News 2009

Sunlabob speaking at the OECD/UNESCAP regional conference on Corporate Responsibility

On 2-3 November 2009, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) co-organised a conference in Bangkok entitled “Why Responsible Business Conduct Matters”. The objective of the conference was to bring together key players from government, business and civil society from both Asian and OECD countries to exchange their perspectives, experiences and practices in implementing RBC/CSR¹ activities. In total, the conference attracted over 200 participants, from 16 countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Sunlabob was Invited to present its extensive range of RBC/CSR activities, particularly engaging environmental and social responsibilities. With community development and capacity building at the core of Sunlabob’s mission, we are proud to pioneer a responsible business approach in the region. Furthering its commitment to reducing CO2 emissions with renewable energy solutions and developing the local community, Sunlabob is also careful to shorten its supply chain, sourcing local products whenever possible, and recycling waste materials into our assembly process. Sunlabob supports the development of an emerging renewable energy sector in the Lao PDR, by founding a non-profit research and information platform, promoting and advocating energy efficiency, and assisting policy-makers at national and regional level. Finally, at our head office, we have been working in partnership with an NGO to provide a rehabilitating environment to women who had been victims of trafficking and exploitation.

The conference participants concluded that the question is no longer whether responsible business conduct makes sense but rather how to effectively harness the vital forces of the private sector to drive long-term economic growth, environmental sustainability and social progress.

For more details, see the press release.

1) “Responsible business conduct (RBC) can be defined as entailing compliance with laws, such as those on respecting human rights, environmental protection, labour relations and financial accountability, even where these laws are poorly implemented. It also involves responding to societal expectations communicated by channels other than the law, e.g. inter-governmental organisations, within the workplace, by local communities and trade unions, or via the press. Private voluntary initiatives addressing this latter aspect of RBC are often referred to as corporate social responsibility (CSR).” (OECD/UNESCAP, 2009)