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Publications

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2017 | Agribusiness in ASEAN: Making the Case for Smallholder Inclusion
Strategic engagement with smallholders generates a range of direct and indirect benefits for agricultural companies. Realizing this potential requires an understanding of the interdependence between creating value to business and value to the community. In this report, ten agricultural companies from across Southeast Asia are profiled to demonstrate that despite social, environmental and political challenges the private sector has the ability to create change and cultivate company growth through diversity and inclusiveness.

 

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2017 | Agribusiness and the SDGs: How the Agribusiness Sector in ASEAN can embrace the Sustainable Development Goals
Companies that do not prioritise the SDGs, or the inclusion of smallholder farmers, women, and other marginalised groups along their supply chain, are missing a valuable opportunity to enhance their bottom line and reputation. Companies can use this report as a tool to assess which SDGs are most relevant to their businesses and the impact they have, especially on issues such as smallholder inclusion and gender inequality, while also scoping opportunities to incorporate the SDGs into their own strategies.

 

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2017 | The Role of ICT in Realising Education for All by 2030

Focusing on the role that technology can play in helping achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number four (SDG4), this report encourages prioritisation of equitable access to quality education for all ages and to fill gaps in education systems worldwide. Used strategically, ICT can dramatically enhance education equity, quality and efficiency through its ability to facilitate fast, synergetic and scalable change. Investing in ICT and education is a prerequisite to invest in the future. It is about conveying knowledge, connecting the ecosystem and fostering collaboration between teachers, students, parents, and school administrators, anytime and anywhere. It is about making people, communities, and nations more competitive. Everyone has a role to play.

 

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2017 | Tracking the Trends
The annual expert stakeholder research provides a snapshot of what issues and trends are likely to emerge and how stakeholders expect businesses to respond. Tracking the Trends is based on research conducted through interviews with experts on issues in the Asia Pacific region. The Report discloses their views in three areas: the key issues that are likely to dominate sustainability over the next ten years; the key institutions and trends that are likely to shape these topics; and the responses that they expect from businesses. This research aims to help Strategic Partners determine material issues for their business and to ensure that their strategy is looking to the future.

 

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2016 | Decoding Development
Whilst not all businesses view themselves as formal actors in international development, the day-to-day activities of businesses have significant impact on a wide range of development issues. Correspondingly, development policies affect the larger ecosystem of society and the environment that business operates in. This publication only available to Strategic Partners aims to break down a complex subject to provide businesses with a quick introduction to understanding development, including a list of dos and don’ts in development.

 

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2016 | Sustainability Disclosure in ASEAN extractive companies
This research was carried out for GRI as part of CSR Asia’s work in the Extractive Sector. This research is focused on three aspects of the sustainability reporting landscape in each of the 10 ASEAN members ; 1) countries policy and regulation, 2) voluntary expectations, and 3) government incentives. The research also included benchmarking focused on the sustainability disclosures of junior extractive companies operating in ASEAN as such companies may, because of their size or business models, face particular challenges relating to sustainability issues.

 

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2016 | Who Is Getting It Done?
This annual report is based on a survey of over 350 CSR/sustainability professionals in Asia and includes an in-depth look at Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore as well as the consultancy and NGO sector. This report is exclusively available to our Strategic Partners and respondents who contributed to the survey. This report includes analysis of industry pay, seniority and gender. The report examines how industry professionals are responding to the Sustainable Development Goals, Shared Value and Inclusive Business approaches and senior management support. The report includes a list of companies ‘most admired’ by professionals both in Asia and globally.

 

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2016 | Sustainability Leadership: A self-assessment guide to being a world class business
This guide provides a framework for the assessment of progress on becoming a sustainability leader. It is based on best practice from some of the leading companies of the world as well as ongoing engagement with stakeholders. The guide can be used as a reference point for building a roadmap towards sustainability or, alternatively a leadership assessment tool that could measure performance against other businesses or progress over time. A Self-assessment Scoring Sheet is provided at the end of this guide. This report is available exclusively to our Strategic Partners.

 

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2016 | Can employing refugees bring value to companies in Asia-Pacific?
This paper examines the opportunities for the private sector to engage with refugees as well as for policy development at the regional level. It draw conclusions from direct dialogue with companies and practical examples from the sectors that could engage refugees. The paper also offers an overview of best practice and recommendations for creating the conditions required to encourage refugee self-reliance. This research paper was prepared for the Pathways to Employment: Expanding legal and legitimate labour market opportunities for refugees, event organised by the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process to reduce reliance on work in irregular markets and susceptibility to trafficking and employment in slave-like conditions.

 

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2016 | Creating Shared Value through Integrated Conservation and Development Projects
This report examines the opportunities for the private sector to support integrated conservation and development projects. Based on eight case studies of successful initiatives in the Asia Pacific region, the report demonstrates how businesses can create shared value for conservation, development and themselves through strategic partnerships. The cases show that there are significant business opportunities that remain untapped. The private sector has the potential to develop new products and services, reduce costs, improve the efficiency of value chains, develop inclusive business models and create clusters of local economic development. Such approaches will improve the competitiveness of companies and add to long term profitability.

 

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2015 | Inclusive Business: Best Practices from India
Social and economic disparity in India is emerging as a critical risk for private sector growth and continuity. This paper provides an overview of the current state of exclusion and inequality issues in India, and aims to make a business case for inclusion. Case studies of local and multinational companies are included to showcase the best practices and demonstrate the business case for investing in inclusive business model in India.

 

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2015 | Sustainable Development Goals – The Role of Business in Asia
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) are a set of ambitious goals for the next 15 years to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For the goals to be reached, everyone is expected to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and individual citizens. This report, exclusively available to our Strategic Partners, will provide insight on the role of private sector in Asia and how to get started on the SDGs.

 

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2015 | Partnering with the Business sector for Disaster preparedness, Response and recovery
This paper was informed by discussions among the participants at the Disaster Preparedness Forum held in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 2 July 2015. The paper provides insights into four partnerships in which businesses contribute to addressing disaster preparedness, response and recovery needs in the Asia-Pacific region. These partnerships stand out as cross-sector collaborations that leverage the business sector’s comparative advantages in addressing key humanitarian needs and limitation.

 

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2015 | Who Is Getting It Done?
“Who Is Getting It Done?” is an annual report based on a survey of over 400 respondents in the CSR/Sustainability industry in Asia. This year’s report includes a list of the ‘ten most admired companies in Asia’ as voted by CSR professionals and a focus on CSR professionals in Hong Kong, Singapore and those in the NGO sector in Asia. The report, which is only available to Strategic Partners and those who gave their time to complete the report, allows those working in CSR positions within companies in Asia to understand how their role compares to others.

 

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2015 | Materiality Assessment: the What, Why and How
What exactly does ‘materiality’ mean? And how does a reporting organisation determine its most material issues? This report aims to present different interpretations and approaches to materiality and includes best practices from the experiences of CSR Asia strategic partners. This report is available exclusively to our Strategic Partners.

 

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2015 | The Role of the Private Sector in Women’s Economic Empowerment in Asia
This new resource by CSR Asia provides guidance and toolkits to help companies improve their gender diversity performance and design strategic community investment programmes aimed at empowering women economically. It intends to help companies see the value in investing in the economic empowerment of women in their workplaces and communities.

 

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2015 | A study on corporate social responsibility development and trends in China
Driven by the efforts of different stakeholders to promote more responsible business practices, the efforts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in China have grown steadily over the past decade. As a joint initiative between the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR Centre) of the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing and CSR Asia, this study provides an overview of the current state of CSR in China and an indication of possible future trends as the scope and understanding of CSR in the country continue to develop.

 

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2015 | Creating shared value through inclusive business strategies
This paper demonstrates how it is possible to create shared value through inclusive business (IB) strategies and outlines practical steps which can be taken to develop an effective IB strategy. It lays out the rational for inclusive business and how a company can use its value chain to create opportunities for poor people and communities. It contains numerous case examples from developing countries.

 

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2015 | Engaging business on human rights: Issues for responsible and inclusive value chains
Through a series of interviews with CSR Asia’s Strategic Partners and other expert stakeholders this paper outlines some of the contemporary human rights risks that are facing businesses who operate global value chains, the opportunities for responsible and inclusive business practices and some of the barriers to addressing human rights concerns.

 

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2015 | Multi-Stakeholder initiatives: Cooperating to achieve responsible and inclusive business
Multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) can bring together the skills, expertise and resources to tackle global challenges and contribute to responsible and inclusive business. This paper explores the functions and characteristics of a MSI, the role that stakeholders have to play, the governance of the MSI and how to evaluate effectiveness and impact.

 

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2015 | How Do They Do It?

Strategic engagement with smallholders generates a range of direct and indirect benefits for agricultural companies. Realizing this potential requires an understanding of the interdependence between creating value to business and value to the community. In this report, ten agricultural companies from across Southeast Asia are profiled to demonstrate that despite social, environmental and political challenges the private sector has the ability to create change and cultivate company growth through diversity and inclusiveness.

How do they do it?
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2014 | Managing sustainable development - guidance for extractive companies

Extractive companies operating in ASEAN and around the world are facing increasing pressure to address sustainable development challenges and meet global standards of best practice. The most effective way to respond to increased scrutiny and higher expectations is to apply and integrate international standards.
This guide is designed to be used as a resource for Extractive companies, looking at best practice, providing an overview of the different international standards as well as looking at different approaches to implement these standards.

Click here to download the guidance in Khmer.
Click here to download the guidance in Lao.
Click here to download the guidance in Chinese.

 

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2014 | CSR in 10
This annual expert stakeholder research provides a snapshot of what CSR issues and trends are likely to be emerging over the coming decade and how stakeholders expect businesses to respond. The CSR in 10 Report is based on research conducted through interviews with over 70 experts in CSR issues in the Asia Pacific region. The Report discloses their views in three areas: the key issues that are likely to dominate CSR over the next ten years; the key institutions and trends that are likely to shape these topics; and the responses that they expect from businesses. This research aims to help Strategic Partners determine material issues for their business and to ensure that their strategy is looking to the future.

 

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2014 | Electronic Cash Transfers in Disaster Response – Opportunities For Business Engagement
This briefing highlights opportunities for collaboration between the business and humanitarian sectors in driving cash transfer programmes that provide those affected by a natural hazard with the financial means to meet immediate needs related to food, water, clothes, medical treatment, shelter and livelihood recovery. It outlines the important role of businesses in building capacities within the humanitarian and government sectors and the opportunity to leverage business expertise, assets and networks in helping devise appropriate and effective market-integrated interventions.

 

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2014 | Business & Sustainable Disaster Recovery - Rebuilding More Resilient Communities
This White Paper was informed by discussions amongst the participants at the Disaster Preparedness Forum held in Manila in July 2014, which brought together more than 150 thought leaders from the business, government, humanitarian and development sectors. The White Paper outlines opportunities for collaborative efforts in disaster recovery between these sectors with a view to providing a pathway to a more sustainable and resilient development.

 

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2014 | Inclusive business in Asia. A case study of Cocoa
This report by CSR Asia is based on a range of different research studies as well as in-depth interviews with key stakeholders. It presents an introduction to the cocoa industry and examines the challenges and current sustainability activities undertaken by key players. It highlights opportunities and interventions for inclusive business opportunities.

 

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2014 | Conflicts over land. A role for responsible and inclusive business
The report makes the case for proactive business engagement in respecting land rights and ensuring responsible and inclusive practices associated with land use, access to natural resources and development opportunities. It outlines key challenges, provides an overview of existing instruments that can help companies address issues related to land, and points to practical entry points for improved business practices.

 

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2014 | Multi-stakeholder initiatives. Smallholders and inclusive business opportunities in palm oil
As palm oil comes under increased scrutiny for its environmental and social impact, CSR Asia’s new report explores the lessons from palm oil. In particular the substantial, but often overlooked role that smallholders play in the palm oil industry, and the opportunity to expanding their inclusion.

 

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2014 | Opportunities for inclusive business. A case study of the shrimp value chain
This report explores the huge challenges facing the shrimp industry. It looks in-depth at three of the world’s main producing countries, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia and discusses ten key challenges that the industry is facing. The report also highlights possible solutions and presents a number of opportunities for developing more inclusive business models.

 

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2014 | Social Media & Sustainability
This short report provides an overview of the key social media platforms being used in Asia. Drawing on examples from across the region, it describes the risks and opportunities of social media use by stakeholders and business under three key areas: reputation, professional capacity and business model. It explains how companies at different stages of the corporate sustainability journey can harness the power of social media to minimise their risks and maximise the benefits. The report is available exclusively to our Strategic Partners.

 

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2014 | Who Is Getting It Done?
This report is based on a survey of over 400 professionals in the CSR/Sustainability industry in Asia. It provides an insight into salary, profile, budget and operating practices. This year we have included interviews with a diverse group of professionals as well as a focus specifically on professionals based in Hong Kong and those provide consulting service to industry. The report, which is only available to Strategic Partners and those who gave their time and data to complete the report, allows those working in CSR positions within companies in Asia to understand how their role compares to others.

 

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2013 | Joining the dialogue – Vulnerable Children and Business
Commissioned by Aviva and in partnership with adidas Group, HSBC, Kuoni, Microsoft and The Body Shop, this report shares the experiences of business proactively making vulnerable children’s rights real in their operations; uncover stories beyond what is typically shared in the corporate responsibility reports; and provide a view of how business can positively impact vulnerable children’s rights. The goal of this report is to bring business into the dialogue to address societal concerns and operationalise global principles. Aviva has featured this report in a new social media campaign, #togetherforstreetkids to draw attention to the cause of vulnerable children. See below to view the campaign. View the YouTube video here

 

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2013 | Business and Disaster Preparedness: Helping Communities Prepare for Effective Response
This publication provides an overview of the risks and vulnerabilities faced by communities in disaster-prone areas of the Asia-Pacific region. It highlights the need for business engagement in disaster preparedness at the community level, and outlines opportunities for strategic engagement that help support business objectives.

 

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2013 | Skills-Based Volunteering: Executive Summary
This summarises the key points of CSR Asia’s paper Skills-Based Volunteering: How can it work for you?. It addresses the ways in which skills-based volunteering can be most effective, focusing on the practicalities of engaging volunteers in programmes and initiatives that have positive impacts. It draws on the experiences and expertise of corporates, NGOs and SBV intermediaries. The full report is available to Strategic Partners.

 

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2013 | Enterprise Based Approaches to Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation
This short summary gives an overview of the current state of poverty and other key development issues, and makes the case for greater private sector involvement going forward. Case studies illustrate how companies can make an impact through core business practices in three key ways: including more people in its value chains, innovating needed products and services for base of pyramid customers, and through impact investments into smaller enterprises.

 

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2013 | Making an Impact in Disaster Response, Recovery and Resilience
This business briefing demonstrates how business can make a greater impact with their contributions to disaster response and recovery. And how strategic partnerships between businesses and the humanitarian sector can increase disaster resilience in vulnerable communities and provide significant business opportunities. This is especially important for businesses operating in the world's most disaster-prone region - Asia-Pacific. The predicted increase in the occurrence of disasters will have social, political, and economic repercussions that can leave societies and markets unstable. Strategic collaborative efforts between business and key actors in the humanitarian and public sector can help safeguard business investments from disaster risks while contributing to the sustainable development and economic vitality of communities.

 

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2013 | Corporate community investment impact measurement in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore
This report provides an insight to the Corporate Community Investment (CCI) activities of eighty of the largest listed companies in Hong Kong, Indonesia Malaysia and Singapore. The focus of the research was to analyse whether the sample group of companies were reporting on CCI impact. This report was presented at the CSR Asia Corporate Community Investment – Measuring Impact Forum, Singapore June 2013.

 

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2013 | Responsible and Inclusive Business in Myanmar
This research report from CSR Asia provides practical guidance and recommendations for organisations, enabling them to operate in a way that contributes to the sustainable development of Myanmar while protecting businesses from financial, legal and reputational risks. CSR Asia has developed a framework that supports companies with establishing a responsible and inclusive business strategy.

 

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2013 | CSR in 10
This annual expert stakeholder research provides a snapshot of what CSR issues and trends are likely to be emerging over the coming decade and how stakeholders expect businesses to respond. The CSR in 10 Report is based on research conducted through interviews with over 70 experts in CSR issues in the Asia Pacific region. The Report discloses their views in three areas: the key issues that are likely to dominate CSR over the next ten years; the key institutions and trends that are likely to shape these topics; and the responses that they expect from businesses. This year Strategic Partners have told us that they have used this research to help determine material issues for their business and to ensure that their strategy is looking to the future.

 

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2013 | Who Is Getting It Done?
‘WIGID’ is designed to determine the status of CSR professionals in Asia and to understand the main features of the work undertaken in companies around the region. The research outlines the salary, responsibilities and seniority of CSR managers around the region and makes recommendations for future professional development. This report, which is only available to Strategic Partners and those who gave their time and data to complete the report, allows those working in CSR positions within companies in Asia to understand how their role compares to others.

 

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2013 | Business and Biodiversity
This paper discusses the importance of biodiversity to business (and vice versa) and focuses on practical recommendations for action: from developing partnerships to writing policies, from conducting assessments to reporting on progress.

 

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Textile Industry Sustainability Platform (TISP)

The Textile Industry Sustainability Platform (TISP) is a guide for Chinese factories, apparel brands and their partners to understand introduce sustainability to their organisations by describing best practice.

This guide is an introduction to energy efficiency for the textile industry. Its aim is to

  • Promote the business case for energy efficiency
  • Introduce energy management
  • Describe typical energy efficiency measures
  • Show what textile firms are doing for energy efficiency

 

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2012 | Human Rights Briefing
This report takes a regional perspective on human rights in business across Asia. It includes a view from each of our country offices, interviews with key stakeholders and information on international guidance. 

 

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2011 | The CSR Guide for SMEs in Hong Kong
This briefing highlights opportunities for collaboration between the business and humanitarian sectors in driving cash transfer programmes that provide those affected by a natural hazard with the financial means to meet immediate needs related to food, water, clothes, medical treatment, shelter and livelihood recovery. It outlines the important role of businesses in building capacities within the humanitarian and government sectors and the opportunity to leverage business expertise, assets and networks in helping devise appropriate and effective market-integrated interventions.