The Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) is Asia’s leading annual conference and awards program on corporate social responsibility

Now in its 15th year, AFCSR was launched in 2002 by the AIM-Ramon V. del Rosario Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility, one of the first research centers in Asia concentrating on corporate responsibility issues. It is the longest running and the premier platform for showcasing CSR thought leadership and best practice. It convenes annually in different Asian destination each year- Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore.

AFCSR is co-convened by Asia Inc Forum (AIF).


The beginning

In 1999, nearing the end of his term as the President of Asian Institute of Management, Prof. Felipe B. Alfonso committed to carrying on working in the development field has started a new activity of training managers specifically for development. Prof. Alfonso perceived corporate social responsibility as a bridge between management and development and the idea strengthened in his mind to establish a center for research in this field. Supported by the del Rosario Group and other businesses in the Philippines including The Ford Foundation in New York, he rallied for support.

Realizing that what CSR needed most was advocacy, the idea to hold an international conference on CSR then took root.
The early years 2002-2010

“What is CSR?” People often asked and so the first AFCSR in 2002 focused on this question to start off the advocacy mission. It focused on strengthening the theoretical basis for CSR thoughts and concepts, to lead to better understanding and will help replication. As early as the beginning, the goal was to highlight corporate innovation and promote CSR as a key strategy in addressing public needs and problems. CSR must be part and parcel of the whole system.

  • 2002
    Manila, Philippines
    388 Delegates, 16 Countries
    Theme: Asian Business for Society
  • 2003
    Bangkok, Thailand
    308 Delegates, 21 Countries
    Theme: Business, Government and Civil Society Collaboration: Meeting the Challenges Ahead
  • 2004
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    283 Delegates, 22 Countries
    Theme: Driving Forces for CSR – Altruism or Economics? Can CSR be Sustained by One Without the Other?
  • 2005
    Jakarta, Indonesia 
    418 Delegates, 18 Countries
    Theme: Exploring CSR Strategies for Business: How the Right Strategy for CSR Can Make Business More Effective
  • 2006
    Manila, Philippines
    528 Delegates, 24 Countries
    Theme: Harnessing CSR for Development and Democracy
  • 2007
    Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 
    550 Delegates, 34 Countries
    Theme: CSR – A Driving Force for Growth and Development: How CSR Can Reduce Poverty, Generate Investments and Trade, and Improve Business Performance
  • 2008
    473 Delegates, 30 Countries
    Theme: Business Response to Social Issues: Getting It Done
  • 2009
    Manila, Philippines
    494 Delegates, 21 Countries
    Theme: Sustaining CSR in Difficult Times: How Business Can Benefit and Why It Still Makes Business Sense
  • 2010
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
    342 Delegates, 27 Countries
    Theme: Improving Business Competitiveness through CSR

The next decade

In later years, AFCSR broached implementation issues and people would come to the conference to explore the “how- to” and focused on processes.

After building a growing and loyal network, AFCSR combined like-minded practitioners of CSR concerned with solid research foundation from the academe as well as from the business providing academic rigor but targeted to practitioners.

The next decade of AFCSR provided overall theme of linking innovation and value creation.

  •  2011
    Manila, Philippines
    582 Delegates, 31 Countries
    Theme: Strategic CSR: Creating Shared Value
  • 2012
    Bangkok, Thailand
    572 Delegates, 30 Countries
    Theme: Innovative Approaches To Create Value for Business and Society
  • 2013
    Bali, Indonesia
    307 Delegates, 21 Countries
    Theme: CSR and the Challenge of Inclusive Growth
  • 2014
    Manila, Philippines
    579 Delegates, 30 Countries
    Theme: Building Resilient Communities: How Business, Government and Social Enterprises Can Work Together
  • 2015
    Bangkok, Thailand
    327 Delegates, 23 Countries
    Theme: Unleashing Social Entrepreneurship: New Partnerships for a Better World

Now in its 15th year, AFCSR 2016 will focus on the critical role that visionary, innovative companies and entrepreneurs can play in building communities, protecting the environment and improving the world.

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