Workshop on Enhancing Responsible Business in Southeast Asia: Current Developments and Challenges


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the joint ISEAS-SPF workshop on “Enhancing Responsible Business in Southeast Asia: Current Developments and Challenges” will be postponed until further notice. We are in the midst of rescheduling and will provide you with an update on the new workshop dates. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this postponement and hope you can join us for the workshop on the new dates. 


About the Workshop

Southeast Asia has experienced rapid economic growth over recent decades which have resulted in notable achievements such as the reduction of poverty and the rise of the region’s middle class. However, business activities have also resulted in sustainable development and human rights challenges in a region where its nations are still evolving in their transition towards democracy, respect for the rule of law, and good governance. Addressing these challenges – and other key social issues that need to be protected and mitigated across nation states, supply chains, and industries – will be crucial to responsible business in Southeast Asia for the region’s sustainable, long term and inclusive growth.

At the heart of the workshop theme of “Enhancing Responsible Practices in Southeast Asia” is a call for corporations to step up its efforts in serving a social purpose and make a positive contribution to society. It will also examine the new forms of social projects and responsible practices undertaken by states and the private sector in addressing the many social problems facing different countries in Southeast Asia today. It is increasingly recognized that it will take multiple actors to come together to address a shared future in the region, and the workshop will discuss how governments and different stakeholders can promote business engagement on social responsibility, and how businesses can make concrete commitments to sustainable development and human rights beyond philanthropy and impact mitigation.

This workshop is jointly organised by ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and The Sasakawa Peace Foundation


Mar 02 - 03 2020


All Day


ISEAS Seminar Room 1 & 2