Reducing carbon emissions, improving transparency in business and labor relations is becoming top corporate social responsibility issues for companies in Asia-Pacific.
According to a report named The Future of Corporate Social Responsibility by CSR Asia, more than 70 recognized experts on corporate social responsibility in the region were interviewed and identified that climate change will emerge as the top corporate social responsibility issue, followed by corporate governance, and labor and human resources.
Some 50 out of 73 experts listed corporate governance as the second most important corporate social responsibility topic likely to emerge over the next 10 years. Labor and human resources, environmental issues and partnerships with stakeholders make up the top five hot issues.
The report also said that the key institutions influencing corporate social responsibility are governments and politicians followed by non-government organizations and civil society organizations and companies themselves.
There is an urgent need for action to both neutralize carbon emissions as well as reduce poverty on a large scale globally.
In combining these targets, the overall priority of our business is to provide rapid impact in starting Asia and then moving on to Africa and Latin America.
The environmental impact (including sequestration of Green House Gases) by planting of fast growing rubber trees has a positive effect, which continues until harvesting of the trees after 30 years and thereafter by new planting.
It is clear that planting rubber trees has widespread benefits and ensures the goals of the project are fully met.
Rubber based agro-forestry involves a complex and diverse cropping system (or multi-cropping) that combines the growing of rubber and other agricultural crops in the area in a sustainable manner.
We have carefully selected the highest yield rubber trees, with a mix of various clones to secure the most sustainable plantation practices.
The project’s concept of 100% organic agricultural methods, will ensure maximum carbon absorption value, in addition to avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides made of carbon based raw materials.
Starting with Sri Lanka as our first pilot country, we aim to mitigate 2 million tons of GHG from the atmosphere (which is equivalent to the yearly carbon footprint of 200,000 Europeans or Americans), by planting 2 million rubber trees in 4000 hectares of underutilized land over 30 years (approximately).
The planting of rubber trees of commercial value will also ease pressure on precious remaining rainforests on the island.
All our rubber trees will be grown organically in our rubber plantation in Sri Lanka. So we will be saving over 300,000 tons of carbon by using organic fertilizers instead of carbon based chemical fertilizers.
The competitive edge of our business lies on the fact that we will have both environmental benefits and poverty reduction strategies incorporated into our business model.
Poverty will be reduced instantly by the planting of rubber trees (following organic methods), as well as other food crops suitable for the local environments in the various pilot countries.
Additional knowledge will be shared with local communities by training them how to clear lands; make compost and produce micro organisms for fertilizing; and techniques to maintain forests and plantations with the highest levels of return.
In addition income from sales will be shared with local communities or local institutions providing the land, as part of share cropping, lease agreements, or other methods selected by local partners.
Worldview Impact has established pilot example in India & Sri Lanka for large scale replication of sustainable development.
We are aiming at similar projects also covering Africa and Latin America within the next 10 years.
We will be creating thousands of 'green' jobs; sustainable livelihoods for households in many rural communities.
We will be providing positive environment benefits: restoration of degraded lands, reforestation, ground water recharge, top soil cover improvement (and possibly mitigating of Green House Gases if more community based reforestation projects are approved under the Post Kyoto agreement at the COP 15 in Copenhagen in December 2009).
Carbon Neutral Dance We invite people to join us in our fundraising parties that aim to raise funds for our climate change mitigation projects combine with our sustainable livelihoods projects for long term poverty reduction in different pilot countries.
Carbon Neutral Artist Karen David recorded a new version of her song ‘Shillong Shillong’. She donated it to Worldview Impact to support the rubber tree planting project in her homeland Meghalaya, North East India.
Carbon Neutral Athlete We have joined Team Green Britain and invited Olympic Athletes to reduce their footprints by planting rubber trees in poor countries which will mitigate climate change via carbon absorption, create sustainable livelihoods for the poor from organic rubber production and reduce poverty at the community level in the long run.