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The 2014 Inaugural Conference on Social Responsibility in Asia

The KKR Hotel Hiroshima
October 29-31, 2014

Hiroshima, Japan

COSRA 2014 will be held at the KKR Hotel Hiroshima
Hiroshima, Japan
October 29-31, 2014

Now Accepting Proposals: Deadline is August 11, 2014
Have a question? secretariat.cosra@presdafoundation.org

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The Inaugural Conference on Social Responsibility in Asia (COSRA 2014) »

Today’s rapidly globalizing world has spawned dynamic changes from rising affluence and urban migration to heavy demands put on our finite resources and the environment.  The breakneck pace of development and consumption of modern society is an unsustainable course that threatens our ecosystem and future.  As humanity is the root of the problem, it is only reasonable that we are part of the solution.  Our response today focuses on sustainability, i.e., a balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress. However, it is social responsibility that provides the cohesive framework for which the equilibrium between economic growth and the well-being of society and the environment can be maintained, where profit and self-interest alone do not dictate policy or one’s daily actions.  Accordingly, modern society demands both individual and corporate social responsibility for optimal impact, whereby all participants serve as conscientious leaders and role models to better their community, nation and the world.

Guided by this insight, the United Nations launched the UN Global Compact in 2000, an ethical paradigm for businesses that integrates human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption as well as other universal values like the Millennium Development Goals.  This model, coupled with sustainability, inspires and challenges organizations to be profitable while minimizing their negative environmental impact and following societal expectations.

We believe that social responsibility has its roots in the individual and expands to business communities, impacting both local and global communities on all levels.  As a result, together we must forge a path that integrates social and environmental concerns in our daily routines and business practices. 

The 2014 Inaugural Conference on Social Responsibility in Asia, to be held in Hiroshima, Japan, is an international conference that offers a platform for scholarly and applied conversations among a wide variety of stakeholders concerned with the continual challenge of advancing the social responsibility agenda: people, planet, and growth.

As the fields of social responsibility, sustainable development and sustainable business cross over into multiple areas and disciplines, authors are welcome to submit from a range of topics, perspectives, and disciplines. The range of research submissions may include conceptual, empirical, experimental, and case studies. With the theme of Balancing the Triple Bottom Line the conference will promote a critical understanding of the innovative and organic approaches concerning social responsibility toward sustainability. 

This is an international, peer-reviewed conference. Full papers are welcome, but not required. Registered participants with an accepted abstract and/or refereed full paper will be published in the Proceedings (ISSN 2188-6881). We invite proposals of 250 words by August 11, 2014 submitted through our online system that consider the following themes:

  • Corporate Governance
  • CSR and Biodiversity
  • CSR and Business Ethics
  • CSR and Education
  • CSR and Management
  • CSR and Social Media
  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)
  • Science & Technology of Sustainability
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Business, Production and Consumption
  • Sustainable Energy Policies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Host Organizing Committee Chairperson

TakayukiYamada Takayuki Yamada
The PRESDA Foundation of Japan

Takayuki Yamada is a co-founder of the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

 
PRESDA is an independent, private, non-profit, chartered organization founded in 2010 by members of Rotary International to raise awareness in the realm of sustainable development and human rights and thereby increase the quality of life for the global community.

Mr Yamada also serves as the Chairman of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. In 2011 and 2013 he led humanitarian and medical missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr Yamada was appointed to serve as an adviser to the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Senior Adviser

WilliamKittredge William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
President, Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants

 
Dr. Kittredge has served as a Director National Programs and Performance Evaluation in U.S. Department of Commerce, Professor of Public Policy & Finance at Carnegie Mellon University, Australia and US Government representative at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France, amongst various senior management positions and appointments.

He received his Ph.D from the Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Public Administration with a specialty in performance assessment and performance-budget linkage.

Senior Adviser

John Stayton John Stayton
Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs
School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University, USA

John Stayton is the Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, a position which encompasses both the evening and executive formats of SSU’s traditional and wine business MBA programs.

 
After fifteen years in the field of high technology industrial marketing, John desired to leverage his business background by developing a profession that would serve the environment and society. In 2000, he co-founded the world’s first graduate program in sustainable business that, in 2002, became known as the GreenMBA. The GreenMBA at Dominican University of California is a rigorous two-year program that transforms students’ abilities to advance environmental and social initiatives in any type of organization.  In 2013, John became the Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, a position which encompasses both the evening and executive formats of SSU’s traditional and wine business MBA programs.

Senior Adviser

MartinRomeroMorett Martin G. Romero-Morett, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the Economics Department
University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Dr. Martin G. Romero Morett heads the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. His field of teaching and research is international economic cooperation for development.

 
Dr. Martin G. Romero Morett earned a Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s degree at the University of Washington and a BA in Economics from the University of Guadalajara. He has served as an official in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Economic Development of the State of Jalisco, Mexico. But his most extensive experience has developed in the university as a professor of undergraduate and graduate students; as a researcher in the field of economic integration processes; and as an officer, where he has been coordinator of the BA in Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara. He was the co-founding director of the Master of International Economic Relations and Cooperation (Latin America-European Union), which is a program that is taught jointly with the Center for Latin American Studies at the Rey Juan Carlos University.

Senior Adviser

SalvadorPenicheCamps Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Dr Salvador Peniche-Camps is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara. His area of teaching expertise is environmental economics with a special emphasis on water related issues.

 
Professor Salvador Peniche-Camps teaches in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara, where he is also the coordinator of the Integral Basin Management Project in the University Center of Economics and Administrative Sciences. In addition, he also holds the title of Director of the International Seminar on the Santiago River Basin.

His primary research interests are in water administration, ecological economics and water economic fields. He has been working in international lobbying initiatives as well as international consulting for Mexican NGOs.

Dr Peniche-Camps has published extensively and he is the director of the scientific journal “Expresion Economica”, which is maintained by the Economics Department of the University Center of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Guadalajara.

Senior Adviser

metri Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D. (IIT – Bombay)
Dean (Academic) and Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
President, Indian Subcontinent-region
Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), Atlanta, USA

Dr Bhimaraya Metri is Academic Dean and Professor of Operations Management at the International Management Institute (IMI), located in Delhi, India.

 
Dr Bhimaraya Metri is Professor of Operations Management at the International Management Institute (IMI), located in Delhi, India. Prior to joining IMI, Professor Metri served as the Dean of the Strathclyde SKIL Business School, and also held numerous academic leadership positions, including Dean (Academics) and Dean (Graduate Programmes), and Chairman (PGPM) at top league B-school MDI Gurgaon. He has also served at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani. Prof Metri has published over 90 research articles in international and national journals and proceedings. He is on several editorial advisory boards of national and international journals.

Senior Adviser

ChrisSeeley3 Christopher Charles Seeley
CEO, Climate Change Solutions, Ltd.
Bangkok, Thailand

Christopher is the CEO of Climate Change Solutions Co., Ltd., a consulting firm providing advisory, project development, and implementation services in the areas of energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy projects across the Asia Pacific region.

 
Previously, Chris spent 6 years with the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), based in Bangkok, managing the Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit program across Asia. He advised governments as well as commercial property owners on energy efficiency projects and other areas relating to climate change mitigation, and has helped to establish dedicated financing mechanisms and investment opportunities across this sector. During this time, he developed and managed a portfolio of projects of over US$150 million across the Asian region.  He has also worked as a consultant for the IFC (World Bank), JICA (Japan), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

 

Conference affiliates and initiatives that we support:

Sonoma State University    Dominican University of California Green MBA
Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, UIC 
Hiroshima Peace Institute  PRESDA Foundation of Japan   University of Guadalajara
Venture Greenhouse  Clinton-Climate-Initiative 

 

The Global Compact 
 The Food Think Tank CARE Defending Dignity Fighting Poverty  Friends of the Global Fight 

 

Conference Advisers

William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
President
Cervelet Management and Strategy Consultants, USA
John Stayton
Executive Director, Graduate and Professional Programs
School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University, USA
Martin G. Romero-Morett, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
     
George W Crabtree, Ph.D.
Senior Physicist and Distinguished Fellow
Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Prawit Puddhanon, Ph.D.
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Production
Maejo University, Thailand
Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D.
Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
     
Mingjing Guo, Ph.D.
School of Economics and Management
China University of Geosciences, P.R. China
Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Economics
Department of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Luis Maria Bo-ot, Ph.D.
Professor, National Institute of Physics
University of the Philippines, Diliman, The Philippines
     
Takayuki Yamada
Chairman, Board of Directors
PRESDA Foundation
Japan
John Latzo
Professor
Div. of Humanities & Social Sciences
POSTECH, S. Korea

 

Christopher Charles Seeley
CEO, Climate Change Solutions, Ltd.
Bangkok, Thailand

 

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