2012 AMCHAM CSR Conference to Focus on Social Innovation

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 0:43
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for me, there have been few organizations that have been consistently ahead of the game on CSR in China than the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Founded in 2004/5 by a small group of committed professionals, it was one of the few groups who was doing anything at the time. A time when less than 10 people in Shanghai carried cards with “CSR” on them.

Now, nearly 10 years later, the committee has been reformed as the Business Council for Sustainability and Responsibility under the leadership of CY Yeung (Chairman) and myself (yes, that makes my opinion biased), and we are now looking to take the efforts of the chamber to a deeper level. A level that inspires the more established firms to expand beyond the standard donations and volunteering programs, while engaging those who are new to the area and are looking for their first steps.

As one of the first steps, on November 29 the 2012 AMCHAM CSR conference will be held at the Portman Hotel from 1 – 6:30pm and will focus on social innovation.  How firms can expand beyond CSR to address socially issues, and the different types of partnerships that are available.

Keynote presentations from:

  • Mr. Jun Ge, Managing Director, Intel China
  • Dr. Shi Derong, Special Olympics Shanghai Chairman and Vice President of Shanghai Special Care Foundation (former Director General of Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau)

Session I: Creating Shared Value and Driving Social Innovation

  • Dr. Zhang Qiang, Associate Dean and Professor, Beijing Normal University
  • Ms. Emily Zhang, Asia-Pacific Public Affairs Director, Dow China
  • Mr. Chien Weijia (Cliff), Executive Director, China Social Innovation Forum
  • * Moderated by CY Yeung, CSR Director, Intel

Session II: From Ideas to Impact: Approaches to Implementing Social Innovation

  • Ms. Diana Tsui, CSR Director, KPMG China
  • Dr. Ji Qingying, Vice Director, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center
  • Dr. Richard R. Lytle, President, Solar Ear
  • Danone Baby Nutrition China (invited)
  • * Moderated by Richard Brubaker, Adjunct Professor, Sustainability and Responsible Leadership, China Europe International Business School Founder, Collective Responsibility

It is going to be a great event, and I hope to see you all there.

Also, for those of you who are socially minded entrepreneurs (profit and non), make sure to download the fellowship application.  It could be your free pass to the event!

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