Ongoing Research Topics

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The RVR CSR Center’s ongoing research topics reflect the progression of its research themes in the past ten years.

 

The Practice of CSR in Asia

This research topic focuses on the factors that affect or influence the practice of CSR. The Center believes that the practice of CSR in any company or country is affected by formal and informal structures. Companies and other CSR stakeholders need to take these factors into consideration when developing a CSR strategy, policy or program.

The Center has developed the Influences (Hexagon) Framework which identifies factors affecting the practice of CSR. These factors are classified into: Fundamental Influences, Institutional Dynamics, and Business Landscape.

The Center used the Influence (Hexagon) Framework in writing the report on the state of CSR in Asia as well as several country reports—Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Publications under this research topic include:

  • (Report) Corporate Social Responsibility in Southeast Asia: An Eight Country Analysis
  • (Report) Exploring Strategic CSR: Sustaining and Strengthening Corporate Social Responsibility
  • (Book Chapter) The World Guide to CSR: Asia (Regional Profile)
  • (Book Chapter) The World Guide to CSR: Philippines (Country Profile)

CSR Strategy and Implementation

This research topic focuses on how companies could align CSR with the business and embed it into the organization. CSR must be aligned with the business objectives and business model; and must be embedded into the processes, structures, and policies of the company. The Center believes that CSR strategy and initiatives must be coherent with the external and internal environment; and must be consistent across the different stages—from assessment, formulation, implementation and evaluation.

The Center has developed different CSR Frameworks that could guide CSR practitioners and academe to understand the importance of integrating CSR into the company’s operations as well as step by step guide on how to do it on their own.

One of the current research focus of the Center is on social innovation.

Publications under this research topic include:

  • (Report) Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives: Linkages between Large Firms and Small and Medium Enterprises in the Philippines
  • (Manual) Towards Strategic CSR - Aligning CSR with the Business and Embedding CSR into the Organization: A Manual for Practitioners
  • (Occasional Paper) Developing an Integrated BOP Engagement Strategy

Industry-specific Research

The Center would like to develop CSR reports and publications specific to various industries. Developing a CSR Strategy is not a one-size-fit all approach. Depending on the nature of their business, companies face different issues and concerns. However, companies from the same industry face similar challenges—and such could learn from each other.

The Center believes that by developing industry-specific research projects, companies and CSR stakeholders could benchmark from leading practices as well as anticipate potential risks that could occur.

The Center has developed various research materials and publications for the mining industry.

Publications under this research topic include:

  • (Monograph) CSR in Mining for APEC Economies
  • (Book) Corporate Social Responsibility in Mining for APEC Economies: Trainers Guidebook

Social Innovation

This research topic focuses on innovation strategies to help companies adapt to the changing social complexities and stakeholder expectations. The Center defines social innovation as a new concept or application that integrates the concept of sustainability and the creation of both shareholder as well as social value. The Center’s framework on Social Innovation focuses on institutionalizing the attitude and processes of social innovation into the entire business organization.

The Center is currently developing a book on social innovation which would showcase company initiatives in Asia.

Publication under this research topic includes:

  • (Working Paper) Social Innovation: Business Invention and Social Solutions

Collaboration

This research topic focuses on collaborative engagements among stakeholders in order to create social value. Collaboration and partnership are important when implementing CSR programs. Companies alone could not solve social problems nor address stakeholder concerns. Corporations and stakeholders need to work together—a shared objective is key.

Companies can collaborate with stakeholders in its community engagement initiatives as well as value chain linkages.

Publication under this research topic includes:

  • (Occasional Paper) Developing an Integrated BOP Engagement Strategy
  • (Report) Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives: Linkages between Large Firms and Small and Medium Enterprises in the Philippines