Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility Explores Social Innovation

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Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility Explores Social Innovation

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Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 8:35am

CONTENT: Press Release

Myanmar, August 25, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR), co-organized by the Asian Institute of Management-Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility (AIM-RVR Center) and Asia Inc Forum (AIF), will explore the concept of social innovation and what it means for businesses and communities.

AIM-RVR Center explains social innovation as “a measurable, replicable initiative that uses a new concept or a new application of an existing concept to create shareholder and social value.”

An increasing number of businesses are evolving corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices into social innovation initiatives, largely because it makes business sense.

“Many corporations now recognize that it’s not only a matter of ‘giving back’ to communities. Corporations are beginning to realize that as members of a larger society, they play a bigger role in addressing the world’s most pressing issues,” explains Conference Chairman Dato Timothy Ong. “This year’s AFCSR offers a venue for conversations around social innovation and how the private sector can impact upon our societies more profoundly.”

Meanwhile, Conference Executive Director Dr. Francisco L. Roman, Jr. emphasizes that social innovation is highly relevant for businesses.

“What we are seeing now is that the metrics for business performance are changing,” Dr. Roman explains. “Sustainability and environmental impact are now becoming important factors for businesses, especially in view of the finite amount of resources available. We are also seeing businesses aspire to a larger purpose, looking at ways to contribute to inclusive growth. Ultimately, these efforts also have an impact on how a business is able to attract and retain the best talent, which in turn, contributes to business continuity and sustainability.”

This year’s AFCSR will be held on 20-21 September 2016 at the Kempinski Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Delegates will also be given access to the Myanmar Business Roundtable on the afternoon of September 19. The Myanmar Roundtable is a pre-AFCSR dialogue focusing on the country’s business landscape and key considerations for doing business.

The line-up of speakers includes: Dado Banatao, Chairman of the Philippine Development Foundation; Serge Pun, Chairman of the SPA Group and Yoma Strategic Holdings; Mom Rajawongse Pridiyathorn Devakula, former Governor of the Bank of Thailand and former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand; Chandran Nair, founder and CEO of the Global Institute for Tomorrow; Runa Khan, Executive Director of Friendship NGO; Deevya Desai, Regional Public Affairs of Grab; Marko Kasic of FundLife; and Daiana Beitler, APC Philanthropies Lead, Microsoft Asia, among others.

The conference is presented in collaboration with Intel Corporation as Strategic Partner, SPA Group as Host Sponsor, Jebsen & Jessen as Diamond Sponsor, Bangkok Bank, Fuji Xerox and PHINMA Group as Gold Sponsors, and City Love & Hope Foundation and KT Care as Country Sponsors. ASEAN CSR Network, AMCHAM Myanmar Chapter, Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce, British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar, CCI France Myanmar, EuroCham Myanmar and League of Corporate Foundations Philippines also support AFCSR as Forum Partners.

Interested participants may register at or contact the Conference Secretariat at (632) 892 4011 loc. 2610 or 2611 or (632) 752 1208 or email


About Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR)
The AFCSR is the premier platform for showcasing CSR thought leadership and best practice in Asia. It was founded in the Philippines by the RVR Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). The AFCSR is the largest and longest-running CSR conference in Asia, with more than 500 delegates from 30 countries in attendance. It convenes annually in a different Asian location each year. The AFCSR features prestigious CSR Awards: the Asian CSR Awards and the Intel-AIM Corporate Responsibility Award for outstanding initiatives in four key areas - education, environment, and health and poverty alleviation. It is co-convened by the AIM RVR Center for CSR and Asia Inc Forum. For more information, please visit

About AIM-RVR Center for Corporate Responsibility
The AIM RVR Center is a research and program center within the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). The main thrust of the AIM RVR Center is to undertake CSR-focused research relative to the competitiveness of corporations and their impact on society. The AIM RVR Center is one of the first research centers in the region to concentrate on CSR issues. The Center also provides consultancy and training services on CSR issues to organizations throughout Asia. The AIM is the Asian pioneer in international management education. For more information, please visit

About Asia Inc Forum
Asia Inc Forum (AIF) is a leading facilitator of business and public policy dialogue within ASEAN and the Asia Pacific region. AIF is the convener of the influential ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum and the co-convener of the Asian Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR). The company has a proud history of partnership with the APEC CEO Summit, the foremost meeting of business and government in the Asia Pacific region. For more information, please visit


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