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Corporate Social Responsibility in Southeast Asia: An Eight Country Analysis

This paper offers a perspective on the practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) across eight Southeast Asian countries—Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The objectives of the report are to identify the factors affecting CSR in the countries studied as well as to develop an understanding of the CSR practices of domestic and multinational firms in those countries. The report will also provide alternatives for stakeholders seeking to promote the practice of Strategic CSR in the selected Southeast Asian countries.

Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives of Large Firms: Improving the Competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

This paper offers a perspective on the CSR linkages between large firms and MSMEs. The study involved literature review, documentary research, and interviews with key stakeholders from business support organizations, MSMEs and government agencies. Forty organizations across the private and public sectors, and civil society participated in the interviews. The study analyzed qualitative data gathered in the course of the research and consolidated the data into this report and into the accompanying annexes. These research outputs are expected to assist government and business to develop the capability to undertake strategic CSR in the Philippines.

Towards Strategic CSR - Aligning CSR with the Business and Embedding CSR into the Organization: A Manual for Practitioners

This CSR Manual is developed in order to educate responsible companies (and those who would want to become responsible) with the knowledge and capability to align CSR strategy with its overall business strategy and embed into its organization. The CSR Manual addresses this concern by providing both theoretical frameworks and practical exercises. The frameworks were developed from actual research projects. The practical exercises, on the other hand, are composed of worksheets to provide practitioners with the “how-to” in applying CSR in their companies. The CSR Manual provides its readers with a practical guide starting from assessing their internal and external environment, formulating a CSR strategy, implementing the CSR programs, to evaluating the progress of their CSR initiatives.

Exploring Strategic CSR: Sustaining and Strengthening Corporate Social Responsibility

This research project was designed to complement the AFCSR 2011 by generating new knowledge on the “State of Strategic CSR” in five countries:  China, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. The project’s purpose was to gain additional knowledge on the concept and practice of CSR in five different business environments by conducting focus group discussions. The research documented the insights from CSR practitioners concerning how to sustain CSR, how to identify the societal impact of CSR, and how to explore the multiple partnerships and relationships between CSR and public policy.

CSR in Mining for APEC Economies
This research project was designed as learning and training material for CSR practitioners in mining industry. It is a collection of five case studies and one country case. It also includes an educational framework, which highlights the importance of using a stages approach in developing a CSR strategy for the mining industry. The logic behind this is that in the case of mining there are different stages (exploration, production, and closure and rehabilitation) that need to be taken into consideration because at each stage of mining stakeholders and issues can vary.

Corporate Social Responsibility in Mining for APEC Economies: Trainers Guidebook

The CSR in Mining for APEC Economies Training Guidebook aids trainers in designing a training program that would provide participants with the following: (1) an overview of the mining sector to put into context the positive and negative impact of mining, (2) an understanding of CSR and Strategic CSR, (3) an awareness of changing interests and concerns of stakeholders and (4) insights on how to develop a sustainable CSR strategy. The CSR Guidebook provides a course design, tools and guidelines for conducting the program.

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