Oxford Business Group is pleased to announce its media partnership with The Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) 2012 which will be held on 25 – 26 October, in Thailand. In this respect we send you the following message from the conference organisers:
Dear Oxford Business Group Subscribers,
Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) 2012
Now on its second decade!
Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR)
October 25 and 26, 2012
Following ten successful conference runs in six of Southeast Asia’s major cities – Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore, the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) continues to be at the forefront of CSR development in Asia. This 2012, Bangkok will host the 11th AFCSR on October 25 & 26.
The AFCSR is recognized as the largest and most significant conference on CSR in Asia, this evident by the numbers of delegates who have attended the conference through the years. The forum is extremely well supported and attended, not just by the business sector but by government officials, the academe, civil society, media, and multinational and multilateral organisations operating in Asia.
2012 Theme: INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO CREATE VALUE FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIETY
There is a rising trend over the past decade to apply innovations in CSR not only to enhance the firm’s CSR strategy but also to create value among both internal and external stakeholders. Many of the CSR-related innovations focus on products and technologies that benefit the rural poor communities. Indeed, one global corporation runs such an award every year.
However, innovations not only involve products and technology but also supply-chain processes and multi-stakeholder engagement. This broader scope for CSR innovations energizes the organization (internally) and builds goodwill among (external) stakeholders. For example, technological innovation drives the effort to build “green cities.” Product innovations allow corporations to meet the needs of the consumers at the bottom of the pyramid. Supply-chain processes reduce waste increase quality and raise incomes among small and medium enterprises. And new approaches to engaging multiple stakeholders with their own agenda enhance partnerships and sustain networks that build shared value.
AFCSR 2012 builds on its previous themes of increasing competitiveness and embedding strategy for the firm through CSR by focusing on CSR-related innovations. As in last year’s AFCSR 2011, AFCSR 2012 will offer a general framework on the design and structure of the theme of “Innovative Approaches to Create Value for Business and Society.” For example, experience with business innovations suggests a slow but progressive build-up from a small group of enthusiastic early adaptors to the broader mass market. One objective of AFCSR 2012 is to explore ways and means to accelerate the process of CSR innovation so that more stakeholders benefit much earlier. The most innovative pro-poor product or CSR community-program still requires a framework to develop the innovation and generate stakeholder buy-in.
About the Principal Organizer
The AIM Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Social Responsibility (AIM RVR Center), AFCSR’s organizer, is a research and program center within the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). AIM is the pioneer graduate school of management in Asia. AIM offers world‐class graduate education that has molded Asia’s business, development and entrepreneurial leaders and managers for 43 years.