June 2022 Virtual Event: Advancing Responsible Investments to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals
This virtual regional event on the Implementation of the ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture, and Forestry (ASEAN-RAI) gathered different stakeholders from the government, public sector, private sector, and civil society organizations to provide key updates on the progress on the ten year action plan of the ASEAN-RAI, feature initiatives such as the Alignment Assessment tool for ASEAN Member States, actions by companies that are embedding responsible practices engagement on attendees to provide feedback on existing activities and future directions.
Implementation of the ASEAN-RAI Guidelines is supported by: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The organization of the regional event is also supported by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany (BMEL).
November 2020 Webinar: Mapping of Industry and Investment Standards and Principles to the ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry
This webinar launched Grow Asia's report on linkages between the ASEAN RAI Guidelines and existing sustainability standards and principles. The growing number of these industry and investment standards can be overwhelming for investors. To help simplify this landscape, Grow Asia produced a rapid landscape assessment that explores (1) the level of alignment between 14 existing industry and investment standards and principles to ASEAN RAI, and (2) uptake of those 14 standards among 10 international banks. Our aim is that the report will help private sector investors understand how they may already be aligned to the ASEAN RAI through their existing commitments to sustainability standards or principles. The webinar included report highlights, and key insights from the Rainforest Alliance, Barry Calleabut, and Nestle about the importance of collaboration among standards setters and their interest in working with Grow Asia in future.
April 2020 Webinar: Responsible Agricultural Investment, co-hosted by Grow Asia and OECD
This webinar – hosted by Grow Asia and the OECD - features insights on 1) The role of the financial sector in driving responsible agricultural supply chains in Southeast Asia, 2) How agribusinesses can attract investment through responsible actions, and 3) How responsible business guidelines may help guide investment in agricultural supply chains. Expert panelists spoke from: USAID, Mizhuzo, OXFAM, Grow Asia and OECD.
July 2019: Workshop on Operationalizing the Action Plan
This workshop brought together more than 60 key decision-makers from the public, private and civil society sectors to (1) establish consensus on the ASEAN RAI and its Action Plan, (2) learn from one another through discussions on challenges and opportunities and (3) generate new ideas for interested stakeholders to implement in support of the ASEAN RAI. This report provides an overview of the main takeaways and outcomes of the workshop.