Asia corporate Excellence & Sustainability (ACES) Awards

OCTOBER 2024

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ACES Awards

Recognising Asia's Finest

The 10th edition of the esteemed ACES Awards took place on November 24, 2023, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This significant event marked the commendable accomplishments of Asia's foremost industrialists, corporations, and sustainability trailblazers, showcasing excellence in the region. As a beacon of distinction, the ACES Awards annually bestows recognition upon a select group of winners, further solidifying its standing as a highly sought-after accolade in the Asian business arena. Acknowledging outstanding contributions, the awards encompass categories such as Individual, Enterprise, and Sustainability, reflecting the diverse facets of excellence across Asia.

ACES Awards

Since 2014

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SUSTAINABILITY INVESTMENT

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WINNERS

277

PR ARTICLES

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The ACES Circle

Some Of Our Previous Winners

What Past Winners Are Saying

Leadership

"Our largest shareholders are China National Aviation Fuel Group Limited, and BP Investment Asia Limited. They have given us tremendous support in our business operation. At the same time, we are continually increasing investment in aviation fuel in line with our strategy of high natural development. This is also creating a greater probability for our future development. Thank you."

Zou Yaoping 

China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corporation Ltd

Industry Champions of the Year

Leadership

"We are now participating in zero emission, net zero emission in 2060 and now we are committing in several activities in promoting ESG, such as using our plant, trees to absorb the high volume of carbon dioxide and also we use non-CFC refrigerant to almost all our properties and hotels and also now we make used cooking oil into bio-fuel with Refinery Petrochemical Pertamina. That’s our differences. Thank you."

Putut Ariwibowo

PT Patra Jasa

Outstanding Leaders in Asia

Leadership

"Our contribution to nation is about Lao Telecom building infrastructure of telecommunication in Laos nationwide and also build the connectivity in the region, connect with neighbour country, move the traffic to other countries like from Thailand to China, to support the government direction for digital economy."

Alounadeth Barnchit 

Lao Telecommunication Public Company

Industry Champions of the Year

Leadership

"Our goal is to make our consumers like our products, use our products and live a better life of using our products. We believe that using innovative technology to make effective, high quality and household products to consumers is the right strategy."

Jessica Tu

Maxigen Biotech Inc.

Asia's Leading SMEs

Sustainability

"I should express myself to ACES for your recognition for CPC. We are so honoured to be the first winner to receive great trophy. It’s a very very great honour for us. This year’s program is about CPC Corporation, we help the disabled angles in gas stations. We developed their skills is guest servicing. We hope all our Slow-flying angels can develop their abilities of the common people. We also encourage all the customers who come to our gas stations to experience their services. You will find the angles can provide high quality service for you. Thank you."

Angela Kuan

CPC Corporation, Taiwan 

Top Community Centric Companies in Asia

Sustainability

"Thank you very much for this award. This is our honour to be on behalf of our company to receive this award today. Being a leader or member of our company, we engage all level of people in all initiative projects. And we actually enhance all the action into operation. So, on behalf of our team, this is our happiness to be recognized in this award. Thank you very much."

Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hanh Huong

Betrimex Vietnam 

Sustainability Rising Star Award

Leadership

"This award has created credibility to our company as a trusted HR consulting and leadership development agency and also solidify our position in the market that we are a though leader for HR and leadership development. It energises our team to innovate the future for Thai leaders and the last one is impact on the business community because we are the benchmark for excellence that can inspire other SMEs to do the best practice in innovation. Thank you."

Juthamas Piyasathukij

Slingshot Group Co., Ltd.

Asia's Most Promising SMEs

Sustainability

"We learn from each other and work together to reach to the success."

Mrs. Napaporn Suthipongchai

A.J. Plast Public Company Limited

Green Initiative Award

Leadership

"We are still young company with 15 years of operation in the business. We hope that we have set a good example that young company can be the pioneer in all the business in the country."

Dr. Akarin Suwannarat (Representative)

Energy Absolute Public Company Limited

Entrepreneur of the Year

Leadership

"We owe this award to the hard work and dedication of our talented staff. I think our partners, clients and investors have also played a crucial role on helping us earn this recognition and this award is really a testament to our company’s continuous pursuit for excellence. So congratulations to the whole team!"

Joel Chin

Activate Interactive Pte Ltd

Asia's Most Promising SMEs

Leadership

"We strive to deliver beautifully-designed projects to meet our client’s costs, schedule and functional requirements, all which helps us to access our client’s level of satisfaction which is the key success indication for us. We also evaluate ourselves based on our degree of innovation, thought leadership and leadership in our industry as large as Gensler is we feel the key responsibility is to help our industry improve. I evaluate my personal success in terms of inspiring and empowering our teams and creating and open and diverse cultural collaboration and support that fosters creativity and personal growth. Finally, instead of targeting easy problems, we seek to be successful in solving the difficult ones our world faces and we’re energized by the bright future for which we strive to design."

David J. Calkins

Gensler

Outstanding Leaders in Asia

Leadership

"Anthony Thompson, as Regional Managing Director for Michael Page, oversaw remarkable growth, expanding from 2 offices and 45 people to 27 offices and 1,850 people in the asia pacific region"

Paul Cooper (Representative)

Regional Managing Director

Michael Page International Pte Limited APAC

Outstanding Leaders in Asia

Sustainability

"Now very very pleased, thank you to the ACES Awards for this prestigious award. Like many companies, at the start we taken a casual approach to ESG and Sustainability. But now is very much front and center of our corporate culture and each of our employees genuinely live and breathe that every single day. Thank you very much."

Nic Chambers

Michael Page International Pte Limited APAC

Top Workplaces in Asia

Sustainability

"And at Varian, where we specialised in cancer care, our vision is to create a world without fear of cancer. With this technology that we bring to the market called Halcyon, we are able to deliver high quality care to 23% more patients. And at the meantime, ensuring that there’s 70% less energy used. What this means is we are able to deliver high quality care to more patients. The ability to deliver this care is also performed in a bunker and construction and concrete used is reduced by 17%. So great healthcare is accessible to everyone everywhere and great cancer care is accessible to more people."

Tan, Kenneth

Varian, a Siemens Healthineers Company

Green Innovation Award

Sustainability

"CEVA Logistics (“CEVA”), established in 2006, is a leading third-party logistics provider. Acquired by global shipping group CMA CGM in 2019, it operates across 170 countries through 1,300 facilities and 110,000 employees. Committed to environmental sustainability, CEVA aligns with CMA CGM’s “BETTER WAYS” mission. Initiatives like Carbon Neutral Logistics, Green Ocean Solutions, Sustainable Aviation Fuel use, EV truck deployment, and CO2 Digital Solutions showcase its dedication. CEVA integrates eco-friendly practices by partnering with transportation leaders, seeking sustainable suppliers, and adopting green technologies such as solar panels. Environmental risk analysis guides its strategy, aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050."

Mr. Jaiganesh M Velamuthu

Managing Director

CEVA Logistics 

Top Green Companies in Asia

Leadership

"At Duy Tan we consider people and team engagement as our first priority. The things we have done, we have done into three areas. The first one, we re-design our corporate culture into 4Cs to ensure that the people understand what behavior we did agree then, the second one is people management committee and the third one is people development committee. The third one, we set up the KPI, we use the engagement system to be the KPI for all the directors up and this make all the people said that the engagement to make the team’s performance better, not belong to the function of the HR or the GDs only. That’s for the function to have to be responsible for that. Thank you."

Chamornwut, Tamnarnchit

Duy Tan Plastics Manufacturing Corporation

Asia's Best Performing Companies

Leadership

"It has been such an immense privilege for Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam to be among a few companies in Vietnam to receive a credible award like ACES award. We were recognized as Asia’s best performing award in Vietnam and also PepsiCo is the leading beverage company so what makes us really different is we are really committed to sustainable development so we remain committed to sustainable initiatives that are in line with our values to give back to society."

Do Thai Vuong (Mr.)

Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage (SPVB)

Asia's Best Performing Companies

Leadership

"We are championing the best that Vietnam has to offer, its people and culture, we bring the best of Vietnam to the world, and we bring the best of the world to have unlocked potential to Vietnam. Thank you very much."

Le Thai Anh

Highlands Coffee

Asia's Most Influential Companies

Leadership

"So, becoming one of Asia’s most influential companies, Prudential remains the people-centric and impacts on the transformation journey to remain the purpose-driven organization, and also the value leader in the market. So, I am very glad to be here because as a HR, we try to work for transformation, also the people’s growth in the organization where we not only focus on their capabilities but also in the mental and physical strength as well."

Ms. Nguyen Thu Giang

Prudential Vietnam Assurance Private Ltd.

Asia's Most Influential Companies

Sustainability

"First of all, we would like to say, on behalf of CCBPI, thank you very much to the ACES Awards committee for this wonderful honour. It’s going to be a great inspiration for the ten thousand or so associates of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. to receive this award. It had certainly inspired us to go to the greater height as we work towards a world without waste. You know, we have over 7641 islands in the Philippines and it’s our goal to bring our “a world without waste” vision to each and every one of those islands. We want to impact all the communities that we served, and what better ways to inspire us than an award like this. So again, on behalf of everyone from Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc., thank you thank you very much."

Juan Lorenzo Tañada

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc.

Top Sustainability Advocates in Asia

Sustainability

"I am so blessed to be in the position now where I am able to help steer the bank towards better financial growth, sustainability and operational activity in order to contribute to the development of our country and provide better life for the Filipinos. I am also glad that the Development Bank of the Philippines, a government financial institution, gives me the opportunity to lead the operation sector, and the driver for change, innovation and sustainability."

Catherine T. Magana

DEVELOPMENT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES

Top Sustainability Advocates in Asia

Leadership

"At this point in my life I hope I have made a positive impact on people and in this world although I’m just a speck of dust but looking into that I guess what I wanted to do next or what I wanted to encourage others personally is to implement this living range because automatically if you implement living range that will definitely lead people out of poverty and if they are out of poverty they can have access to the basic human needs, they can also afford other services and what is good for people will always be good for business."

Maria Victoria A. Tan

Ayala Corporation

Asia's Most Influential Companies

Leadership

"Two things that we’ve done and we’ve been most proud of as SEC commissioner is firstly the digital transformation roadmap, we’ve implemented additional transformation at the SEC, trying to make sure that our services now work class on or online and fully digitalized and secondly of course the crafting of the sustainable finance roadmap for the SEC we are able to create the different sustainable finance framework for implementation within the Philippines and of course also within the CN. We’re very, very proud of that in particular and I’d like to think we’ve made a contribution both in the technology side and on the sustainability side. Thank you."

Kelvin Lester King Lee

Securities and Exchange Commission Philippines

Asia's Most Admirable Young Leaders

Sustainability

"This award goes to the people, to the organisation and to the leaders that I have in this organisation in building what it is today in the focus and concern that we have for employees with a strong tenet around the family value. To be human, we need to be humane. And in this society, that’s the way to build organisation, and people and empowerment. And I would like to salute my co-leaders who are also presence with me today that have supported and build this mission to a longer and longer, as long as we would like this organisation to be. Thank you so much."

Yu Ming Chin

Viventis Search Asia, Inc.

Inspiring Workplaces in Asia

Sustainability

"I think having the highest dedicated and fully committed team who share the same passion of making sure we create an impact on the life of Pilipino patients with cancer and rare diseases is the greatest accomplishment of Takeda Healthcare Philippines, Inc.. In the work towards our mission in promoting better health and brighter future, we gonna make sure to impact more life in the Pilipino, among the Pilipino in our community in years to come."

Loreann Villanueva

Takeda Healthcare Philippines, Inc.

Top Community Centric Companies in Asia

Sustainability

"Newport World Resort’s sustainability program is called ILovEarth. What sets ILovEarth apart is our vision to repurpose the world to sustainable living. By putting earth into the heart of every individual, business, and community, we were able to transform our business inspiration to be more sustainable, leveraging through collaboration and teamwork."

Ryna Inocencio

Newport World Resorts (Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc.)

Green Initiative Award

Sustainability

"In addition, we also like to inspire others through our Green Life, Great Life campaign. Actually two years ago, back in 2021, we are the one who pioneered the plastic biodegradable packaging products in the Philippines. So, I hope other companies will follow this movement so that many people can enjoy the future environment of the world. Thank you very much, maraming salamat po."

Willie “Jun” Evangelista, Jr.

Personal Collection Direct Selling, Inc.

Green Initiative Award

Sustainability

"As we stand here, we recognised our profound responsibility to keep on pushing for innovation as we continue to craft new innovative packaging solutions. And the center of what we do, are our clients, toward our preservation of mother earth. Thank you."

Romeo P. Sangalang

Flexo Manufacturing Corporation

Sustainability Rising Star Award

Sustainability

"I think for me, the most meaningful contribution that my team and I have made is in terms of truly advancing and driving sustainability at BDO Unibank. As the largest bank in the Philippines, we have the responsibility to drive national economic development. And now we are driving environmental and social impact and good governance as well. So, from us and for me personally, it’s advocacy for sustainability for the future and it’s bringing to life our tagline of “We find ways”. In this case, we find ways for our customers, our communities, and our country."

Ms. Marla Garin-Alvarez

BDO Unibank

Top Sustainability Advocates in Asia

Leadership

"The greatest accomplishment of our company remains to be the team that we built throughout the years. So we have a really really great team in the Philippines and I give them all and this award is for all of us in the Philippines."

Julius Domingo

Highly Succeed Inc.

Asia's Most Promising SMEs

Leadership

"We have the school of human resources. It’s an Asian organization where human resource practitioners are taught how to handle people. We also have the duolingo program, it’s a free program for Tagalog speakers to learn English. It’s a program that has about 500,000 subscribers now for free so our outreach programs are actually both for social impact and also for educational impact."

Dr. Genevieve Ledesma Laurel

Southville International School and Colleges 

Asia's Most Promising SMEs

Leadership

"Thank you all for having us here. IBM being a hundred plus euro tech company backed by the power of consulting with the in-house advisory and obviously, research that is unparalleled which makes us better than the best now obviously are pivot to JNI and looking forward to the future is what sets us apart. Do you want to add anything? Absolutely a pleasure to be here, the consulting and process expertise of IBM, coupled and wrapped around technology, that’s what really sets us apart. We have a global reach of subject matter experts and industry experts and that is really what distinguishes this company."

Sachin Varma

IBM BPO Philippines

Innovative Tech Companies of the Year

Leadership

"Firstly, our boss Mr Manuel Pangilinan who’s a visionary leader and gives us all the support, thank you very much. And obviously, the employees of Landco Corporation you know, we’re quite lucky, not just competence, we have employees who go the extra mile, who love the company, there’s such as our head of technical, we’re very lucky to have employees like him. And last, my dad’s turning 83, my mom, 80 years old, they raised me well. So yea, my mom and dad, this for you, you caused this. Thank you."

Mr. Erickson Y. Manzano

Landco Pacific Corporation

Asia's Best Performing Companies

Leadership

"The success of our company depends on the financial matrix, whether we are making profit or no profit at all, but most important to us, are the non-financial matrix, meaning to say we focus on the objective of our organization and we focus on our vision and mission and what we want to achieve and we focus on patient-related matrix like good clinical outcome, great patient experience, patient safety and also we wanted to share something by giving back to the community especially to the less fortunate components of our society. That’s how we measure success."

Hii Hau Hao

St. Luke's Medical Center

Asia's Best Performing Companies

Leadership

"I must also acknowledge the unwavering support from our Board Members, not to forget our clients and stakeholders who have been instrumental in navigating the challenges and seizing the opportunities that come with entrepreneurship."

Nisa Ismail

Chief Executive Officer

SEDANIA As Salam Capital Sdn Bhd

Woman Entrepreneur of the Year

Leadership

"Why Cuckoo are able to succeed, because of the rental and subscription business model, a unique business model. We now have served over 6 mil household in Malaysia via our accessible quality products"

Hoe Kian Choon

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

CUCKOO International (MAL) Sdn Bhd

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Leadership

"At the very young age, we’ve been taught and trained to really instill key values in life. That includes hardworking, humility as well as mutual respect. And that has actually been a very supportive and strong figure / pillar in terms of supportive my ambition all this while. And there has also been an inspiring figure for us, for me especially, because of his early beginning where he came from a very poor family, and the fact that he managed to get to the pinnacle of the medical profession, it’s really an inspiration for me."

Adlan Tajudin

Director & Group CEO

EDOTCO Group Sdn Bhd

Industry Champions of the Year

Leadership

"If there’s one thing to leave on as a mark in both the industry and the business world, it will be leaving a peaceful and safe business environment for everyone which should last many many more years to come. Let’s make the world a better place for all. Thank you, cheers!"

Mr. Yap Teck Meng

Chairman

AIDA Engineering (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Asia's Leading SMEs & Green Innovation Award

Sustainability

"We are actually very honoured and thrilled that TDM Berhad had been awarded this Sustainability Rising Star Award. It actually reflexes our team effort and the dedication and hard work put in by them and also pushes us to do better in the future. Our sincere gratitude to our stakeholders, our team, and also all the people involved in TDM Berhad. Thank you very much."

Dr. Rayney Azmi bin Ali

CEO, Kumpulan Medic Iman Sdn. Bhd.

TDM Berhad

Sustainability Rising Star Award

Sustainability

"In supporting our national government’s plan to net zero at earliest by 2050, we are taking action throughout GVC program to empower SME supply chain partners to decarbonise their operation by providing them the necessary tools and training. On top of that, as one of the seven founding members of the Responsible Glove Alliance, we are working to enable collective effort between all glove suppliers and buyers towards reducing the risk of forced labour in rubber glove industry within Malaysia."

Lawrence Lim

Executive Director

Kossan Rubber Industries Berhad

Green Initiative Award

Sustainability

"I think for me, it would be that every child has an equal opportunity to quality education. It is so important for our society that children have the chance to be educated and so that would be my wish if there was just one thing that I wanted for YTL Foundation. Thank you so much."

Dato' Kathleen Chew

Programme Director

YTL Foundation

Top Community Centric Companies in Asia

Leadership

"MFE has been in Malaysia for the last 32 years, and Jim Robinson and I have been here for the last 25 years and I suppose in that time we have built a very strong team around us and that team has helped us to build great products and with a great service and you know we have been very successful in Malaysia and we are very successful globally, I think we work in 55 countries right now and we’re looking to expand all the time and for this trophy, Jim Robinson and I am accepting on behalf of him, and so I would like to send a huge congratulations and appreciation to Jim without him we wouldn’t be here today. So congratulations Jim, well done, well deserved. Thank you."

Jim Robinson

Group CEO

MFE Formwork Technology Sdn Bhd

Outstanding Leaders in Asia

Leadership

"I think in Matrix Group, sustainability is always our key word in our business plan, we think sustainability is a rewarding, long investment that we think most organisations should have in their business plan. As a developer, we always include the element of sustainability, and value creation in our township projects and in our businesses, so with this reward, I think it will drive us to move further and higher, and last but not least, I think as always reminded by our founder, you must know your business and do what you know best. Thank you."

Chai Keng Wai

Chief Executive Officer

Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad

Asia's Best Performing Companies

Leadership

"In the past 20 years of professional career, if there’s one key thing that I’ve learnt there’s only so far you can work alone, you need a strong team that supports you to succeed."

Bjoern Kinze

Senior Director Supply Chain

Kellanova

Asia's Best Performing Companies

Leadership

"It’s an honour to receive this award. This is truly a recognition and we thank ACES for this, for recognizing us on this. This is truly an achievement and really a reflection of the dedication of our team who have worked very hard to make Keysight a great company and our customers who are visionary and innovators and they have entrusted us to help them with their breakthroughs. Our commitment at Keysight is to make tomorrow’s test technologies today and we help our customers in accelerating innovation to connect and secure the world. We support our customers at every step of the workflow from design through to commercialization. Our commitment is to innovation, our customers and our stakeholders."

Amanda Barnabas

Vice President Global Procurement & Materials

Keysight Technologies

Innovative Tech Companies of the Year

Leadership

"It’s really my wife who, through continuos encouragement, has made this possible"

Lim Eng Thang

Managing Director

Fully Contractor Sdn Bhd

Asia's Leading SMEs

Leadership

"This one actually is for the company where this year we are celebrating our 25th anniversary since the establishment back in 1998 so this is another stepping stone my companies."

Datuk (Dr.) Hafsah Hashim

Chairman

Usains Group of Companies

Asia's Most Promising SMEs

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The ACES Awards 2024

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AWARDS GALA DINNER

Specially in challenging economic times, your team deserves to be rewarded for reaching your company’s and their department’s goals, working together with vendors and partners to move the needle. By celebrating your success with your team and key stakeholders, you emphasize your company’s values and show your appreciation of their efforts; after all, isn’t that is why they chose your company to work for in the first place?

THE AFTER PARTY

The classy awards ceremony and sleek after party gives your team a chance to let their hair down and experience an important and memorable occasion with you, and be inspired to continue to show care towards your company, the community, and towards Asia’s growth and success.

THE ACES SUMMIT

The ACES Summit convenes distinguished leaders, industry experts, and executives representing top corporations across various sectors. This premier event serves as a pivotal forum for the exchange of progressive ideas and pioneering solutions, fostering sustainable development and acknowledging exemplary achievements in corporate

LEARNING FROM INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Winners gain privileged access to the exclusive initiatives curated by the distinguished ACES Institute. The ACES Institute spearheads Asia’s sustainable growth, driving progress through research, expert insights, standards, and strategic alliances. Its esteemed experts are catalysts for ambitious corporate transformation, uniting stakeholders through dialogue, leadership programs, and initiatives that address critical corporate issues, foster collaboration, and propel innovation.

ACCESS TO ELITE PEER GROUPS

The awards ceremony is graced with over 300 elite entrepreneurs, leading industry experts, sustainability chiefs, and heads of trade association from all across Asia. The event offers you a great space to engage with key decision makers from the region and create new business opportunities. Effective networking is often a challenge as each attendees have their own objectives – that is why we advise you in advance of the attendees profile so our professionals can facilitate you in exchanging values with like minded people.

BRAND EXPOSURE

We understand that every brand, regardless of industry, wants to be perceived as a credible player. As influential unaffiliated experts, our branding efforts are focused on speaking positively about you and your brand to help you achieve significant credibility and validate your product and service offerings, that is difficult to achieve in almost any other way. Award winners have the opportunity to heighten brand value by leveraging on our powerful partnerships with top-tier media houses in the region.

The Trophy

A Myth Made Real

Chiron, revered in Greek mythology for wisdom and justice, mentored legendary figures like Hercules, Achilles, and Jason. The ACES Award trophy, honoring his virtues, reflects excellence in today's leaders. Crafted by Royal Selangor, these pewter trophies symbolize visionary leadership, strategic adaptability, and resolute determination.

From the Pioneer’s Centaur for first-time winners to the Virtuoso’s Black and Gold Centaur for seven-time champions, each trophy immortalizes remarkable feats. With limited production and exclusive copyrights held by ACES Awards, Chiron is the trophy of all trophies, and stands as the ultimate testament to exceptional accomplishment—an emblem of true greatness.

Leadership Awards

The leadership awards honour the exemplary efforts of individuals and enterprises in spurring the creation of a new, more promising, socio-economy

Individual Category

Enterprise Category

Sustainability Awards

The awards for excellence in sustainability honours projects, plans, and policies of organisations dedicated to championing sustainable growth

ACES Council

Honorary Chairman – ACES Council
Vice President – SAARCLAW

Managing Partner – AUBRENS
Advisor – ACES Council

Business Development Director – Gazeley Shanghai
Advisor – ACES Council

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Strategic Market Director, Leroy Merlin Russia

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Chief Executive Officer, MORS Group
President ACES Awards

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The ACES Awards Process

Stage 1

Nomination

The awards are open to all leaders and enterprises with a registered business address in Asia and are accepted on a rolling basis. A panel of experts, strategic partners and research team shortlists qualified candidates and places them onto the Merit List.

Stage 2

Preliminary Selection

Nomination forms are reviewed by the awards secretariat. All qualified submissions will be notified and prepared for the next phase of the evaluation process. Entries that do not meet the base criteria will be advised accordingly to allow for revised submission.

Stage 3

Audit & Interview

The award places equal importance on both qualitative and quantitative elements on the evaluation matrix. The awards secretariat will schedule a face-to-face interview or a telephone interview with all qualified individuals/teams to gain first hand information and a Q&A opportunity with nominees.

Stage 4

Governing Consensus

A comprehensive report entailing the inputs gained from the on-site or video interview, along with supporting documents provided will be presented to ACES Council for final selection. The ACES Awards are granted at the sole discretion of the ACES Council, which includes industry experts, academic and corporate leaders, based on merits and scoring utilizing on a stringent, proprietary evaluation matrix and parameters.

Stage 5

Winners Confirmation

The outcome of the governing consensus is private and confidential, and individual results are notified to the respective nominees via phone call and email. The secretariat will prepare all winners with the necessary arrangements in attending the ACES Awards. The official winners list is only disclosed on the day of the official awards ceremony.

Stage 6

Celebration

An exquisite black tie gala dinner and awards ceremony is held to confer the awards and celebrate the achievement of the respective winners. The event is held at a 5 star venue, and includes a media press conference, cocktail reception, main event and an after event party, promising a truly memorable and prestigious event.

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ENTREPRENEUR/ WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

BY INVITATION ONLY

This revered honour is bestowed upon an illustrious entrepreneur who has shown an extraordinary ability to communicate their vision to stakeholders and leads the company towards the status of a mega brand. The recipient of this award displays strong entrepreneurial passion, flair, perseverance, and stands out as a grand example of a remarkable entrepreneur.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

BY INVITATION ONLY

This award recognises an entrepreneur who is 40 years or below and has shown exceptional business performance, having built a name for themselves regardless of boundaries that may come with age. He/she embodies fine values, strong beliefs and unwavering dedication in their entrepreneurial pursuit, thus serving as an inspiration for aspiring young leaders.

EMINENT LEADERS IN ASIA

BY INVITATION ONLY

This award is presented to exemplary individuals leading mega businesses for a decade or more with the right attitude towards the business and the determination and grit to achieve success. These selected fews are led by their inner drive, embracing the concept of sustainability and new innovation to continuously grow the multimillion dollar business in terms of revenue, brand reach and resources maximisation.

OUTSTANDING LEADERS IN ASIA

This award is presented to exceptional leaders who have demonstrated sound leadership and successfully apply it to spearhead growth and prominence for the company. These individuals exhibit the ideal blend of business acumen, professionalism, entrepreneurial calibre and astuteness.

ASIA'S MOST ADMIRABLE YOUNG LEADERS

This award is presented to change makers with the grit, foresight and commitment to positively impact the communities they serve in. These selected few leaders reflect global diversity, creates definitive path for followers, innovate to promote public interest, and value authentic exchanges towards public- private cooperation.

Leading Technopreneurs in Asia

BY INVITATION ONLY

Technopreneurs harness the power of technology, combining social tools of the day and the Internet of Things to make a difference in the communities they operate in. 

Asia’s Most Inspiring Executives

BY INVITATION ONLY

Top executives play an integral role in the day to day operations of an organization. Although the companies they lead are not personally founded or owned by them, these executives valiantly aspire to the founding tenements of the organization, leading it to higher place of business productivity and organization efficiency.

Innovative Tech Companies
of the Year

This award recognizes companies that have shown significant technological innovation in their products, services or business. Winners in this category demonstrate a clear vision in their transformative approach to software and technology, showing that their tech innovations can lead to creation of new approaches and prospects in the world

INDUSTRY CHAMPIONS OF THE YEAR

This award is presented to distinguished companies who are the worthy captains in their respective industries. The winning companies have a distinct competitive edge, set the industry trends, and have commendable best practices in place. Winners in this category have shown the ability to evolve the focus of their enterprises along with the dynamic changes of the industries they serve to sustain as market leaders.

NOTE: Minimum annual turnover of US$300 Mil

ASIA'S MOST INFLUENTIAL COMPANIES

The award honours resilient and forward thinking companies in Asia with strong influence over people, resources, and global interactions. These mega corporations are selected based on strength in revenue, profitability, total employees, innovativeness, brand influence in the marketplace, and adherence to corporate sustainability principles.

NOTE: Minimum annual turnover of US$200 Mil

ASIA'S BEST PERFORMING COMPANIES

The award recognises high performing enterprises that have shown tremendous growth in revenue and are on the path to becoming the future giant corporations of Asia. Winners of this category showcase steady revenue growth year on year with strong returns, and are focused on connecting to consumers in seizing business opportunities.

NOTE: Minimum annual turnover of US$80 Mil

Promising Startups in Asia

This award honours scalable startups that bring innovative product, service, or process to the marketplace with a steady consumer engagement strategy. Recipients of the title are selected based on overall user count, strength in funding to upscale market capitalisation, and dominance as the next big thing to look out for in Asia.

ASIA'S MOST PROMISING SMES

The award recognises aspiring small & medium enterprises (SMEs) in Asia that express clear business direction with strong initiatives in driving growth for the enterprise. These enterprises have overcome significant hurdles with uncompromising ethics, and hold immense potential for future growth and job creation.

NOTE: Minimum annual turnover of US$2 Mil

ASIA'S LEADING SMES

The award recognises outstanding small & medium enterprises (SMEs) in Asia with a focus on growth and resilience. The winning SMEs have a sustainable business model, strong customer base, innovative product offering, growing revenue and profits, and the flexibility to respond to rapid changes in the industry and customer demand.

NOTE: Minimum annual turnover of US$10 Mil

Top Sustainability Advocates In Asia

The award is presented to companies that lead various CSR initiatives integrated into its policies and operations, and has a high level of employee and top management involvement in the programs. The CSR initiative’s focus area includes community engagement, environment, and social empowerment. Ultimately, the Top Sustainability Advocates In Asia are companies with genuine interest in the wellbeing of all of its stakeholders.

NOTE: Highest ranked winner in this category will be conferred with the ASIA’S MOST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE COMPANY OF THE YEAR award.

TOP GREEN COMPANIES IN ASIA

The award is bestowed upon companies that run their business operations yielding minimal negative impact on the environment, community, and society. The winning companies undertake environmentally friendly activities at all facets of the organisation to ensure that its processes, products, and production activities adequately address current environmental concerns while maintaining a profit.

NOTE: Highest ranked winner in this category will be conferred with the ASIA’S GREENEST COMPANY OF THE YEAR award.

Top Community Centric Companies in Asia

The award is presented to companies who have enriched the communities through various outreach initiatives. These programs are envisioned by the company’s dedicated team and executed by a special committee and/or through partnerships with external independent bodies. Award recipients epitomise the mission and values of an organisation that cares for the community and demonstrate exemplary active citizenship in promoting the well being of society at large.

NOTE: Highest ranked winner in this category will be conferred with the ASIA’S COMMUNITY CARE COMPANY OF THE YEAR award.

Inspiring Workplaces in Asia

This award is granted to organizations that have developed exceptional HR practices in any area of people management. Encompassing key areas such as diversity, inclusivity and employee engagement.

TOP WORKPLACES IN ASIA

The award is presented to companies that take on a people centric approach and demonstrate strong commitment towards employee empowerment and enrichment. The winning companies show advocacy for investment in people, recognition and retention, improving employee’s job satisfaction, practices fair communication, and promote work life balance. The awarded companies fare low attrition rate, house a great pool of  talents, and have a practice of knowledge sharing among employees and stakeholders.

NOTE: Highest ranked winner in this category will be conferred with the ASIA’S BEST WORKPLACE OF THE YEAR award.

GREEN INNOVATION AWARD

This award is bestowed upon organizations, whom in the jury’s opinion, showcases exemplary innovation in sustainability, where initiatives championed may include elements of reducing the environmental impact of products, improving resource efficiency and/or the use of alternate technologies and processes.

GREEN INITIATIVE AWARD

This award recognises outstanding achievements in promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, with initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut energy consumption, advance energy efficiency or improve air quality, beyond standard regulatory compliance. Winners of this award show potential to embrace innovative solutions for environment conservation.

SUSTAINABILITY RISING STAR AWARD

This award is presented to organisations that are creating new pathways and pilot a change of course through grassroot sustainable initiatives. The winner demonstrates commitment to sustainable development by actioning diverse solutions to sustainability challenges faced in their settings.

RESPONSIBLE SMES IN ASIA

The award honours Small & Medium enterprises that are not only financially successful, but have proved to be socially responsible and ethical in doing business as well. Winners in this category have demonstrated substantial efforts towards the development of the community, preservation of the environment, and have in place HR policies and practices that promotes the wellbeing of its employees. These organisations take upon the concept of CR in a fair manner, regardless of its financial limitation if any.

Community Initiative Award

This accolade is conferred upon organizations that lead programs and initiatives that contribute significantly to communal causes. These projects are executed by the organization with clear objectives at hand focused on the development of the communities at large.

Community Collaboration Award

This award aims to recognize effective and productive relationships with external stakeholders to meet social development objectives. These initiatives highlight the significance of forming long term relationships and commitments, creating direct economic and development opportunities for the communities involved.

About Hemant

Hemant K. Batra, recipient of the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Seva Medal, is an International Corporate, Business & Strategist Commercial Lawyer with more than 22 years of diverse experience; his practice is concentrated across the globe. He is a connoisseur of International Business Law, Cross Border Investment Policy & Procedures, Commercial and Transactional Law, and Corporate Law. He also has expertise in the matters pertaining to Anti-Corruption/Anti-Bribery compliances and enforcements in context of FCPA and related provisions in India and Legal Auditing.

He has advised large multinational corporations including amongst other Bayer AG, Suzuki, LG, Philip Morris (JV), Coca Cola, Accor, Findel, AMEX, Western Union, ABB, Knight Frank, etc. He has worked closely with various former Chief Justices of India and elsewhere as well as Senior Counsels, Political Spokespersons and Members of Parliament.

Apart from being a lawyer, Hemant is also a socio-political activist and is fond of writing. On several occasions, he has been interviewed and covered by leading TV channels, periodicals, news-papers and magazines such as CNBC, India Today, Outlook, Business Standard, Hindustan Times, The HT Mint, The Tribune, The Financial Express, The Pioneer, etc. for his literary contributions.

About Dr. jayanthi

Jayanthi has wide experience in the area of sustainability and governance. She has worked extensively with governmental agencies, corporations and non- profit organisations. She is published in the area and is regularly invited to conferences both domestically and internationally.

She was previously the Executive Director of the Malaysian Centre of Regulatory Studies, University Malaya. As an experienced trainer, she has also conducted training and provided lectures for institutions across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, in various sustainability and community investment areas. She is an Independent Non-Executive Director of one of Malaysia’s largest diversified conglomerates. She is also a board member of several foundations that work in community intervention programmes.

Jayanthi has a PhD in the area of standards of corporate responsibility from Queen Mary, University of London. Jayanthi’s work is fueled by her belief in ‘business for good’ and how every business needs to invest in social and environmental capital in order to build economic capital successfully.

About James

A Harvard graduate with over 20 years of industry experience, James John Ku is an FDI consultant specializing in economic and industrial development. His recent projects include managing the State of North Carolina China office for investment promotion, team leader for the technical team assigned to develop a business plan for a World Bank funded Industrial Park in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

James has also been the chief head in drafting the Federal Investment Policy for the Board of Investment of Pakistan. He has advised the Government of Pakistan on the pending Special Economic Zones Act and drafted the Special Economic Zones Regulations.

About luis

Throughout a career of over 20 years, Luis has occupied numerous directive positions in different industries and in various countries. From being a CEO in Ecologistics, an energy efficiency services company based in London, to being a Director of Talent Development in finance company in New York until arriving to Spain in 2008 where one of his distinctive last projects was to be the of Ambassador of Corporate Social Responsibility for Leroy Merlin Spain. Luis together with the Ministry of Education of the Spanish government worked on the integration of university students in the latter company, helping them to develop their skills and business leadership.

Luis has been residing in Moscow since 2013 and is responsible for the direction of new strategic markets in Leroy Merlin Russia. A serial entrepreneur and a thought leader, Luis has delivered keynotes on management and leadership development for corporations over the last 10 years. One of his great passions is to encourage motivation and team development.

About shanggari

Shanggari brings with herself over 10 years of experience in the Asian business market with extensive know how in market development, branding, and program management. Under her leadership, she has positioned MORS Group as a high brand value organisation dedicated in delivering premier services to stakeholders; resulting in greater partnering, collaboration and innovation attuned to market demand.

Prior to joining MORS Group, she held a senior role in a non-governmental organisation promoting entrepreneurship development across the Asian region. Throughout her career, Shanggari has met and built working relationships with over 600 CEOs, heads of state, and investors across the globe.

Shanggari holds profound the vision and mission of MORS Group and has been instrumental in directing the organisation towards achieving its deepest hope; building a sustainable Asia. Her leadership capabilities in engaging top management ensure all stakeholder expectations are met. Shanggari has earned a masters degree in management information systems from Coventry University, and currently resides in Kuala Lumpur.