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Source: Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR)
15 Asian CSR Awards 2008 Finalists Announced

SINGAPORE, Nov 10, 2008 - (ACN Newswire) - Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of Economic and Social Commission for Asia will present the awards to five winners and 10 excellence awardees at the 7th Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility in Singapore on November 21, 2008 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

The Asian CSR Awards, co-presented this year by Intel, is Asia's premier Awards program on corporate social responsibility. This years awards attracted 170 entries representing 120 companies from 15 countries. It recognizes and honors companies in Asia for their projects and programs in corporate social responsibility. The Awards are given in five categories: Best Workplace Practices, Concern for Health, Environmental Excellence, Poverty Alleviation and Support and Improvement of Education. There is an exhaustive search and selection process for the Awards that include the generation of entries, initial screening, and short listing by a panel of experts, and final judging.

The Asian CSR Awards is recognized as the leading awards program on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Asia and is an inherent component of the annual, regional Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) conference and Expo. AFCSR 2008 is co-presented by the Asian Institute of Managements RVR Center for Corporate Social Responsibility (AIM-RVR Center) and Singapore Compact for CSR. Co-chairing the event are Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr., President and CEO of Philippine Investment-Management (PHINMA), Inc., Mr. Boon Yoon Chiang, Chairman and Managing Director, Jardine Matheson (Singapore) and Ms. Claire Chiang, President of Singapore Compact for CSR and Senior Vice President of Banyan Tree Holdings Limited. The organizing committee is composed of representatives from major sponsors, regional NGOs, international organizations and CSR organizations.

The Guest of Honor to present the awards is Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of Economic and Social Commission for Asia. A winner and the excellence awardees in each of the five categories will be announced.

A complete list of the 2008 Asian CSR Awards finalists follows:
List of 2008 Finalists (Project, Company and Country)

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                           Environmental Excellence
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     Name of Project              Organization                  Country
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1C Up Pilot Campaign     City Developments Ltd.            Singapore
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          BOOND             Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd.          India
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Water Recycling and Silt      City Developments Ltd.           Singapore
Water Treatment Programme 
 at Construction Sites
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                   Support & Improvement of Education
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     Name of Project                   Organization             Country
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  Educational Television           ABS-CBN Broadcasting       Philippines
         (ETV)                          Corporation
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Satya Bharti School Program         Bharti Foundation            India
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 War On Worms In Western         Johnson & Johnson Phils.     Philippines
     Visayas (Wow-V)
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                          Poverty Alleviation
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 Name of Project                Organization                    Country
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Business for Peace         Federation of Chambers              Sri Lanka 
   Initiative             Of Commerce and Industry
                               of Sri Lanka	
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 The GoodWell Fund           Philam Foundation                Philippines
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Zinc Integrated Poverty     Hindustan Zinc Ltd.                  India
Alleviation Programme
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                        Best Workplace Practices
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   Name of Project                 Organization               Country
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 CLP Quality Work Life       CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd.        Hong Kong 
   (QWL) Programme
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Employee Wellness Program     Microsoft Philippines         Philippines
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  Work-Life Harmony           City Developments Ltd.         Singapore
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                           Concern for Health
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    Name of Project                  Organization              Country
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     BMC Sky ICU            Bangkok Hospital Medical Center    Thailand
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Providing Accessibility:          Dialog Telekom PLC           Sri Lanka 
  Sri Lankas first 
   state-of-the-art
    Hearing centre
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War On Worms In Western        Johnson & Johnson Phils.       Philippines
    Visayas (Wow-V)
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AFCSR 2008 indeed has the support of distinguished sponsors including Intel as co-presenter of Asian CSR Awards and Official Technology Partner; Microsoft, Shell, The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever as Strategic Corporate Partners; Ballarpur Industries Ltd, Borneo Motors (Singapore) Pte Ltd, City Developments Limited, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., Holcim and Standard Chartered Bank as Official Industry Partners, Banyan Tree, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, Senoko Power, Starbucks Singapore Pte Ltd. and Tolaram Group as Cooperating Partners and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board. The Official Public Relations Company Partner is Bang Public Relations Pte Ltd with AMEX Team, Creative Crest, Integrated Public Relations, Masso PR and PR Society of Indonesia as Cooperating PR Partners. Official media partners include International Herald Tribune, ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), ACN Newswire, Ammado, Asian Quality Magazine, Asia Weekly, Business Monitor International / Asia Monitor, BusinessWorld, China CSR, CSR Asia, Roof and Faade Magazine, Sustainable Innovation, The Employer Magazine, The Training Magazine and XL Media.

AFCSR has 26 leading NGO partners from all over Asia. These are:
Asian Institute of Management Alumni of Singapore
ActionAid International Vietnam
ASEAN Foundation
Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium
Business Ethics Institute of Malaysia
Business in the Community-UK
Center for Development and Integration - Vietnam
Centre for Social Markets India
Community Business Hong Kong
Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Council for Better Corporate Citizenship Japan
German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
Habitat for Humanity International
Indonesia Business Links
Kenan Institute Asia
League of Corporate Foundations Philippines
Makati Business Club
Management Association of the Philippines
Management Institute for Social Change Malaysia
National Center for Sustainability Reporting Indonesia
Philippine Business for Social Progress
Population and Community Development Association of Thailand
Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum
PPM Institute of Management Indonesia
Responsible Business Initiative Pakistan
Singapore Compact for CSR

About Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR)

The AFCSR is the premier platform for showcasing CSR thought leadership and best practice in Asia. It was founded in the Philippines by the RVR Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). The AFCSR is the largest and longest-running CSR conference in Asia, with more than 500 delegates from 30 countries in attendance. It convenes annually in a different Asian location each year. The AFCSR features prestigious CSR Awards: the Asian CSR Awards and the Intel-AIM Corporate Responsibility Award for outstanding initiatives in four key areas - education, environment, health and poverty alleviation. It is co-convened by the AIM RVR Center for CSR and Asia Inc Forum. For more information, please visit www.asianforumcsr.com.

About AIM-RVR Center for Corporate Social Responsibility

The AIM RVR Center is a research and program center within the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). The main thrust of the AIM RVR Center is to undertake CSR-focused research relative to the competitiveness of corporations and their impact on society. The AIM RVR Center is one of the first research centers in the region to concentrate on CSR issues. The Center also provides consultancy and training services on CSR issues to organizations throughout Asia. The AIM is the Asian pioneer in international management education. For more information, please visit http://rvr.aim.edu.

About Asia Inc Forum

Asia Inc Forum (AIF) is a leading facilitator of business and public policy dialogue in ASEAN and the Asia Pacific region. AIF is the convener of the influential ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum and the co-convener of the Asian Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR). The company has a proud history of partnership with the APEC CEO Summit - the foremost meeting of business and government in the Asia Pacific region. For more information, please visit http://asiaincforum.com.

Contact:
Shawn Pamintuan
Media Coordinator
OIC EVENTS
Tel: (632) 812 6289
Email: [email protected]


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