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ASIA CORPORATE EXCELLENCE & SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS 2018 SPECIAL FEATURE

Going beyond business, empowering communities

The Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES) promotes the "prosper thy neighbour" belief of doing business

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This year's edition of the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards 2018 marked the biggest pool of winners from the greatest number of countries since the inception of the Awards.

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"Being in business means engaging in a socio-economic activity. Being an entrepreneur now goes beyond money-making. Today, business has to offer much more than what it usually was meant to. These days corporate social responsibility is an integral part of good governance, and should encompass multi-dimensional activities.." - Hemant K Batra, chairman, Jury Panel, ACES Awards.

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"We share outcomes and successes so that every single nominee can be enriched by new learning and new ways of adding quality to the way they conduct their businesses, from the way their staff are recruited, hired and retained, right to the companies' interaction to the private and public stakeholders of the businesses." - Chief executive of MORS Group, Shanggari B.

THE latest instalment of the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES) once again celebrated organisations across the region that are looking beyond the bottom line when it comes to measuring success.

The ACES Awards take into account the positive impact that companies and their management teams bring to society in the course of their activities. The initiative acts as a non-competitive platform where winning leaders and companies come together to make connections, share insights and exchange ideas on ways to make businesses both revenue generating and socially responsible.

Biggest pool of awardees

This year marked the biggest pool of awardees from the most number of countries since the inception of the Awards. The Philippines scooped up a total of 11 awards, with Thailand coming a close second with 10 winners.

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Singapore was the recipient of seven awards, with Malaysia and Indonesia tying with five winners each. Indonesia also took home the coveted Woman Entrepreneur of the Year title, which was won by businesswoman and doyenne of the Indonesian industrial world, Shanti Lasminingsih Poesposoetjipto.

Sri Lanka was named in three award categories, while Vietnam was represented in two. For the first time ever, Laos and Myanmar joined the winners' circle, predicting the imminent rise of the two nations.

The Awards were divided into two broad categories - Leadership and Sustainability. Leadership was then separated into Individual categories, which lauded a specific person in an organisation; and Enterprise categories, which recognised the collective successes of individual companies.

Sustainability categories were sub-divided into CSR, Green, Community Care and Workplace specific awards, allowing companies to bring to the front and centre their unique selling propositions which made their organisations such places of esteem to work in. "Being in business means engaging in a socio-economic activity. Being an entrepreneur now goes beyond money-making. Today, business has to offer much more than what it usually was meant to. These days corporate social responsibility is an integral part of good governance, and should encompass multi-dimensional activities. The ACES Awards was designed in response to these changes, and seeks to share new ways of business governance with as wide an audience as possible," said Hemant K Batra, chairman of the Jury Panel of the ACES Awards.

"As an Awards, the ACES are markedly different in that we do not pit companies against each other. We share outcomes and successes so that every single nominee of the Awards can be enriched by new learning and new ways of adding quality to the way they conduct their businesses, from the way their staff are recruited, hired and retained, right to the companies' interaction to the private and public stakeholders of the business," added chief executive of MORS Group, Shanggari B.

Sense of belonging

The awardees were all featured in the annual Beacons coffee table book, a publication that accompanies the ACES Awards. The book features profiles of each award recipient and shares insights on the many ways good leaders make their organisations places which employees seek to belong to.

The ACES Awards is the brainchild of the MORS Group. MORS Group's mission is to assist companies, corporate leaders, and eminent industrialists to share a platform to exhibit leadership & sustainability excellence, to learn from market experts across the world, to engage stakeholders and employees in valuable ways, and to embrace a culture of progressive learning.

The MORS Group was founded in 2012 and is managed by a board of directors from diverse backgrounds, who facilitate and play a role in promoting Asia's sustainable growth.