Keyword: Social Enterprise

From NGO to Social Enterprise: an Interview with Gaia School

From NGO to Social Enterprise: an Interview with Gaia School

Zhang Hehe talks to CDB about how Gaia School, a social enterprise started by Beijing-based NGO Friends of Nature, successfully achieved self-sufficiency without straying from its mission.

From NGO to Social Enterprise: An Interview with NPI and 724 Hub

From NGO to Social Enterprise: An Interview with NPI and 724 Hub

While the definition of a social enterprise remains unclear in China, Chinese nonprofits are drawn to this new moneymaking game, which many believe is the answer for achieving self-sufficiency without losing their social mission. In this article, experts from social enterprise incubator 724 Hub and NPI share their advice on whether a NGO should turn to social enterprise.

The Chinese who celebrate Singles' Day without shopping

The Chinese who celebrate Singles’ Day without shopping

As consumers aahed and oohed over the record-breaking sales figure they have made together last week in the world’s largest online shopping event, a group of conscientious people decided to go other way around.

First Scotland-China joint learning program on social enterprises held in Beijing

The Social Enterprise Academy held the first “Scotland:China Impact Link” learning program on April 15 and 16 in Beijing. 32 people from 10 provinces working in the social enterprise sector attended the two-day event. The Impact Link program was launched after the First Minister of Scotland visited China last year. The aims of the program include improving the skills of Chinese social entrepreneurs, bringing both international experience and local expertise into the social enterprise support system, providing systematic study and development programs, and creating an international forum for outstanding domestic social enterprises. Sam Baumber, the director of the Scotland Social Enterprise Academy and creator of seven social enterprises, led the …read more

Philanthropy in Motion - an Interview with Jasmine Lau

Philanthropy in Motion – an Interview with Jasmine Lau

Jasmine Lau, director of Philanthropy in Motion, talks about her organization’s efforts to encourage young people in China to get involved in philanthropy in this exclusive interview.

New certification for social enterprises announced

On the 11th of August, the Beijing Social Enterprise Certification Method was announced at the Forum for Chinese Social Enterprises. The release of this “method” marks the standard criteria that all social enterprises in Beijing can refer to. A Chinese version of the document can be found here. The following are some points of note. According to the method, after certification all social enterprises in Beijing will be entitled to a certain amount of funding, expert consultation services, the use of the social enterprise logo, branding and the coordination of quality office space and other such amenity provisions. The method clearly states the definition of a social enterprise as an enterprise …read more

The Bulk House and China's Zero Waste Movement

The Bulk House and China’s Zero Waste Movement

The Zero Waste movement has a growing number of followers in China. A young entrepreneur has now opened a store that follows its principles in the centre of Beijing.

Shanghai café and center for people with autism reopens

Shanghai’s “Love Café” (in Chinese 爱咖啡), which serves as a support-base for people with autism, is scheduled to reopen this coming week. The new site will be on the first floor of the Shanghai Youth Activity Center (188 Hanzhong Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai). The café was forced to close it’s previous venue on the 2nd of May. In the meanwhile, the enterprise has gathered much support from the community. Over 100 organizations and individuals have offered to lend a hand, among them many famous institutions such as the Shanghai Grand Theater. AIU Insurance also donated personal accident insurance for the children who attend the café, so that the volunteers and their parents …read more

Shanghai café staffed by people with autism forced to close

Shanghai café staffed by people with autism forced to close

A Shanghai cafe’ that functioned as a social enterprise helping people with autism has been forced to close only a month after opening. The Love Café (in Chinese 爱咖啡) held its inauguration ceremony in Jing’an Park, Shanghai, on the 2rd of April, World Autism Awareness Day. Sponsored and managed by the famous musician Cao Peng and his daughter Cao Xiaoxia, the location also served as a “social practice center” for people with autism, who made up most of the staff. The place quickly gained popularity on the internet through numerous media reports and by word of mouth, even though it had not even officially opened for business. However, customers and parents …read more

Education in Sight: an Interview with Andrew Shirman

Education in Sight: an Interview with Andrew Shirman

An exclusive interview with Andrew Shirman, CEO and co-founder of Education in Sight, who talks to CDB about his efforts to bring eyeglasses to schoolchildren in rural China.

Social enterprise academy launched in China in cooperation with Scotland

On April 10, a seminar on the eco-development of social enterprises in China and Scotland took place in Beijing’s Yuan En Space. Around 90 social enterprise experts and representatives from both countries, as well as some investors and governmental officials from China, attended the seminar to witness the launch of the Social Enterprise Academy in Beijing. The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon, also showed up as special guest and cut the ribbon for the launching ceremony. Zhang Jufang, the director of the Capacity Building and Assessment Center, delivered a welcome address as a representative of the Chinese side of the Social Enterprise Academy. Whereafter, Nicola Sturgeon gave the keynote speech …read more

The first social enterprise opens in Haining—a charitable vegetarian restaurant

China’s Philanthropy Times recently reported on a vegetarian restaurant that has been officially recognized as the first social enterprise in Haining, a Yangze Delta city in Zhejiang Province. The restaurant, called the “Nanguanxiang Vegetarian Restaurant” (南关厢素食馆) was opened in 2014. In spite of its limited size, it has been doing a roaring trade. The restaurant’s profits all go to a special account set up within the Charity Federation (慈善总会) by a Volunteer Committee. Except for the expenses of the restaurant, the rest all goes to charitable activities in the fields of poverty relief and medical aid. The enterprise was started by Chai Guorong, the executive vice-president of the Haining Volunteer Committee and manager of …read more

Mobike receives Social Enterprise Award, criticism ensues

Mobike receives Social Enterprise Award, criticism ensues

Mobike, the Chinese bike-sharing company whose bycicles now line the streets of China’s major cities, has been awarded the 2016 Social Enterprise Awards, a prize that goes to the best social enterprises of the year. The awards, which are in their first year, were jointly organized by the Social Investment Forum and China Social Enterprise. The criteria for receiving the recognition include a company’s social mission, social impact, business model, innovation, sustainability and human resources. A total of 21 enterprises, also including Livcon Hospital, CFPA Microfinance and Lingxi, received the awards, which range in category from environmental resources and online industries to care for the elderly and financing. Over the last …read more

Charity Law tax clause to increase tax exemption quota on donations

A revised amendment of the “Law of the PRC on Enterprise Income Tax” is set to change the rules for organizations’ charitable giving and the related tax deductions. China’s Minister of Finance, Xiao Jie, has explained that current laws regulate that only when enterprises make charitable contributions that fall within 12% of their annual net-profits are they allowed to be counted as deductions to taxable income. According to those familiar with the Charity Law, before the law was passed charitable expenditures exceeding 12% of an enterprise’s annual net-profit were not counted as deductible from that year’s taxable income. In addition, before the Charity Law there was no such thing as …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

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

China’s first coordinated platform for the media and civil society initiated

China’s first coordinated platform for the media and civil society initiated

The 21st Century Philanthropy-Media Coordination Platform was recently initiated in Beijing by more than ten Chinese social organisations, with the sponsorship of the Huibai Charity Fund. The platform aims to address a number of problems with Chinese social organisations, including late news releases and an inability to guide and influence public opinion. Taking these issues into account, the platform will promote the sharing of resources through the cooperation between social organisations and media, and ultimately help philanthropic organisations better serve society. The president of the 21st Century Charity Fund, Lu Junfeng, remarked that there needs to be the right social climate for the spread of philanthropic attitudes. The creation of this kind of …read more