Institute of Contemporary Observation (深圳当代社会观察研究所)

Institute of Contemporary Observation
Floor 2, Northwest, Building 2,
Crown Technology Park, No.21,
Terra Road 9, Chegongmiao, Futian,
Shenzhen, Guangdong PRC 518040
Contact Person:
Kaiming Liu
Contact Information:
+86 755 83879219
+86 755 83879279 (fax)
Year of Establishment:
Registration Type:
Industry and Commerce (Company)
Labor, CSR
Regional Scope:
Number of Staff:
Annual Budget (for 2010):
RMB 3,000,000
Activities in Other Countries:
East Asia and Southeast Asia

Promote decent working conditions and implement social justice.
To create opportunities for the future.
Major Projects and Activities
  • CSR consulting and ethical auditing
  • Study on labor rights and migrant workers
  • Smart growth for employees
  • Worker’s hotline
  • Sustainable solutions for social compliance and productivity
Major Achievements and Awards
  • 2006 – 2011, Consultation for UN Secretary General on Business and Human Rights on mandate of Special Representative Prof. John Ruggie
  • December 2003, “Best Organization for Labor Rights Protection” Award issued by Southern Window Magazine (南方窗)
  • March 2005, “Best Case for China’s Sustainable Development” Award issued by Shell and Economic Observer Magazine (经济观察报)
Major Funders
Ford Foundation, Oxfam Hong Kong, UC Berkeley, World Bank
Major Partners
DEG, PROPARCO, Fuji Xerox, Burberry, Primark, The Body Shop
What Makes Our NGO Distinctive?
ICO comprises a think tank and an action group. Due to our professional expertise and independent status we are able to gain a thorough understanding of current trends within the labor market and of social movements as well as to carry out concrete actions. Most of our activities are conducted inside factories that are part of global supply chains.


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