Keyword: Corporate Social Responsibility

AVPN's annual conference held in Singapore with a focus on impact investment

AVPN’s annual conference held in Singapore with a focus on impact investment

The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) held its annual conference in Singapore on June 25-28. AVPN is a network of funders based in Singapore whose goal is to build up a vibrant social investment community across Asia. It describes itself as a “leading ecosystem builder that is increasing the flow of capital into the social sector and ensuring that resources are most effectively deployed”. CDB was lucky enough to be able to attend the conference as a media partner, at AVPN’s invitation. AVPN’s annual conference has been held every year since 2013, and has now reached its seventh edition. It is considered to be the largest social investment conference in the …read more

China’s charitable trusts growing rapidly in 2019, report reveals

Since the beginning of 2019 charitable trusts have developed rapidly in China. Compared to traditional charities, trust companies enjoy certain advantages when taking part in charitable activities, especially in terms of how they can manage their charitable capital and assets. As an innovative service within the trust industry, creating a charitable trust has become an important direction of development for more and more trust companies. According to data from the National Charity Information Platform, in 2019 53 charitable trusts belonging to 27 trust companies have been registered so far, with newly added property adding up to over 250 million yuan. Charitable trusts have been expanding in China for quite some time. According to …read more

Polluting industrial zone turned into scenic spot, with 215 Transformers statues made from scrap steel

Polluting industrial zone turned into scenic spot, with 215 Transformers statues made from scrap steel

Editor’s Note The following is an abridged and adapted translation of an article produced by the SEE Foundation (阿拉善) and published by the China Social Enterprise and Social Investment Forum (秘书处所在地 社会企业与影响力投资论坛). It describes various social responsibility projects undertaken by steel manufacturing company Delong Holdings. The article focuses particularly on Delong’s industrial zone, in Xingtai, Hebei Province, which has now been turned into a tourist attraction with 215 Transformers statues made out of scrap steel.   Delong Steel is one of China’s top 500 manufacturers. It has factories in Xingtai, Baoding, and other cities which are all among the most polluted in the country. Attention tends to focus on the steel industry every …read more

Alibaba releases its corporate social responsibility report for 2019: the green economy takes the lead

June 5 is World Environment Day. This year, in order to mark the occasion, Alibaba and the United Nations Environment Programme started a series of online environmental protection activities on June 1, allowing the public to take part in over 80 kinds of environmental protection activities, such as planting non-commercial trees and recycling boxes, through Alibaba’s 20 apps. According to estimates, individual members of the public took part in these activities nearly 900 million times. As Alibaba’s recently released corporate social responsibility report for the fiscal year of 2019 shows, the Chinese tech giant is taking the lead in creating a sustainable green development mode in many areas, such as …read more

Highlights from the 2018 State of China’s Marine Ecological Environment Report

The ”2018 State of China’s Marine Ecological Environment Report” was officially released by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment on May 29. Following are some important findings and highlights from the report. The report shows a general improvement in ocean health in most categories, including the overall national ocean ecosystem. However, the water quality of river water flowing into the ocean is “not optimal” and coastal areas remain severely polluted. Overall marine water quality has improved since 2017. The total area of “low level four” quality ocean water, the most polluted category, has decreased by 450 square kilometres. Ocean water rated “good quality” has increased to 6.7% of the total ocean …read more

Huizeren offers companies training on volunteering

Huizeren offers companies training on volunteering

The Beijing Huizeren Volunteering Development Center(北京惠泽人公益发展中心)was recently invited to provide a two-day professional volunteer training program, named the iVolunteers College (i公益大学), for the staff of Yuxintai (禹欣泰), a large company from Jinan, Shandong Province. The topic of the training was “volunteer service innovation during the time of enterprise transformation”. The training started with the founding of the Anxing Volunteers Association (安行志愿联益会), composed of 400 members of staff of Yuxintai, on the 18th of March, 2019.  On the morning of the first day, Zhai Yan, the chairman of Huizeren and Ye Ying, the principal of the iVolunteers College, shared general knowledge and cases on voluntary service. With the help of games, case studies …read more

Gao Chuanjie: Charitable trusts are not exclusively for the wealthy

Gao Chuanjie: Charitable trusts are not exclusively for the wealthy

In this translated article, academic and former high-ranking official Gao Chuanjie discusses the development of charitable trusts in China, and three challenges that they face.

Xu Jiayin tops the Forbes China Philanthropist List for the third time

Xu Jiayin tops the Forbes China Philanthropist List for the third time

On the 31st of July Forbes published the 2018 China Philanthropist List; the Evergrande Real Estate Group’s Chairman of the Board, Xu Jiayin, topped the list with cash donations of 4.21 billion RMB, making up a quarter of the total donations ranked. This is the third year the real estate mogul has topped the list, after being ranked first in 2012 and 2013. (the top 10 of the 2018 Forbes China Philanthropist List) The Forbes China Philanthropist List has now been published for twelve years. The sum of the total cash donations of the 100 entrepreneurs in this year’s list comes up to 17.31 billion RMB, which compared to last year’s 10.38 billion RMB …read more

Alibaba releases figures for donations by online shop owners in 2017: 246 million Yuan went to philanthropy

Alibaba releases figures for donations by online shop owners in 2017: 246 million Yuan went to philanthropy

The Alibaba Group has released the records of the charitable donations made by the owners of online stores on Alibaba’s platform during 2017. In the course of the year, 1.78 million such stores made donations for as much as 246 million yuan. Since 2012, the number of stores has increased by 16.4 times, and the amount of donations by 31 times. 350 consumers made their contributions by buying ‘philanthropic products’ (the profits of which partly go to charity), and each made 17 such purchases on average. 6,500 shops gave away over 3% of their total revenue. The owners can receive their charity report for 2017 by logging into Qianniu, a …read more

Three food delivery companies make changes after being sued for polluting practices

Three food delivery companies make changes after being sued for polluting practices

On September 1st, the Beijing Fourth Intermediate People’s Court formally accepted a lawsuit by the Chongqing Green Volunteers Union (重庆市绿色志愿者联合会), suing three of China’s most popular food delivery service platforms, Baidu Food Delivery (百度外卖), Meituan Food Delivery (美团外卖) and Eleme Food Delivery (饿了么), for their environmentally harmful practices. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff appealed to the court to order the three companies to change their management model which damages the environment and wastes resources by providing every customer with disposable dishware and plastic bags, without asking them whether they need these products or not. The plaintiff claims that the three food delivery services should set options in their apps to allow …read more

Walmart and Chinese organization launch women's empowerment project

Walmart and Chinese organization launch women’s empowerment project

On April 25, Walmart collaborated with China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF) to launch a program which aims to foster the financial and professional strength of women entrepreneurs in China. The program draws on Walmart’s vast array of global resources and China Women’s Development Foundation’s expertise to raise women in all walks of life to a level of financial independence. The first event on the agenda was a public welfare training seminar in Guangzhou, which was also held on April 25. What makes this program different from previous programs are its efforts to combine targeted poverty relief efforts and innovative entrepreneurship to set forth a creative and purposeful assistance plan which …read more

Chinese NGOs need to play a greater role in global governance: a Q&A with Wang Xingzui

Chinese NGOs need to play a greater role in global governance: a Q&A with Wang Xingzui

The Executive Vice President of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, a pioneer among Chinese NGOs for its work in Africa, speaks with CDB about the motivations, challenges and prospects for the globalization of China’s NGOs.

Panel discussion on Chinese NGOs going global held in Beijing

Panel discussion on Chinese NGOs going global held in Beijing

Since 2001, when the Chinese government kicked off its “Going Out” strategy, China’s overseas investment has seen an exponential increase, reaching 1456.7 billion USD by 2015 – an impressive 35.9% annual growth rate and a 54 times increase compared to the figure back in 2002. The new “One Belt and One Road” initiative signifies the government’s staunch determination to promote extensive overseas economic and social engagement among Chinese enterprises and institutions. Against this backdrop, there are growing calls for Chinese NGOs to go out and play a critical role in bridging information gaps and cultivating mutual understanding between various stakeholders. In addition, as a member of global civil society, Chinese …read more

Social enterprise report outlines discoveries and suggestions for entrepreneurs

The DBS Foundation recently partnered with the Social Enterprise Research Centre in Beijing to publish the “Greater China Social Enterprise Survey Report”. The report outlines the discoveries they made over the last year in the world of social enterprises in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition, it sets forth suggestions for social entrepreneurs for the coming years. The main goals of the report are to encourage growth in the social enterprise sector by attracting talent, improving business, bringing in investment, setting up networks, and developing more purposeful policies. The report highlights several insightful statistics, such as the fact that 48% of women working in China’s social enterprise industry …read more

What were the New Patterns and Visions for Chinese Charity in 2016?

What were the New Patterns and Visions for Chinese Charity in 2016?

Our translation of the speech by Wang Xingzui, Executive Vice-President of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, at a forum for charitable foundations in Shanghai.

Insights from the China Charity Fair

Insights from the China Charity Fair

The Fifth China Charity Fair took place last month in Shenzhen. This article from the Charity Times presents some of the views on the future of Chinese charity which some important figures shared during the event.

Free Lunch for Children proposes plan to expand to Ethiopia

During the fifth Chinese Charity Expo, some attention was attracted by a small seminar entitled ‘Can Free Lunch for Children be Spread to Africa?’ The seminar, held on the 24th of September, was presided over by the brand director of Free Lunch for Children. It opened with the deputy president of the Chinese Red Cross Foundation, Liu Xuanguo, giving a talk entitled ‘Who can save the 100,000 homeless children in Addis Ababa?’, in which he shared the field experiences of his visit to Africa. In his talk Liu spoke a bit about the general situation in Ethiopia and Uganda and proposed a model of assistance to Africa through cooperation between Chinese …read more

The Ningxia Autonomous Region takes new measures for targeted poverty alleviation

In the Ningxia Autonomous Region, a region of Northwestern China that is small and relatively underdeveloped economically, new measures have recently been enacted to promote targeted poverty alleviation.  The Autonomous Region’s first care site for left-behind children has been established in Xingjing, a small town subordinated to the Xixia district of Yinchuan. It provides 55 teenagers with living support, learning guidance, psychological comfort and safety education. In order to aid the protection of left-behind children in rural areas, Ningxia’s local government has also set up a panel to connect useful public resources in this field. The Xingjing district government is developing an agreement with a social services centre to purchase its services for …read more