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As part of the “Promoting a Fair Business Environment in ASEAN” project, UNDP seeks to promote business integrity and encourage responsible business practices by engaging directly with the private sector and facilitate dialogues between the various stakeholders, including with governments and civil society. To help guide this effort, the project has invited corporate governance and sustainability experts to join the “Private Sector Advisory Group” (PSAG) to advise UNDP on its engagement in this…

Posted on May 13, 2021

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Since early 2020, the world has been facing one of the biggest global crises in decades, caused by the sudden and rapid spread of Covid-19. Isolation measures, lockdowns and restrictions have presented huge challenges for companies, compounded by economic uncertainty. Southeast Asia is one of the regions where businesses have loaded up on debt and few have a clear picture on how the pandemic will affect their business operations over the coming months and years.

Posted on March 29, 2021

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Advancing gender equality across all levels of society is key to “building forward better”. A fair business environment will only be achieved when barriers that women face to access and thrive in the workplace are removed. The distinguished speakers told their stories as business leaders in ASEAN of companies at the forefront of diversity and inclusion, members of women’s business associations, and government representatives.

Posted on March 8, 2021

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There has been a dramatic increase in global investments in “ESG” – (Environment, Social, and Governance). In recent years, investors have particularly focused on mitigating the impact of climate change, but with the global pandemic threatening to devastate small business, there is likely to be a new focus on social investments. To achieve these goals, investors will want to see improved transparency and reduced bureaucracy from ASEAN governments, and higher governance and ethical standards from…

Posted on November 13, 2020

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in cooperation with the Anticorruption Commission, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the Centre for Responsible Business, has developed the Business Integrity Handbook.

Posted on August 24, 2020