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President a panelist at FCCT Press Conference on CSR Asia Summit 2008


To draw international and domestic media attention to the CSR Asia Summit 2008 which AIT is hosting from 3-4 November, last week on October 27 President Said Irandoust represented the Institute as a panelist at a major press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) in downtown Bangkok. The president was joined at the event by Mr. Richard Welford, the Chairman of Hong Kong-based CSR Asia, and Ambassador HE Kasit Piromya, who was the former ambassador of Thailand to five countries, including the United States and Japan, and the Thailand Representative of the Caux Round Table.

This was the first time that AIT has participated at a press conference at the FCCT. Organized by AIT’s Promotions Support Service Unit (PSSU) along with APCO, the press conference attracted over 60 representatives of the Thai and international media and members of the Bangkok-based foreign diplomatic corps, the private sector, academia, and international and nongovernmental organizations.
A particular highlight of the event was the unveiling of CSR Asia’s ‘Asian CSR Barometer’, which is Asia’s first comparative study on CSR reporting and practice. The report compared top listed companies in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore in areas such as environmental and supply chain practices, corporate CSR strategy, human resource performance, stakeholder engagement, corporate governance, community investment and CSR communication.
International media who attended the press conference included the news agency Inter Press Service (IPS), Reader's Digest, Radio France Internationale, the Thai News Agency and Japan’s Bangkok Shuho Co. Prominent Thai media included the Bangkok Post, The Nation, Prachachart Turakij, Krungthep Turakij, Strategic Marketing, Econnews, Manager Daily, Positioning, Post Today, Manager Weekly, Chulalongkorn University Press, BK Magazine, and Siam Turakij.