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2014
•    Managing sustainable development - guidance for extractive companies
•    CSR in 10 (Strategic Partners only)
•    Electronic Cash Transfers in Disaster Response – Opportunities For Business Engagement
•    Business & Sustainable Disaster Recovery - Rebuilding More Resilient Communities
•    Inclusive business in Asia. A case study of Cocoa
•    Conflicts over land. A role for responsible and inclusive business
•    Multi-stakeholder initiatives. Smallholders and inclusive business opportunities in palm oil
•    Opportunities for inclusive business. A case study of the shrimp value chain
•    Social Media & Sustainability (Strategic Partners only)
•    Who Is Getting It Done? (Strategic Partners only)
2013
•    Joining the dialogue – Vulnerable Children and Business
•    Business and Disaster Preparedness - Helping Communities Prepare for Effective Response
•    Enterprise Based Approaches to Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation
•    Making an Impact in Disaster Response, Recovery and Resilience
•    Corporate community investment impact measurement in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore
•    Responsible and Inclusive Business in Myanmar
•    Skills-Based Volunteering: Executive Summary
•    CSR in 10 (Strategic Partners only)
•    Who Is Getting It Done? (Strategic Partners only)
•    Business and biodiversity (2013) (Strategic Partners only)
2012
•    Sustainability Strategies for Doing Business in Emerging Markets: The Case of Myanmar
•    Human rights (2012) (Strategic Partners only)
2011
•    Climate Change Adaptation: Engaging Business in Asia
•    Strategic Philanthropy - Unlocking Entrepreneurial Potential
•    The Future of CSR: Issues for the next decade
2010
•    Public-private partnerships and disaster resilience
•    Global Compact Network Vietnam: A Review of The Social and Environmental Conditions of Industries in
      Vietnam Against The Global Compact Principles
•    LRQA: CSR in Asia The Real Picture
•    Sustainability Reporting: The Rise of the Report and the Regulator
•    CSR Asia Oxfam Corporate Social Responsibility Survey of Hang Seng Index Constituent Companies 2009
•    The Future of CSR: Issues for the next decade
2009
•    The development of a public partnership framework and action plan for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Asia
•    Good Fashion: A Guide to Being an Ethical Clothing Company
•    The Future of CSR: Issues for the next decade
•    CSR in Asia: Who is getting it done? - The role of CSR professionals in Asia in 2008
•    Oxfam Transparency Report II: Have Hong Kong Garment Companies Improved Their Reporting on Labour
     Standards?
•    Making Climate Your Business: Private Sector Adaptation in Southeast Asia
2008
•    Climate Change Challenges for Hong Kong: An Agenda for Adaptation
•    CSR Asia Oxfam Corporate Social Responsibility Survey of Hang Seng Index Constituent Companies 2008
•    CSR Asia Business Barometer: The State of CSR Disclosure in Asia 2008
2007
•    Corporate Social Responsibility in Malaysian PLCs: 2007 Status Report
•    Work life balance in Hong Kong: Survey results
•    Reporting on Community Impacts
•    Priorities for Corporate Social Responsibility: A Survey of Businesses and their Stakeholders


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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Joining the dialogue – Vulnerable Children and Business
The impact of business on children all over the world is significant, employing parents, manufacturing products for children, operating in areas where children live and investing in companies which impact children. Few executives have considered the relationship between business and the rights of children. Business has not actively ignored children; businesses provide economic opportunities to parents and guardians and have long taken an interest as philanthropists for children’s causes or through searching for ways to engage with the next generation of consumers.

Commissioned by Aviva and in partnership with adidas Group, HSBC, Kuoni, Microsoft and The Body Shop, the purpose of this report is to share 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 parties to this report do not claim that this report is ‘best practice’ or provides a panacea for business on how to protect vulnerable children. The goal of this report is to bring business into the dialogue and document case studies of business working 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. Click here to view the campaign.

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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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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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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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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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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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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. The framework is made up of three dimensions:

• Firstly, the responsibility dimension provides an analysis of Myanmar and outlines six key capitals, where businesses can contribute to the sustainable development of Myanmar.
• Secondly, the dimension of inclusivity emphasises the incorporation of low-income populations and marginalised groups into corporate operations and value chains in order to reduce poverty.
• Finally, guidance on the development of a comprehensive strategy suggests how to incorporate responsibility and inclusivity in all business activities.

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Sustainability Strategies for Doing Business in Emerging Markets: The Case of Myanmar

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Climate Change Adaptation: Engaging Business in Asia
This report examines the current state of business engagement on climate change adaptation in South and Southeast Asia. It identifies key barriers to greater private sector involvement and the need to improve incentives for business action. The report looks beyond climate change risks to business and their value chains. It discusses the link between climate change adaptation and development and outlines ways that businesses can build on existing CSR practices to address adaptation needs in the region’s most vulnerable communities. The report is based on a series of business dialogues, expert interviews, and extensive literature review.
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Strategic Philanthropy - Unlocking Entrepreneurial Potential
This white paper, commissioned by Credit Suisse and undertaken by CSR Asia, demonstrates the opportunities of strategic philanthropy in unlocking entrepreneurial potential in developing countries. The report points towards a new global movement where philanthropists are working with talented local entrepreneurs to maximize social impacts in emerging markets. The new emphasis on using both their wealth and skills as an investment to support entrepreneurship in emerging markets resonates amongst many wealthy individuals. The report features key principles to ensure successful venture philanthropic investments and serves as a practical resource by showcasing a wide range of examples of organizations, funds, networks and businesses that have developed various approaches to encourage entrepreneurship in developing countries.
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Download the paper in Traditional Chinese version
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Public-private partnerships and disaster resilience
CSR Asia prepared a discussion paper on the potential of public-private partnerships to build resilience in APEC (the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) member economies. We also prepared a set of common principles for public private partnerships which were adapted and endorsed by APEC member economies at the APEC Workshop on Public Private Partnerships and Disaster Resilience, Bangkok 24-29 August, 2010. CSR Asia helped organise private sector input and representation at this workshop.
Other research projects conducted by CSR Asia for APEC include
  • Disaster Risk Education at Schools - Best Practices and Principles for APEC Member Economies
  • Guidelines and best practices for post-disaster damage and loss assessment
These projects followed a similar approach including desk-based research, best practice case studies, phone interviews with experts across APEC member economies, the production of a discussion paper and set of common principles and presentation of the report and principles at APEC workshops. All three projects were managed by the APEC Administration and Australian Emergency Management Institute at the Australian Attorney-General’s Department.

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Global Compact Network Vietnam: A Review of The Social and Environmental Conditions of Industries in Vietnam Against The Global Compact Principles
This review of the social and environmental conditions of industries in Vietnam was commissioned by the Global Compact Network Vietnam (GCNV) and carried out by CSR Asia in cooperation with the National Economics University in Vietnam. It aims to understand the CSR needs of different sectors. The objective was to identify the main social and environmental problems of the key industrial sectors in Vietnam and to rank these based on factors such as the size of the sector and whether or not there are existing efforts to tackle the social and environmental challenges within the sectors.
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LRQA: CSR in Asia The Real Picture
This report has been written by CSR Asia and LRQA for those people interested in the corporate social responsibility (CSR) landscape in Asia and those businesses who have operations in the region. It is aimed at creating an awareness of the particular characteristics of CSR in Asia and points towards the challenges that businesses will have to engage with when operating in the region.
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Sustainability Reporting: The Rise of the Report and the Regulator
The report, commissioned by ACCA and undertaken by CSR Asia, provides an analysis of companies producing reports, describing their sustainability strategies, performance data and targets (Sustainability Reporting) in selected member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore and Thailand). The report also examines regulatory demands and voluntary guidelines for Sustainability Reporting in each selected country and outlines the usage of globally accepted standards and linkages to stakeholder expectations.
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CSR Asia Oxfam Corporate Social Responsibility Survey of Hang Seng Index Constituent Companies 2009
This report marks the completion of the second survey of the Hang Seng Index constituent companies in 2009. The survey focused on companies demonstrating the implementation of CSR initiatives through provision of substantial supporting evidence. Based on the feedback from companies in the first survey process, the 2009 questionnaire was adapted to be shorter overall, yet more rigorous. The scoring criteria were stricter, requiring much more evidence from companies for any points to be given. Oxfam Hong Kong hopes that this revised methodology will set a higher benchmark and a platform for continuous dialogue with companies on improving their CSR practices in the long run.
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The development of a public partnership framework and action plan for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Asia
This report was prepared for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and as a follow up to the 3rd Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR). It outlines the current state of public-private engagement in the field of DRR in East Asia and makes recommendations for strengthening partnership approaches. An action plan for promoting partnership approaches to DRR in the East Asian region is presented as a contribution to the Kuala Lumpur Initiative on Public-Private Partnerships for Disaster Risk Reduction. The report targets policy-makers and other public actors in the field of disaster risk reduction.
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Good Fashion: A Guide to Being an Ethical Clothing Company
This is a comprehensive guidebook pinpointing practical tips for implementing CSR throughout the production process such as merchandising and manufacturing. Good Fashion also includes CSR insights from various stakeholders including workers, community organisations, union representatives, and other groups. Online resources and a simple checklist are also included for companies’ reference.
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Press Release (English)
Newsclip - Hong Kong Economic Times (22 July 2009)


The Future of CSR: Issues for the next decade
This is the research result of CSR Asia's project, CSR in 10, which examines the top ten issues emerging over the next ten years. CSR in 10 helps businesses to track and prepare for the emerging trends over the next decade. To do this we interview over 70 people from business, NGOs, government and academia who are well know for their views on CSR to see what trends they think business in the region will have to deal with. Their insights into the top ten issues facing business in a decade reveal what we all need to start thinking about and planning for now.
Download - The Future of CSR: 2011 Report
Download - The Future of CSR: 2010 Report
Download - The Future of CSR: 2009 Report
Download - The Future of CSR: 2008 Report
Related article published in CSR Asia Weekly Vol.4 Week 42


CSR in Asia: Who is getting it done? - The role of CSR professionals in Asia in 2008
This report allows those working in CSR roles within companies in Asia to understand how their role compares to others. It will enable those organisations working to support companies to understand what is needed to build capacity and to review developments going forward. A survey was designed to determine the status of CSR professionals in Asia. Companies are increasingly recognising the strategic importance of building business practices that create sustainable bottom lines, sustainable global economies, environments and societies but how are they building capacity within their organisations to meet these challenges?
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Oxfam Transparency Report II: Have Hong Kong Garment Companies Improved Their Reporting on Labour Standards?
This paper is based on research undertaken by CSR Asia, with Dr. Stephen Frost and Ms. Catherine Walter as the researchers. This second Transparency Report revisits the issue of transparency in Hong Kong garment sector supply chain operations and seeks to provide an updated view of the overall performance, key developments and some of the key issues facing Hong Kong companies in this critical area. We hope that this report will encourage more Hong Kong garment companies to come forth and share in our efforts to improve labour standards, corporate transparency and simultaneously the reputation and competitiveness of Hong Kong companies.
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Making Climate Your Business: Private Sector Adaptation in Southeast Asia
This report focuses on business in Southeast Asia and how businesses can contribute to climate change adaptation. It demonstrates that business action is critical for assuring successful adaptation across society. While governments and NGOs in the region are engaging with climate change, much of the business sector is yet to recognise its role. There are nevertheless some examples of good practice from the private sector included in the report.
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Climate Change Challenges for Hong Kong: An Agenda for Adaptation
This report outlines how Hong Kong faces huge changes as a result of the impacts of climate change. Adaptation measures must become a strategic priority for both government and the private sector if the full impacts are not to impact on the competitiveness of the economy.
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CSR Asia Oxfam Corporate Social Responsibility Survey of Hang Seng Index Constituent Companies 2008
This report is the first attempt to provide a snapshot representation of how the 43 companies listed on the Hang Seng Index weigh up on their CSR policies and practices. Oxfam Hong Kong see this as an initial effort to assess current CSR initiatives and as a basis for further dialogue with companies on sustainable social and environment development as well as poverty reduction. This paper is based on a survey undertaken by CSR Asia, with Professor Richard Welford and Ms. Jacqui Dixon as the principal researchers.
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Click here for the news clippings related to the survey


CSR Asia Business Barometer: The State of CSR Disclosure in Asia 2008
The ‘CSR Asia Business Barometer 2008’ compares the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) disclosure of the 20 largest listed companies in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. More companies are seeing the value of making commitments to responsible business practices and disclosing their practices. Publicly available reports based on a robust data collection and reporting framework can be an excellent communication tool to inform stakeholders of CSR strategy, approach and performance.
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Corporate Social Responsibility in Malaysian PLCs: 2007 Status Report
This report shows the current status of CSR within Malaysia and how listed companies are responding to social and environmental challenges in the 21st century. CSR Asia was commissioned by Bursa Malaysia to undertake the research by designing a CSR survey in line with international standards. The survey covered the four dimensions defined in the CSR Framework launched by Bursa Malaysia in September 2006: Marketplace, Workplace, Environment and Community.
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Work life balance in Hong Kong: Survey results
This report, based on a survey of 1,027 employees in Hong Kong, reveals the general improvement in work-life balance of Hong Kong employees compared with our same study done in 2004. It contains the results of a questionnaire-based survey distributed in cooperation with Hong Kong employers.
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Reporting on Community Impacts
This research project was initiated by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and carried out by the University of Hong Kong and CSR Asia, together with GRI staff. The objective was to gain a better understanding of current practices of the reporting of community performance and impact in terms of approach, type of information, patterns (by sectors and geographical locations) as well as how this relates to the GRI G3 Guidelines.
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Priorities for Corporate Social Responsibility: A Survey of Businesses and their Stakeholders
This a summary report of the survey, which was undertaken by the CSR Asia in association with the Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Hong Kong. The main aim was to find out what Hong Kong businesses and their stakeholders thought were the most important factors in determining what is socially responsible.
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