CSR Asia Summit 2019 — Sessions

Over 20 thought-provoking sessions provide the roadmap for the sustainability journey from rhetoric to results.

Strategy
for Results

Supply Chain
Innovation & Effectiveness

Emerging
Issues & Impact

Partner
Events

Reporting 3.0

18 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

Session description coming soon.


Investors and ESG Data

18 September 2019  |  16:00 – 17:30

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. But debate continues as to whether or not ESG can impact financial returns. In particular, the ESG data needed to guide investment decisions is increasingly scrutinized, with investors stating that the reliance on annual public disclosure leads to insights that are “too slow, and too late” to accurately inform. This session will look at changing investor needs in Asia, along with the value and potential pitfalls of ESG data.


Leveraging the opportunity of urbanization to meet the Global Goals

19 September 2019  |  09:00 – 10:30

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. Among Southeast Asian nations rapid urbanisation will have resulted in about 100 million people migrating from the countryside to cities by 2030. This session will examine how businesses can support the achievement of the Global Goals by capturing the opportunities presented through the needs of growing urban populations, including for housing, transportation, energy systems and other infrastructure, as well as for employment and basic services such as education and health care. Discussion of the risks associated with not addressing these needs will be covered as experts from the private sector and NGOs share their experience and views.


What’s next after social media?

19 September 2019  |  11:00 – 12:30

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? We are already seeing mainstream media making a comeback on social media, while the once touted digital media (Verge, Vox, etc.) are all suffering to varying degrees. This reflects a return to trusted media sources, as a direct reaction to online misinformation. But what about the detrimental  social effects of social media? Will this expose platforms such as FB, IG and Twitter to being replaced by new technology?


Beyond Policies and Targets: What’s next in gender equality?

19 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

Since 2018, the mandatory reporting of company’s gender pay gap figures in the U.K. has become a powerful catalyst for action towards gender parity in the workplace. This year, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange launched a mandatory requirement for listed companies to have a diversity policy after recognizing that a substantial proportion of companies are without a single women on their boards. But is reporting and implementing policies and targets enough? How do can we ensure companies can unleash the tangible benefits of having women in leadership roles and boards? This session explores what fundamental components companies need to benefit from a gender-balance leadership team.


 

Responsible Sourcing Trends 2019

18 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

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


Human Rights Due Diligence

18 September 2019  |  16:00 – 17:30

Brands are facing increased pressure to embed Human Rights Due Diligence within their supply chains. Driving factors include investor pressure, existing legislation like the UK and Australia Modern Slavery Acts, and industry benchmark reports. This session will help define what due diligence is, how leading brands are incorporating due diligence into their purchasing practices, remediation and worker engagement.


Employer Pays & Supply Chain Implementation

19 September 2019  |  09:00 – 10:30

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. This session will allow industry experts and brands to share how they are working to embed these principles into their supply chains, the challenges, and why all actors need to be engaged to create systemic change.


Cascading Social Compliance Beyond Tier 1

19 September 2019  |  11:00 – 12:30

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.


Circular Economies & Supply Chains

19 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

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. This 90-minute session explores the innovations in design, production and operations leading brands are adopting to create sustainable shift in fashion supply chains. The session will also include a Q&A for audience members to ask questions and suggest trends of their own for the panel to respond to.


 

Community Investment

18 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

Session description coming soon.


Doing Good While Eating Well: The impact of consumer expectations on food sustainability

18 September 2019  |  16:00 – 17:30

Asian consumers are increasingly using their spending power to do good while eating well. These behavior changes are fueled by a growing consciousness around food safety, health, and the environment. This session will delve into how consumer expectations on food sustainability are evolving and explore how companies are leveraging the opportunity.


Developing Tomorrow’s Resilient Workforce Today

19 September 2019  |  09:00 – 10:30

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. Artificial intelligence and automation are expected to generate a net gain in jobs, create new categories of jobs, and empower workers to work more efficiently and effectively. This session will explore how companies are adapting to this evolving landscape and the role they are playing in reskilling and upskilling their talent pools.


Impact and Disclosure of Climate-related Risks for Businesses

19 September 2019  |  11:00 – 12:30

Understanding climate-related risks, impacts and costs of your business is one side of the story, what does this mean to organization’s strategy and financial plans under different plausible future states of the world is another. Moreover, how to respond to our investors, stakeholders in a more transparent way so that they understand the risks as well as your preparedness to adapt climate change? Companies that initiate the thinking process earlier also stand to take advantage of opportunities and plans to mitigate or adapt to the risks. Come and join us to learn more about climate related impacts, risk and opportunities as well as climate related financial disclosure of your business under the changing climate in the Asia-Pacific.


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

19 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

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.


 

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

18 September 2019  |  16:00 – 17:30

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.


 

Strategy
for Results

Reporting 3.0

18 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

Session description coming soon.


Investors and ESG Data

18 September 2019  |  16:00 – 17:30

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. But debate continues as to whether or not ESG can impact financial returns. In particular, the ESG data needed to guide investment decisions is increasingly scrutinized, with investors stating that the reliance on annual public disclosure leads to insights that are “too slow, and too late” to accurately inform. This session will look at changing investor needs in Asia, along with the value and potential pitfalls of ESG data.


Leveraging the opportunity of urbanization to meet the Global Goals

19 September 2019  |  09:00 – 10:30

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. Among Southeast Asian nations rapid urbanisation will have resulted in about 100 million people migrating from the countryside to cities by 2030. This session will examine how businesses can support the achievement of the Global Goals by capturing the opportunities presented through the needs of growing urban populations, including for housing, transportation, energy systems and other infrastructure, as well as for employment and basic services such as education and health care. Discussion of the risks associated with not addressing these needs will be covered as experts from the private sector and NGOs share their experience and views.


What’s next after social media?

19 September 2019  |  11:00 – 12:30

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? We are already seeing mainstream media making a comeback on social media, while the once touted digital media (Verge, Vox, etc.) are all suffering to varying degrees. This reflects a return to trusted media sources, as a direct reaction to online misinformation. But what about the detrimental  social effects of social media? Will this expose platforms such as FB, IG and Twitter to being replaced by new technology?


Beyond Policies and Targets: What’s next in gender equality?

19 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

Since 2018, the mandatory reporting of company’s gender pay gap figures in the U.K. has become a powerful catalyst for action towards gender parity in the workplace. This year, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange launched a mandatory requirement for listed companies to have a diversity policy after recognizing that a substantial proportion of companies are without a single women on their boards. But is reporting and implementing policies and targets enough? How do can we ensure companies can unleash the tangible benefits of having women in leadership roles and boards? This session explores what fundamental components companies need to benefit from a gender-balance leadership team.


 

Supply Chain
Innovation & Effectiveness

Responsible Sourcing Trends 2019

18 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

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


Human Rights Due Diligence

18 September 2019  |  16:00 – 17:30

Brands are facing increased pressure to embed Human Rights Due Diligence within their supply chains. Driving factors include investor pressure, existing legislation like the UK and Australia Modern Slavery Acts, and industry benchmark reports. This session will help define what due diligence is, how leading brands are incorporating due diligence into their purchasing practices, remediation and worker engagement.


Employer Pays & Supply Chain Implementation

19 September 2019  |  09:00 – 10:30

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. This session will allow industry experts and brands to share how they are working to embed these principles into their supply chains, the challenges, and why all actors need to be engaged to create systemic change.


Cascading Social Compliance Beyond Tier 1

19 September 2019  |  11:00 – 12:30

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.


Circular Economies & Supply Chains

19 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

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. This 90-minute session explores the innovations in design, production and operations leading brands are adopting to create sustainable shift in fashion supply chains. The session will also include a Q&A for audience members to ask questions and suggest trends of their own for the panel to respond to.


 

Emerging
Issues & Impact

Community Investment

18 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

Session description coming soon.


Doing Good While Eating Well: The impact of consumer expectations on food sustainability

18 September 2019  |  16:00 – 17:30

Asian consumers are increasingly using their spending power to do good while eating well. These behavior changes are fueled by a growing consciousness around food safety, health, and the environment. This session will delve into how consumer expectations on food sustainability are evolving and explore how companies are leveraging the opportunity.


Developing Tomorrow’s Resilient Workforce Today

19 September 2019  |  09:00 – 10:30

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. Artificial intelligence and automation are expected to generate a net gain in jobs, create new categories of jobs, and empower workers to work more efficiently and effectively. This session will explore how companies are adapting to this evolving landscape and the role they are playing in reskilling and upskilling their talent pools.


Impact and Disclosure of Climate-related Risks for Businesses

19 September 2019  |  11:00 – 12:30

Understanding climate-related risks, impacts and costs of your business is one side of the story, what does this mean to organization’s strategy and financial plans under different plausible future states of the world is another. Moreover, how to respond to our investors, stakeholders in a more transparent way so that they understand the risks as well as your preparedness to adapt climate change? Companies that initiate the thinking process earlier also stand to take advantage of opportunities and plans to mitigate or adapt to the risks. Come and join us to learn more about climate related impacts, risk and opportunities as well as climate related financial disclosure of your business under the changing climate in the Asia-Pacific.


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

19 September 2019  |  14:00 – 15:30

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.


 

Partner
Events

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

18 September 2019  |  16:00 – 17:30

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.


 

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