The 2nd Conference on Social Responsibility in Asia – Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan »

Welcome to COSRA 2018

Welcome to the 2nd Conference on Social Responsibility in Asia, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2, 2018 at the Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan. This event is partnered with the 3rd Asian Symposium on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH 2018)  as well as the International Conference on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability (ICOHS 2018).

This is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

About COSRA 2018

Today’s rapidly globalizing world has spawned dynamic changes from rising affluence and urban migration to heavy demands put on our finite resources and the environment. The breakneck pace of development and consumption of modern society is an unsustainable course that threatens our ecosystem and future. As humanity is the root of the problem, it is only reasonable that we are part of the solution. Our response today focuses on sustainability, i.e., a balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress. However, it is social responsibility that provides the cohesive framework for which the equilibrium between economic growth and the well-being of society and the environment can be maintained, where profit and self-interest alone do not dictate policy or one’s daily actions. Accordingly, modern society demands both individual and corporate social responsibility for optimal impact, whereby all participants serve as conscientious leaders and role models to better their community, nation and the world.

Guided by this insight, the United Nations launched the UN Global Compact in 2000, an ethical paradigm for businesses that integrates human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption as well as other universal values such as the Sustainable Development Goals launched by the United Nations in 2015. This model, coupled with sustainability, inspires and challenges organizations to be profitable while minimizing their negative environmental impact and following societal expectations.

We believe that social responsibility has its roots in the individual and expands to business communities, impacting both local and global communities on all levels. As a result, together we must forge a path that integrates social and environmental concerns in our daily routines and business practices. With the theme of Social Responsibility: Emerging Issues and Challenges, we hope COSRA 2018 offers a platform for scholarly and applied conversations among a wide variety of stakeholders concerned with the continual challenge of advancing the social responsibility agenda: people, planet, and growth. The Final Deadline for Submissions is Friday, August 17, 2018.

DREAM 2018 Submission Application

COSRA 2018 Streams

  • Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Business, Production and Consumption
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Other Areas of Sustainability (please specify)

COSRA 2018 Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

COSRA 2018 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers,  students and supporters of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Plan Your Attendance

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Program Committee

  • Takayuki YamadaHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Takayuki Yamada
    INTESDA, Japan

    Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

  • Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Program Director, INTESDA,

    Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA.  His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights. He is actively involved with flood-fighting and disaster response and management in Japan.

  • Gary SmithHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Gary Smith
    Media and Technology Director, INTESDA,
  • Gary Smith is an environmental and wildlife photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. His current film project is a documentary on the Seven Summits. The filming has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its affect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term affects of melting glaciers and polar ice caps. Gary holds degrees in mass communication, media arts and Japanese from Southern Illinois University, USA. His academic interests include environmental studies, ICT and photography.
  • Review Committee

    COSRA 2018 is an international, peer-reviewed conference. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

    Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the conference. Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the official proceedings, which is published in electronic format shortly after the conference.