September 2017 (Bali): Advance East Bali Immersion – Delivering Effective ESG and Public Affairs Through Social Enterprise


PublicAffairsAsia will host this new Advance Professional Development Course led by industry leader Steven R. Okun in Bali in Indonesia in late September/early October. This two night/three day residential course will explore how social enterprise and venture philanthropy can link into effective approaches to corporate affairs and shared value via the formulation of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies which enhance your corporate reputation.

At a time when the social license to operate is as important as regulatory compliance, Okun will explore how he helped co-create East Bali Cashews, a high impact social enterprise with Aaron Fishman and his team.

The company, which worked closely with private equity firm KKR, uses sustainable, eco-friendly business practices to process cashews, package and sell them to the domestic and international markets. But more than that, the award-winning EBC creates jobs in a village where historically not many have been available outside of farming.

In an unique opportunity, Aaron and Steve will explore what it takes to make a profitable social enterprise before examining how such engagement can be leveraged through effective ESG approaches.

During your Advance East Bali Immersion experience you will meet and learn from the management of EBC; visit its Early Learning Centre, where its employees children get the only local preschool education available; and stay at an eco-lodge designed to provide more skills, jobs and opportunities for the region and fund a local farmer community development centre.

Key Learning Objectives Include:

  • The what and why of social entrepreneurship & venture philanthropy
  • How businesses can support social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy
  • Practical advice on forming partnerships
  • How to replicate best practices to benefit your business
  • How to effectively leverage these engagements to further public affairs objectives

Who Should Attend:

  • Public and corporate affairs professionals
  • CSR and sustainability professionals
  • Heads of CSV and corporate philanthropy practitioners
  • Social enterprise heads and NGO professionals engaged in private sector engagement

More about this Course:

Stay & Dine:  High up in the mountains of East Bali, EBC’s newly built eco-lodge has stunning views of the island. You’ll stay in premium tipis that accommodate up to 4 people. Come together in common spaces to sit back, enjoy the views, and share your amazing experiences. Three meals will be provided each day offering a mix of western and local dishes from locally sourced ingredients, including our newest venture, East Bali Organics.

Day 1

AM: Arrive Denpasar, Bali   Transport to East Bali Immersion Eco-lodge  and Lunch

PM: Introductions and Orientation  Interactive Experience: Tour Social Enterprise East Bali Cashews Tour Early Learning Centre for employee children. Steve Okun’s view “Beyond the 4Ps: What’s Social Enterprise got to do with Public Affairs”.

6 PM: Dinner and drinks

Day 2: AM

AM: Breakfast
Social Enterprises and Venture Philanthropies: Same-Same? Or Very Different. We’ll explain it all and tell you why they should and how they can be a key part of your CSR and public affairs planning.

12 PM: Lunch
PM  Creating Winning Business Partnerships with Social Entrepreneurs and/or Venture Philanthropist. Discussion with International Advisor to East Bali Centre for Community Development Steven Okun.  Learn how to find the right fit for your business in a social impact partner. And how to structure a plan that effectively leverages your resources and creates the biggest impact for both sides.
East Bali Cashews: A Case Study in Social Entrepreneurship Venture Philanthropy. Panel with CEO and Founder Aaron Fishman, and Co-Factory Managers Made Sudarma and Nioman Sudiarta.

6 PM  Dinner and drinks

Day 3
AM   Sunrise Hike Mount Abang (4 h)
Breakfast  Next Steps & Practical Take-Aways  Start to plan how your business can use philanthropic activities to promote corporate engagement, improve your brand and reputation by partnering with social entrepreneurs and venture philanthropists. A look at how these approaches can be effectively used to drive public affairs strategies and generate social impact.

12 PM: Lunch Service: Project at Early Learning Centre or Eco-Lodge
PM: Transport to Denpasar


About the facilitators:

Steven R. Okun joined global investment firm KKR in 2011 as its first Director of Asia Pacific Public Affairs. During his tenure at KKR, Mr. Okun’s responsibilities encompassed government affairs, communications, stakeholder engagement and environmental and social responsibility issues. Elected to three terms each as Chairman of AmCham Singapore and Chairman on the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (“APCAC”), Mr. Okun continues to serve on the boards of both. In 2011 he served as the inaugural Chairman of the judging panel of the PublicAffairsAsia Gold Standard Awards, and served again in 2012. Residing in Singapore since 2003, before joining KKR he was Vice President for Public Affairs for UPS Asia Pacific. He served in the Administration of President Bill Clinton as Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Transportation.

Aaron Fishman is an explorer, constantly seeking new experiences to expand and share his knowledge. His adventures have taken him to an island off the coast of Japan teaching French baking techniques, the frigid waters of Newfoundland learning how to roll a sea kayak, and the kitchen of a Oaxacan grandmother for a private lesson on the stewing of black beans. Aaron’s traveling motto is show up, start talking to people, and see which paths reveal themselves. He rarely makes reservations and has been known to drive hours in the opposite direction for an opportunity suggested by someone intriguing.  Aaron’s journey to Indonesia followed in the same vein. When he and his wife’s plans to join the Peace Corps in Botswana went awry, they cashed in all their frequent flier miles to “anywhere warm and interesting” and found themselves volunteering with an NGO in Bali. Their arrival coincided with cashew season, and while Aaron taught the public health staff about wound care and nutrition, they taught him about cashews. When Aaron learned that this impoverished region ships their cashews to India and Vietnam for processing, he saw an opportunity to provide jobs, training, and produce uniquely “local” cashew — processed where it’s grown. Within a few months he garnered the support of 4 local investors and launched East Bali Cashews. In the first year, the company produced 180 tons of cashews, providing 130 new jobs and employing a 90% female workforce.  Aaron believes that community development is best achieved and sustained through empowering people, especially women. As guardians of health and education within the family, women of East Bali Cashews not only earn money to invest in their children, but are encouraged to develop management skills. Goals for 2014 include building the region’s first preschool adjacent to the factory and doubling cashew production.


Reserve your Places Now: 

Where: East Bali, Indonesia – late September (specific dates TBC)

Cost (inclusive of course notes, accommodation and all meals):

• US$3,450 for this three day residential course – 15% discount for NGOs, academic and social enterprise related attendees

For booking inquiries contact Orachon Tanaka (Pear) by email: