Is Rio+20 going to make a difference? Is privatising development the answer?

Vol. 8 Week 24 | 13 June 2012

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ARTICLES

Is Rio+20 going to make a difference? Is privatising development the answer?

A lot has changed in the last twenty years. In 1992 it seemed that there was an appetite for further engaging in developing tools and frameworks for operationalising sustainable development. Yet, what we have actually achieved in each and every year since 1992 is to make the world even more unsustainable. We are now using resources faster than ever, we continue with an upwards trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions and the crisis associated with climate change has kicked in. This means that the Rio+20 Summit is more important than ever. And yet, its impact is going to be severely limited … Read more

Sustainability-focused companies outperform their peers

One of the most frequent questions we get at CSR Asia is: How can we make the business case for sustainability?

A recent Harvard Business School study helps answer the questions by showing that sustainability-focused companies outperform their peers. The study covered an 18-year period, comparing a sample of 180 companies, 90 of which classified as High Sustainability firms and 90 as Low Sustainability firms, in order to examine issues of governance, culture, and performance. Findings show that High Sustainability firms that adopted environmentally and socially responsible policies significantly outperformed the Low Sustainability ones in terms of both stock market and accounting measures…. Read more

Upcoming Module of Masters Degree on CSR

Interested to learn more about strategic opportunities for your company or sector to make a difference in achieving development goals? Exploring opportunities to invest in social enterprise development? Join us for the next module of the Professional Master’s in CSR, which can also be taken as a ‘stand-alone’ course and will be delivered in Bangkok from 15-18 June 2012.

This module will examine the contributions that businesses can make to sustainable development with particular emphasis on poverty alleviation. We examine innovative business practices associated with social enterprise, micro-finance, inclusive growth and the role business can play in community led approaches to poverty reduction . Participants will gain a better understanding of the potential of the private sector to engage in development and poverty alleviation and learn about a variety of business tools for pro-poor development.

Interested applicants can visit www.csrcenter.ait.asia or email [email protected] for further details.