Entries for the Asian CSR Awards and IACRA
came from various fields, including manufacturing, banking and finance, transportation, logistics, the petroleum industry, agriculture, mining, telecommunications, information technology, hospitality and leisure, business process outsourcing, broadcasting, as well as non-government organizations and corporate foundations.
Felipe Alfonso, Executive Director RVR Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, emphasizes, "Doing good in business does matter, and we want to encourage as many companies as possible to see the value in being committed corporate citizens, thus we tied-up with Intel on the IACRA.
Intel and AIM launched the IACRA in 2007 to honor specific organizations for excellent CSR projects in one or more of the following areas: Education, especially improving access to and quality of basic education; Community Involvement, focusing on providing sustainable executive time and attention; Environmental Stewardship; and Poverty Alleviation through providing innovative use of information communications and technology (ICT).
Twenty five organizations/companies from different parts of Asia were nominated for the IACRA this year.
According to Ghosh, "We launched IACRA with the Asian Institute of Management as a way of enhancing our support to the practice of corporate responsibility.
Winning the IACRA is also a boost to an organization or company's credibility as a CSR practitioner, as it is strictly a peer-nomination, non-competitive award.