AWARDS AND CATEGORIES

ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) 2021

The ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) have been established for over 10 years and aim to recognise outstanding key enterprises that have contributed significantly to the ASEAN region.

Brunei Past Years

ABA Winners

2020

SME Excellence (Growth)


Mr. Thye Sing Wong /
Ms Anna Aziz
2020

Inclusive Business


Ms Siti Nazmah Hj Abdul Samad
2020

SME Excellence (Employment)


Hj Mohd Loqman Hj Hamdan
2019

Young Entrepreneur


Mr. Adrian Tan Vui Shung

2019

Digitalized MSME


Mr. Agus Muslim

2019

Women Entrepreneur


Datin Paduka Hajah Rokiah Haji Zakiah
2019

Start Up & IDE


Queenie Chong
2018

Women Entrepreneur


Hjh Supna Rania Karwanamurthi
2017

Most Promising Award Winner


Mr. Adrian Tan Vui Shung

ABA 2021
Categories

1

Priority Integration Sectors


This award recognizes outstanding performance amongst 10 ASEAN Economic Community Priority Integration Sectors, promotes the sectors and makes ASEAN a more prominent segment of the world economy while also encouraging regional cohesiveness and global competitiveness.

The 10 priority sectors are:
  • Agri-Based
  • ICT
  • Sustainability
  • Infrastructure
  • Logistics
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Tourism
  • Food & Beverage
  • Healthcare
2

SME Excellence


2.1. Growth

This award honors companies that have outstanding commercial success and sustainable growth. Submissions should demonstrate initiative to bold new ventures, including evidence of sustainable growth and commercial success to levels that are outstanding for the size of the applicant’s operations.

2.2. Employment

This award applies for companies exhibiting the provision of a stimulating and supportive workplace. Qualified applicants for this award should demonstrate how its people development strategies have created a committed, effective and motivated workforce.

2.3. Innovation

This award is a proof of the ability to create, nurture and develop new products or services. Qualified applicants should demonstrate how they have differentiated themselves in their industry. Achievements can be included, but are not limited to the invention, design, production, performance, marketing and distribution of their product or service.

2.4 CSR

This award is for the companies that demonstrate a high standard of responsible business practices. Submissions should provide evidence of how their mainstream Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) operation strategy results in a positive impact in the workplace, marketplace, environment or community.

3

Women Entrepreneur


This award recognizes outstanding women entrepreneurs who have demonstrated success through leadership, market positioning, company performance and created significant benefits to the company.

4

Young Entrepreneur


This award recognizes outstanding ASEAN Young entrepreneurs below the age of 35 who have demonstrated significant success through leadership, market positioning and company performance.

5

Friends of ASEAN


This award category recognizes non-ASEAN companies’ positive contribution to the society and economy of the Southeast Asia region. It shows the appreciation towards ASEAN region and the necessity to maintain the connection with other countries in the world. This award will be nominated by the ABA Chair and ASEAN-BAC.

6

Inclusive Business


ASEAN Inclusive Business award highlights good practice examples of companies with business models designed to make profit while solving problems of the poor and low-income people. Many specialists managing associations are currently in the process of setting up Inclusive Business support policies, and companies could be eligible for taking part in such promotion programs. Furthermore, being a winner of the ASEAN Inclusive Business award may help businesses to access financing sources from investors with significant impact.

This award will be nominated with the consultation from ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) and ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC).

7

Skills Development


This award honors outstanding businesses that demonstrated a significant contribution to human capital development. Applicants are capable of developing a skilled workforce, especially considering the expected impacts of Industry 4.0 for a competitive and dynamic ASEAN economic community.

In 2019, the Skills Development Award was established to reflect the key guidance "Human Resources Development" (HRD), which focuses on the need to strengthen professional technical and vocational skills in ASEAN's workforce.

This award is developed in cooperation with Knowledge Partner, Deutsche Gesellshaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)/ Regional Cooperation Programme for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in ASEAN (RECOTVET), referred to as the “GIZ’s RECOTVET programme”. The programme has objective to strengthen the capacities of the TVET systems of the ASEAN region in their adaptation to the requirements of digitalization.


Criteria

1

Be an ASEAN-incorporated enterprise

with at least 40% ASEAN-owned equity;

2

Be in operations

for a minimum of 3 (SMEs) to 5 (Large companies) years;

3

Preferably have

operational presence in 2 or more ASEAN countries;

4

Preferably have

2 (SMEs) to 3 (Large companies) years of audited financial statements;

5

Previous winners

of the award are eligible to apply again after 3 years

8

Brunei Special Award: Emerging Social Enterprise


In conjunction with Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2021, the exclusive Brunei Special Award aims to give recognition to deserving ASEAN registered and based NGOs that have notably played a significant role in promoting and driving social, environmental and community development at both national and regional level.

Eligibility:
  1. ASEAN registered and based NGO for at least 2 years of operations
  2. A clear evidence of social, environmental and community impact (eg: media, testimonials, awards, etc)

Criteria

1

Excellent

vision and strategic direction

2

Clear leadership

and management of the organisation

3

Show sustainability

in terms of profit and growth

4

Good brand awareness

and communication outputs

5

A creative approach

to problem-solving

6

Operation and creating social impact

by addressing social needs across ASEAN

Theme

Recover. Stronger. Together. Sama sama