Organised by
Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

Partnered by
MARUAH (Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore)
Singapore Compact on CSR
ASEAN Business Network on CSR
CSR Asia


Tuesday, 30 November 2010 

9.00am – 9.30am Registration
9.30am – 9.45am Welcome Remarks
9.15am – 10.00am Keynote Presentation: Framing Human Rights in Corporate Social   Responsibility
Chairperson: Senator Wigberto Tanada, Chair Philippines Working Group
Presenter: Mr Richard Magnus, 

Singapore Representative, ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

10.00am – 10.30am Coffee Break 


10.30am – 12.00pm Plenary 1: CSR: An Evolving Concept in ASEAN

What does CSR mean in the Southeast Asian Context?  

Presenter: Dr Filemon Uriate,

Executive Director,  ASEAN Foundation

Question and Answer

2.00pm – 3.30pm Plenary 2: Understanding the Business and Human Rights Agenda 

Chairperson: Ms Sumi Dhanarajan, 

Head of the Public Roles of the Private Sector, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and Regional Adviser, Institute of Human Rights and Business.

(i) The Evolution of the Business and Human Rights Agenda 

Presenter: Mr Mark Hodge

Director of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

(ii) The ‘Protect-Respect-Remedy’ Framework 

Presenter: Ms Vanessa Zimmerman

Legal advisor to the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights

(iii) How can a Business and Human Rights Framework strengthen CSR practices in ASEAN? 

Presenter: Mr Thomas Thomas

Executive Director, Singapore Compact on CSR

3.30pm – 4.00pm Tea Break
4.00pm  – 5.30pm Plenary 3: Business and Human Rights Challenges in Southeast Asia 

Chairperson:  Mr Thomas Thomas, Executive Director, Singapore Compact on CSR
A corporate perspective of CSR (among which Human Rights) in an ASEAN context ( Cases) 

Associate Professor Peter Verhezen

Graduate Management School of University of Melbourne (Australia); Adjunct Professor at the Vlerick Leuven Management School (Belgium); Principal at Verhezen & Associates Ltd (Asia-Indonesia)

(i) Labour Standards in Supply Chains 

Presenter: Ms Salve Valenciano

Workers Assistance Centre (WAC), Philippines

(ii) Challenges within the Palm Oil Sector 

Presenter: Ms  Shafinaz Suhaimi

Programme Officer, Tenaganita, Malaysia

7pm Welcome Dinner 

Wednesday 1st December 2010 

9.00am – 10.30pm Plenary 4:    Integrating Human Rights into Business Operations: A SWOT Analysis
Chairperson: Mr  Arun Mazhinan, Deputy Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore
(i) Strategies for Managing Human Rights Impacts  

Presenter: Mr William Anderson,

CSR Asia Corporate Member

(ii) Operating in a Goldfish Bowl – Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights in the age of transparency 

Presenter: Ms Joy Chavez

Philippine Coordinator, Forum on the Global South

(iii) Corporate Case-study 

Presenter: Mr William Anderson

Head of Social and Environmental Affairs Asia Pacific, Adidas

10.30am – 11.00am Coffee Break
11.00am – 12.30am Plenary 5: The State’s role in Addressing Corporate-related Human Rights Abuses
Chairperson: Mr Charn  Chaiyanukij, Chairperson Thai Working Group on ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism
(i) Enforcing a New Social Contract through New Forms of Governance 

Presenter: Dr Felice Yeban

Associate Professor

Philippine Normal University

(ii) Government Responses to CSR, Business and Human Rights in the ASEAN Region 

Presenter: Ms Yanti Koestoer

Executive Director, Indonesia Business Links (IBL), Board of Trustees ASEAN CSR Network

(iii) The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in ensuring Human Rights Protection against Corporate Abuses 

Presenter: Prof Amara Pongsapich

National Human Rights Commission, Thailand

1.20pm – 2.20pm Lunch
2.20pm – 3.00pm Plenary 6: Access to Remedies for Corporate Human Rights Abuses 

Chairperson:  Ms Braema Mathiaparanam, Chairperson, MARUAH (Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore)
(i) Implementing Grievance Mechanisms: Challenges and Opportunities 


Coordinator, Manila Branch,

SALIGAN, Philippines

(ii) The use of Non-judicial Grievance Mechanisms to Resolve Corporate Human Rights Abuses in Southeast Asia 

Presenters: Research team from the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

Lead Researcher:

Ms  Sumi Dhanarajan, Head of the Public Roles of the Private Sector programme, CAG

Ms Starr Levesque, Research Assistant, CAG

Ms Tashia Peterson, Graduate student, Dept of Political Science, NUS

Ms Yina Song, Graduate student, MPA, LKY School of Public Policy

3.00pm – 3.30pm Tea Break
3.30pm – 5.00pm Plenary 6: Going Forward: An ASEAN Roadmap for securing corporate responsibility for protecting and respecting human rights 

  1. Facilitated breakout groups to discuss approaches for  effective mechanisms within ASEAN and at national levels
  2. Responses
  3. Three Key Recommendations
5.00pm to 5.15pm Closing Remarks

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