Partner: Prakruthi (India)
Duration: Jan 2010 to Jul 2012
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) generally falls within one of four categories: environmental, social, economic and corporate governance. CSR standards, codes and practices may be individual company quality requirements, driven by consumer expectations, shareholder reputational concerns, importer codes and standards, codes developed by NGOs and/or driven by ethical principles. CSR standards and codes may also be included as part of government investment and competitiveness incentive policies and programmes.
Since the subject is fresh and the research arena remains untouched the SDPI team in the first stage produced a stocktaking of the state of CSR in Pakistan “Corporate Conscience”. The purpose of the study was to contextualize CSR in Pakistan. It was found that the approach to CSR, however, is still relatively primitive, with a fogged distinction between philanthropy and CSR. Value chain analysis was applied to the diary product industry to give a deeper understanding of the issues encouraging or barricading CSR practices in Pakistan.
Following the same patterns an illustrative example of sugar production was taken for this CSR study.
The research aims to understand the existing dynamics of CSR in the sugar production sector of Pakistan. The study examines the sugar arena and attempts to verify the barriers to CSR implementation. The sugar sector plays a central role in Pakistan’s economy from contributing in the national treasury to providing earnings to meager farmers.
After individual scrutiny of key stakeholders in the sugar production cycle, the report presents all contradicting and supporting views narrowing down to understand the segments of the chain where the issues of corporate governance exist. The sector is analyzed on various levels like structural, environmental and developmental to establish that not only is the relationship between farmers and sugar millers’ fragile and hostile but there seems to be a large policy and governance gap in the area.
The report “Corporate Social Responsibility: Studying the sugar production process in Pakistan” was launched by SDPI on 3rd July 2012.
Moreover, under this programme, a network was born out of the need to improve the sustainability of value chains, especially in the South Asian Countries, South Asian Network on Sustainability and Responsibility (SANSAR). This network was formed in Dhaka where a common goal and agenda for CSR Networking was identified among the founding members. Founding members include: SDPI from Pakistan, Prakruthi from India, CSR Center from Bangladesh and the Center for Afghan Civil Society Support from Afghanistan. SANSAR was officially launched on 29th March, 2012 in Bangalore, India.
To become a member of SANSAR Pakistan please fill out the form. You may send in soft copies of the filled form at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3 Islamabad