By Naina Shakya <firstname.lastname@example.org> on 03 May 2011
The belief that sustainable practices will pay off in the future is motivating the corporate sector to focus on environmental issues. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is about the corporate sector engaging in sustainable business practices. To raise awareness about CSR and climate change adaptation, an internal workshop titled 'CSR and the Role for Business in Climate Change Adaptation' was held at ICIMOD on 4 April 2011. The workshop was conducted by Ms Leena Wokeck, a CSR expert from CSR Asia in Hong Kong.
The objective of the workshop was to introduce CSR and climate change adaptation, explain the interests of the private sector, and explore opportunities for partnership. The workshop enhanced the participant's understanding of the role of business in climate change adaptation. It also promoted the work done at ICIMOD and explained its relevance to the corporate world.
Following the workshop, 16 companies were invited to a talk at ICIMOD of the same name on 5 April 2011. The objective of the talk was to share information about CSR practices and the role of business in climate change adaptation. Nepalese, Indian, and multi-national companies in Nepal participated in the event. The participants expressed eagerness to engage in climate change adaptation, but require the assistance of organisations like ICIMOD to guide them. The interaction revealed scope for concrete collaboration in the near future.