Richard Welford, Chairman, CSR Asia
Richard Welford is Chairman of CSR Asia, a mission-driven business he founded that improves sustainability practices through consultancy thought leadership, events and professional networks throughout Asia. Now an ELEVATE company, CSR Asia is known for its pioneering work around sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the Asia Pacific region.
Richard has over 30 years of experience working with the business sector, United Nations, NGOs and other international agencies in the field of CSR with an emphasis on social justice, human rights, governance issues, community development and environmental management.
He has worked with some of the leading multinational enterprises and local companies in Asia including Disney, CLP Power, Nike, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Swire Pacific, Cathay Pacific, HP, IBM, HSBC, Citigroup, Accor, Credit Suisse, UBS, P&G and adidas. In addition to consultancy, Richard also curates major thought leadership conferences and seminars including CSR Asia Summit and ELEVATE supply chain responsible sourcing events.
Richard is currently an adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has many years of experience in academia, pioneering courses and programs covering a range of issues including shared value, inclusive business, private sector engagement, supply chain risks, human rights and community investment. From 2002 to 2010, Richard was also a professor at the University of Hong Kong and headed up the Corporate Environmental Governance Program.
He is the author of 15 books and numerous articles in the fields of environmental management and sustainable development. He is also the editor of 3 internationally recognized academic journals that develop and promote research around business and sustainable development.
Richard is also a Board Director of a number of other organizations including ERP Environment and is the Chairman AIDS Concern in Hong Kong.