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Investing in plastic-free oceans: Q&A with CSR Asia Summit 2019 keynote speaker Rob Kaplan, CE0 and Founder of Circulate Capital.

Rob will deliver a keynote address at next week’s CSR Asia Summit 2019 in Bangkok. Circulate Capital is dedicated to…

  • 11 September 2019
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Join tech giant Huawei at this year’s CSR Asia Summit

This year, Huawei will share experiences from managing environmental and social impacts across a global value chain …

  • 11 September 2019
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The Role of Business in Driving Down Air Pollution

The impacts of air pollution are as invasive as the particulates that more than 9 in 10 people living in Asia are breathing…

  • 6 September 2019
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Tracking – and tackling – the trends at the CSR Asia Summit

Our annual research on the emerging trends in the Asia-Pacific region has guided the design of this year’s CSR Asia Summit.…

  • 6 September 2019
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Working on Supply Chain Sustainability with Small Scale Producers

Worldwide, small scale producers are key suppliers in many agricultural value chains…

  • 27 August 2019
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Hamlin Metzger – ELEVATE Sustainability Journeys Podcast

In Episode 5, Hamlin Metzger looks back at how he built the sustainability function at Best Buy over the last 20 years.…

  • 14 August 2019
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Developing Tomorrow’s Resilient Workforce Today

Some see it as a plague while others as an opportunity—either way, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact all…

  • 13 August 2019
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Updates from the TCFD Second Status Report

As of the end of May 2019, nearly 800 public and private sector organizations have announced their support for the Task Force…

  • 6 August 2019
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The cost of elderly care in Asia and its contribution to gender inequality

Medical advances and improved living standards have led to longer lifespans, creating a disproportional population...…

  • 29 July 2019
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Future travelers driving the next wave of sustainable hospitality

New research shows that the drivers of sustainability in the tourism industry are changing. New trends are emerging…

  • 19 July 2019
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Supply chains, labor and human rights topping the trends in APAC

Across the Asia-Pacific region, "supply chains, labor and human rights" continues to be a priority topic as regulatory develo…

  • 10 July 2019
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Nathan Fleisig – ELEVATE Sustainability Journeys Podcast

In Episode 4, Nathan Fleisig of Outerstuff shares how his experiences in factories have shaped his role in CSR engagement …

  • 1 July 2019
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Hierarchy of needs: What stands in the way of women’s empowerment?

Removing structural and systemic barriers to women’s empowerment…

  • 28 June 2019
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Business implications from latest HKEX consultation on ESG reporting guide

BlackRock CEO warns that “environmental, social, & governance issues will be increasingly material to corporate valuations."…

  • 26 June 2019
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Tracking the Trends 2019

Now in its 12th edition, Volume 1 explores sustainability topics that will define the Asia-Pacific region in the years ahead…

  • 12 June 2019
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Laura Rainier – ELEVATE Sustainability Journeys Podcast

Episode 3 introduces Laura Rainier of Li & Fung as she describes her journey towards corporate sustainability and compliance…

  • 11 June 2019
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Asia is failing on the SDGs

On its current trajectory, Asia and the Pacific will not achieve any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030…

  • 11 June 2019
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The hidden risks and opportunities of supplier wage gap for brands and investors

Understanding and addressing wage gap and ensuring the correct payment of wages is the starting point for …

  • 6 June 2019
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Free Inclusive Business Workshop on Seafood

Small-scale fisheries and aquaculture farms represent a large share of the seafood industry, producing more than half of all …

  • 5 June 2019
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Laura Chapman Rubbo – ELEVATE Sustainability Journeys Podcast

In episode 2 of ELEVATE Sustainability Journeys, Laura Chapman Rubbo from The Walt Disney Co. reflects on her CSR experiences…

  • 23 May 2019
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Plastic Flows in Flux: Increasing legislation on plastic waste

Over a year after Chinese legislation reducing plastic scrap imports, global flows of plastic waste continue to be in flux…

  • 22 May 2019
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Integrating green building designs in ESG disclosures

In an effort to promote building energy efficiency, the Hong Kong government in its latest budget plan for 18-19 has promised…

  • 22 May 2019
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Michelle Tarry – ELEVATE Sustainability Journeys Podcast

Michelle Tarry from American Eagle Outfitters shares her experience in this first episode of ELEVATE Sustainability Journeys.…

  • 7 May 2019
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The USD 65.8 billion food delivery industry – China’s environmental nightmare

With the number of food delivery users in China expected to double by 2020, the severity of the single-use waste problem is…

  • 6 May 2019
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Asia-Pacific failing on many SDGs

The Asia-Pacific region is not on track to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.…

  • 16 April 2019
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Climate change impact on the real estate industry in Asia

Recent extreme weather events have caused significant physical damage to properties and infrastructure.…

  • 16 April 2019
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Launch of The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

From the plastic microfibers that pollute our drinking water to the half-trillion US Dollars-worth of clothing tossed away…

  • 3 April 2019
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Impact investing in Asia – latest trends and challenges

Investments with the intention to generate social & environmental impact alongside a financial return is a new global trend…

  • 2 April 2019
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Harnessing the digital revolution to transform disaster preparedness and response

A person living in Asia-Pacific is 5-times more likely to be affected by a disaster than someone living outside the region.…

  • 20 March 2019
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ESG reporting in line with updated HKEX guidance

In an effort to develop an increasingly informed market, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong has updated its ESG report…

  • 20 March 2019
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  • 8 March 2019
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Impact and Disclosure of Climate Related Risks for Businesses

Driven by cost efficiencies and the need to comply with legislation, many companies have already made great effort to reduce…

  • 6 March 2019
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Biodiversity loss threatens global food security

Beyond a desire to save tigers and pandas from extinction, biodiversity is critical for business, with natural resources and …

  • 27 February 2019
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The digital age divide: untapped market opportunities in Asia’s aging societies

The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing profound and rapid population changes - all countries in the region are in the process …

  • 27 February 2019
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UN Warns Asia about Weakened Fight Against Hunger in Asia

The Asia Pacific region is at serious risk of missing the 2030 SDG targets to end all forms of malnutrition from hunger and…

  • 20 February 2019
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Starting Your Sustainable Business Practices in the Apparel and Textile Industry

According to United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the fashion industry contributes to producing 20% of global waste…

  • 20 February 2019
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Promotion: Towards Slavery-Free Business – Forums on Australia’s Modern Slavery Act

Only a few weeks into the new year, Australia has faced several significant events closely intertwined with core themes that …

  • 15 February 2019
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Achieving Zero Waste in the Fashion System

Earlier this week, a coalition of market dominating consumer product companies including Unilever, Procter & Gamble and…

  • 30 January 2019
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From Davos to Asia: Future Jobs & Asia’s Growing Skills Gap

Some see it as a plague while others as an opportunity—either way, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact all…

  • 30 January 2019
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How poor governance can destroy a business

Risk management consultancy RepRisk has released a list of last year’s worst environmental social, and governance failures…

  • 23 January 2019
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The Localization of Humanitarian Response, and Implications for Corporate Donors

The frequency and severity of natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region highlights the importance of building the capacity…

  • 23 January 2019
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The Rise of Sustainability in Schools

When we think about organisations working to reduce water or energy use, setting carbon reduction targets or engaging with…

  • 16 January 2019
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Unveiling the Value of ESG Data

ESG reporting has been a norm for quite a few years. Every year, companies spend efforts collecting their environmental…

  • 16 January 2019
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157 new species in Asia, but threatened by climate change

Last year WWF discovered 157 new species in the Greater Mekong Region. The new report entitled "New Species on the Block”…

  • 9 January 2019
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Resolving the infrastructure funding gap in Asia – the need for private financing

The UN Conference on Trade and Development estimates that US$5 to 7 trillion is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development…

  • 9 January 2019
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A “living wage” for Hong Kong?

Oxfam in Hong Kong has recently released its Hong Kong Living Wage Report, which argued for the introduction of a living wage…

  • 19 December 2018
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The Contribution of Sustainable Tourism and Blue Economy towards SDGs – The Case of Seychelles

Sustainable tourism can be defined as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and …

  • 19 December 2018
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Shenzhen as China’s Pioneer “Sponge City”: Dialogue with The Nature Conservancy

Climate proofing cities against rising sea levels and flooding is becoming increasingly important as climate change worsens…

  • 12 December 2018
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Asia’s appetite for sustainable finance – green bond growth in emerging markets and need for capacity building

As 2018 comes to an end, it is an opportunity to reflect on some of Asia’s progress in green finance. Asia is home to a …

  • 12 December 2018
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Business alignment with SDGs in 2019: Will we see an increase in the quality of corporate reporting?

The approaching year end marks the first three years of implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which …

  • 5 December 2018
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Global Greenhouse Emissions: Where we are, and where we need to be

It is now predicted that by the end of the century, the average temperature could rise by as much as 3.2°C, more than a full …

  • 5 December 2018
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Progress to date: Chinese cities going green and low-carbon

Cities around the world are stepping up action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 11 – make cities and human settlement…

  • 28 November 2018
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Tourism and Development: the role of NGOs and the private sector

The tourism industry’s role as a significant contributor to both GDP generation and employment across the Asia Pacific region…

  • 21 November 2018
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Don’t miss our last three Shared Value Immersion Visits

Last chance to sign up for the remaining three Shared Value Immersion Visits in this round of capacity building activities.…

  • 21 November 2018
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Traveling into tomorrow’s tourism: Insights from three of Asia’s experts

South and Southeast Asia have been the world’s fastest growing sub-regions in terms of visitor arrivals in the last decade. …

  • 14 November 2018
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Responsible recruitment and tourism

Rising disposable incomes and falling relative costs of travel worldwide have led to a boom for the tourism and hospitality …

  • 7 November 2018
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Waste, education, mental health, diversity, poverty and ageing city – FREE immersion visits to understand topical issues and the underlying business opportunities

Need a bit of inspiration and context for your Shared Value and CSR initiative? Curious about what social innovations and…

  • 31 October 2018
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Forestry in the Solomon Islands: How overseas investment drives unsustainable development

To many people, the Solomon Islands appears like a tropical paradise with palm-fringed white sand beaches and pristine…

  • 31 October 2018
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Public consultation notice: Codes of Conduct on responsible seafood sourcing

The Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition (HKSSC) is releasing its draft voluntary Codes of Conduct for a four-week public …

  • 31 October 2018
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Regulating paradise: Sustainable tourism policies in Asia

Travel and tourism are synonymous with Asia. Popularity for South Asia and Southeast Asia in particular have given these…

  • 18 October 2018
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ICT as a solution to the educational needs of out-of-school children in Asia – success factors of existing programmes

Access to quality education across Asia, especially in developing countries, continues to be a pressing issue of this region…

  • 18 October 2018
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Four ways to improve your ESG report disclosure

2018 is the second year of mandatory ESG performance disclosure under the requirement of Appendix 27 Environmental, social…

  • 10 October 2018
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Rise of responsible brands and consumers in the fashion industry

Globally, consumers are throwing away US $460 billion worth of clothing each year. This shocking statistic was quoted in a…

  • 10 October 2018
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Shared value and social innovation

With the launch of another round of training for Shared Value, CSR Asia is pioneering a new approach to running a successful …

  • 3 October 2018
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In conversation between ELEVATE and ETI

Listen to a new conversation on the evolving relationship between business and human rights as we approach our upcoming event…

  • 28 September 2018
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Transparency, integrity and impact at CSR Asia Summit 2018

A mere four hours after the most intense typhoon in Hong Kong’s recorded history began to exit the city, we launched CSR Asia…

  • 26 September 2018
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Free Shared Value Workshop, Visits and Coaching in Hong Kong

ast October, CSR Asia partnered with the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) to deliver six on…

  • 26 September 2018
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Inadequate transparency & inflated profits – does your supply chain pass new levels of investor scrutiny?

Waking up to your investors’ due diligence on supply chain might save your company’s valuation…

  • 26 September 2018
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Taking action on the SDGs goes beyond sustainability reporting

Three years on, where do we stand? The Sustainable Development Goals Report, which was released earlier this year, details …

  • 12 September 2018
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Spotlight on Alibaba’s approach to philanthropy: unleashing “The Power of Small”

On the 5th of September, over 1,500 practitioners, philanthropists and thought leaders gathered in Hangzhou China for Alibaba…

  • 12 September 2018
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Engendering gender equality in the workplace

Companies throughout Asia are increasingly paying more attention to their inclusion and diversity initiatives and within that…

  • 12 September 2018
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No time (or plastic) to waste!

Plastic is light, durable, easily shaped and inexpensive. It is used for preserving the quality of food sold in supermarkets…

  • 12 September 2018
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Newsletters What works? Industry solutions to workplace violence based on global evidence

What works? Industry solutions to workplace violence based on global evidence

The garment industry represents 80% of Cambodia’s export earnings, making it an important pillar of the nation’s economy…

  • 5 September 2018
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Virtual reality – The empathy machine driving CSR and sustainability agendas?

Companies are progressing from mere compliance-driven corporate social responsibility (CSR) approaches to becoming advocates…

  • 29 August 2018
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Newsletters Just cutting emissions doesn’t cut it anymore

Just cutting emissions doesn’t cut it anymore

Extreme weather events have dominated the headlines this summer. The heatwave in Japan, where record-breaking temperatures…

  • 29 August 2018
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Newsletters Sustainability storytelling in the digital age: The future of reporting

Sustainability storytelling in the digital age: The future of reporting

Reporting companies are starting to question whether or not the conventional, standalone, annual progress report is enough to…

  • 22 August 2018
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Newsletters Crazy rich Asia: The risks of rising inequality in the age of social media

Crazy rich Asia: The risks of rising inequality in the age of social media

“I can tell you one thing: These people are richer than God” exclaims one character in the movie ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ – an…

  • 22 August 2018
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Newsletters Implementation Science for sustainability and community investment

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

A common drawback of many community investment and sustainability programs is the lack of tangible evidence to prove that the…

  • 15 August 2018
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Newsletters A Moment of Truth: 5 Actions for Children’s Rights

A moment of truth: 5 actions for children’s rights

10 year-old Rongxuan, from Hubei Province, smiles at the camera while clutching a giant stuffed Pokémon…

  • 14 August 2018
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Newsletters Walkability in Chinese Cities

Walkability in Chinese cities: At a glance

As cities around the world are exploring car-free initiatives today, walkability has become an increasingly important…

  • 7 August 2018
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Newsletters Human Trafficking and Slavery: Updates from Hong Kong

Human trafficking and slavery: Updates from Hong Kong

This past Monday, on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, an alliance of 27 civil society organisations launched a…

  • 1 August 2018
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Newsletters New China-EU agreement accelerates shift towards a global circular economy

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

In July this year, two of the world’s largest economies earmarked momentous progress towards the adoption of a global…

  • 1 August 2018
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How unauthorized subcontracting can affect your business

The relationships between vendors, factories and sub-contractors are often complex and delivered across multiple geographies…

  • 25 July 2018
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Newsletters How investors view companies’ ESG performance

How investors view companies’ ESG performance

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration has become an increasingly important topic in the financial sector.…

  • 25 July 2018
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Newsletters Sustainability practitioners: Do you continue to learn?

Sustainability practitioners: Do you continue to learn?

Sustainability encompasses climate change, circular economy, human rights, disaster preparedness, green financing, employee…

  • 25 July 2018
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What goes around comes around – plastic possibilities

Plastic is an amazing material. Due to its properties of strength, plasticity, versatility, and durability, plastics have…

  • 17 July 2018
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The increasing importance of sustainability in China

China is increasingly demonstrating leadership in the issues associated with sustainability and CSR. It has committed itself…

  • 17 July 2018
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Sexual harassment in the workplace: businesses can be a positive force for change

Sexual harassment scandals have been dominating the media in recent months, forcing organisations to take a good look at…

  • 17 July 2018
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Protecting your brand reputation in the age of social media

In today’s increasingly connected and social world, brands are under pressure to protect their reputation and mitigate…

  • 12 July 2018
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Innovations in fashion: unravelling solutions to plastic waste management

Polyester has been a wardrobe staple for over half a century. It’s the most widely used fibre in the apparel industry…

  • 12 July 2018
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Successful supplier ownership

Suppliers are a crucial part of business continuity and performance. Supplier ownership aligns business and CSR processes…

  • 10 July 2018
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The business opportunities in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) present a framework for addressing the most pressing challenges that…

  • 4 July 2018
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Does Australian Modern Slavery legislation go far enough?

Last week, the Australian Government introduced a new Bill to Parliament, tackling modern slavery in supply chains supplying…

  • 4 July 2018
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World Refugee Day: How business can step up when government retreats

On 20th June, for World Refugee Day 2018, António Guterres, UN Secretary General asked the world, “What would you do if you…

  • 27 June 2018
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Newsletters Insights Rethinking Social Impact

Rethinking social impact programs to support communities along the supply-chain

Though corporate social responsibility has emerged as an inescapable priority for business leaders, there remains a large…

  • 27 June 2018
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The Evolution of Audits

How analyzing multiple data sources is shifting the social compliance paradigm towards a more comprehensive assessment. …

  • 21 June 2018
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How has China’s waste import ban changed the recycling scene in Asia?

Until recently it was China that accepted much of the world’s mixed plastic waste for recycling, with exports of over 7…

  • 20 June 2018
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Top Trends Shaping the Global Fashion System

The World Bank estimates that over the past 15 years, clothing demand and purchasing has almost doubled while the…

  • 13 June 2018
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Giving an “A” to fast fashion?

The 2018 Ethical Fashion report released by Baptist World Aid Australia is published annually in the lead up to the…

  • 6 June 2018
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What businesses need to know about the General Data Protection Regulation

Have you been receiving multiple emails about your data privacy lately? Two weeks ago, the European Union’s General Data…

  • 6 June 2018
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Linking ASEAN 2025 vision and the SDGs

CSR Asia is delighted to announce the launch its latest report “The Sustainable Development Goals and ASEAN 2025: A Guide for…

  • 23 May 2018
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Report launch: Briefing report on seafood for ASEAN retailers and hotel groups

Proactive or reactive: How do we want the companies we buy our seafood from to act? Attention to seafood, both wild catch and…

  • 16 May 2018
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UN argues progress on many SDGs is poor in Asia: Can business help?

A new report from the UN says that countries in Asia have made some inroads towards achieving several of the Sustainable…

  • 16 May 2018
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China’s first green tax law: Towards the new normal of high-quality growth

China’s Environmental Protection Tax Law, the nation’s first green tax law, took effect on January 1st, 2018 as one of its…

  • 9 May 2018
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The Sustainable Future of Fashion

On April 24, 2013 Rana Plaza, an eight-story garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,134 people and…

  • 9 May 2018
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Motivating millennials: The importance of employee engagement in Singapore

Companies always say, “People are our biggest asset.” Their actions, however, are sparse when it comes to translating this…

  • 2 May 2018
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Climate change and chocolate

Chocolate is made from cacao beans that grow on cacao trees. Cacao trees only thrive in rainforest conditions with fairly…

  • 25 April 2018
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Hong Kong companies need more board diversity

Exacerbated by uneven gender ratios and antiquated social norms, opportunities for women to participate, much less succeed in…

  • 25 April 2018
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Are standardized eco-industrial parks the answer to sustainable industrial growth?

Eco-industrial parks (EIPs) are an emerging driver for environmentally and socially sustainable economic growth…

  • 18 April 2018
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Developing and applying domain expertise to CSR – Lessons from audacious philanthropy

Walking through campus on my first day as a student at the University of Chicago in 1978, I came across a small but…

  • 18 April 2018
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Journey of the migrant worker – New approaches for detecting risk of forced labour across the business value chain

The International Labor Organization (ILO) defines forced labour as referring to situations in which persons are coerced to…

  • 11 April 2018
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Business commitments to the SDGs are falling short – a case for government and UN leadership

Despite an increasing number of companies committing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reports by PWC and KPMG paint…

  • 4 April 2018
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Gender transformative and responsible agribusiness investments in South East Asia

We are coming to the end of three years of cooperation with Oxfam on developing inclusive business strategies for the private…

  • 28 March 2018
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The real estate sector’s green finance gap

In 2016, against the backdrop of the Paris Agreement and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, G20 member countries…

  • 23 March 2018
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Laborlink detects risk of forced labor

Target, Amnesty International and Vodafone are pioneering a new model of forced labor detection and prevention using…

  • 23 March 2018
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French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Universal Robina Corporation and CSR Asia co-organised Responsible Agribusiness Roundtable in Ho Chi Minh City

Together with the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Universal Robina Corporation (URC), CSR Asia, a regional…

  • 22 March 2018
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Leveraging inclusive business for poverty alleviation and women’s economic empowerment

CSR Asia’s ongoing work on inclusive business is demonstrating again and again that simply doing business in a way that…

  • 21 March 2018
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Are Chinese enterprises going global responsibly?

China is now the second largest investing country in the world, with its outward foreign direct investment (FDI) rising 44…

  • 14 March 2018
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The sustainable seafood movement gains momentum in the Philippines

This year’s Sustainable Seafood Week, which took place from 26 February to 18 March 2018 in Manila, was a celebration of…

  • 14 March 2018
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From acts of God to climate change lawsuits

The legal landscape is changing in novel ways. Climate attribution scientists are investigating the extent to which human…

  • 7 March 2018
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Responsible Agribusiness Roundtable on inclusive, gender smart agribusiness in Phnom Penh

Yesterday, together with Khmer Organic Cooperative and Oxfam in Cambodia, CSR Asia organized the second session of the…

  • 7 March 2018
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Asia’s first sustainability bond

The Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) has launched a US$95 million Sustainability Bond to help finance a…

  • 28 February 2018
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The approaching Modern Slavery Act in Australia – what can we expect?

Since the UK passed the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, France has also followed suit with their ‘Duty of Vigilance’ law 2017…

  • 28 February 2018
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From rhetoric to action: building a smart Hong Kong

The concept of a “smart city” is gaining traction across the globe. Whilst the definition of smart city can vary, the term…

  • 21 February 2018
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Exploitation in the country of the ‘fair go’?

When we think of exploitation and migrant workers, most might first think of places or industries in the developing world…

  • 21 February 2018
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Using free, prior and informed consent to secure your social license to operate

Corporate globalisation has expanded extensively in recent years throughout Asia. Assisted by the integration of the…

  • 14 February 2018
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Water scarcity – what can businesses do to reduce their water risks?

Three years ago, Cape Town received international acclaim for its water conservation policy. Fast-forward to today, and the…

  • 14 February 2018
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Global opportunity report 2018: Time for agribusinesses to lean into the SDGs?

The Global Opportunity Report 2018 was released last week by DNV GL, the United Nations Global Compact and Sustainia. In its…

  • 7 February 2018
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Briefing report on seafood for ASEAN retailers and hotel groups

Seafood plays a significant role in the lives of millions. However, the value chain is corrupt with environmental destruction…

  • 1 February 2018
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The Sustainable Development Goals and ASEAN 2025: A Guide for Business

ASEAN 2025 is a guidance document for the future shared direction of ASEAN Member State governments. The Sustainable …

  • 1 February 2018
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Doing good index aims to unlock US$500 billion in private social investment

Asian philanthropists could inject over US$500 billion towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals…

  • 31 January 2018
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Sustainability thought leadership: from social responsibility to social purpose

What is Thought Leadership Marketing? Marketing has changed and raving about how great a brand is just doesn’t work anymore…

  • 31 January 2018
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Blockchain: Not another buzzword but a way to improve transparency within supply chains

Though commonly associated with Bitcoin, blockchain technology can be applied to many situations, including supply chain…

  • 24 January 2018
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Building resilient food systems for ASEAN’s megacities

By 2050, an estimated 60% of the ASEAN region’s population will be living in cities. Home to 13 of the world’s 22 megacities…

  • 17 January 2018
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Waste Charging: A clean sweep for Hong Kong

A plan announced late last year to tackle Hong Kong’s colossal waste problem will encourage both expenditure and education…

  • 17 January 2018
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China’s waste import ban emphasizes importance of innovation and the circular economy

The beginning of 2018 ushers in the sizeable challenge of how to handle waste in the face of China’s ‘Green Fence’ campaign…

  • 10 January 2018
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Food security, malnutrition and food waste on the agenda for 2018

According to a new report from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 14.3 million people in…

  • 10 January 2018
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Investors want mandatory board oversight, but Hong Kong leadership not CSR savvy

On November 24th, members from CSR Asia attended the GRI Regional Hub China Annual Network Meeting, hosted by GRI and Fuji…

  • 20 December 2017
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Green and healthy buildings need smart occupants

The central aim of the Paris Agreement is to strengthen the global response to climate change by requiring all Parties to…

  • 20 December 2017
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Climate change may already be affecting your health

Climate change is commonly seen as an environmental issue and a distant, future threat. In reality, climate change is…

  • 13 December 2017
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Collaborating for disaster preparedness: A role for business

Climate related and natural disasters inflict economic losses of up to US$300 billion globally each year, according to the…

  • 13 December 2017
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The long road to sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism exists for many years but it is still considered a distinct niche activity involving upmarket eco-resorts…

  • 6 December 2017
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Women in the workplace

2017 has been a year of global awakening about gender issues in the workplace. Earlier this year, a former Uber engineer…

  • 6 December 2017
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Climate change and Asian cities: What does business need to do?

It now seems likely that we will not be able to keep future temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius and mounting opinion …

  • 6 December 2017
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Internet leaks prove need for responsible business practices

This month the mass leak of 13.4 million documents publicly exposed the offshore interests of hundreds of high-net-worth…

  • 29 November 2017
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Free shared value immersion visits on seven pressing issues in Hong Kong

This December, in collaboration with the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) to promote the…

  • 29 November 2017
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Asian consumers and healthy eating

In an online survey commissioned by Ingredient Communications PR agency in 2016, researchers asked 600 consumers in Asia and…

  • 15 November 2017
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Ethical values for business success: A conversation with L’Oréal’s Chief Ethics Officer

Individuals are generally considered morally responsible for their actions. But who is responsible when those individuals…

  • 15 November 2017
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Two years since the Paris Agreement: where do we stand?

Two years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, world leaders gathered in Bonn, Germany at COP23 this month to discuss…

  • 15 November 2017
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Business and development: unleashing cross-sectoral synergies in Asia

Rapid economic growth in Asia has given rise to complex development challenges ranging from poverty reduction to gender right…

  • 8 November 2017
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Identifying and driving change in the seafood supply chain

Seafood is one of the largest global exports, generating $135 billion in revenue each year. It is the major source of…

  • 1 November 2017
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A sustainable food journey

Do 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…

  • 1 November 2017
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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…

  • 1 November 2017
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Agribusiness in ASEAN: Making the Case for Smallholder Inclusion

Strategic engagement with smallholders generates a range of direct and indirect benefits for agricultural companies…

  • 1 November 2017
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Laborlink Bangladesh Collaborative

The Laborlink Bangladesh Collaborative (LBC) program used mobile technology to collect anonymous feedback from 53,203 workers…

  • 30 October 2017
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Responsible Agribusiness Roundtable Series – a discussion about inclusive, gender transformative agribusiness in Jakarta

Together with Louis Dreyfus Company Indonesia (LDC), organized the first session of CSR Asia’s Responsible Agribusiness…

  • 25 October 2017
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Measuring Gender Equality

Advancing and empowering women is too big an assignment for any sector alone, be it government, international organizations…

  • 25 October 2017
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Businesses showing strong leadership in Climate Week

The world’s largest companies are recognizing and reacting to the risks and opportunities presented by climate change…

  • 11 October 2017
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Free shared value courses in Hong Kong

As part of its work with the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) in Hong Kong, CSR Asia is…

  • 11 October 2017
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Do you know a climate refugee? You Will.

The earth’s climate is changing at a rate that has exceeded most scientific forecasts. Since the turn of the century the…

  • 4 October 2017
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500+ Thought leaders and business executives convene in Bangkok at CSR Asia Summit 2017

Last week’s CSR Asia Summit 2017 in Bangkok attracted 500+ thought leaders and business executives, all committed to tackling…

  • 4 October 2017
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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…

  • 1 October 2017
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CSR Asia Summit: Last call for participation

Next week CSR Asia will set the stage for two days of vital conversation, co-creation, and action at the CSR Asia Summit in…

  • 20 September 2017
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Unlocking the value of corporate sustainability

In today’s business world, transparency is a license to operate. Customers no longer have to guess how businesses are run…

  • 13 September 2017
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Partnering with social enterprises for scalability and impact

Characterised by innovation and purpose beyond profit, social enterprises use and adapt business strategies to advance…

  • 13 September 2017
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Eco-towns and sustainable lifestyles of the future

Sustainable business and consumption initiatives have traditionally been driven by compliance with regulations. Now times are…

  • 6 September 2017
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Made in Asia: the business case for investing in gender rights in supply chains

Acting to safeguard the rights of female workers is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good for business. A number of…

  • 6 September 2017
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The untapped economic potential of Asia’s refugees

The Asia-Pacific region hosts approximately 14 percent, or 3.5 million, of the world’s 65.3 million forced migrant population…

  • 30 August 2017
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Nowhere to hide – Australia moves to drive modern day slavery from supply chains

It is a brutal truth that modern day slavery is likely to exist somewhere within every-day supply chains. Last year the…

  • 30 August 2017
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A first look at reporting on the SDGs in Greater China

This September marks the two-year anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A timely opportunity to review…

  • 30 August 2017
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Children’s rights – the risks and opportunities for business

“Virtually all companies interact with children in some way…” says Wivina Belmonte, Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF East…

  • 24 August 2017
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The rise of the “Food Citizen”

South East Asia is a paradise for food lovers. In Singapore, the people are not only infamous food travellers and hunters…

  • 24 August 2017
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Development and use of technology

Technology, innovation, data and analytics are buzz words now regularly used in the development and aid sectors. The United…

  • 24 August 2017
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Workplace of Choice, Malaysia

The award-winning project aims to promoting safe and fair labor practices for foreign migrant workers working in Malaysia …

  • 17 April 2017
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Oxfam Business Engagement for Sustainable Development

The program’s objectives are to influence and engage private sector actors to adopt more responsible and sustainable business…

  • 17 January 2017
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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…

  • 1 November 2016
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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…

  • 1 August 2016
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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.…

  • 1 July 2016
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IDH Electronics Program

Innovative workforce management improves working conditions and environmental performance, resulting in stronger business…

  • 17 February 2016
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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…

  • 1 December 2015
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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…

  • 1 September 2015
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The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety

Developing and project managing capacity building, inspections, remediation and support of 850 factories in Bangladesh…

  • 17 August 2015
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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…

  • 1 June 2015
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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…

  • 1 May 2015
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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…

  • 1 April 2015
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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…

  • 1 April 2015
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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…

  • 1 April 2015
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How Do They Do It?

Strategic engagement with smallholders generates a range of direct and indirect benefits for agricultural companies…

  • 1 March 2015
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Managing sustainable development – guidance for extractive companies

Extractive companies operating in ASEAN and around the world are facing increasing pressure to address sustainable…

  • 1 December 2014
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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…

  • 1 September 2014
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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 stakeholder…

  • 23 July 2014
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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…

  • 24 June 2014
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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…

  • 17 May 2014
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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 lesson…

  • 17 May 2014
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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…

  • 17 November 2013
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Business case analysis for responsible electronics manufacturing (IDH)

The objective of this report with IDH is to analyze the business case for investing in improving working conditions in China…

  • 5 March 2013
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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 As…

  • 1 February 2013
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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…

  • 1 February 2013
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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…

  • 1 February 2013
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Corporate community investment impact measurement in Asia

This report provides an insight to the Corporate Community Investment (CCI) activities of eighty of the largest listed…

  • 17 January 2013
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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…

  • 17 January 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…

  • 3 January 2013
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