The Center for Social Responsibility (CSR) is the social extension center of the University of Asia and the Pacific.
It aims to maximize the synergy of the faculty, students, and partner institutions in uplifting the social and economic conditions of marginalized groups in society. This is borne out of the Christian doctrine that every person has the social obligation to reach out to those in need. The Center’s brand of “social responsibility” goes beyond common notions attributed to charity and stewardship that are commonly expressed by dole-outs. Rather, CSR prefers to view social responsibility along the lines of uplifting the dignity, productivity, and sustainability of people, companies, and communities.
CSR utilizes its professional expertise, resources, and entrepreneurial abilities in a process of synergy to create greater impacts and sustainability.
- An academic and research business unit within UA&P which operate as an international organization in the Asia and the Pacific region. Specifically, CSR understands business and a business consultancy which excels at providing social responsibility services guided by the spirit of the social doctrine of the Church.
- We will continue to encourage individual employees to lead in the marketing and research development of the Center, but within a clear brand and values framework and against the positioning and financial return criteria already spelt out.
- Wherever across the Asia and the Pacific and in whatever service area a client or prospect comes across the Centre for Social Responsibility they should feel that they are dealing with the University of Asia and the Pacific, that UA&P and CSR are one and the same, which operates in a highly consistent and recognizable way.
Vision (People and Career)
- Carry on supporting faculty teaching, research and extension efforts on individual basis, mentoring and rewarding employees with potential for leadership and management positions which incorporates succession planning.
- Remain a flat organization, of seasoned and expert professionals. People will be able to grow their careers by adding to that experience and taking on increasingly challenging work, rather than working their way up a ladder.
- Build communication processes so that all people in the Center feel informed about and are actively engaged with our future direction.
- We will continue to reward staff through profit share based on team performance and nurturing a fun and friendly working environment.
SOCIAL EXTENSION PROJECTS
The University’s social extension projects, mainly through its hallmark Center for Social Responsibility, aims to maximize synergy of the University community to uplift others’ lives–a desire borne out of the Christian doctrine that every person has the social obligation to reach out to those in need.
UA&P’s brand of “social responsibility” goes beyond common notions attributed to charity and stewardship that are commonly expressed by dole-outs. Social responsibility is viewed along the lines of uplifting the dignity, productivity and sustainability of people, companies, and communities.
Throughout the years, the University through the Center has engaged in various, wide-reaching projects:
Sustainability Reporting Using Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Since 2009, the Center has been offering its services to various corporations around the country on producing sustainability reports using Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI is a reporting tool that allows companies to report on three key areas of its business operations known as the “triple bottom line” – economic, social, and environmental. Reporting and analyzing their business in these areas allows a company to measure its progress throughout the years, eventually making strategic decisions towards sustainability.
This endeavor has allowed CSR to partner with several companies such as Petron, Energy Development Corporation, TeaM Energy, San Roque Power Corporation, AES Philippines, among others.
The Alternative Financing Options for Local Government Units (Project ALFI) was a 3-year technical assistance developed in partnership with the British Embassy. The objective of the project was to encourage continued economic reform and promote higher standards of economic governance among local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines.
Specifically, it sought to enable LGUs that are members of the League of Municipalities to become more financially independent from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and national government financing by tapping various alternative modes of generating resources.
Situational Analysis and Impact Assessment of TVI Mining Company
In February 2011, a team of experts spearheaded by CSR conducted a situational local analysis of a community in Siocon, Zamboanga with the objective of helping TVI Mining Company explore avenues for sustainability within its area of operation.
To do this, the team conducted a Rapid Rural Assessment (RRA) and assessed existing Sustainable Development Management Programs. At the end of the project, the team provided TVI Mining Corporation with a comprehensive inventory of resources and capabilities available in the community and a report on the assessed impact of existing projects/programs implemented.
Breakthrough Innovation Grant (BIG)
The Breakthrough Innovation Prize, organized by the Fisherman Foundation, the S.E.Ven Fund Consortia, and the University of Asia and the Pacific – Center for Social Responsibility, was a grant-giving search for innovative business ideas that can create impact on poverty alleviation in the Philippines.
Strategic Planning Workshops for Electric Cooperatives of AES Philippines
AES Philippines tapped the Center to conduct a series of trainings on anti-corruption and governance to select Philippine electric cooperatives (ECs).
The objective of the training sessions was to strengthen the organizational and operational structure and processes of the ECs to make them more competitive. One of the main outputs of the trainings was a renewed strategic direction for each EC, based on their re-examined goals and objectives.
I Am STRONG & I Keep Love Real
I Keep Love Real is an advocacy or a campaign for character-based chastity. It is education in character, education in love, or education towards the personal commitment to the true meaning of love.
I Am S.T.R.O.N.G. is a character education program that carries the character-based sex education campaign, I Keep Love Real. The program speaks to high school students, teachers, and parents, sharing with them rudimentary principles on responsible decision-making.
Contact the Center for Social Responsibility
Telephone: 637-0912 loc. 302
Fax: 637-0912 loc. 360