April 1, 2015, 14:00-16:00  Venue:CIGS Meeting Room3

Ms. Angela Joo-Hyun Kang Seminar "Accelerating Inclusive CSR Activities: A Global Perspective"

The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on April 1, 2015 inviting Ms. Angela Joo-Hyun Kang, Founder and Executive President of Global Competitiveness Empowerment Forum (GCEF).

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(Ms. Angela Kang, Dr. Kurihara from the left)

Seminar outline
Title: "Recent Global Trends - Disaster Recovery CSR"
Speaker: Angela Joo-Hyun Kang, Founder and Executive President of Global Competitiveness Empowerment Forum (GCEF)
Title: "Inclusive CSR in Fukushima"
Speaker: Jun Kurihara, Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies


Presentation by Angela KangPDF:1423KB
Presentation by Jun KuriharaPDF:901KB

Seminar summary
Seminar summaryPDF:179KB

Abstract of the Speech
Despite the fact that almost four years have passed since Japan experienced the 3.11 tragedy in the Tohoku region, the region's rehabilitation has been frustratingly slow, leaving the disaster victims in the state of anxiety. At this critical juncture, what can Japanese businesses do as responsible corporate citizens? What kind of CSR approaches can be successfully applied, and in turn, what experience in Tohoku can be applied to other regions both at home and abroad.
Amidst deepening globalization, Japanese firms, like firms in other countries, are making effort to harmonize and adjust themselves in accordance with various types of globalized governance norms. The question here is not how to swallow blindly all of these globalized governance norms, but to selectively interpret them while keeping present practices intact that are already exemplary by global standards, hence, presenting them as effective and excellent methods for the global business community. Among such exemplary CSR norms and methods, the seminar presents inclusive CSR activities developed by Japanese firms in the region of quake-and-nuclear-disaster-hit Fukushima. At the seminar, the speakers also provide an audience with the evaluation of the inclusive CSR activities by global standards, and prospective methods of disseminating such exemplary cases around the globe.

Ms. Angela Kang's profile
Angela Joo-Hyun Kang is Founder and Executive President of Global Competitiveness Empowerment Forum (GCEF), a nonprofit organization to promote CSR, sustainability and business integrity of public, private and social enterprises, registered under the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) based in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
She was Judge of Health Enhancement Category of Asian CSR Awards hosted by Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr. Center for Corporate Social Responsibility of Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines from 2010 to 2011 and Asia Pacific Jury Member of Cartier Women's Initiative Awards invited by Cartier Headquarter in France from 2012 to 2014.
In 2015, she authored "Global Competitiveness of Innovative Leaders - CSR Strategy and CSV Talent" by Starbooks. Previously, co-authored the South Korea section of "The World Guide to CSR" published in UK by Greenleaf Publishing and "Trends and Strategies of CSR" by Community Chest of Korea.
Ms. Kang was Advisor of Presidential Council of Nation Branding and Evaluation Group Member for Leadership and Responsible Practices of State Owned Enterprises appointed by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance. She is currently Operation Committee Member of Social Entrepreneur Nurturing Project of Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Employment and Labor, Advisor of Global CSR Advisory Committee of Korea Trade Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Regulation Review Committee Member of MOTIE and Steering Committee Member of UN Global Compact Network Korea.
Ms. Kang holds a mid career master's degree of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School where she was an Asia Program Fellow of Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (currently under Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation) as well as a Mason Fellow of the Edwards S. Mason Program in Public Policy and Management.