Do accepted corporate social responsibility “best practices” stand up to the stress in tougher times?
The turbulence in the economy is stirring everything up, including the very relationships needed to keep your business on track. Corporate leaders today are making bold choices and driving big change for sustainability through their own organizations and the markets where they operate around the world. They have learned that the best decisions for sustainability also bring big rewards for their employees, communities, business partners, and shareholders.
Achieving corporate social responsibility is not a one–time event but a continuing process of innovation and change. During this session a group of leaders from business and UK based think tank will share how corporations working together with governments and NGOs are redefining business success.
General Manager of Corporate Communications, Mitsubishi International Corporation
Tracy L. Austin was born on May 14, 1956 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lived until her family moved to Freeport, Long Island in 1961. After graduating from Freeport High School in 1974, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, and a Master of Professional Studies Degree in Afro-American and African Literature from Cornell University's Africana Studies and Research Center in 1982.
She earned a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School in 1984, and joined the law firm of Shearman & Sterling where she worked as a corporate associate for three (3) years. In 1987 she became in-house counsel for Mitsubishi International Corporation, the Japanese trading and investment company, where she has worked for over 20 years, including six (6) years in Tokyo in the Legal Department of her company's parent, Mitsubishi Corporation.
In 2001 she also became Executive Director of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas, which supports environmental education, biodiversity conservation, environmental justice and sustainable development projects through the Americas. As Executive Director of the Foundation, she has been an active participant in both EGA and International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP). She was a member of the Program Committee for the 2007 EGA Retreat.
On January 1, 2007 she became General Manager of Corporate Communications for Mitsubishi International Corporation, while continuing as Executive Director of the Foundation.
She currently serves as a member of the board of the African Film Festival, Inc. and the Environmental Grantmakers Association.
Ms. Austin is fluent in French, and proficient in Japanese and Spanish.
Do Young Kim
Project Leader of CSR, SK Telecom
Do-Young Kim is Project Leader of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Team at SK Telecom. He graduated from Chungang University in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He entered SK Corporation in 1998, and worked in the Office of the Staff to the President as Senior Manager from 1999 to 2000. Mr. also Kim completed a Professional Management Course at the Mae-Kyong Business Research Center during his time at SK Corporation. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Kim worked at the SK's Art Center Nabi as managing director, before joining SK Telecom to head its Corporate Community Relations Team.
As Project Leader of SK Telecom's newly established CSR Team, he is in charge of establishing and executing SK Telecom's corporate citizenship strategy. His team is currently undergoing a modeling initiative focused on how IT companies can better align their business with social and environmental issues through a tailored CSR framework. Some ongoing projects are job creation programs through company-NGO-government collaboration, public service via mobile technology, utilization of eco-friendly radio wave receivers, and corporate volunteer initiatives.
While heading the CSR Team as Project Leader, Mr. Kim also takes on the role of Director-general of the SK Nanum Foundation's social enterprise efforts. Outside SK, he currently serves the South Korean National Assembly's Social Welfare Committee as a consultative committee member and the Federation of Korean Industries as Corporate Community Relations Working-level Committee member.
Mr. Kim is a member of the Community Chest of Korea, the Korea Red Cross Society, and the Korea Council of Volunteering.
A native of Korea, Mr. Kim resides in Seoul with his wife and two children.
China Representative, AccountAbility
Joshua Wickerham is China Representative of AccountAbility. He researches responsible competitiveness in the greater Chinese context, including regional and international strategies and editing of the Chinese version of the State of Responsible Competitiveness 2007 with the WTO Tribune. He is responsible for all aspects of AccountAbility’s Chinese operations, including city, regional and national research like survey work with Fortune China and regional Responsible Competitiveness with the Zhejiang Provincial Trade and Economic Committee and GTZ. Joshua is also a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University’s School of Public Management and a graduate student at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at the University of California San Diego, where he studies international development. While at IR/PS, he has received numerous awards, including Dean’s Fellow; International Affairs Fellow; and Schoepflin Fellow and Switzer Foundation Fellow for ability to influence environmental change.
He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. Joshua writes journalistic, academic, and professional works on business, history, and music. Joshua plays the Chinese zither(guqin). He speaks and reads Mandarin and Spanish.
Kwang Ryu (Moderator)
Research Associate, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Kwang directs the Center's China Initiative, a research and educational program designed to build leadership capacity, improve business standards and raise awareness of corporate citizenship and development issues in China.
Kwang conducts research with corporate professionals to provide Corporate Citizenship analysis and tools for The Center's 350 Fortune 1000 members. Kwang's primary focus since joining the Center has been his work with Strategic Benchmarking Initiative, an initiative helping privately held companies to better understand social issues and risks from the business case, and the Global Leadership Network, an initiative helping companies align corporate citizenship with business strategy. Other research area includes the state of Corporate Citizenship Study and Assessment on Corporate Citizenship performance.
Prior to joining The Center Kwang was a researcher at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. During his time at Harvard, Kwang worked on multi-sectoral research projects on International Development and strategic management of non-profits and the City governments. He also helped to build the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory, a student focused social enterprise incubator, at Hauser Center for Non-profit.