CSR Asia Summit 2019 — Schedule

The Summit’s two days center around strategy for results, supply chain innovation and effectiveness, and emerging issues and impact.

The Summit is preceded by the Pre-Summit Training Day on 17 September 2019.

Pre-Training Sessions
17 September

Day 1
18 September

Day 2
19 September

09:00 – 12:00  |  Morning Pre-Summit Training Sessions

Training 1: Building and Implementing a Sustainability Strategy

This practical session is aimed at companies who want to make their sustainability strategies truly strategic and embedded into the organization. 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 organization 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”.

Training 2: Understanding Effectiveness and Impact of Community Investment and CSR Programs

This session will go through step-by-step the Theory of Change methodology to help attendees first understand the effectiveness of their program design and accordingly determine what else is needed for their CSR programs to achieve positive impact. Participants will be able to apply the methodology during the training on their own CSR programs to ensure relevance and practicality of session.

Register USD

Register THB


12:00 – 13:30  |  Lunch


13:30 – 16:30  |  Afternoon Pre-Summit Training Sessions

Training 3: Integrated Reporting

Training details coming soon.

Training 4: Creating Shared Value

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.

Register USD

Register THB


 

09:00 – 10:30  |  Welcome and Keynote

Archana Kotecha, Asia Region Director and Head of Legal, Liberty Shared

Named one of the top ten innovative lawyers in Asia-Pacific by the Financial Times in 2017, Archana Kotecha has produced multiple best practices and reports, involved in policy and advocacy and educated human rights practitioners, financial institutions and governments on trafficking in persons including legal and anti-money laundering frameworks.


10:30 – 11:00  |  Coffee Break


11:00 – 12:30  |  Leadership Panel

Panel details coming soon.


12:30 – 14:00  |  Lunch


14:00 – 15:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Reporting 3.0

Session description coming soon.

Responsible Sourcing Trends 2019

This 90-minute kick-off session will be an engaging discussion with industry experts on global trends in responsible sourcing led by Ian Spaulding. The topics are identified based on innovation, industry trends and key insights within supply chains.

Clearing the Air: 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 at unsafe levels. The health implications range from premature deaths and asthma-related emergency room visits to mental ill-health.


15:30 – 16:00  |  Break


16:00 – 17:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Investors and ESG Data

Investors increasingly integrate ESG factors into investment decisions. Between 2012 and 2016, ESG assets under management in Asia ex. Japan grew by 16%, spurred by the implementation of national stewardship codes and ESG disclosure requirements.

Ethical Recruitment & Southeast Asia Supply Chains

Migrant workers face increased risks of forced labour within supply chains. This is why brands are focused on embedding responsible recruitment practices within their supply chain to eliminate worker fees and other indicators of forced labor.

Doing Good While Eating Well: How Consumers & Corporates Galvanize One Another on Food Sustainability

Asian consumers are increasingly using their spending power to do good while eating well. Companies too are influencing consumer behavior and leveraging new opportunities in food waste, plant-based foods, and healthier options.

Promoting Win-win Partnerships Amongst Small-scale Producers and the Private Sector

In this session, we will hear from front-running companies who have been working over the years to adopt and implement more inclusive and responsible business practices – the opportunities, challenges and successes.


17:00 – 19:30  |  Networking Reception


 

09:00 – 10:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Leveraging the Opportunity of Urbanization to meet the Global Goals

The overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa…

Sustainability & Agriculture – A social Lens

Implementing social compliance at the commodity level requires a different a set of tools than at tier 1. This session will focus on actions brands are taking to understand and address commodity-specific challenges within their supply chain and how they are engaging workers.

Developing Tomorrow’s Resilient Workforce Today

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is rapidly changing the nature of work across industries. While technological-driven change is displacing jobs and threatening to exacerbate global inequalities by creating a tech divide, this disruption is also creating opportunities…

Gender Lens Investing – Opportunities in Asia

Achieving gender equality could add USD12 trillion to the global economy according to a McKinsey study. So how can we get there and what role does the financial sector and businesses play? In recent years, Asia, particularly Southeast Asia, has seen significant growth in the types of financial products and investment strategies with the application of a gender lens…


10:30 – 11:00  |  Break


11:00 – 12:30  |  Breakout Sessions

What’s Next After Social Media?

With constant concerns about privacy and misinformation, some are questioning whether social media here to stay, or will it be supplanted by newer ways of sharing online. But what will those new technologies be? Is it private sharing (dark social), is it virtual community spaces?

Sustainable Capacity-Building at Site Level: What Incentives & Opportunities?

Market dynamics, business needs, and new technologies and data are coming together in ways that are enabling – perhaps for the first time ever – truly scalable and sustainable capacity building at factories and farms. Common program themes are workplace safety, gender (from harassment to empowerment), social dialogue, and management systems…

Biodegradable Bags and Plastic Straw Bans – Looking Beyond the Trends in Plastic Pollution Reduction

Once serving as one of the primary destinations for recyclables, China has effectively closed down it’s boarders to incoming scrap plastic. Clearly, we are in need of a transition from conventional production and consumption.


12:30 – 14:00  |  Lunch


14:00 – 15:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Beyond Policies and Targets: What’s Next in Gender Equality

A study by the Asian Development Bank estimated that if women’s participation in the workforce rose by 10%, Asia’s economy could see a 30% growth in income per capita in just one generation. Achieving gender parity is not only good for the economy but also good for business…

Circular Economy, Waste and Supply Chains

Growing concerns over the environmental and social cost of fashion are rising. The linear “take-make-dispose” model of clothing production is putting pressure on society and our natural resources.

Climate Prosperity – Building Business Success under Changing Climate

Join this session to gain insights from industry leaders who have adopted frameworks including the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), and learn how establishing climate action plans can guide economic development for companies from various industries.


15:30 – 16:00  |  Break


16:00 – 17:00  |  World Café


 

Pre-Training Sessions
17 September

09:00 – 12:00  |  Morning Pre-Summit Training Sessions

Training 1: Building and Implementing a Sustainability Strategy

This practical session is aimed at companies who want to make their sustainability strategies truly strategic and embedded into the organization. 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 organization 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”.

Training 2: Understanding Effectiveness and Impact of Community Investment and CSR Programs

This session will go through step-by-step the Theory of Change methodology to help attendees first understand the effectiveness of their program design and accordingly determine what else is needed for their CSR programs to achieve positive impact. Participants will be able to apply the methodology during the training on their own CSR programs to ensure relevance and practicality of session.

Register USD

Register THB


12:00 – 13:30  |  Lunch


13:30 – 16:30  |  Afternoon Pre-Summit Training Sessions

Training 3: Integrated Reporting

Training details coming soon.

Training 4: Creating Shared Value

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.

Register USD

Register THB


 

Day 1
18 September

09:00 – 10:30  |  Welcome and Keynote

Archana Kotecha, Asia Region Director and Head of Legal, Liberty Shared

Named one of the top ten innovative lawyers in Asia-Pacific by the Financial Times in 2017, Archana Kotecha has produced multiple best practices and reports, involved in policy and advocacy and educated human rights practitioners, financial institutions and governments on trafficking in persons including legal and anti-money laundering frameworks.


10:30 – 11:00  |  Coffee Break


11:00 – 12:30  |  Leadership Panel

Panel details coming soon.


12:30 – 14:00  |  Lunch


14:00 – 15:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Reporting 3.0

Session description coming soon.

Responsible Sourcing Trends 2019

This 90-minute kick-off session will be an engaging discussion with industry experts on global trends in responsible sourcing led by Ian Spaulding. The topics are identified based on innovation, industry trends and key insights within supply chains.

Clearing the Air: 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 at unsafe levels. The health implications range from premature deaths and asthma-related emergency room visits to mental ill-health.


15:30 – 16:00  |  Break


16:00 – 17:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Investors and ESG Data

Investors increasingly integrate ESG factors into investment decisions. Between 2012 and 2016, ESG assets under management in Asia ex. Japan grew by 16%, spurred by the implementation of national stewardship codes and ESG disclosure requirements.

Ethical Recruitment & Southeast Asia Supply Chains

Migrant workers face increased risks of forced labour within supply chains. This is why brands are focused on embedding responsible recruitment practices within their supply chain to eliminate worker fees and other indicators of forced labor.

Doing Good While Eating Well: How Consumers & Corporates Galvanize One Another on Food Sustainability

Asian consumers are increasingly using their spending power to do good while eating well. Companies too are influencing consumer behavior and leveraging new opportunities in food waste, plant-based foods, and healthier options.

Promoting Win-win Partnerships Amongst Small-scale Producers and the Private Sector

In this session, we will hear from front-running companies who have been working over the years to adopt and implement more inclusive and responsible business practices – the opportunities, challenges and successes.


17:00 – 19:30  |  Networking Reception


 

Day 2
19 September

09:00 – 10:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Leveraging the Opportunity of Urbanization to meet the Global Goals

The overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa…

Sustainability & Agriculture – A social Lens

Implementing social compliance at the commodity level requires a different a set of tools than at tier 1. This session will focus on actions brands are taking to understand and address commodity-specific challenges within their supply chain and how they are engaging workers.

Developing Tomorrow’s Resilient Workforce Today

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is rapidly changing the nature of work across industries. While technological-driven change is displacing jobs and threatening to exacerbate global inequalities by creating a tech divide, this disruption is also creating opportunities…

Gender Lens Investing – Opportunities in Asia

Achieving gender equality could add USD12 trillion to the global economy according to a McKinsey study. So how can we get there and what role does the financial sector and businesses play? In recent years, Asia, particularly Southeast Asia, has seen significant growth in the types of financial products and investment strategies with the application of a gender lens…


10:30 – 11:00  |  Break


11:00 – 12:30  |  Breakout Sessions

What’s Next After Social Media?

With constant concerns about privacy and misinformation, some are questioning whether social media here to stay, or will it be supplanted by newer ways of sharing online. But what will those new technologies be? Is it private sharing (dark social), is it virtual community spaces?

Sustainable Capacity-Building at Site Level: What Incentives & Opportunities?

Market dynamics, business needs, and new technologies and data are coming together in ways that are enabling – perhaps for the first time ever – truly scalable and sustainable capacity building at factories and farms. Common program themes are workplace safety, gender (from harassment to empowerment), social dialogue, and management systems…

Biodegradable Bags and Plastic Straw Bans – Looking Beyond the Trends in Plastic Pollution Reduction

Once serving as one of the primary destinations for recyclables, China has effectively closed down it’s boarders to incoming scrap plastic. Clearly, we are in need of a transition from conventional production and consumption.


12:30 – 14:00  |  Lunch


14:00 – 15:30  |  Breakout Sessions

Beyond Policies and Targets: What’s Next in Gender Equality

A study by the Asian Development Bank estimated that if women’s participation in the workforce rose by 10%, Asia’s economy could see a 30% growth in income per capita in just one generation. Achieving gender parity is not only good for the economy but also good for business…

Circular Economy, Waste and Supply Chains

Growing concerns over the environmental and social cost of fashion are rising. The linear “take-make-dispose” model of clothing production is putting pressure on society and our natural resources.

Climate Prosperity – Building Business Success under Changing Climate

Join this session to gain insights from industry leaders who have adopted frameworks including the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), and learn how establishing climate action plans can guide economic development for companies from various industries.


15:30 – 16:00  |  Break


16:00 – 17:00  |  World Café


 

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