CSR Asia Summit 2020 - Session Preview

Day 1 – Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Tracking the Trends 2020

The 2020 results of our annual stakeholder survey will soon launch. Through expert interviews the research examines the emerging sustainability agenda that you can expect over the medium term. This can help in planning priorities for sustainability initiatives. Whilst climate change and supply chain risk have dominated the trends over the last few years other emerging issues that companies need to address includes circularity, gender, diversity and worker wellbeing.


Human rights due diligence: How well is business really doing on human rights?

According to a recent McKinsey study, companies that address human risks in their own operations and along supply chains will outperform their peers. Nevertheless, the 2019 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark identified that progress on eliminating human rights abuse in supply chains remains low. This is despite growing regulation and reputational risks associated with issues such as modern slavery and human trafficking. This workshop will examine best practice on addressing human rights and the tools that are available to address risks and opportunities.


Circularity, product recovery and consumer behavior – What needs to be done to drive circular behavior?

Although there is general consensus that increased circular behavior is a priority, actual behavior change by majority of consumers is not happening. We will examine the barriers to moving towards a more circular economy and the role that business must play in creating easy-to follow closed loop systems. Our panel will showcase some emerging solutions as well as encourage audience participation in developing “mind maps” for the future.


What’s next in gender equality

Gender must be at the center of the sustainable development agenda. Businesses are also increasingly recognizing the opportunities of managing their businesses and their supply chains in ways which are sensitive to the different needs and aspirations of women. Speakers will talk about their experiences in launching innovative initiatives focused on women, demonstrating that they can lead to tangible business benefits as well as empowering women and delivering benefits for families, communities and society.


Digitization: The good, bad, and ugly

Will digitization and artificial intelligence replace jobs or provide opportunities for better jobs? Will it lead to mass demonstrations as factory workers lose employment or will be see a world where people can work fewer hours in better quality, well paid employment? Does digitization create an opportunity for businesses to cut costs and raise profits or a new opportunity to change the nature of work and society?


Is anyone reading your sustainability report?

Every year thousands of Sustainability Reports are being published and go unread by all but a small number of stakeholders. This workshop will consider whether we are effectively communicating our sustainability progress through an annual reporting structure. The session will consider the growth of “living reports”, integrated reporting and ways in which we can move beyond traditional reporting frameworks to get our messages heard. The session will provide examples of companies that have effectively embraced social media in expanding their sustainability communications.


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Day 2 – Thursday, 24 September 2020

Managing social impact – are you making a difference?

Measuring and monitoring your community investment and CSR programs will help you to understand if your sustainability programs really are effective and are going beyond greenwashing and window dressing. Although each project is unique, there are a number of common findings that surface every time. These challenges include a mismatch of expectations between donor and delivery partner, limited capacity in delivery NGOs, restrictions on use of funds, ineffective and cumbersome reporting, among others. This panel will discuss some common challenges and how they can be addressed.


Top trends in supply chain responsible sourcing

ELEVATE will present our predictions for the future of supply chain trends. Based on the results of thousands of audits and other information, we will showcase a new tool (EiQ) to track and address supply chain risks by geography, industry sector and type of risk. This can provide businesses with invaluable information about risks associated with issues such as human rights challenges, labor standards and corruption.


ESG reporting: What investors want

Investors are now demanding more information from businesses. But most businesses struggle to bring together meaningful and robust information that they and their shareholders are able to use in forward planning. This workshop will examine some of the leading initiatives being developed, with investors and other stakeholders to provide information as to the type of disclosure they would like to see, to help guide more responsible investment decisions. It will also look at tools that can be used by businesses in their engagement with the investment community.


Supporting strategic suppliers and their environmental performance

Leading businesses are increasingly taking a life-cycle approach to their environmental performance, which means including their suppliers in the assessments of their environmental impacts. In parallel, consumers are asking for more complete information about the impact of products on the climate, waste, water and natural resources. This workshop will consider how companies can support their strategic suppliers to better measure and manage their environmental impacts. It will also look at the use of cutting-edge initiatives, begin to measure progress towards more environmentally responsible products.


Addressing climate risk to meet commitments now

The World Economic Forum has said that climate change now represents one of the top five risks facing business. As investors demand more disclosure on future climate-related risks, the workshop will demonstrate how businesses can assess climate risks, develop climate scenarios and build climate risk into strategic plans. We will examine how some companies have developed climate risk assessments that will protect their businesses and the planet for the future.


Finding an alternative to plastic packaging

The plastics, packaging and waste crisis requires urgent attention. However, truly innovative solutions are needed as many of the current solutions simply aren’t good enough to replace plastic. We will present and discuss packaging solutions, from methods to reduce packaging weight, to biodegradable alternatives to eliminating the need for packaging at all at this problem-solving roundtable. We will debate the pros and cons of these solutions as well as discuss what needs to be done to create an environment for real solutions to be found (behavior, awareness, technology, government grants, private grants).


Responsible recruitment – innovative tools to achieve scale

Accusations of businesses being complicit in modern slavery are increasingly being made by stakeholders across the world. Businesses have a responsibility to ensure they are not benefiting, directly or indirectly, from forced labor of any kind. But recruitment of foreign workers through agents can be an opaque process. This workshop will highlight innovative tools to bring transparency and accountability to recruitment, from pre-decision to job placement and grievance reporting. It will highlight leading practices in industries such as hospitality and construction that support safe migration and responsible recruitment.


Youth, climate activism and climate justice

The future is now – and what better than to get young people to talk about their aspirations for the future? The interactive closing session will hear from young activists working on climate change and other issues. We will consider how the future is being shaped by young activists who are expert at leveraging social media as well as more traditional forms of protest to garner support for positive change.


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Pre-Summit Training Day – Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Strategy

This practical session is aimed at companies who want to make their sustainability strategies truly strategic and embedded into the organisation. We will look at how companies can develop sustainability roadmaps and move from sustainability initiatives to a coherent sustainability strategy. We will examine the structures and systems that need to be put in place in an organisation to create value and enable integration of sustainability issues into business planning and processes. The course will build on a strategic framework that has been tried and tested with a number of CSR Asia clients. It will look at successful implementations plans and how to get employee buy-in through “champions”.

Topics covered:

  • Finding the business case for sustainability
  • Building a strategy for sustainability: a 12-point plan
  • Practices for sustainability integration and implementation

Risk assessment and segmentation

This interactive session is designed as an introduction to responsible sourcing. It will cover the key elements every program should have—including segmentation as a risk management tool. Segmentation is the process of bringing together risk insight from a company’s supply chain and influence to help develop and refine its responsible sourcing strategy.

 


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CSR Asia Summit 2020 - Session Preview

Day 1 – Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Tracking the Trends 2020

The 2020 results of our annual stakeholder survey will soon launch. Through expert interviews the research examines the emerging sustainability agenda that you can expect over the medium term. This can help in planning priorities for sustainability initiatives. Whilst climate change and supply chain risk have dominated the trends over the last few years other emerging issues that companies need to address includes circularity, gender, diversity and worker wellbeing.


Human rights due diligence: How well is business really doing on human rights?

According to a recent McKinsey study, companies that address human risks in their own operations and along supply chains will outperform their peers. Nevertheless, the 2019 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark identified that progress on eliminating human rights abuse in supply chains remains low. This is despite growing regulation and reputational risks associated with issues such as modern slavery and human trafficking. This workshop will examine best practice on addressing human rights and the tools that are available to address risks and opportunities.


Circularity, product recovery and consumer behavior – What needs to be done to drive circular behavior?

Although there is general consensus that increased circular behavior is a priority, actual behavior change by majority of consumers is not happening. We will examine the barriers to moving towards a more circular economy and the role that business must play in creating easy-to follow closed loop systems. Our panel will showcase some emerging solutions as well as encourage audience participation in developing “mind maps” for the future.


What’s next in gender equality

Gender must be at the center of the sustainable development agenda. Businesses are also increasingly recognizing the opportunities of managing their businesses and their supply chains in ways which are sensitive to the different needs and aspirations of women. Speakers will talk about their experiences in launching innovative initiatives focused on women, demonstrating that they can lead to tangible business benefits as well as empowering women and delivering benefits for families, communities and society.


Digitization: The good, bad, and ugly

Will digitization and artificial intelligence replace jobs or provide opportunities for better jobs? Will it lead to mass demonstrations as factory workers lose employment or will be see a world where people can work fewer hours in better quality, well paid employment? Does digitization create an opportunity for businesses to cut costs and raise profits or a new opportunity to change the nature of work and society?


Is anyone reading your sustainability report?

Every year thousands of Sustainability Reports are being published and go unread by all but a small number of stakeholders. This workshop will consider whether we are effectively communicating our sustainability progress through an annual reporting structure. The session will consider the growth of “living reports”, integrated reporting and ways in which we can move beyond traditional reporting frameworks to get our messages heard. The session will provide examples of companies that have effectively embraced social media in expanding their sustainability communications.


Register


 

Day 2 – Thursday, 24 September 2020

Managing social impact – are you making a difference?

Measuring and monitoring your community investment and CSR programs will help you to understand if your sustainability programs really are effective and are going beyond greenwashing and window dressing. Although each project is unique, there are a number of common findings that surface every time. These challenges include a mismatch of expectations between donor and delivery partner, limited capacity in delivery NGOs, restrictions on use of funds, ineffective and cumbersome reporting, among others. This panel will discuss some common challenges and how they can be addressed.


Top trends in supply chain responsible sourcing

ELEVATE will present our predictions for the future of supply chain trends. Based on the results of thousands of audits and other information, we will showcase a new tool (EiQ) to track and address supply chain risks by geography, industry sector and type of risk. This can provide businesses with invaluable information about risks associated with issues such as human rights challenges, labor standards and corruption.


ESG reporting: What investors want

Investors are now demanding more information from businesses. But most businesses struggle to bring together meaningful and robust information that they and their shareholders are able to use in forward planning. This workshop will examine some of the leading initiatives being developed, with investors and other stakeholders to provide information as to the type of disclosure they would like to see, to help guide more responsible investment decisions. It will also look at tools that can be used by businesses in their engagement with the investment community.


Supporting strategic suppliers and their environmental performance

Leading businesses are increasingly taking a life-cycle approach to their environmental performance, which means including their suppliers in the assessments of their environmental impacts. In parallel, consumers are asking for more complete information about the impact of products on the climate, waste, water and natural resources. This workshop will consider how companies can support their strategic suppliers to better measure and manage their environmental impacts. It will also look at the use of cutting-edge initiatives, begin to measure progress towards more environmentally responsible products.


Addressing climate risk to meet commitments now

The World Economic Forum has said that climate change now represents one of the top five risks facing business. As investors demand more disclosure on future climate-related risks, the workshop will demonstrate how businesses can assess climate risks, develop climate scenarios and build climate risk into strategic plans. We will examine how some companies have developed climate risk assessments that will protect their businesses and the planet for the future.


Finding an alternative to plastic packaging

The plastics, packaging and waste crisis requires urgent attention. However, truly innovative solutions are needed as many of the current solutions simply aren’t good enough to replace plastic. We will present and discuss packaging solutions, from methods to reduce packaging weight, to biodegradable alternatives to eliminating the need for packaging at all at this problem-solving roundtable. We will debate the pros and cons of these solutions as well as discuss what needs to be done to create an environment for real solutions to be found (behavior, awareness, technology, government grants, private grants).


Responsible recruitment – innovative tools to achieve scale

Accusations of businesses being complicit in modern slavery are increasingly being made by stakeholders across the world. Businesses have a responsibility to ensure they are not benefiting, directly or indirectly, from forced labor of any kind. But recruitment of foreign workers through agents can be an opaque process. This workshop will highlight innovative tools to bring transparency and accountability to recruitment, from pre-decision to job placement and grievance reporting. It will highlight leading practices in industries such as hospitality and construction that support safe migration and responsible recruitment.


Youth, climate activism and climate justice

The future is now – and what better than to get young people to talk about their aspirations for the future? The interactive closing session will hear from young activists working on climate change and other issues. We will consider how the future is being shaped by young activists who are expert at leveraging social media as well as more traditional forms of protest to garner support for positive change.


Register


 

Pre-Summit Training Day – Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Strategy

This practical session is aimed at companies who want to make their sustainability strategies truly strategic and embedded into the organisation. We will look at how companies can develop sustainability roadmaps and move from sustainability initiatives to a coherent sustainability strategy. We will examine the structures and systems that need to be put in place in an organisation to create value and enable integration of sustainability issues into business planning and processes. The course will build on a strategic framework that has been tried and tested with a number of CSR Asia clients. It will look at successful implementations plans and how to get employee buy-in through “champions”.

Topics covered:

  • Finding the business case for sustainability
  • Building a strategy for sustainability: a 12-point plan
  • Practices for sustainability integration and implementation

Risk assessment and segmentation

This interactive session is designed as an introduction to responsible sourcing. It will cover the key elements every program should have—including segmentation as a risk management tool. Segmentation is the process of bringing together risk insight from a company’s supply chain and influence to help develop and refine its responsible sourcing strategy.

 


Register