CSR Asia Weekly


Green and Healthy Buildings Need Smart Occupants
by Carmen Lau This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 20 December 2017
s 867655912578The central aim of the Paris Agreement is to strengthen the global response to climate change by requiring all Parties to make their best efforts and to communicate progress in nationally determined contributions (NDCs).... Read more

Investors want mandatory board oversight, but Hong Kong leadership not CSR savvy
by Rebecca Walker Chan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 20 December 2017
s 867655912578On November 24th, members from CSR Asia attended the GRI Regional Hub China Annual Network Meeting, hosted by GRI and Fuji Xerox. The event offered updates and insight about the changing face of ESG reporting.... Read more

Collaborating for disaster preparedness: A role for business
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 13 December 2017
s 867655912578Climate related and natural disasters inflict economic losses of up to US$300 billion globally each year, according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, and an estimated 1.35 million lives have been lost in such events over the past two decades.... Read more

Climate change may already be affecting your healths
by Rita Yu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 13 December 2017
s 867655912578Climate change is commonly seen as an environmental issue and a distant, future threat. In reality, climate change is happening and already harming health for millions worldwide through heatwaves, disease and air pollution with “impacts far worse than previously understood”..... Read more

Climate change and Asian cities: What does business need to do?
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 December 2017
s 867655912578It now seems likely that we will not be able to keep future temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius and mounting opinion is that those rises are more likely to be in excess of 3 degrees.... Read more

Women in the workplace
by Samantha Woods This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 December 2017
s 8676559125782017 has been a year of global awakening about gender issues in the workplace. Earlier this year, a former Uber engineer published this damning account of her experiences at the company.... Read more

The long road to sustainable Tourism
by Sze Zen Wong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 December 2017
s 867655912578Sustainable tourism exists for many years but it is still considered a distinct niche activity involving upmarket eco-resorts rather than a fundamental element of what all tourism could be.... Read more

FREE Shared Value Immersion Visits on Seven Pressing Issues in Hong Kong
by Karen Pong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 29 November 2017
s 867655912578This December, in collaboration with the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) to promote the Shared Value Initiative, CSR Asia will co-host seven immersion half-day visits with various NGOs and social enterprise (SE) partners in Hong Kong.... Read more

Internet leaks prove need for responsible business practices
by Kelly Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 29 November 2017
s 867655912578This month the mass leak of 13.4 million documents publicly exposed the offshore interests of hundreds of high-net-worth individuals and global businesses. The cache of ultra-sensitive documents was dubbed The Paradise Papers. The documents were leaked from leading offshore legal firm Appleby as well as several business services companies whose clients include banks, corporations, HSI and FTSE 100 companies.... Read more

10 practical measures to improve responses to human trafficking and slavery in Asia
by Clelia Daniel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 22 November 2017
s 867655912578Human trafficking is the third largest crime by revenue. The Asia-Pacific region accounts for the largest number of forced labourers— 15.4 million, almost a third of the global total, according to the 2017 State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. However, only 2,137 prosecutions, 1,953 convictions and the identification of 9,989 victims occurred in 2016.... Read more

Two years since the Paris Agreement: where do we stand?
by Jocelyn Ho This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 22 November 2017
s 867655912578Two years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, world leaders gathered in Bonn, Germany at COP23 this month to discuss five important topics: extreme weather, the United States, bolder ambition, finance and the real economy in relation to meeting the Paris Agreement.... Read more

The increasing importance of sustainability in China
by Richard Welford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 15 November 2017
s 867655912578China is increasingly demonstrating leadership in the issues associated with sustainability and CSR. It has committed itself to a huge reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, is putting pressure on businesses to clean up their pollution impacts and is leading a regional commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.... Read more

Ethical values for business success: A conversation with L'Oréal's Chief Ethics Officer
by Isabelle Morin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 15 November 2017
s 867655912578Individuals are generally considered morally responsible for their actions. But who is responsible when those individuals become part of a business organization? Can we impute moral responsibility to the organization itself .... Read more

Asian Consumers and Healthy Eating
by Isabelle Morin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 15 November 2017
s 867655912578In an online survey commissioned by Ingredient Communications PR agency in 2016, researchers asked 600 consumers in Asia and 700 in the Western hemisphere, Australia and New Zealand included, about their views on a slew of dietary issues .... Read more

What goes around comes around – plastic possibilities
by Angela Foulsham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 8 November 2017
s 867655912578Plastic is an amazing material. Due to its properties of strength, plasticity, versatility, and durability, plastics have become synonymous with everyday life. Used in medical equipment, furniture, cars, electronics, toys, stationary, food storage, packaging, clothing.... Read more

Business and development: unleashing cross-sectoral synergies in Asia
by Gloria Luo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 8 November 2017
s 867655912578Rapid economic growth in Asia has given rise to complex development challenges ranging from poverty reduction to gender rights. More businesses are now exploring impactful and collaborative solutions to addressing social and environmental issues.... Read more

A sustainable food journey
by Clelia Daniel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Janet Salem This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 1 November 2017
s 867655912578Do 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 average, consumers take less than two seconds to decide on a product - and even less time while in a busy buffet line at a conference lunch, leaving very little.... Read more

Identifying and driving change in the seafood supply chain
by Julia Whitney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 1 November 2017
s 867655912578Seafood is one of the largest global exports, generating $135 billion in revenue each year. It is the major source of livelihoods for millions around the world; providing employment for one in ten people globally and supplying 17 percent of the global protein consumed.... Read more

Measuring Gender Equality
by Isabelle Morin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 25 October 2017
s 867655912578Advancing and empowering women is too big an assignment for any sector alone, be it government, international organizations or civil society. The active engagement of business as the engine of job creation, innovation, and investment is essential.... Read more

Responsible Agribusiness Roundtable Series - a discussion about inclusive, gender transformative agribusiness in Jakarta
by Rebecca Walker Chan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 25 October 2017
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Together with Louis Dreyfus Company Indonesia (LDC), organized the first session of CSR Asia’s Responsible Agribusiness Roundtable series in Jakarta in August. More than 10 companies and organizations discussed opportunities for local agribusiness to engage with smallholder farmers.... Read more


Free shared value courses in Hong Kong
by Richard Welford   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 11 October 2017
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As part of its work with the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) in Hong Kong, CSR Asia is pleased to announce a series of free one-day courses to allow participants to understand about the concept of shared value.... Read more


Businesses showing strong leadership in Climate Week
by Aaron Sloan   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 11 October 2017
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The world’s largest companies are recognizing and reacting to the risks and opportunities presented by climate change. Business leaders, public sector figures and international NGOs convened in New York last month for Climate Week, to discuss the challenges.... Read more


500+ Thought leaders and business executives convene in Bangkok at CSR Asia Summit to lead the conversation on Future Proofing Sustainable Business
by Helena Day  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 4 October 2017
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Last week’s CSR Asia Summit 2017 in Bangkok attracted 500+ thought leaders and business executives, all committed to tackling pressing challenges, discussing emerging trends, exploring opportunities, and identifying sustainable solutions for Asia.... Read more


Do you know a climate refugee? You Will.
by Rebecca Walker Chan  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 4 October 2017
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The earth’s climate is changing at a rate that has exceeded most scientific forecasts. Since the turn of the century the Earth’s surface temperature has increased over one degree Celsius, with the majority of warming taking place since the 1980’s. Adapting to this changing global climate.... Read more


CSR Asia Summit: Last call for participation
by Richard Welford  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 20 September 2017
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Next week CSR Asia will set the stage for two days of vital conversation, co-creation, and action at the CSR Asia Summit in Bangkok. The Summit creates a collaborative environment where a unique mix of business, government and civil society come together to network and identify sustainable solutions to today’s pressing challenges.... Read more


Partnering with social enterprises for scalability and impact 
by Mabel Wong  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 13 September 2017
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Characterised by innovation and purpose beyond profit, social enterprises use and adapt business strategies to advance positive social and environmental outcomes. We have seen a rise in the number of social enterprises in Asia. According to the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE), Singapore’s social enterprise sector grew by 32 per cent over the past year, with 401 registered social enterprises - up from 303 enterprises in 2016.... Read more


Unlocking the value of corporate sustainability
by Kelly Cooper  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 13 September 2017
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In today’s business world, transparency is a license to operate. Customers no longer have to guess how businesses are run ­-- access to information is available at their fingertips. Investors are making proactive, sustainability-focused decisions based on increased business opportunities and market access, improved brand reputation, risk aversion and increased capital... Read more


Made in Asia: the business case for investing in gender rights in supply chains
by Clelia Daniel  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 September 2017
s 867655912578Acting to safeguard the rights of female workers is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good for business. A number of businesses, including SAP, Unilever and Vodafone, are investing in gender equality initiatives in their operations and throughout their supply chains in recognition of the impact that gender equality has on a companies’ behaviours and performance at all levels.... Read more

Eco-towns and sustainable lifestyles of the future
by Julia Whitney  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 6 September 2017
s 867655912578Sustainable business and consumption initiatives have traditionally been driven by compliance with regulations. Now times are changing, and we are seeing innovative businesses benefit from green investments and products promoting sustainable consumption and lifestyles.... Read more

A first look at reporting on the SDGs in Greater China
by Helen Roeth  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 30 August 2017
s 867655912578This September marks the two-year anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A timely opportunity to review the newly released 2016 sustainability reports to gain an understanding of how companies in Greater China responded to the goals in the year.... Read more

Nowhere to hide - Australia moves to drive modern day slavery from supply chains
by Angela Foulsham  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 30 August 2017
s 867655912578It is a brutal truth that modern day slavery is likely to exist somewhere within every-day supply chains. Last year the Global Slavery Index published by the Walk Free Foundation put the number of people worldwide trapped in some form of slavery at 45.8 million people.... Read more

The untapped economic potential of Asia's refugees
by Aaron Sloan  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 30 August 2017
s 867655912578The Asia-Pacific region hosts approximately 14 percent, or 3.5 million, of the world’s 65.3 million forced migrant population.1 Two thirds of today’s refugee population will be displaced for at least three years, and are often located in countries without the right to work. This waste of talent and ability has a significant negative impact on both refugees and local economies.... Read more

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