This is the first output of a research project on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and natural disaster reduction, i.e. disasters triggered by natural hazards such as floods, cyclones and earthquakes. The project aims to survey the extent and nature of CSR in Soth Asia, focusing on the process of private sector engagement and its results, and to assess the potential for further involvement, particularly in developing countries.This paper has six main sections: 1. An introduction, which sets out the study's purpose and methodology, and defines the key terms and concepts employed; 2. A survey of relevant background issues, principally the opportunities and challenges to corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity in the international development and disaster reduction arenas; 3. A presentation and discussion of the evidence of CSR involvement in natural disaster reduction from around the world; 4. The main conclusions and recommendations arising from the research; 5. A list of documents cited in the main report; and 6, an appendix containing six more detailed case studies of CSR and disaster reduction, supporting the presentation and discussion in Section 3.
DFID, London, UK, 84 pp.