CSR Retreat Asia | 2013

Sixteen CSR/ Sustainability Managers from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Thailand met in Bangkok, Thailand from 1 to 4 December 2013 for the Network’s first Regional CSR Retreat Asia. In their discussions, they addressed the changing global and Asian business context and its implications for corporate responsibility and competitiveness. They spoke about how companies may position themselves towards societal challenges, how they can identify strategic focus areas and KPIs. Moreover, they exchanged their views and experiences on how to involve a company’s leadership in sustainability activities. In a mixture of plenary sessions and small group work, including the use of real-live case studies, further topics covered included: ‘shared value’ creation, materiality analysis, supply chain management, corporate governance, integrated reporting, and stakeholder engagement.

As an exclusive peer-to-peer learning platform, the Regional CSR Retreat in Asia was designed to bring together a select group of CSR/sustainability managers from Asia to explore real-life situations, identify opportunities, share knowledge of best practices and develop cutting-edge approaches to sustainability. The specific objectives were:

  • Capacity-Building: Enhancing the participants’ capacity to develop viable solutions for sustainability challenges facing their companies, and to become effective change agents in their company, sector and industry.
  • Joint Solution-Seeking: Increasing the availability of actionable solutions and approaches for sustainability challenges by developing a network of sustainability practitioners that have access to knowledge and hand-onguidance based on real-life problems and approaches.
  • Providing Policy Support: Contributing to informed international policy-making in the field of CSR/sustainability.

Main Themes

The Retreat combined plenary lectures with group discussions and case studies. In each activity, several key issues and takeaways were identified. The main themes of the modules were:

  • The changing competitive landscape for business
  • Positioning the business response to societal challenges
  • Supply chain management
  • Identifying the strategic focus areas for the CSR roadmap
  • Integrated reporting – Recent developments and best practice
  • Engaging the board to promote leadership and drive change
  • Community engagement
  • Creating shared value
  • Stakeholder engagement and mapping

Syndicate groups furthermore dealt with:

  • Individual business challenges and possible solutions
  • Action plans and commitments to take forward
  • Being a Change Agent
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