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APEC Symposium on CSR for Global Business [January 19, 2005]

APEC Symposium on CSR for Global Business


Outline


As part of the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group (HRD-WG) activities, IIST proposed a project to strengthen risk management systems to deal with new risks associated with economic liberalization.The project is to develop educational programs for managers so that they can prepare for risks that companies may face in the future. Recently, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been attracting greater attention as a new managerial issue in the progress of globalization, and IIST believes that companies can avoid risks by sincerely fulfilling their CSR when developing business in foreign countries, where values and cultures differ from their own. Therefore, IIST decided to provide Japanese executives with an opportunity to broadly discuss their social responsibilities in addition to customer satisfaction, stable employment, environmental management, and legal compliance, to which they have already attributed much importance.


Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Place: International Conference Hall, Keidanren Kaikan (Marunouchi, Tokyo)
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Supported by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Nippon Keidanren; The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Business Policy Forum, Japan
Participants: Corporate executives (approximately 250 people)
Theme: “CSR for the Global Business” - What are Expected in Doing Business in Asia -


At the symposium, the importance of fulfilling CSR as a part of corporate strategy was demonstrated through examples of advanced CSR measures. At the same time, many examples were presented on issues related to cultural diversity and relations with local communities that need to be dealt with by Japanese companies.

Europe or the United States might be necessary when conducting business in Asia. Through speeches and Q&A sessions, opinions from various APEC economies in which Japanese companies conduct business were expressed.Some successes and challenges faced by Japanese companies in foreign economies were introduced. The symposium gave important implications that would contribute to future business to participating managers, pointing out differences in important facets of CSR by region due to differences in social backgrounds.Also the differences in ideas of the head office and the company’s overseas operations may post difficulties.

PDF (101KB) Program


Related event Workshop on CSR


Following the symposium, which gave CSR experts in Asia a chance to meet, a workshop was held on March 20, in which participants had a more in-depth discussion on relevant problems in the APEC region and agreed to conduct a survey to identify the actual situation in the APEC region.


Opening address by President Ikeda of Shiseido

Opening address by President Ikeda of Shiseido

Keidanren Kaikan - the venue of the symposium

Keidanren Kaikan - the venue of the symposium


Keynote speakers ( Mr. Hirose of Sumitomo Chemical, Ms. Mannion of Robin Hood Foundation, and Mr.Pickard of Edelman

Keynote speakers ( Mr. Hirose of Sumitomo Chemical, Ms. Mannion of Robin Hood Foundation, and Mr.Pickard of Edelman


Panel discussions

Panel discussions


参加CSR専門家

Commemorative photo of participating CSR experts



Related article


CSR in Action: A summary of recent discussions in Japan



Human Resource Development Dept.

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