Singapore’s premium CSR event is back once again! The International Singapore Compact CSR Summit, organised by Singapore Compact for Corporate Social Responsible (CSR), is taking place on 4 and 5 September 2013 at the Raffles City Convention Centre.
Now into its fifth year, the 2-day Summit promises to showcase the best CSR thoughts and practices in the region and around the world, by bringing together more than top business leaders, government officials, policy makers, academics, civil society leaders and CSR practitioners in a brisk exchange of focused analysis and dialogue on the world of CSR.
The theme for this year’s Summit is “CSR: Making the Difference – Innovations, Best Practices, Ideas”, and will touch on various topics that are particularly relevant in today’s business climate: sustainability reporting and its value to the investment community; creating effective partnerships through a multi-stakeholder approach; the socio-economical responsibilities of businesses operating in emerging markets such as Myanmar and Vietnam; climate change and environmental responsibility and the role of social media in promoting CSR.
A line up more than 40 distinguished guests will speaking at this year’s Summit, including Singapore’s Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob, who is gracing the opening ceremony as the Guest of Honour; Mr Heng Chee How, Senior Minister of State from the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Secretary-General of the National Trade Union Congress; Mr Kwek Leng Joo, President of Singapore Compact for CSR and Managing Director of City Development Limited, Singapore; Professor Dr R. Nieuwenkamp, Chair of OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct; Professor David Grayson, Director of Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield University, United Kingdom; Dr Puvan Selvanathan of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Business and Human Rights; Dr Makarim Wibisono, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation; Mr Ronnie Tay, CEO of Singapore’s National Environment Agency and Mr Jack Sim, Founding Advisor of BoP Hub.
Among the highlights of this year’s Summit is the keynote address by Professor Grayson, who will explain how corporate sustainability is not just about minimising the negative social, environmental and economic impacts but also maximising positive impacts. He will share case studies on how businesses are using the opportunities and mitigating the risks through new forms of multi-stakeholder business collaboration involving not just the business community but the public sector, government, civil society and international agencies.
In addition, winners of this year’s CSR Awards for ‘Best Community Developer’, ‘Caring Employer’, ‘Green Champion’ and ‘Best Workplace’ awards will be announced at the opening ceremony of the Summit. Representatives from the winning companies, which represent the best in CSR practices in Singapore, will also share their case studies with conference delegates in one of 10 sessions at the Summit.
A pre-summit workshop, “Building a Culture of Innovation and Sustainability – How CSR can help you develop an engaged workforce”, will provide participants with practical insights to how to use CSR as a management tool to build an engaged workforce and an organisational culture that is ethical, responsible, creative and sustainable. Presented by Mr Florian Beranek, Chief Technical Advisor on CSR for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the workshop will be held on 3 September 2013 for a limited number of Summit delegates only.
For more information about the 5th International Singapore Compact CSR Summit, please visit www.singaporecsrsummit.org