Keyword: Laws and Regulations

Shenzhen bans the consumption of cat and dog meat

Shenzhen has completely banned the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat, the first city in China to take this step. On the 25th of February, the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen People’s Congress released a draft of the “Ordinance on the Complete Ban on the Consumption of Wild Animals in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone” to gather public feedback. After the end of the one-month period to collect feedback, the final version of the ordinance was officially passed on the 31st of March, and will come into force on the 1st of May. Many have been delighted to find that cat and dog meat are included among the kinds …read more

Four overseas NGOs register new offices in China since February

Statistics from China’s Ministry of Public Security show that the registration of new representative office for overseas NGOs in Mainland China, as mandated by China’s Overseas NGO Law, has not ceased since the breakout of the new coronavirus caused much of ordinary life to come to a halt towards the end of January. Since the beginning of February there have been four new registrations of representative offices, all of them belonging to organizations focused on trade or entrepreneurship. In February the American International Chamber of Commerce (US) registered a representative office in Shandong, the Wine Institute (US) registered in Shanghai, and the International Young Makers Alliance (Hong Kong) registered in Guangdong, and …read more

China’s Ban on Plastic Waste Imports and the Way Forward

China’s Ban on Plastic Waste Imports and the Way Forward

Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher at The Conference Board in Beijing, spoke to CDB on the sidelines of the 2020 CRO Global Summit in Shanghai, to share her views on how the plastic waste import ban and waste sorting rules may help China achieve their industry-upgrading ambitions, and how the recycling industry is adapting to the changes since the ban.

Fraudulent fundraising in the name of COVID relief efforts reported

Fraudulent attempts at fundraising discovered.

Nine organizations propose amendment to the Wildlife Protection Law

Nine organizations, including Peking University’s Nature Conservation and Social Development Research Center, the Shanshui Nature Conservation Center, Duke Kunshan University, and the Beijing Friendship Institute of Nature and Environment of Chaoyang District, have jointly made a proposal to the Legal Work Committee of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) regarding the expected amendment to China’s Wildlife Protection Law. China’s Wildlife Protection Law, originally enacted in 1989, is expected to be amended very soon, partly as a reaction to the coronavirus outbreak, which many have blamed on the trade and consumption of wild animals. A couple of days ago, the NPC passed new measures restricting the trade of wildlife …read more

Verna Lin: Pushing ESG Disclosure to Further Advance the Global Sustainability Agenda

Verna Lin: Pushing ESG Disclosure to Further Advance the Global Sustainability Agenda

Verna Lin, the Head of GRI’s Regional Hub for the Greater China Region, spoke to CDB on the sidelines of the 2020 CRO Global Summit to share her views on ESG disclosure in the region.

How China's Overseas NGO Law was Conceived

How China’s Overseas NGO Law was Conceived

The process of drawing up China’s Overseas NGO Law of 2017 was more complex than many imagine. A draft of the law was opened up to public comment, and the feedback provided by the NGO sector contributed to the final result.

Controversy over the Shuidichou fundraising platform

The crowdfunding platform Shuidichou has become embroiled in controversy once again. On November 30, the video-sharing website known as “Pear Video” (梨视频) published a seven-minute expose’ of the company’s practices. Filmed in secret, the video revealed that promoters providing offline services for Shuidichou intentionally guided the relatives of hospital patients to launch dishonest fundraising drives in order to receive a percentage of the profits. The promoters failed to check, or even concealed, the property status of the people asking for help, filled in the final target for the donations at will and neglected to ascertain the purpose of the donations. The video immediately aroused public concern, given that Shuidichou is one of China’s …read more

(CDB Forum 2019) Lu Xuan - How Overseas NGOs Can Work Legally in China

(CDB Forum 2019) Lu Xuan – How Overseas NGOs Can Work Legally in China

Lu Xuan, from the Legal Centre for NGOs, explains some important points concerning the Overseas NGO Law and the operations of overseas NGOs in China.

Report on study of left-behind children published

Editor’s Note The recent case of a left-behind girl of 11 subjected to sexual assault aroused broad attention after being reported. The case exposes the vulnerability of many left-behind children to sexual exploitation. Below is our abridged translation of an article by the Woqi Foundation (沃启基金会), introducing a report on left-behind children produced by the foundation. You can find the original article here. The report analyses their needs, sorts out and presents the status of the relevant supporting policies (and resources), and then scans the sector of local organizations, and also further analyzes and refines the intervention mode, hoping to guide a rational and effective flow of charity resources to left-behind children. The …read more

(CDB Forum 2019) Professor Jia Xijin on the Overseas NGO Law

(CDB Forum 2019) Professor Jia Xijin on the Overseas NGO Law

A translation of the talk by Professor Jia Xijin, of Tsinghua University, at CDB’s recent forum for overseas NGOs

Four overseas NGOs register representative offices in Beijing

According to information provided on the Ministry of Public Security’s website, four new overseas NGOs officially registered representative offices in Beijing on December 2, bringing the total number of representative offices of overseas NGOs in Mainland China to 514. The four latest organisations to register are the Southwest Research Institute (US), the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (Hong Kong), the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (Hong Kong), and the World Cement Association (United Kingdom). None of the four organisations work in fields traditionally associated with civil society. The Southwest Research Institute is an independent organisation for applied research and development headquartered in Texas, which provides contract research services for governments …read more

Security guard wins lawsuit after getting fired for being pregnant

Security guard wins lawsuit after getting fired for being pregnant

A woman who was fired because of her pregnancy wins lawsuits against her former employer.

Chinese Charity in 2018: Donations Decrease, Volunteering Increases

Chinese Charity in 2018: Donations Decrease, Volunteering Increases

An introduction to the main findings of the prestigious Blue Book of Philanthropy by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

An Interview with Ding Li, Non-Profit Incubator

An Interview with Ding Li, Non-Profit Incubator

Ms. Ding Li talks about the work of Non-Profit Incubator, the leading incubator for NGOs in China, and about the state of the nonprofit sector in the country, drawing upon her many years of experience in this field.

Translated: how has the Charity Law affected the supervision of social organizations?

Editor’s Note This is an abridged translation of parts of an article published by 公益资本论, a Chinese-language WeChat account that produces analysis on social organizations and the charity sector. The article questions the commonly held notion that government supervision of China’s social organizations has become stricter since the Charity Law came into effect in 2016.   “The current strictness of the supervision of social organizations has not been seen for nearly two decades”. This is a thesis that has been much discussed in the field of social organizations since July. Currently, the supervision of social organizations mainly involves three levels. One is the organizations’ initial registration, the second is the regulation of …read more

Shandong makes it easier for social organizations to register

Shandong makes it easier for social organizations to register

The Civil Affairs Department of Shandong Province has released a policy document aiming to improve the administrative environment for social organizations (as charities are known in China) in the province. The document addresses some of the difficulties that local social organizations face when trying to register with the civil affairs departments. According to the official report, the “Ten Opinions on Improving the Registration Management Services for Social Organizations” (关于优化社会组织登记管理服务的十条建议), released on the 5th of June, aims to “introduce a series of practical and effective means of relaxation, management and service (放管服) in ten fields, including promoting party construction, carrying out direct registration, relaxing the registration requirements for chambers of commerce, …read more

17th “Case Forum” discusses Chinese and international environmental lawsuits

The Supreme People’s Court Judicial Case Research Institute, the Environmental Resources Trial Chamber and the international NGO ClientEarth jointly held the the 17th “Case Forum” at the National Judges College on the 20th of May. The purpose of the forum was to discuss exemplary legal cases from China and abroad concerning environmental resources. The Supreme People’s Court Party Group Deputy Secretary and Director of the Court Jiang Bixin gave an address at the forum, and Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Acting Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, delivered a message via video. Jiang commented in his address on the importance of international cooperation and learning from …read more