About ELEVATE - Our People - Richard Welford

Richard Welford

Chairman, CSR Asia

Richard is one of the founders and the Chairman of CSR Asia, an ELEVATE Group company since 2017. He has over thirty years of experience working in the fields of environmental management and social responsibility. He was one of the early pioneers in developing social audit and reporting methodologies with UK-based organizations such as The Body Shop, IBM and Eastern Electricity in the 1990s. Over the past 14 years, he has worked closely with the private sector on developing CSR strategies with an emphasis on Hong Kong. He has worked with some of the leading multinational enterprises and local companies and NGOs in Asia.

Richard have extensive experience in senior management engagement and facilitates all the Board engagement and most of the senior level engagement undertaken by ELEVATE Sustainability Consulting across Asia Pacific. From 2002 to 2010 Richard was also a professor at the University of Hong Kong and headed up the Corporate Environmental Governance Program.

Richard’s work has had a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability and social justice. He has worked on policies and implementation plans covering a range of issues including governance, supply chain risks, human rights, community investment, poverty alleviation, conservation and biodiversity. Richard is also a Director of ERP Environment, a UK based publisher and sits on the Board of AIDS Concern in Hong Kong.