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).
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.
388 Delegates, 16 Countries
Theme: Asian Business for Society
308 Delegates, 21 Countries
Theme: Business, Government and Civil Society Collaboration: Meeting the Challenges Ahead
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
283 Delegates, 22 Countries
Theme: Driving Forces for CSR – Altruism or Economics? Can CSR be Sustained by One Without the Other?
418 Delegates, 18 Countries
Theme: Exploring CSR Strategies for Business: How the Right Strategy for CSR Can Make Business More Effective
528 Delegates, 24 Countries
Theme: Harnessing CSR for Development and Democracy
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
473 Delegates, 30 Countries
Theme: Business Response to Social Issues: Getting It Done
494 Delegates, 21 Countries
Theme: Sustaining CSR in Difficult Times: How Business Can Benefit and Why It Still Makes Business Sense
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.
582 Delegates, 31 Countries
Theme: Strategic CSR: Creating Shared Value
572 Delegates, 30 Countries
Theme: Innovative Approaches To Create Value for Business and Society
307 Delegates, 21 Countries
Theme: CSR and the Challenge of Inclusive Growth
579 Delegates, 30 Countries
Theme: Building Resilient Communities: How Business, Government and Social Enterprises Can Work Together
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.