Prof. Kalok Chan
Dean of CUHK Business School
Wei Lun Professor of Finance
It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 10th annual CUHK MBA CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Conference. Led and run by our MBA students, the conference is a leading CSR initiative in Asia which has reached a significant milestone of 10 years this year. How timely it is that CUHK Business School is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of its MBA Programs at the same time.
Although the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has existed for decades, it is only until recently that the private and public organizations have shown commitment and actively incorporated CSR in strategic planning. Research has shown that CSR not only helps to achieve a healthy and sustainable environment, it can also benefit our society in its economic and social development.
Whether it is in the East or West, there are a number of shared key concepts of CSR and sustainable development. In Asia, however, some economic, social and environmental issues remain important in the development of CSR. They include climate change, labour rights, organizational transparency and accountability, stakeholder engagement, community investment, supply chain management and poverty alleviation. The fact that Asian countries have different political and social settings, as well as stages of development, intergovernmental cooperation will play a crucial role in promoting synergy and growth in CSR.
CUHK Business School values the importance of CSR and business ethics. In terms of course content and program delivery, we are paying due attention to topics related to CSR, alongside other important topics such as big data, innovation and entrepreneurship. We are fully supportive to student-led CSR activities, including this MBA CSR Conference. This Conference provides a unique platform for business leaders, CSR practitioners and corporations in Asia to share new insights and best practices that will shape the future development of CSR in Asia. It is also a valuable learning platform for our students to learn about CSR strategies globally.
Once said by Mahatma Gandhi, “The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”. I wish that, through this conference, CSR will become an important part of our lives and the DNA of our businesses.
Thank you very much.