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This briefing highlights opportunities for collaboration between the business and humanitarian sectors in driving cash transfer programmes that provide those affected by a natural hazard with the financial means to meet immediate needs related to food, water, clothes, medical treatment, shelter and livelihood recovery.

It outlines the important role of businesses in building capacities within the humanitarian and government sectors and the opportunity to leverage business expertise, assets and networks in helping devise appropriate and effective market-integrated interventions.


This White Paper was informed by discussions amongst the participants at the Disaster Preparedness Forum held in Manila in July 2014, which brought together more than 150 thought leaders from the business, government, humanitarian and development sectors. The White Paper outlines opportunities for collaborative efforts in disaster recovery between these sectors with a view to providing a pathway to a more sustainable and resilient development.

Inclusive business in Asia. A case study of Cocoa (2014)

This report by CSR Asia is based on a range of different research studies as well as in-depth interviews with key stakeholders. It presents an introduction to the cocoa industry and examines the challenges and current sustainability activities undertaken by key players. It highlights opportunities and interventions for inclusive business opportunities.

Conflicts over land. A role for responsible and inclusive business (2014)

The report makes the case for proactive business engagement in respecting land rights and ensuring responsible and inclusive practices associated with land use, access to natural resources and development opportunities. It outlines key challenges, provides an overview of existing instruments that can help companies address issues related to land, and points to practical entry points for improved business practices.

Multi-stakeholder initiatives. Smallholders and inclusive business opportunities in palm oil (2014)

As palm oil comes under increased scrutiny for its environmental and social impact, CSR Asia’s new report explores the lessons from palm oil. In particular the substantial, but often overlooked role that smallholders play in the palm oil industry, and the opportunity to expanding their inclusion.

Opportunities for inclusive business. A case study of the shrimp value chain. (2014)

This report explores the huge challenges facing the shrimp industry. It looks in-depth at three of the world’s main producing countries, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia and discusses ten key challenges that the industry is facing. The report also highlights possible solutions and presents a number of opportunities for developing more inclusive business models.

Social Media & Sustainability (2014)

This short report provides an overview of the key social media platforms being used in Asia. Drawing on examples from across the region, it describes the risks and opportunities of social media use by stakeholders and business under three key areas: reputation, professional capacity and business model. It explains how companies at different stages of the corporate sustainability journey can harness the power of social media to minimise their risks and maximise the benefits. The report is available exclusively to our Strategic Partners.

Who Is Getting It Done? (2014)

This report is based on a survey of over 400 professionals in the CSR/Sustainability industry in Asia. It provides an insight into salary, profile, budget and operating practices. This year we have included interviews with a diverse group of professionals as well as a focus specifically on professionals based in Hong Kong and those provide consulting service to industry. The report, which is only available to Strategic Partners and those who gave their time and data to complete the report, allows those working in CSR positions within companies in Asia to understand how their role compares to others.

Joining the dialogue – Vulnerable Children and Business (2013)

Commissioned by Aviva and in partnership with adidas Group, HSBC, Kuoni, Microsoft and The Body Shop, this report shares the experiences of business proactively making vulnerable children’s rights real in their operations; uncover stories beyond what is typically shared in the corporate responsibility reports; and provide a view of how business can positively impact vulnerable children’s rights. The goal of this report is to bring business into the dialogue to address societal concerns and operationalise global principles.

Aviva has featured this report in a new social media campaign, #togetherforstreetkids to draw attention to the cause of vulnerable children. See below to view the campaign.

Business and Disaster Preparedness
Helping Communities Prepare for Effective Response (2013)

This publication provides an overview of the risks and vulnerabilities faced by communities in disaster-prone areas of the Asia-Pacific region. It highlights the need for business engagement in disaster preparedness at the community level, and outlines opportunities for strategic engagement that help support business objectives.

Skills-Based Volunteering: Executive Summary (2013)

This summarises the key points of CSR Asia’s paper Skills-Based Volunteering: How can it work for you?. It addresses the ways in which skills-based volunteering can be most effective, focusing on the practicalities of engaging volunteers in programmes and initiatives that have positive impacts. It draws on the experiences and expertise of corporates, NGOs and SBV intermediaries. The full report is available to Strategic Partners.

Enterprise Based Approaches to Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation (2013)

This short summary gives an overview of the current state of poverty and other key development issues, and makes the case for greater private sector involvement going forward. Case studies illustrate how companies can make an impact through core business practices in three key ways: including more people in its value chains, innovating needed products and services for base of pyramid customers, and through impact investments into smaller enterprises.

Making an Impact in Disaster Response, Recovery and Resilience (2013)

This business briefing demonstrates how business can make a greater impact with their contributions to disaster response and recovery. And how strategic partnerships between businesses and the humanitarian sector can increase disaster resilience in vulnerable communities and provide significant business opportunities. This is especially important for businesses operating in the world's most disaster-prone region - Asia-Pacific. The predicted increase in the occurrence of disasters will have social, political, and economic repercussions that can leave societies and markets unstable. Strategic collaborative efforts between business and key actors in the humanitarian and public sector can help safeguard business investments from disaster risks while contributing to the sustainable development and economic vitality of communities.

Corporate community investment impact measurement in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (2013)

This report provides an insight to the Corporate Community Investment (CCI) activities of eighty of the largest listed companies in Hong Kong, Indonesia Malaysia and Singapore. The focus of the research was to analyse whether the sample group of companies were reporting on CCI impact. This report was presented at the CSR Asia Corporate Community Investment – Measuring Impact Forum, Singapore June 2013.

Responsible and Inclusive Business in Myanmar (2013)

This research report from CSR Asia provides practical guidance and recommendations for organisations, enabling them to operate in a way that contributes to the sustainable development of Myanmar while protecting businesses from financial, legal and reputational risks. 

CSR Asia has developed a framework that supports companies with establishing a responsible and inclusive business strategy.

CSR in 10 (2013)

This annual expert stakeholder research provides a snapshot of what CSR issues and trends are likely to be emerging over the coming decade and how stakeholders expect businesses to respond.

The CSR in 10 Report is based on research conducted through interviews with over 70 experts in CSR issues in the Asia Pacific region. The Report discloses their views in three areas: the key issues that are likely to dominate CSR over the next ten years; the key institutions and trends that are likely to shape these topics; and the responses that they expect from businesses.

This year Strategic Partners have told us that they have used this research to help determine material issues for their business and to ensure that their strategy is looking to the future.

Who Is Getting It Done? (2013)

‘WIGID’ is designed to determine the status of CSR professionals in Asia and to understand the main features of the work undertaken in companies around the region. The research outlines the salary, responsibilities and seniority of CSR managers around the region and makes recommendations for future professional development.

This report, which is only available to Strategic Partners and those who gave their time and data to complete the report, allows those working in CSR positions within companies in Asia to understand how their role compares to others.

Business and biodiversity (2013)

This paper discusses the importance of biodiversity to business (and vice versa) and focuses on practical recommendations for action: from developing partnerships to writing policies, from conducting assessments to reporting on progress.

Textile Industry Sustainability Platform (TISP) (2013)

The Textile Industry Sustainability Platform (TISP) is a guide for Chinese factories, apparel brands and their partners to understand introduce sustainability to their organisations by describing best practice.

This guide is an introduction to energy efficiency for the textile industry. Its aim is to

  • Promote the business case for energy efficiency
  • Introduce energy management
  • Describe typical energy efficiency measures
  • Show what textile firms are doing for energy efficiency

Human rights (2012)
This report takes a regional perspective on human rights in business across Asia. It includes a view from each of our country offices, interviews with key stakeholders and information on international guidance. 
The CSR Guide for SMEs in Hong Kong (2011)
The CSR Guide for SMEs in Hong Kong introduces the concept of CSR and provides an easy to read, concise and practice-oriented approach for SMEs in Hong Kong. 

This Guidebook equips SME owners and managers with information that will enable them to take first steps in applying the principles of CSR to their business operations. It will explain what CSR means to your company, outline the business case for CSR, provide good practice case study examples and give tips for getting started and useful resources for additional guidance


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