Prior to the start of the two day Summit we will also host a programme of half day workshops focused on important CSR issues for you and your organisation. These workshops will be led by specialised external trainers as well as CSR Asia in-house experts.

Workshops for this year will cover the following topics:


•  Building and implementing a sustainability strategy

•  Social return on investment (SROI)

•  Creating shared value
•  Getting climate strategy right

•  Strategic Community Investment

•  Sustainability reporting – how to do it right

•  How to incorporate the SDGs into strategy?

•  Inclusive business


More details on these workshops will be available soon.


Registration & Course Fees:


Pre-Summit Training 1-8:

USD 200 / HKD 1,560 per session
(10% early-bird discount applies before 3 Aug 2016)


NGO / Students:

USD 150 / HKD 1,170 per session

CSR Asia Strategic Partners enjoy a fixed 20% discount on all courses. To learn more about our Strategic Partner Programme, click here.



Training 1 - Building and implementing a sustainability strategy (FULLY BOOKED)


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


    Course Leaders:
    Mara Chiorean, Executive Director, CSR Asia

    Erin Lyon, Executive Director, CSR Asia

Training 2 - Social Return on Investment (SROI) (FULLY BOOKED)


Would you like to better understand the social impact of your organisation? 

Social Return on Investment (SROI) is an internationally recognised approach for valuing social, economic and environmental outcomes. SROI can help business identify risks and opportunities and provide a framework for assessing whether the business should actively manage them. For businesses that are selling to customers that have social or environmental goals, SROI can help business identify how it can contribute to those goals. It will throw up potential improvements to services, information systems and the way you govern you businesses. All in order to increase the social value or impact of your work. 

Topics covered:

    •  Introduction to the SROI principles – what they are and why they are so important

    •  Overview of the SROI process – how to understand, measure and value your impact

    •  Implications for your organisation – how do you apply SROI to your community initiatives

    •  Questions and answers


    Course Leader:
    Mabel Wong, Executive Director, CSR Asia

Training 3 - Creating Shared Value (FULLY BOOKED)


Creating Shared Value (CSV) compliments CSR, through implementing initiatives that enhance the competitiveness of a company while also advancing the economic and social conditions in which that company operates thereby, meeting social needs. The CSV approach represents an exciting new wave of social responsibility and community investment that can enhance the long-term viability of projects.


Topics covered:

    •  The concept of CSV and the design of shared value initiatives

    •  How to promote commercial activities in communities that support local development

    •  How to use the assets, expertise and knowledge within a business to help address community challenges

    •  How to engage senior management on social issues through shared value

    •  How to create efficient and inclusive value chains and new clusters of economic activity

    •  Case studies of successful CSV initiatives in Asia

Course leader:
Richard Welford, Chairman, CSR Asia

Training 4 - Getting climate strategy right


The 2015 Paris Agreement has reinforced climate change as a priority for policy makers, trade, investment and business planning. Business has a key role to play in implementing the sustainable low-carbon future to which governments have made commitments.


This course will help business leaders prepare for expected policy action and benefit from innovative business opportunities, new financing mechanisms and partnership potential.


Topics covered:

•  Commitments made and what can be expected for implementation
•  What the new deal on climate means for you: Energy, de-carbonization and climate resilience as material sustainability issues for your business
•  Effectively integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation into business strategy, managing risks and identifying opportunities


Course Leader:
Leena Wokeck, Associate, CSR Asia

Training 5 - Strategic Community Investment (FULLY BOOKED)


Community investment remains a key part of keeping businesses competitive, ensuring a social licence to operate and strengthening engagement with local stakeholders. This workshop provides practical steps and key information companies need to know when developing and implementing a community investment strategy.


Topics covered:

•  What is strategic community investment (CI) and how does it differ from philanthropy? Why is it important for corporate community activities to be strategic?
•  How to develop a CI strategy, taking into account priority social needs and business objectives
•  Understanding how partnerships and employee engagement (in particular skills based volunteering) contribute to CI
•  Internal structures (policies, governance, committees, etc.) needed to support and implement CI strategy
•  Communications (internal and external) of CI strategy and initiatives


Course Leader:
Zheng Ying Chong, Senior Project Manager, CSR Asia

Training 6 - Sustainability reporting – how to do it right


Stakeholders are increasingly holding companies accountable for their activities and demand information that is consistent, material, comparable, credible and well structured. This course helps you to learn about international reporting standards and how to deliver your sustainability message effectively to support business objectives. New this year is an introduction to the concept of materiality and the steps required to identify material issues for your company.

Topics covered:

  • •  The “Who, What and Why” of Sustainability Reporting
  • •  Principles of a Good Report (and how to include stakeholders)
  • •  Materiality assessment, what it means and how to do it
  • •  Nuts and bolts of reporting GRI indicators and case studies

Course Leaders:
Samantha Woods, Senior Project Manager, CSR Asia

Angela Foulsham, Project Manager, CSR Asia

Training 7 - How to incorporate the SDGs into strategy?


This training will look at how business can answer the call of the SDGs and at ways in which using the SDGs will bring value to business. We will explore what business needs to know to make the SDGs happen and how to get started on incorporating the goals into strategy. In this interactive session you will:


•  Evaluate alignment by mapping your existing strategy against the goals

•  Narrow down to the SDGs your company should focus on to take meaningful action

•  Start thinking about new opportunities to contribute to the goals

•  Identify ways in which you can track and communicate progress against the goals


Course Leaders:
Mara Chiorean, Executive Director, CSR Asia

Clelia Daniel, Program Manager, CSR Asia

Training 8 - Inclusive business


Asia’s rapid economic growth has lifted tens of millions out of poverty but has also resulted in widening income disparity and inequality. Companies have the opportunity to contribute to a more stable and inclusive Asia by including people in their value chains and creating opportunities for meeting the needs of millions of people in poverty. This half-day course will look at the various ways companies, including social enterprises, can engage with lower-income segments, through inclusive business interventions, engaging poor people and small enterprises in supply chains, and reaching new customers with innovative products or services.


Topics covered include:
•  The basic concept of inclusive business
•  Best practices and innovative inclusive business interventions
•  Value chain analysis for identifying inclusive business opportunities
•  Exercise in designing inclusive business interventions

Course Leader:
Richard Welford, Chairman, CSR Asia

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