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THE 25 BEST PROJECTS OF STEWARD LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC
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Steward leadership is the genuine desire and persistence to create a COLLECTIVE BETTER FUTURE for stakeholders, society, future generations, and the environment.

In business, this means pursuing a growth strategy that aims to create win-win-win prosperity wherein employees, shareholders and society at large thrive together.

The Steward Leadership 25 (SL25) list showcases projects from for-profit organisations that have demonstrated resolute actions to drive profitable growth by addressing the very challenges that threaten humanity.

An SL25 project is a distinct business endeavour that generates positive environmental and/or social impact AND contributes to the organisation’s sustainable growth ("Target Outcome").

SL25 covers the Asia-Pacific region and accepts entries from the following categories:

  • Large Companies (Market capital /Valuation/AUM of USD100 million or above)
  • Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) & Social Enterprises* (Market capital/Valuation/AUM of below USD100 million)
    * Social Enterprises are business entities set up with clear social goals; and where there is clear management intent and resources allocated to fulfil their social objectives. (raiSE.)

 

The 25 projects that have excelled in steward leadership will be revealed during the Steward Leadership Summit in 2024.

Applications are open from 1 February 2024 to 15 May 2024.

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Project Eligible for SL25Project Not Eligible for SL25
  • Project by for-profit organisations.
  • Project that achieved the Target Outcome within the qualifying period (01 February 2022 - 01 February 2024).
  • Project was implemented in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • The for-profit organisation primarily owns, manages and implements the project.
  • Project by past SL25 Honourees that meet either of the following conditions:
    • It is a new project by the organisation.
    • The previously submitted project has demonstrated significant new progress.
  • Project by not-for-profit organisations, non-governmental organisations, charities, or foundations.
  • Project that did not achieve the Target Outcome within the qualifying period (01 February 2022 - 01 February 2024).
  • Project was not implemented in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • The for-profit organisation does not primarily own, manage and implement the project.
  • Project that has previously made the SL25 list and has not demonstrated significant progression or expansion.

 

Methodology

Steward Leadership involves activating the Steward Leadership Compass to have a significant positive effect on uplifting communities or tackling today’s environmental challenges.

Projects that are included in SL25 are part of the organisation’s core growth strategy, which is subsequently guided by the organisation's values and purpose and serves as its compass in directing operations and execution.

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The judges assess the nominees based on:

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    Purpose and values

    Whether the project has a clear purpose and values that seek to create sustainable growth while benefitting its stakeholders, society, future generations and the environment. Judges also consider the extent to which the project aligns with the organisation’s overarching purpose and values.

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    Strategy and planning

    How the project is integrated into the overall business or growth strategy, as well as the scale of the project in relation to the size of the organisation’s business.

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    Tangible outcomes

    The reach and positive impact of the project on the environment, society and/or other impact areas and whether it has improved the current state of the environment and society.

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    Sustainable value creation

    The reach and positive impact of the project on the environment, society and/or other impact areas and whether it has improved the current state of the environment and society.

Judges

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Mr Patrick Daniel

Director, SPH Media Trust

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Mr Munib Madni

Founding Panvestor & CEO, Panarchy Partners

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Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria

Executive Director, APEC Secretariat, Singapore

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Professor Joanne Roberts

President, Yale-NUS College

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Dr Veerathai Santiprabhob

Chairman of the Executive Board, Mae Fah Luang Foundation

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Professor Dr. Hellmut Schütte

Professor Emeritus of International Management, INSEAD, Singapore

FAQ

SL25 started in 2022. Past SL25 honourees can be found here.

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We do not accept applications from charities, non-profit organisations or publicly funded organisations. SL25 aims to recognise and celebrate businesses that create value and profit by integrating the needs of stakeholders, society, future generations and the environment, thus demonstrating that companies can perform financially by positively impacting society and the environment. Therefore, for-profit organisations such as large companies, SMEs, and social enterprises are eligible and encouraged to participate in SL25.

Yes! We encourage Honourees who have previously made the SL25 list to reapply for a consecutive year with a new project or a previously submitted project that can demonstrate significant new progress. In the case of submitting a project similar to previous years, we ask that you focus on examples of how your project has made significant progress. For example, has your project expanded to new geographies? Or has it impacted new target consumers? How has your project adapted to suit newer or different needs of your consumers?

At SAC, we believe that everyone has the potential to be a steward leader. To share your stewardship and steward leadership story, feel free to publish it on this content hub, Stewardship Commons.

Our judges will ensure fair representation from each of the two categories. Each category is judged independently and is not unilaterally compared against each other, as large companies and SMEs undertake their efforts differently due to factors such as size and capital. Steward leadership excellence can be demonstrated by all organisations, regardless of size and capital, and the judging process reflects this.

SL25 is a list of 25 projects of steward leadership excellence. It is not a ranking, as each company has a unique demonstration of steward leadership excellence. The SL25 projects are not selected according to an organisation’s measurement, reporting and disclosure strength. The judges will evaluate the impact of the projects and the extent to which their strategy and execution are aligned with stewardship values. The 25 projects all hold equal merit.

No. All projects must have been implemented in the Asia-Pacific region.

For non-APAC-headquartered companies, you may nominate a project if its geographical impact is in APAC and you have an office in the area(s) where your project is implemented.

We may follow up with applicants through the application platform to clarify information in the application form and/or request applicants to provide more information via email or virtual interviews. Applicants will be informed of their status before the Steward Leadership Summit.