International Conference on                                       
Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development  
Bangkok (Thailand) 03-06 June 2013

INTRODUCTION

Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development : CSR 2013 International Conference
Organized by: Society For Education & Research Development (SERD), India
SERD Corporate Social Responsibility

A popular explanation of the term CSR is the continuing commitment by businesses to behave ethically and contribute to economic development, while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large. Over the last years an increasing number of companies worldwide started promoting their business through Corporate Social Responsibility strategies because the customers, the public and the investors expect them to act sustainable as well as responsible. In some cases, CSR is a result of a variety of social, environmental and economic pressures while some other cases many large corporations, it is primarily a strategy to divert attention away from the negative social and environmental impacts of their lives. It enables the company to leverage its products, employee strength, networks and profits and up to some extent to create a sustainable change for marginalized communities. Despite certain criticisms on the CSR activities, more and more companies in the world are inclined towards corporate social responsibility. The CSR Executives have the task of reconciling the various programs, quantifying their benefits, or at least sketching a logical connection to the business, and securing the support of business line counterparts. CSR can not only refer to the compliance of human right standards, labor and social security arrangements, but also to the fight against climate change, sustainable management of natural resources and consumer protection. The various practices followed by the corporate in different parts of the world differ significantly. In the Developed nations, the basic needs of the population do not need so much support as in the under-developed nations. The demographies, literacy rate, poverty ratio and GDP of the country have significant role in determining the directions of CSR initiatives of an organization. In the Asian context, CSR mostly involves activities like adopting villages for holistic development, in which they provide medical and sanitation facilities, build school and houses, and helping villages become self-reliant by teaching them vocational and business skills. This Conference is designed to understand and deal with the unprecedented impacts of CSR on the working population, society and environment and therefore to elaborate the various frameworks for it with a view towards developing its practice in an evolutionary way.