The Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) is the region’s largest corporate responsibility conference. This year’s AFCSR, held in Kuala Lumpur in November, was attended by 342 delegates from 27 countries. Intel delivered a keynote presentation on “CSR and Global Competitiveness: A Question of Value,” which set the tone for the two-day conference and generated insightful discussions among the delegates. In addition, Intel conducted special interest sessions on social entrepreneurship and green operations. Intel also partnered with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) to host this year’s CSR Awards, for which 141 projects from 15 countries competed. The Malaysian First Lady, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, graced the awards night.
Intel and AIM also joined hands through the Intel-AIM Corporate Responsibility Award (IACRA). This award is presented to recognize a company in the region that exemplifies the integration of corporate responsibility principles into its business operations. This year, a record 27 nominations from 10 countries were submitted for the award. Out of these nominees, the judges selected Binalot Fiesta Foods, from the Philippines, to receive the award. Binalot is a food chain company that started its CSR projects in 2006, by working with local banana farmers in Laguna Province Philippines, to provide the company with sustainable sources of banana leaves, a key raw material for Binalot’s products. Dr. Anjan Ghosh, Regional Director, Intel Corporate Affairs, and Professor Fil Alfonso, Asian Institute of Management, presented the award to Binalot’s president, Mr. Rommel Juan, during AFCSR awards night.