In close cooperation with civil society and research organisations Prakruthi is developing a step-by-step approach to promote civil society participation in CSR programs in Pakistan. In 2011, these activities will result in a CSR action plan and intervention strategy by sector.
Prakruthi is partnering with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) to prepare a CSR base-scan study. This study will include a general part on the context of CSR in Pakistan, relevant legislation and voluntary codes of conduct and the organisations playing an active role in promoting CSR and multi-stakeholder initiatives (industry, government, civil society, donors). Furthermore, it will cover successful program models, illustrated by CSR best practice cases in Pakistan. It’s important to know how these efforts address social, environmental and economical issues at the level of workers and farmers.
In order to assess the opportunities and challenges of adopting CSR as a pathway to sustainable production, it is necessary to look closely at which stakeholders are most influential in different (agricultural) value chains. Who governs the chain and sets the CSR rules? This could be a stakeholder both internal and external to the industry/sector in question. Internal stakeholders might include retailers, buyers, distributors, importers, exporters, producers, export/producer associations, local traders, raw material producers. External stakeholders include exporter country regulators, importer country regulators, policy makers (exporter or importer country), worker organisations, NGOs and the media.