Taipei, June 2 (CNA) Eight prestigious Taiwanese enterprises won 12 awards in the 2018 Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA), according to Enterprise Asia.
The AREA program is organized by Enterprise Asia, a non-government organization that aims to create an Asia that is rich in entrepreneurship, as an engine toward sustainable and progressive economic and social development.
The awards ceremony was held in Manila on Friday evening to honor 51 enterprises or individuals winning the 2018 AREA, with several Philippine politicians, including Senator Bam Aquino and Deputy Speaker of the Philippine Congress Gwendolyn Garcia, attending.
Eugene Chien (簡又新), Chairman of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE), led a jury for the 2018 AREA awards.
The awards are given in six award categories: Green Leadership, Investment in People, Health Promotion, Social Empowerment, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Corporate Social Responsibility, and Responsible Business Leadership.
Chien told CNA that Taiwan’s enterprises and entrepreneurs stood out in the 2018 AREA, winning 12 awards among more than 200 nominees from 14 countries in the Asian Pacific region, to become the second largest winner in the region, trailing only Thailand.
Chien said the honors awarded by the AREA program showed many Taiwanese enterprises are up to international standard in fulfilling social responsibility and enhancing corporate sustainability, which is good for society.
Among the award winners from Taiwan, Joseph Huang (黃男州), President of E. SUN Financial Holding Co., won the Responsible Business Leadership award.
The CTBC Anti-Drug Foundation, which is run by CTBC Financial Holding Co., E. Sun Financial, Fubon Life Insurance Co. and Taiwan Power Co., the state-own electricity supplier in Taiwan, grasped the Medium-Sized Enterprise Corporate Social Responsibility awards.
Cathay Financial Holding Co. and E. Sun Financial took the Investment in People awards, while Taiwan Life Insurance Co., integrated circuit designer Realtek Semiconductor Corp. and telecom service provider Taiwan Star Cellular Corp. won the Health Promotion award.
Meanwhile, Asia Cement Corp. bagged the Green Leadership award, while Cathay Financial took the Social Empowerment award.
On behalf of the CTBC Anti-Drug Foundation, Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞), the former chief of Taiwan’s the National Police Agency, said in the award ceremony that the foundation will continue to work with schools and governments to fight drug use to build Taiwan into a drug-free homeland.
Enterprise Asia started to present the award in 2011 to encourage enterprises in the region to pay closer attention to social responsibility.
(By Emerson Lim and Frances Huang)