CSR Asia Weekly


Regulating paradise: Sustainable tourism policies in Asia
by Tess Zinnes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 18 October 2018
s 867655912578Travel and tourism are synonymous with Asia. Popularity for South Asia and Southeast Asia in particular have given these destinations the accolade of world’s fastest growing sub-regions, in terms of visitor arrivals, for the past 12 years. In 2016, tourism contributed an average of 11.8% of Southeast Asia’s GDP with top earners like Thailand reaching 22%.... Read more

ICT as a solution to the educational needs of out-of-school children in Asia – success factors of existing programmes
by Jocelyn Ho This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 18 October 2018
s 867655912578Access to quality education across Asia, especially in developing countries, continues to be a pressing issue of this region. In Asia, there are currently 121 million children that are not enrolled in school between ages 6 and 14, with the majority (8.9 million out of 121 million) being from Southeast Asia.... Read more

Four ways to improve your ESG report disclosure
by Jacky Ng This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 10 October 2018
s 8676559125782018 is the second year of mandatory ESG performance disclosure under the requirement of Appendix 27 Environmental, social and governance Reporting Guide (the Guide) of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX).... Read more

Rise of responsible brands and consumers in the fashion industry
by Kelly Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 10 October 2018
s 867655912578Globally, consumers are throwing away US $460 billion worth of clothing each year. This shocking statistic was quoted in a report released last year by circular economy experts, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.... Read more

Shared value and social innovation
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 3 October 2018
s 867655912578With the launch of another round of training for Shared Value, CSR Asia is pioneering a new approach to running a successful business that produces profits whilst also bringing about societal change through social innovation. Join us to learn about.... Read more

Transparency, integrity and impact at CSR Asia Summit 2018
by Bronwyn Alexander This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 26 September 2018
s 867655912578A mere four hours after the most intense typhoon in Hong Kong’s recorded history began to exit the city, we launched CSR Asia Summit 2018, the pre-Summit training and the annual gathering of the CSR Asia Strategic Partner. We convened to address Asia’s most pressing corporate and supply chain sustainability issues.... Read more

Free Shared Value Workshop, Visits and Coaching in Hong Kong
by Karen Pong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 26 September 2018
s 867655912578Last October, CSR Asia partnered with the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) to deliver six one-day workshops on Creating Shared Value, that introduced core principles, how they can be put into practice, and best practice examples from across the region.... Read more

Taking action on the SDGs goes beyond sustainability reporting
by Julia Whitney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 12 September 2018
s 867655912578Three years on, where do we stand? The Sustainable Development Goals Report, which was released earlier this year, details the global progress towards achieving the SDGs. Indeed, there are areas where the world is making significant progress. However, for the most part, across all 17 goals.... Read more

Spotlight on Alibaba’s approach to philanthropy: Unleashing “The Power of Small”
by Gloria Luo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 12 September 2018
s 867655912578On the 5th of September, over 1,500 practitioners, philanthropists and thought leaders gathered in Hangzhou, China for Alibaba Foundation’s second Xin Philanthropy Conference. Themed The Power of Small, this conference manifested the Chinese e-commerce giant’s philanthropic vision.... Read more

Engendering gender equality in the workplace
by Tess Zinnes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 12 September 2018
s 867655912578Companies throughout Asia are increasingly paying more attention to their inclusion and diversity initiatives and within that their gender workplace programs. Awareness and implementation of such programs differs greatly on a country by country (and company by company) basis.... Read more

No time (or plastic) to waste!
by Julia Whitney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 12 September 2018
s 867655912578Plastic is light, durable, easily shaped and inexpensive. It is used for preserving the quality of food sold in supermarkets, weaved into fabrics that form athletic wear, and moulded into car parts, as a lighter alternative to steel. With its many uses, it’s no surprise that over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic.... Read more

What works? Industry solutions to workplace violence based on global evidence
by Jenny Conrad This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 5 September 2018
s 867655912578 The garment industry represents 80% of Cambodia’s export earnings, making it an important pillar of the nation’s economy. With women comprising 85% of the workforce, the issue of sexual harassment – which affects one in three women workers – can have high economic costs to the industry. The 2017 report: ‘I know I cannot quit.’ The Prevalence and Productivity Cost of Sexual Harassment to the Cambodian Garment Industry.... Read more

Just cutting emissions doesn’t cut it anymore
by Samantha Woods This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 29 August 2018
s 867655912578Extreme weather events have dominated the headlines this summer. The heatwave in Japan, where record-breaking temperatures sent thousands of people to hospital with heat stroke; the wildfires raging across California, Greece and Sweden fuelled by months of unusually dry conditions.... Read more

Virtual reality – the empathy machine driving CSR and sustainability agendas?
by Helen Roeth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 29 August 2018
s 867655912578Companies are progressing from mere compliance-driven corporate social responsibility (CSR) approaches to becoming advocates for global issues. In doing so they face new challenges in educating and engaging consumers on complex issues and corporate strategies.... Read more

Crazy Rich Asia: The risks of rising inequality in the age of social media
by Isabelle Morin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 22 August 2018
s 867655912578Asia is now home to more billionaires than North America - but Asia's wealth gap is among the largest in the world. “I can tell you one thing. These people are richer than God” exclaims one character in the movie ‘Crazy Rich Asians’.... Read more

Sustainability Storytelling in the Digital Age: The Future of Reporting
by Aaron Sloan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 22 August 2018
s 867655912578So much time and effort go into producing a sustainability report, but what’s the point if they are not read? Progressive companies are questioning if the conventional, stand-alone, annual sustainability performance report is satisfying increasing transparency demands from their stakeholders.... Read more

Adopting evidence-based practices: Implementation Science for sustainability and community investment

by Karen Pong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 15 August 2018

KPA common drawback of many community investment and sustainability programs is the lack of tangible evidence to prove that the outcomes and impact can be attributed to the program and its activities. Many practitioners may shy away from conducting program review and assessment for fear of learning unfavourable results....Read More


A moment of truth: 5 actions for Children's Rights

by Linda Lodding This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 14 August 2018

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10 year-old Rongxuan, from Hubei Province, smiles at the camera while clutching a giant stuffed Pokéman. Around him are candy-coloured playmats and walls decorated with cartoon characters. You can hear the excited chatter from other children as lunch is being prepared. But Rongxuan isn’t at a traditional school; he’s at factory in Dongguan, China... Read More


Walkability in Chinese Cities

by Gloria Luo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 7 August 2018

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As cities around the world are exploring car-free initiatives today, walkability has become an increasingly important indicator when measuring a city’s sustainability performance and a key factor shaping its future... Read More


New China-EU agreement accelerates shift towards a global circular economy

by Kelly Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 1 August 2018

Collaborative accord: signaling change towards a new economic plan

In July this year, two of the world’s largest economies earmarked momentous progress towards the adoption of a global circular economy. At the 20th EU-China Summit in Beijing... Read More


Human Trafficking and Slavery: Updates from Hong Kong

by Samantha Woods This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 1 August 2018

esg performance image 100pxOn Monday, 30 July, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, an alliance of 27 civil society organisations launched a handbook to help service providers better identify and assist victims of human trafficking in Hong Kong.... Read More


Sustainability practitioners: Do you continue to learn

by Karen Pong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 25 July 2018

esg performance image 100pxSustainability encompasses climate change, circular economy, human rights, disaster preparedness, green financing, employee engagement, transparency, and impact assessment of community projects – the list can go on and on.... Read More


How investors view companies’ ESG performance

by Jocelyn Ho This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 25 July 2018

esg performance image 100pxEnvironmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration has become an increasingly important topic in the financial sector. It is an investment approach where the objective is to increase the financial returns of a portfolio with ESG performance as the means to achieve this... Read More


World Wildlife Fund: A Taste of Sustainability in the Philippines

by Tess Zinnes  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 18 July 2018

How Can We Dine Sustainably1World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the largest conservation non-profits, globally. What started as a funding institution for existing conservation groups symbolized by an iconic panda, evolved into six global goals – fresh water, wildlife, oceans, climate and energy, forests, and food – that cut across three drivers of environmental challenges – markets, finance and governance. ... Read More


First Producer Responsibility Scheme on E-Waste in Hong Kong in Effect in 2018
by Karen Pong  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 12 July 2018
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Amid the upsurge in waste reduction regulations around the world, Hong Kong will see the implementation of the first producer responsibility... Read More


Innovations in fashion: unravelling solutions to plastic waste management
by Kelly Cooper  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 12 July 2018
plastic management smPolyester has been a wardrobe staple for over half a century. It’s the most widely used fibre in the apparel industry, accounting for around 50 percent of the total fibre market.... Read more

Protecting your brand reputation in the age of social media
by Mabel Wong  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and David Ko, SVP & Asia Lead, RFI Asia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 12 July 2018
protecting rep smIn today’s increasingly connected and social world, brands are under pressure to protect their reputation and mitigate reputational risks, while they face greater public scrutiny and consumer advocacy.... Read more

Does Australian Modern Slavery legislation go far enough?
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 4 July 2018
s 867655912578Last week, the Australian Government introduced a new Bill to Parliament, tackling modern slavery in supply chains supplying goods to Australian consumers. The Modern Slavery Act is likely to be passed into law in Australia within the year.... Read more

The business opportunities in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals
by Julia Whitney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 4 July 2018
s 867655912578The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) present a framework for addressing the most pressing challenges that humanity faces today. Each goal is paired with a series of targets and indicators that calls upon government, non-governmental organisations, civil society and private sector to contribute.... Read more

Rethinking social impact programs to support communities along the supply-chain
by Isabelle Morin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 27 June 2018
s 867655912578Though corporate social responsibility has emerged as an inescapable priority for business leaders, there remains a large disconnect between CSR efforts and business strategy. It wasn’t until recent years that companies realised that.... Read more

World Refugee Day: How business can step up when government retreats
by Aaron Sloan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 27 June 2018
s 867655912578On 20th June, for World Refugee Day 2018, António Guterres, UN Secretary General asked the world, “What would you do if you were forced to leave your home?”.... Read more

How has China's waste import ban changed the recycling scene in Asia?
by Julia Whitney / Angela Foulsham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 20 June 2018
s 867655912578Until recently it was China that accepted much of the world’s mixed plastic waste for recycling, with exports of over 7 million tonnes received in 2016 – representing 56% of the global share. But this began to change in early 2017 as the Chinese government focused on closely inspecting and restricting such shipments.... Read more

Top Trends Shaping the Global Fashion System
by Kelly Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 13 June 2018
s 867655912578The World Bank estimates that over the past 15 years, clothing demand and purchasing has almost doubled while the corresponding utilisation - the amount of times an item of clothing is used before it is discarded - has significantly decreased. The New Textiles Economy report, released last year by circular economy.... Read more

What businesses need to know about the General Data Protection Regulation
by Jocelyn Ho This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 June 2018
s 867655912578Have you been receiving multiple emails about your data privacy lately? Two weeks ago, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into full affect. Although it is intended to protect customer’s personal data from unauthorised use, it could mean a complex case.... Read more

Giving an “A” to fast fashion?
by Mabel Wong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 June 2018
s 867655912578The 2018 Ethical Fashion report released by Baptist World Aid Australia is published annually in the lead up to the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, which claimed the lives of over a thousand garment workers.... Read more

Linking ASEAN 2025 Vision and the SDGs
by Karen Pong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 23 May 2018
s 867655912578CSR Asia is delighted to announce the launch its latest report “The Sustainable Development Goals and ASEAN 2025: A Guide for Business”. To share the report’s findings, we are hosting a webinar tomorrow, 24th May at 4 pm HKT.... Read more

The Real Estate Sector’s Green Finance Gap
by Carmen Lau This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 23 May 2018
s 867655912578In 2016, against the backdrop of the Paris Agreement and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, G20 member countries committed to raising the US$90 trillion required to achieve the global sustainable development and climate objectives by 2030.... Read more

UN argues progress on many SDGs is poor in Asia: Can business help?
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 16 May 2018
s 867655912578A new report from the UN says that countries in Asia have made some inroads towards achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, but progress remains uneven across the region. The Asia and Pacific SDG Progress Report evaluates how far the region has progressed in implementation of the SDGs.... Read more

Report launch: Briefing report on seafood for ASEAN retailers and hotel groups
by Julia Whitney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 16 May 2018
s 867655912578Proactive or reactive: How do we want the companies we buy our seafood from to act? Attention to seafood, both wild catch and aquaculture, is growing as the social, environmental and economic issues are becoming more apparent in seafood supply chains.... Read more

The Sustainable Future of Fashion
by Kelly Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 9 May 2018
s 867655912578On April 24, 2013 Rana Plaza, an eight-story garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,134 people and injuring hundreds more. This incident has become world renown as the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh's history, resulting in boundless global criticism on labour practices in the fashion industry.... Read more

China’s First Green Tax Law: Towards the New Normal of High-Quality Growth
by Gloria Luo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 9 May 2018
s 867655912578China’s Environmental Protection Tax Law, the nation’s first green tax law, took effect on January 1st, 2018 as one of its newest environmental policy initiatives to combat pollution.... Read more

Motivating Millennials: The Importance of Employee Engagement in Singapore
by Tess Zinnes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 2 May 2018
s 867655912578Companies always say, “People are our biggest asset.” Their actions, however, are sparse when it comes to translating this sentiment into appreciation. While previous generations are accustomed to this status quo, millennials are less gracious. According to a 2018 Aon study, only 56 percent of full-time, Singaporean millennial employees are engaged in their work.... Read more

Hong Kong Companies Need More Board Diversity
by Rebecca Walker Chan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 25 April 2018
s 867655912578Exacerbated by uneven gender ratios and antiquated social norms, opportunities for women to participate, much less succeed in business are still quite limited. In the 2017 WEF Global Gender Gap Report, of the 25 Asia Pacific nations surveyed, gender equity ratings of 13 nations fell, and at an average rate of 8%.... Read more

Climate Change and Chocolate
by Rita Yu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 25 April 2018
s 867655912578Chocolate is made from cacao beans that grow on cacao trees. Cacao trees only thrive in rainforest conditions with fairly uniform temperatures, high humidity, abundant rain, nitrogen-rich soil, and protection from wind. Cacao is primarily produced in countries along the ‘cacao belt’.... Read more

Developing and applying domain expertise to CSR—lessons from audacious philanthropy
by James Chen | 18 April 2018
s 867655912578Walking through campus on my first day as a student at the University of Chicago in 1978, I came across a small but vociferous gathering of “Students for a Democratic Society”. Grouped together outside the business school.... Read more

Are standardized eco-industrial parks the answer to sustainable industrial growth?
by Aaron Sloan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 18 April 2018
s 867655912578Eco-industrial parks (EIPs) are an emerging driver for environmentally and socially sustainable economic growth. The number of parks globally has grown from 50 in 2000 to around 250 today. However, despite their proliferation, there is no internationally accepted definition of what constitutes an EIP -until now.... Read more

Journey of the migrant worker - New approaches for detecting risk of forced labour across the business value chain
by Angela Foulsham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 11 April 2018
s 867655912578The International Labor Organization (ILO) defines forced labour as referring to situations in which persons are coerced to work through the use of violence or intimidation, or by more subtle means such as accumulated debt, retention of identity papers or threats of denunciation to immigration authorities.... Read more

Business commitments to the SDGs are falling short - a case for government and UN leadership
by Helen Roeth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 28 March 2018
s 867655912578Despite an increasing number of companies committing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reports by PWC and KPMG paint a bleak picture of the state of corporate reporting on the SDGS.... Read more

Gender Transformative and Responsible Agribusiness Investments in South East Asia
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 28 March 2018
s 867655912578We are coming to the end of three years of cooperation with Oxfam on developing inclusive business strategies for the private sector. This is just phase one of the GRAISEA project funded by the Swedish International Development Agency.... Read more

French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Universal Robina Corporation and CSR Asia co-organised Responsible Agribusiness Roundtable in Ho Chi Minh City
by Karen Pong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 22 March 2018
s 867655912578Together with the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Universal Robina Corporation (URC), CSR Asia, a regional sustainability consultancy, organized the third session of the Responsible Agribusiness Roundtable series in Ho Chi Minh City on 12 March.... Read more

Leveraging inclusive business for poverty alleviation and women’s economic empowerment
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 21 March 2018
s 867655912578CSR Asia’s ongoing work on inclusive business is demonstrating again and again that simply doing business in a way that includes poor people in the value chain of large businesses can increase incomes, reduce poverty and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).... Read more

The sustainable seafood movement gains momentum in the Philippines
by Julia Whitney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 14 March 2018
s 867655912578This year’s Sustainable Seafood Week, which took place from 26 February to 18 March 2018 in Manila, was a celebration of responsible and sustainable seafood. Growing in popularity amongst top hotels, the annual event serves as a collective platform for sharing best practices in sustainable fisheries and procurement by key industry stakeholders.... Read more

Are Chinese enterprises going global responsibly?
by Gloria Luo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 14 March 2018
s 867655912578China is now the second largest investing country in the world, with its outward foreign direct investment (FDI) rising 44 per cent to $183 billion in 2016, according to the World Investment Report 2017 published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. China’s latest official statistics show that by the end of 2016.... Read more

Responsible Agribusiness Roundtable on inclusive, gender smart agribusiness in Phnom Penh
by Rebecca Walker Chan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 7 March 2018
s 867655912578Yesterday, together with Khmer Organic Cooperative and Oxfam in Cambodia, CSR Asia organized the second session of the Responsible Agribusiness Roundtable series in Phnom Penh. Participants from over 10 companies and organizations discussed opportunities for local agribusiness to engage with smallholder farmers and adopt inclusive and gender transformative business models.... Read more

From acts of God to climate change lawsuits
by Rita Yu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 7 March 2018
s 867655912578The legal landscape is changing in novel ways. Climate attribution scientists are investigating the extent to which human-induced climate change has increased the likelihood or severity of extreme events, ranging from the Russian heat wave of 2010 to California’s 5-year drought (2012-2017).... Read more

The approaching Modern Slavery Act in Australia – what can we expect?
by Mabel Wong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 28 February 2018
s 867655912578Since the UK passed the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, France has also followed suit with their ‘Duty of Vigilance’ law 2017. There has even been discussions for a similar Act in Hong Kong. More recently, the Australian Parliament joined this movement with the launch of an inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.... Read more

Asia’s first sustainability bond
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 28 February 2018
s 867655912578The Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) has launched a US$95 million Sustainability Bond to help finance a sustainable natural rubber plantation on heavily degraded land in Indonesia. The Bond supports a project with extensive social and environmental objectives and safeguards. The plantation will help to protect a threatened national park. This is the first corporate sustainability bond in Asia.... Read more

Exploitation in the country of the ‘fair go’?
by Angela Foulsham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 21 February 2018
s 867655912578When we think of exploitation and migrant workers, most might first think of places or industries in the developing world where economic settings or lack of regulation could create conditions for such unethical practices. But the truth is the risk is global.... Read more

From rhetoric to action: building a smart Hong Kong
by Carmen Lau This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 21 February 2018
s 867655912578The concept of a “smart city” is gaining traction across the globe. Whilst the definition of smart city can vary, the term essentially refers to cities that use technology to enable large scale, real time data collection and analysis.... Read more

Water scarcity – what can businesses do to reduce their water risks?
by Jocelyn Ho This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 14 February 2018
s 867655912578Three years ago, Cape Town received international acclaim for its water conservation policy. Fast-forward to today, and the city is facing a severe water crisis with their estimated water supply to run out within the next three months. The combination of population growth, lack of diverse water sources and extreme droughts in recent years has left Cape Town counting down to “Day Zero,” the day when the city’s tap will be turned off.... Read more

Using Free, Prior and Informed Consent to secure your Social License to Operate
by Kelly Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 14 February 2018
s 867655912578Corporate globalisation has expanded extensively in recent years throughout Asia. Assisted by the integration of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and free trade agreements (FTA), creating as The Government of Hong Kong explained in November, “a conducive environment for economic development”.... Read more

Global Opportunity Report 2018: Time for agribusinesses to lean into the SDGs?
by Karen Pong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 7 February 2018
s 867655912578The Global Opportunity Report 2018 was released last week by DNV GL, the United Nations Global Compact and Sustainia. In its fourth year, the ambitious report takes stock of emerging global risks using the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework.... Read more

Sustainability thought leadership: from social responsibility to social purpose
by Isabelle Morin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 31 January 2018
s 867655912578What is Thought Leadership Marketing? Marketing has changed and raving about how great a brand is just doesn’t work anymore. In a technology-saturated age where consumers are more sceptical than ever of self-promotion, most companies need to be creative.... Read more

Doing Good Index Aims to Unlock US$500 billion in Private Social Investment
by Aaron Sloan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 31 January 2018
s 867655912578Asian philanthropists could inject over US$500 billion towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the new Doing Good Index launched mid-January by the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS).... Read more

Blockchain: Not another buzzword but a way to improve transparency within supply chains
by Julia Whitney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 24 January 2018
s 867655912578Though commonly associated with Bitcoin, blockchain technology can be applied to many situations, including supply chain traceability. First, what is blockchain? Simply put, blockchain is an exchange of information without a central authority.... Read more

Waste Charging: A clean sweep for Hong Kong
by Kelly Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 17 January 2018
s 867655912578A plan announced late last year to tackle Hong Kong’s colossal waste problem will encourage both expenditure and education. The Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) disposal charging scheme, expected to come into full force in late 2019.... Read more

Building resilient food systems for ASEAN’s megacities
by Rebecca Walker Chan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 17 January 2018
s 867655912578By 2050, an estimated 60% of the ASEAN region’s population will be living in cities. Home to 13 of the world’s 22 megacities, and an expected 20 megacities by 2025, ASEAN’s rapidly growing urban population is placing enormous demands on food systems.... Read more

Food security, malnutrition and food waste on the agenda for 2018
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 10 January 2018
s 867655912578According to a new report from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 14.3 million people in Asia are still not getting the food they need and malnutrition problems are on the rise.... Read more

China’s waste import ban emphasizes importance of innovation and the circular economy
by Aaron Sloan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 10 January 2018
s 867655912578The beginning of 2018 ushers in the sizeable challenge of how to handle waste in the face of China’s ‘Green Fence’ campaign banning the import of 24 types of waste.... Read more

Green and Healthy Buildings Need Smart Occupants
by Carmen Lau This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 20 December 2017
s 867655912578The central aim of the Paris Agreement is to strengthen the global response to climate change by requiring all Parties to make their best efforts and to communicate progress in nationally determined contributions (NDCs).... Read more

Investors want mandatory board oversight, but Hong Kong leadership not CSR savvy
by Rebecca Walker Chan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 20 December 2017
s 867655912578On November 24th, members from CSR Asia attended the GRI Regional Hub China Annual Network Meeting, hosted by GRI and Fuji Xerox. The event offered updates and insight about the changing face of ESG reporting.... Read more

Collaborating for disaster preparedness: A role for business
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 13 December 2017
s 867655912578Climate related and natural disasters inflict economic losses of up to US$300 billion globally each year, according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, and an estimated 1.35 million lives have been lost in such events over the past two decades.... Read more

Climate change may already be affecting your health
by Rita Yu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 13 December 2017
s 867655912578Climate change is commonly seen as an environmental issue and a distant, future threat. In reality, climate change is happening and already harming health for millions worldwide through heatwaves, disease and air pollution with “impacts far worse than previously understood”..... Read more

Sexual harassment in the workplace: businesses can be a positive force for change
by Jenny Conrad This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 13 December 2017
s 867655912578Sexual harassment scandals have been dominating the media in recent months, forcing organisations to take a good look at their workplace practices and the impact this may have on their workforce..... Read more

Climate change and Asian cities: What does business need to do?
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 December 2017
s 867655912578It now seems likely that we will not be able to keep future temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius and mounting opinion is that those rises are more likely to be in excess of 3 degrees.... Read more

Women in the workplace
by Samantha Woods This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 December 2017
s 8676559125782017 has been a year of global awakening about gender issues in the workplace. Earlier this year, a former Uber engineer published this damning account of her experiences at the company.... Read more

The long road to sustainable Tourism
by Sze Zen Wong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 December 2017
s 867655912578Sustainable tourism exists for many years but it is still considered a distinct niche activity involving upmarket eco-resorts rather than a fundamental element of what all tourism could be.... Read more

FREE Shared Value Immersion Visits on Seven Pressing Issues in Hong Kong
by Karen Pong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 29 November 2017
s 867655912578This December, in collaboration with the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) to promote the Shared Value Initiative, CSR Asia will co-host seven immersion half-day visits with various NGOs and social enterprise (SE) partners in Hong Kong.... Read more

Internet leaks prove need for responsible business practices
by Kelly Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 29 November 2017
s 867655912578This month the mass leak of 13.4 million documents publicly exposed the offshore interests of hundreds of high-net-worth individuals and global businesses. The cache of ultra-sensitive documents was dubbed The Paradise Papers. The documents were leaked from leading offshore legal firm Appleby as well as several business services companies whose clients include banks, corporations, HSI and FTSE 100 companies.... Read more

10 practical measures to improve responses to human trafficking and slavery in Asia
by Clelia Daniel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 22 November 2017
s 867655912578Human trafficking is the third largest crime by revenue. The Asia-Pacific region accounts for the largest number of forced labourers— 15.4 million, almost a third of the global total, according to the 2017 State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. However, only 2,137 prosecutions, 1,953 convictions and the identification of 9,989 victims occurred in 2016.... Read more

Two years since the Paris Agreement: where do we stand?
by Jocelyn Ho This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 22 November 2017
s 867655912578Two years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, world leaders gathered in Bonn, Germany at COP23 this month to discuss five important topics: extreme weather, the United States, bolder ambition, finance and the real economy in relation to meeting the Paris Agreement.... Read more

The increasing importance of sustainability in China
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 15 November 2017
s 867655912578China is increasingly demonstrating leadership in the issues associated with sustainability and CSR. It has committed itself to a huge reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, is putting pressure on businesses to clean up their pollution impacts and is leading a regional commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.... Read more

Ethical values for business success: A conversation with L'Oréal's Chief Ethics Officer
by Isabelle Morin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 15 November 2017
s 867655912578Individuals are generally considered morally responsible for their actions. But who is responsible when those individuals become part of a business organization? Can we impute moral responsibility to the organization itself .... Read more

Asian Consumers and Healthy Eating
by Isabelle Morin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 15 November 2017
s 867655912578In an online survey commissioned by Ingredient Communications PR agency in 2016, researchers asked 600 consumers in Asia and 700 in the Western hemisphere, Australia and New Zealand included, about their views on a slew of dietary issues .... Read more

What goes around comes around – plastic possibilities
by Angela Foulsham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 8 November 2017
s 867655912578Plastic is an amazing material. Due to its properties of strength, plasticity, versatility, and durability, plastics have become synonymous with everyday life. Used in medical equipment, furniture, cars, electronics, toys, stationary, food storage, packaging, clothing.... Read more

Business and development: unleashing cross-sectoral synergies in Asia
by Gloria Luo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 8 November 2017
s 867655912578Rapid economic growth in Asia has given rise to complex development challenges ranging from poverty reduction to gender rights. More businesses are now exploring impactful and collaborative solutions to addressing social and environmental issues.... Read more

A sustainable food journey
by Clelia Daniel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Janet Salem This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 1 November 2017
s 867655912578Do I need to be vegan to eat responsibly? Does my sea bass come with a side of slavery? Do I need to finish my plate? On average, consumers take less than two seconds to decide on a product - and even less time while in a busy buffet line at a conference lunch, leaving very little.... Read more

Identifying and driving change in the seafood supply chain
by Julia Whitney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 1 November 2017
s 867655912578Seafood is one of the largest global exports, generating $135 billion in revenue each year. It is the major source of livelihoods for millions around the world; providing employment for one in ten people globally and supplying 17 percent of the global protein consumed.... Read more

Measuring Gender Equality
by Isabelle Morin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 25 October 2017
s 867655912578Advancing and empowering women is too big an assignment for any sector alone, be it government, international organizations or civil society. The active engagement of business as the engine of job creation, innovation, and investment is essential.... Read more

Responsible Agribusiness Roundtable Series - a discussion about inclusive, gender transformative agribusiness in Jakarta
by Rebecca Walker Chan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 25 October 2017
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Together with Louis Dreyfus Company Indonesia (LDC), organized the first session of CSR Asia’s Responsible Agribusiness Roundtable series in Jakarta in August. More than 10 companies and organizations discussed opportunities for local agribusiness to engage with smallholder farmers.... Read more


Free shared value courses in Hong Kong
by Richard Welford   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 11 October 2017
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As part of its work with the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) in Hong Kong, CSR Asia is pleased to announce a series of free one-day courses to allow participants to understand about the concept of shared value.... Read more


Businesses showing strong leadership in Climate Week
by Aaron Sloan   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 11 October 2017
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The world’s largest companies are recognizing and reacting to the risks and opportunities presented by climate change. Business leaders, public sector figures and international NGOs convened in New York last month for Climate Week, to discuss the challenges.... Read more


500+ Thought leaders and business executives convene in Bangkok at CSR Asia Summit to lead the conversation on Future Proofing Sustainable Business
by Helena Day  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 4 October 2017
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Last week’s CSR Asia Summit 2017 in Bangkok attracted 500+ thought leaders and business executives, all committed to tackling pressing challenges, discussing emerging trends, exploring opportunities, and identifying sustainable solutions for Asia.... Read more


Do you know a climate refugee? You Will.
by Rebecca Walker Chan  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 4 October 2017
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The earth’s climate is changing at a rate that has exceeded most scientific forecasts. Since the turn of the century the Earth’s surface temperature has increased over one degree Celsius, with the majority of warming taking place since the 1980’s. Adapting to this changing global climate.... Read more


CSR Asia Summit: Last call for participation
by Richard Welford  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 20 September 2017
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Next week CSR Asia will set the stage for two days of vital conversation, co-creation, and action at the CSR Asia Summit in Bangkok. The Summit creates a collaborative environment where a unique mix of business, government and civil society come together to network and identify sustainable solutions to today’s pressing challenges.... Read more


Partnering with social enterprises for scalability and impact 
by Mabel Wong  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 13 September 2017
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Characterised by innovation and purpose beyond profit, social enterprises use and adapt business strategies to advance positive social and environmental outcomes. We have seen a rise in the number of social enterprises in Asia. According to the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE), Singapore’s social enterprise sector grew by 32 per cent over the past year, with 401 registered social enterprises - up from 303 enterprises in 2016.... Read more


Unlocking the value of corporate sustainability
by Kelly Cooper  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 13 September 2017
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In today’s business world, transparency is a license to operate. Customers no longer have to guess how businesses are run ­-- access to information is available at their fingertips. Investors are making proactive, sustainability-focused decisions based on increased business opportunities and market access, improved brand reputation, risk aversion and increased capital... Read more


Made in Asia: the business case for investing in gender rights in supply chains
by Clelia Daniel  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 September 2017
s 867655912578Acting to safeguard the rights of female workers is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good for business. A number of businesses, including SAP, Unilever and Vodafone, are investing in gender equality initiatives in their operations and throughout their supply chains in recognition of the impact that gender equality has on a companies’ behaviours and performance at all levels.... Read more

Eco-towns and sustainable lifestyles of the future
by Julia Whitney  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 September 2017
s 867655912578Sustainable business and consumption initiatives have traditionally been driven by compliance with regulations. Now times are changing, and we are seeing innovative businesses benefit from green investments and products promoting sustainable consumption and lifestyles.... Read more

A first look at reporting on the SDGs in Greater China
by Helen Roeth  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 30 August 2017
s 867655912578This September marks the two-year anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A timely opportunity to review the newly released 2016 sustainability reports to gain an understanding of how companies in Greater China responded to the goals in the year.... Read more

Nowhere to hide - Australia moves to drive modern day slavery from supply chains
by Angela Foulsham  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 30 August 2017
s 867655912578It is a brutal truth that modern day slavery is likely to exist somewhere within every-day supply chains. Last year the Global Slavery Index published by the Walk Free Foundation put the number of people worldwide trapped in some form of slavery at 45.8 million people.... Read more

The untapped economic potential of Asia's refugees
by Aaron Sloan  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 30 August 2017
s 867655912578The Asia-Pacific region hosts approximately 14 percent, or 3.5 million, of the world’s 65.3 million forced migrant population.1 Two thirds of today’s refugee population will be displaced for at least three years, and are often located in countries without the right to work. This waste of talent and ability has a significant negative impact on both refugees and local economies.... Read more

Development and Use of Technology
by Mabel Wong  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 24 August 2017
s 867655912578Technology, innovation, data and analytics are buzz words now regularly used in the development and aid sectors. The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UN CSTD) emphasised that science, technology and innovation are, alongside trade, the most powerful forces driving recent world progress in terms of growth, poverty reduction and overall human development.... Read more

The rise of the "Food Citizen"
by Isabelle Morin  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 24 August 2017
s 867655912578South East Asia is a paradise for food lovers. In Singapore, the people are not only infamous food travellers and hunters, but the government itself aims to turn the island into a world-class tourist destination with a slew of events gathering the world's most renowned chefs. In ASEAN, the market for fine dining is booming with 20 restaurants awarded Asia’s top 50 restaurants in 2017.... Read more

Children’s rights - the risks and opportunities for business
by Linda Lodding  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 24 August 2017
s 867655912578“Virtually all companies interact with children in some way…” says Wivina Belmonte, Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office.... Read more

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