ASETUC Regional Workshop on Promoting ASEAN Guidelines for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on Labour

4th to 5th September 2017

Federal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur


     The ASETUC Regional Workshop on Promoting ASEAN Guidelines for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was held from 4th to 5th September 2017 at Federal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Among the key officials present as speakers in this workshop were Mr.Thomas Thomas, CEO of ASEAN CSR Network, Datuk Hj. Shamsuddin Bardan, Executive Director of Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), Dr.Selvaraj Ramasamy, Undersecretary of International Division of Ministry of Human Resources of Malaysia (MoHR), Mr.Antonio C.Asper, Senior Vice President for External Affairs of Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and Sister Veronica Nilsson, Programme Manager of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Officer for Regional Cooperation in Asia. Also present were the three regional secretaries of ASETUC, Brother Christopher Ng from UNI Asia Pacific Regional Office (UNI APRO), Brother Apolinar Tolentino from Building and Workers’ International (BWI), Sister Lakshmi Vaidyanathan from Public Services International (PSI) and Brother Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal, General Secretary of ASETUC. This workshop was participated by a total of 26 trade union leaders from unions affiliated under ASETUC. The main objective of this meeting was to introduce to participants on the guidelines and drafting action plans on how the guidelines could be promoted through ASETUC initiatives.

    On the first day, the panel discussions involved were directed at introducing to participants on the ASEAN Guidelines for CSR on Labour including how this guideline was drafted and published. In addition to  that, the One ASEAN Agreement campaign by ASETUC and Draft ASEAN Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers by Law Reform Commission of Thailand (LRCT) was also presented to participants . The presentations and discussions evoked active participation of the trade union leaders present in the workshop.

    On the second day, more detailed interactions were held with participants by dividing them into groups to come up with methods on how ASETUC could promote the guideline. Among the action plans suggested were  conducting tripartite workshops, consultation with government bodies and employers confederations, consultation meetings with national working groups, awareness raising seminars on CSR at workplace and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), capacity building programmes for ASETUC affiliates, future collaborations with ASEAN CSR Network, engagements through various channels of social media, drafting of regional action plan to be submitted to ASEAN Committee on Migrant Workers (ACMW) or ASEAN Secretariat

    As a whole, the workshop involved sharing of knowledge on ASEAN Guidelines for CSR on Labour between trade unionist, employers confederation and government officials. ASETUC hopes to develop and conduct action plans towards promoting this guideline with the aim of achieving decent work agenda and standing for equal rights of workers in the region.