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Minimum wage policy under review in Myanmar - news

By Brian Collett — A high-powered committee is to take the first steps towards fixing a minimum wage in Myanmar.    The committee, newly formed by the government, will...

Carbon tax adopted by Singapore - news

By Brian Collett — Singapore is to become the first nation in south-east Asia to introduce a carbon tax. The decision represents a reversal of the policy of a few years ago when the...

CDL partners to launch sustainability academy to achieve climate goals - news

by Antonio Pasolini—The city-state of Singapore is making a pioneering move towards meeting its climate mitigation goals. A joint effort by City Developments Limited (CDL) and the...

CDL adopts UN's sustainability agenda - news

by Vikas Vij — The building and construction industry has traditionally had a large environmental footprint. From reducing the energy consumed by buildings and minimizing construction...

Online database brings transparency to mutual funds’ holdings in palm oil - news

by Brian Collett — An online database has been set up to show the global mutual funds with holdings in palm oil agriculture, today’s fastest-growing cause of rainforest destruction....

Reflections on CSR in India - news

by Deepak Arora, CEO, Essar Foundation — The Companies Act, 2013 is considered to be one of the most significant legal reforms in India, having introduced several new provisions, among...

Singapore Stock Exchange Launches Sustainability Indices - news

by Vikas Vij - Investors increasingly want access to information on ESG factors in order to evaluate listed companies. Leading global stock exchanges now recognize that corporate disclosure on...

Primark extends partnership to support 10,000 women smallholders in India - news

To coincide with International Women’s Day, Primark is announcing a six-year extension of the Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme. The initiative is a partnership with CottonConnect and...

Asia Pulp & Paper supports new foundation to address deforestation - news

Asia Pulp and Paper has launched a new initiative, the Belantara Foundation, to direct funding to protect Indonesian rainforests. The Foundation will use an innovative, multi-stakeholder...

Japan to help develop smart cities in India - news

A Japanese research institute is partnering with an Indian technology institute to share its ideas on how to make Indian cities ‘smart’ and also take back Indian cultural ideas in an...

Korea’s largest steel maker expands community investment programme - news

POSCO, South Korea’s largest steel maker, has expanded its corporate social responsibility activities with its “For a Better World” vision, focusing on raising funds and...

CSR on upward trajectory in South Korea - news

According to Business Korea magazine, South Korean companies are making greater social contributions. Based on recent surveys by the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) and the Korean Chamber...

Hong Kong’s Hang Lung Properties clinches top reporting award - news

Hang Lung Properties, Hong Kong clinched Asia's Sustainability Reporting of the Year Award at the inaugural event in Singapore this week. The company also won the Best Sustainability Report...

Mars to collaborate with Tata Trusts on food safety in India - news

Food giant Mars and Tata Trusts, the philanthropic coalition, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to advance agriculture development, address malnutrition, and...

Epson introduces world’s first in-office paper recycling system - news

Japan’s Epson has developed a paper recycling machine for office use, the PaperLab. You feed waste paper in, and new, bright white printer paper comes out. Epson says this process is more...

Big brands failing to honour Bangladesh compensation claims - news

International brands, including Walmart and El Corte Ingles, are being urged to contribute to a fund for the families of 112 workers killed and those permanently injured in the 2012 fire at the...

Changes urged in Japan’s male-centered work culture - news

A government advisory panel on gender equality called on the nation to change the male-oriented work culture based on the outdated family model in which men work long hours while women take care...

Korean study suggests two contrasting faces of CSR - news

The interests of employees can take a back seat when firms mobilize resources for CSR, write two leading Korean academics in Seoul, Heung-Jun Jung and Dong-One Kim. Dong-One Kim is dean and...

Kangwon turns abandoned mines into modern resorts - news

Kangwon Land, a South Korean company that redevelops abandoned mines into resorts, casinos, and conference centres has been recognised as one of Korea’s most sustainable enterprises for...

Environment tops CSR agenda in Japan - news

The Tokyo Foundation, an independent, Japanese, not-for-profit think tank that works on policy proposals for both the public and private sectors recently reported on the growing importance of...

GAR ramps up environmental protection in Indonesia - news

Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), the world’s second largest palm oil producer, has launched a Peat Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project in one of its operating areas in West Kalimantan in...

Korea’s LG Chem generates energy for social projects - news

LG Chem, South Korea’s leading chemical and materials manufacturer, says it will develop new social responsibility activities in co-operation with local governments and social welfare...

Channel NewsAsia ranks top performing companies for sustainability - news

Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia and its partners, CSR Asia, and Sustainalytics, have announced the list of top performing Asian companies for the 2015 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability...

Asiana Airlines learns CR lessons at schools in China - news

Asiana Airlines, Korea’s second-largest carrier, has formed a sisterhood relationship with an elementary school in China as part of its corporate social responsibility efforts. The carrier...

Konica Minolta looks to develop greener credentials - news

Konica Minolta, Inc, the Japanese technology company headquartered in Tokyo, is looking to reduce CO2 emissions over product lifecycles by 80% by 2050 (compared with 2005). One key way...

Korean pharma company forges artisanal legacy preservation path - news

Until the early 1950s South Korea was a traditional agricultural society. That way of life was largely swept away by the Korean War and the rapid industrialization that followed. Today,...

New sustainability reporting awards launch in Asia - news

Entries are now open for the inaugural Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards, the first such awards for the region. An independent panel of judges including Alex Mavro (coo, Centre for...

BLOG – When good intentions go awry - news

Tony Sabatier of Friends-International warns that corporate philanthropy can sometimes be misguided. Across Cambodia, orphanages are proliferating. Although it is a country with a recent...

China launches first carbon efficient financial index - news

The Shanghai Stock Exchange and China Securities Index have launched China’s first index of carbon efficient companies. Powered by data from Trucost, the new index aims to identify...

South Korea partners to grow sustainable tourism - news

South Korea has ambitious plans for the development of inbound tourism. The country plans to attract 17 million foreign tourists by 2018, up from 13 million currently. Achieving the goals will...

Hyundai Mobis takes CSR activities beyond borders - news

Hyundai Mobis, South Korea’s largest auto parts manufacturer, is stepping up efforts to extend its CSR programme beyond its national borders. The company is the “parts and...

Japan restarts nuclear power programme - news

Japan’s first nuclear reactor approved for reactivation under post-Fukushima rules began production last month. The Sendai No 1 reactor in northern Honshu is one of five given the...

APP pledge to restore peatlands sets important benchmark - news

One of the world’s largest paper producers is to clear and restore 7,000 hectares of its plantations in Indonesia to protect carbon-rich peatlands. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) hopes...

China's CO2 emissions 'substantially over estimated' - news

China's carbon emissions have been substantially over estimated by international agencies for more than 10 years, according to research co-led by the University of East Anglia. The...

APP exits plantations to protect tropical peatlands - news

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is committing to retire around 7,000 hectares of commercial plantation areas to protect threatened carbon-rich peatlands, the first time that plantations on...

Korean ad agency Cheil fine tunes CSR - news

South Korea is commemorating the 70th anniversary of its 1945 liberation from Japanese colonial rule by creating an unusual grand piano to generate interest in the reunification of South and...

South Korea’s LG Electronics holds first CSR meeting in China - news

Early July, South Korea’s LG Electronics held a meeting of advisers on corporate social responsibility in Beijing as part of a renewed commitment to more socially responsible activities at...

Zero-waste brewery opens in Japan - news

Waste disposal is a complex business in Japan. The population density is so high and useable land area so limited that landfill solutions are not an option. Local municipalities set their own...

Toshiba hit by balance sheet scandal - news

The chief executive of Toshiba and seven other senior executives have resigned in a deception scandal that the safeguards imposed by the Japanese government this summer are intended to prevent....

IFC facilitates $50m programme to make garment industry safer - news

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing funding to local Bangladeshi banks in a wide-ranging program in an effort to make the country's garment industry safer for workers....

Japanese corporate governance moves more in line with western countries - news

The views of shareholders have never ranked high in the concerns of Japan’s corporate management. They are rewarded by long-term capital appreciation in the value of their stocks and...

Japan Tobacco makes progress with sustainability initiatives and reporting - news

Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has published a report outlining its sustainability initiatives and performance for 2014. JT began developing its sustainability strategy in 2012, initially focussing on...

Mars to expand coral reef rehabilitation programme - news

Food giant Mars is embarking on a new phase of its Indonesian coral reef restoration project, one of the largest single coral reef rehabilitation projects anywhere in the world.  As...

Rana Plaza victims to receive full compensation as fund reaches $30m - news

Victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse are finally to receive full compensation following the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund reaching its $30m target. According to the Clean Clothes...

Deforestation and hunting threaten rare rabbit species - news

A rare and elusive rabbit has been found, held and photographed by a researcher from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The Annamite Striped rabbit, found in the forests of Laos and...

China cutting C02 emissions faster - news

Official data from China shows it is cutting coal and CO2 emissions faster than any other country. Indeed, Greenpeace says the CO2 reduction could be equal to UK total emissions over same...

Toshiba withdraws earnings guidance over accounting irregularities - news

Japan’s Toshiba Corp. expects to reduce its reported operating profit by at least ¥50 billion for fiscal 2011 through fiscal 2013 in order to deal with accounting irregularities...

UN Secretary-General drawn into fraud investigation in Korea - news

A regular hazard for people prominent in Korean society is the use relatives sometimes make of family bonds to further their interests. For example, the sons of two former civilian...

Mitsubishi Motors falls under scrutiny in Australia - news

Fraud allegations have rocked the management of the Australian subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors. However, the unexpected death of its sales director, both a veteran employee and one...

China sets example with marked reduction in CO2 emissions - news

Official data from China shows it is cutting coal and CO2 emissions faster than any other country. Indeed, Greenpeace says the CO2 reduction could be equal to UK total emissions over same...

Korea reaches out to explain and share anti-corruption policies - news

South Korea is reaching out to other countries both to explain its own anti-corruption policies, and to enlist support in enforcing these. Talks also include areas of co-operation and the...

Lotte Group faces corruption probe - news

Prosecutors are investigating a subsidiary of South Korea’s leading retailer, the Lotte Group for allegedly creating a slush fund. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office...

Novartis Japan ordered to halt sales for failure to report drug side effects - news

Health authorities ordered the Japanese unit of Novartis AG to shut down most operations for 15 days in March, saying the drug maker failed to report side effects from its products in a timely...

McDonald’s Japan launches complaint app - news

After a year in which product quality and service issues have undermined the brand, McDonald’s Japan is to introduce a new smartphone app for customer complaints as it looks to restore the...

South Korea’s POSCO investigated for slush funds - news

What started out as a probe into a suspected slush fund held by the construction subsidiary of POSCO Corp., South Korea’s largest steelmaker, has expanded to include an investigation of...

China to tighten NGO supervision - news

Human rights and labour rights groups are to face a new challenge, finds Keith Crane reporting last month’s forum, “The new normal in China Communications and CSR”,...

RB and Save The Children partner to stop children dying of diarrhoea - news

Consumer goods giant RB (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser) is partnering with international children's charity, Save The Children, in an effort to help eradicate child deaths from...

Trading bodies unite to call for urgent Rana Plaza contributions - news

Ahead of the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and Social Accountability...

China lauds environmental milestone with first biofuel passenger flight - news

Boeing, Hainan Airlines and Sinopec have celebrated China's first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China's commercial aviation...

Zara, Puma and Valentino join Benetton in leading 'detox' efforts - news

Greenpeace East Asia has published an update of its Detox Catwalk, the online platform which assesses how effectively major fashion brands are removing toxic chemicals from their supply chains...

Amazon Japan in child porn investigation - news

Amazon Japan is under investigation by authorities in Japan who suspect that it may have allowed child pornography to be sold on its Japanese website. Police raided Amazon facilities this...

South Korea tries to clean up home shopping industry - news

South Korea’s home shopping industry is moving to clean up its act under the threat of a punitive government crackdown. The move follows a warning by three government bodies —...

Canada’s Bombardier under fire in Korea - news

South Korean prosecutors are accusing Bombardier Inc., a major Canadian aerospace and transportation manufacturer of making gifts to local officials to help the firm win a valuable contract to...

New measures to tackle corruption in Korea - news

In February, Korea’s National Assembly is expected to pass new legislation to reduce corruption among public officials. The legislation, entitled the Act on the Prohibition of Improper...

Electronics industry reinforces commitment to tackling forced labour - news

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) is to conduct shadow audits and increase its industry and government engagement in Malaysia to further combat the issue of forced labour....

Benetton targeted over non Rana payment - news

Labour rights campaigners in Europe and the US have again urged the Italian fashion house Benetton to contribute to the compensation fund for workers injured and the families of those killed in...

Korean pharma giant caught paying doctors to prescribe its drugs - news

Dongwha Pharmaceutical, one of the largest drug companies in Korea, has been indicted for paying rebates to doctors in exchange for agreeing to give prescriptions of its own drugs. This is the...

Quarter of Japanese workers trapped at ‘black firms’, says trade union - news

A quarter of Japan’s workers believe they are working at “black companies” — firms that resemble sweatshops and systematically flout labour laws by - among other things -...

Snow Leopard survival boosted by solar power - news

Using solar-powered electronic deterrent devices, provided by Predator Guard and the Snow Leopard Conservancy, traditional herder families, located in the mountains of central Mongolia, are...

Panda-monium hits Malaysia conservation tour - news

The "1600 Pandas World Tour" kicks off in Malaysia next month. The art installation, that promotes the message of panda conservation and sustainable development, will visit more...

Standard Chartered under investigation in South Korea - news

South Korea’s financial regulator, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), is investigating Standard Chartered Bank (SC) Korea for allegedly sending excessive dividends of KRW 1.1...

Japan pressed on foreign bribery prosecutions - news

This October, three senior executives from Japan Transportation Consultants a Tokyo company that had won a bid for a Hanoi transportation project, admitted paying bribes of US$650,000 to...

Security breaches threaten South Korea’s nuclear power stations - news

Following a September online media report about a nuclear security breach, Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy conducted security checks on power stations across the nation....

Cheers to a sustainable future - news

As we enter the season of over-indulgence, Roland Pirmez, president of Heineken Asia Pacfic tells Ethical Performance why responsible consumption is one of the most important issues on the...

Agreement reached over Tazreen disaster compensation - news

Two years after over 120 people lost their lives in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, an agreement has been reached between IndustriALL Global Union and their local affiliates,...

McDonald’s Japan sales drop after problems with Chinese supplier - news

McDonald’s Japan expects a 2014 loss of US$157m owing to a scandal at a Chinese chicken supplier. The company says that, this year, it will lose money for the first time in 11 years due to...

Big brands still failing to contribute to Rana recovery - news

The compensation fund for victims’ families and survivors of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh is still about $20m (£12.4m, €15.7m) short 18 months after the event. The...

Corporate governance stalls at Hyundai over land purchase - news

When Hyundai Motor Co’s board convened in September to discuss a planned land purchase in Seoul, its five independent directors sought details. Executives replied that Hyundai needed...

Samsung reduces business with supplier using child labour - news

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it would do 30% less business with a Chinese parts supplier after discovering employment of child workers at the firm. In July, Samsung Electronics suspended...

Women still struggling in labour market in Asia Pacific, says OECD - news

Gains in education have helped narrow the gender gap in the labour market in Asia Pacific but many challenges remain, according to a new OECD report. Society at a Glance: Asia Pacific...

Homeplus executives accused of selling customer data in Korea - news

Former and current Korean ceos of Homeplus, Tesco’s Korean supermarket chain, have been banned from leaving the country over allegations that customers’ personal information...

GSK fined $490m for bribing Chinese doctors - news

The UK pharmaceuticals group GlaxoSmithKline has been fined $490m (£300m,€381m) for bribing Chinese doctors, hospitals and government officials to push its products. The penalty,...

Korea’s POSCO E&C caught in bid rigging - news

POSCO E&C, Korea’s third largest engineering and construction company, has been caught in four different cases of bid rigging this year, and has had to pay fines of KRW 28 billion. The...

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun loses credibility - news

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, one of the country’s leading newspapers and a bastion defending liberal values, has withdrawn misleading articles on controversial subjects published over a...

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun loses credibility - news

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, one of the country’s leading newspapers and a bastion defending liberal values, has withdrawn misleading articles on controversial subjects published over a...

Japan to set up sports corruption unit for Tokyo 2020 Olympics - news

The Japanese government has announced plans to set up a special policing unit to monitor and investigate corruption threats to the nation’s sporting bodies. Government officials say...

Unicef and DLA Piper join forces to tackle child justice challenges - news

UNICEF and international law firm DLA Piper have established a pioneering partnership focused on improving the quality of care and protection for children who come into contact with judicial...

Unilever brews up new sustainable tea crop study - news

Unilever is initiating a major scientific study to evaluate the environmental and economic feasibility of applying biological or non-pesticide methods for plant protection of tea crops in India....

Rights violations ‘systematic’ in Indonesia’s garment industry - news

Overwhelming evidence of “systematic violation” of the right to human dignity suffered by Indonesian garment workers was found by a jury at a two-day public hearing in Jakarta....

North Korea joins OECD anti-money laundering group - news

North Korea has joined the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) as an observer. The APG aims to prevent the funding of terrorism or for the development of nuclear weapons. APG is...

Further woes for GSK in China - news

A British private investigator and his wife, hired to help the pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) after it was accused of corruption in China, have been charged with illegally...

Authorities explore credit ratings ‘for sale’ in South Korea - news

An investigation into the failure of South Korea’s Tongyang Group, a large conglomerate, last autumn led to unexpected discoveries. Some 50,000 individual investors lost heavily because...

Prosecutors probe habitual corruption in South Korea’s railway industry - news

Korean prosecutors have questioned more than 30 high-ranking officials of the state-run railway regulator to verify whether they were involved in bribery allegations surrounding the Korea Rail...

Conversation and collaboration – the key to reducing alcohol-related harm? - news

Roland Pirmez, president, HEINEKEN, Asia Pacific explains why the promotion of responsible drinking is key to the beer giant's sustainable future One of the most common...

OECD presses Japan to step up bribery investigations - news

The OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business is pressing Japan to step up investigations and prosecutions of companies using bribery in the course of foreign business. Japan...

Guardian exposes Thai slave trade - news

Slaves are being forced to work on ships off the Thai coast to produce seafood for US and European supermarket companies. Men bought and sold like animals work unpaid on the ships to catch...

Car safety agenda comes to fore in India - news

Five small cars in India, accounting for 20% of all sales in the country, have failed crash tests. The examiners warned that fatalities or serious injuries could result if these cars were in...

Korean banks promise ethics but deliver problems - news

South Korea’s financial regulator, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) has said it will take steps to clean up the industry after recent ethical problems involving the major banks....

Dam construction goes ahead in Laos despite eco warnings - news

The building of a second hydroelectric dam on the Mekong river, which conservationists claim will have devastating effects, is about to start in Laos. The fear is that the 260-megawatt Don...

Korean financial firms shamed for poor service - news

South Korea’s financial watchdog, The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), has ordered 17 financial firms and their 3,000 branches to post an embarrassing “red notice” at their...

Former Deutsche Bank salesman admits bribery in Tokyo - news

A former Deutsche Bank AG salesman, Shigeru Echigo, admitted to bribery charges at his trial in Tokyo on 22 April 2014. He also said he acted on direct instructions from his managers. At...

Unethical behaviour taints Japan’s overseas aid efforts - news

Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the less developed countries is an integral part of what it calls “values-based diplomacy,” a strategy designed to promote...

Japan’s Marubeni Corp fined $88m for bribing Indonesian officials - news

A leading Japanese trading company, Marubeni Corporation, has been fined $US88m after admitting bribing Indonesian government officials to secure a lucrative power project, the US Department of...

Olympic athletes quit after abuse - news

For South Korea, one of the highlights of the Sochi Winter Olympics was the performance of their women’s curling team. Though they just missed the podium, their performance impressed....

China’s austerity regime sets way for new business model - news

China’s new era of austerity could lead to a new way of global corporate governance, a Beijing forum has been told. Its still-growing economy will set the tone for a new world way of doing...

Nadeshiko equality label boosts company performance - news

As part of plans to stimulate economic growth, the Japanese government is trying to get more women involved in the workforce. Last year, the Tokyo Stock Exchange introduced a special label,...

Filmmaker opens debate about health and safety in South Korea - news

South Korea’s headlong rush from an impoverished land of farmers at the end of the Korean War to today’s hi-tec industrial society has come at a cost. For decades, the sole...

Big business criticised for hiring officials as non execs in S Korea - news

Four in 10 outside directors appointed by South Korea’s 10 leading business groups are former top policymakers, such as cabinet ministers, presidential officials, and heads of the tax...

Philippines in spotlight over workplace safety regulations - news

Employers in the Philippines have been urged to observe strictly the country’s work health and safety standards after a report that the annual number of occupational injuries had risen to...

Korea gives off mixed signals over ethical business practice - news

Despite Korea taking a stand in recent years over ethical business practices, doubts are now being raised as to whether anything has really changed. Korea’s regeneration as a modern...

Ongoing building collapses raise safety issues in Korea - news

Students from Busan University were killed and injured when the roof of the auditorium where they were attending a freshman orientation collapsed on 17 February 2014. Officials said the...

World’s biggest shipbuilders make ethical management pledge - news

Korea’s big three shipbuilders - Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, and Samsung Heavy Industries - say they are committed to making a fresh start with...

Novartis suffers set back in Japan - news

The New Year has brought major problems for pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG in Japan. The company is facing claims that its employees intentionally violated the strict protocols for clinical...

Samsung launches environmental innovation competition - news

Samsung search… Samsung Electronics Hong Kong Co., Ltd has launched its first Samsung Solve for Tomorrow  competition, inviting students across Hong Kong to share their ideas for...

Massive irregularities at South Korea’s largest bank - news

Financial authorities and prosecutors are looking into allegations that employees of South Korea's largest lender, Kookmin Bank, faked government bonds and embezzled the money from their...

Korean executives evade new laws on disclosure of earnings - news

New regulations require listed companies in South Korea to report exactly how much individual executives earning over KRW 500 million received the previous year. The rule applies to...

Corruption fears grow in wake of Typhoon Haiyan emergency - news

Rights workers fear that irresponsible businesses will be drawn into the corruption that is already weakening typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines. There were reports after typhoon...

Hotels and stores admit food fraud in Japan - news

Japanese hoteliers have long prided themselves on elevating the meals in their traditional Japanese restaurants to works of art in appearance, content, and price. Nothing has been more important...

South Korea investigates Samsung’s labour practices - news

South Korea’s labour ministry is to examine allegations that the Samsung Group instructed subsidiaries to foil attempts by workers to organize labour unions. The move comes after an...

Major South Korean businesses found stealing electricity - news

Some of South Korea’s leading businesses have been caught stealing cheap electricity to power research facilities, offices, and golf courses.  The violations took advantage of...

Body Shop welcomes China's new approach - news

The Body Shop has welcomed signals that the Chinese authorities are adopting a new approach to testing for cosmetics for domestically manufactured ordinary products (such as shampoo, skincare or...

Pressed for cash, Japan’s gangsters ensnare bankers - news

Japan’s Mizuho Bank is in trouble following admissions that it had loaned money to the country’s organized crime syndicates, popularly known as the Yakuza, with the knowledge of...

Massive corruption undermines South Korea's nuclear industry - news

Concerns about the safety of nuclear power became widespread in South Korea after the nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan in 2011, prompting a critical examination of the country’s...

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Driving conservation... Jaguar Land Rover China has partnered with the Royal Zoological Society Scotland (RZSS), which saw the British car manufacturer support the Giant Panda Research...

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Top ranking... Gartner Inc has published its annual ranking of the top performing supply chain organizations headquartered in Asia Pacific. The goal of Gartner’s annual Supply Chain Top...

Japanese companies to ramp up publication of data on female promotion - news

Today, more than 25 years since Japan enacted its Equal Opportunity Law in 1986, women hold only 11% of managerial positions in the Japanese business world, according to the 2013 government...

Japanese firms to appoint more outside directors to improve governance - news

Western investors have long criticized Japanese corporations for weaknesses in governance. The lack of outside directors on many boards is one of the issues. Two major corporate scandals in...

Novartis under bribery spotlight in China again - news

Novartis, the Swiss pharmaceuticals company, is facing a second corruption allegation in China. Its eye care unit, Alcon, has been accused of bribing doctors in more than 200 hospitals to...

Chinese cities failing to find sustainability balance - news

Around 80% of Chinese cities are failing to achieve a balance between economic growth, resource efficiency and sustainable development, according to a study by Accenture and the Chinese Academy...

Chinese cities fail to achieve growth/sustainability balance - news

Eighty per cent of Chinese cities are failing to achieve a balance between economic growth, resource efficiency and sustainable development, according to a study by Accenture and the Chinese...

Sustainability Consortium moves into China - news

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) has appointed its first China director, following the inauguration of its partnership with Nanjing University. Wei Dong Zhou will be responsible for...

Mobile industry to tackle Indonesia tin mining problems - news

Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola and LG Electronics have all committed to urgent action to tackle the problem of tin mining in Indonesia following reports of the adverse effects it is having on...

Greenpeace issues challenge to China’s Shenhua Group - news

Greenpeace is taking on the might of China’s Shenhua Group, the world’s biggest coal producer by volume, with the publication of Thirsty Coal 2, a new report berating Shenhua’s...

Fashion fails workers in sandblasting scandal - news

Activists have demanded urgent action from governments and companies to stamp out the continued use of sandblasting and other unsafe finishing processes in the manufacture of denim jeans....

Fashion retailers disunited over approach to Bangladesh - news

As a group of 17 US retailers, including Wal-Mart and Gap, have agreed a five-year pact to improve conditions at clothing factories in Bangladesh, controversy still rages around the European...

Here be dragons? - news

An unexplored territory to many, Keith Crane looks at how foreign companies are approaching CSR programmes in China and discovering that businesses need to ‘reverse the support...

ArcelorMittal abandons plans to build new plant in India - news

ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer, has scrapped its project for a plant in Orissa state, eastern India, mainly because its attempts to acquire the necessary land have been...

GSK China executives "appear to have broken" law - news

CHINA: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Britain’s largest pharmaceuticals company, admitted some of its executives appeared to have broken the law, as bribery investigations were conducted....

Greenpeace challenges Shenhua Group over “water grab” - news

Greenpeace is taking on the might of China’s Shenhua Group, the world’s biggest coal producer by volume, with the publication of Thirsty Coal 2, a new report berating Shenhua’s...

Wrigley backs India mint farm education drive - news

US chewing gum giant, Wrigley has launched a three-year educational partnership with Pratham, the largest non-governmental education organisation in India, working to provide quality education...

Sustainability stars... - news

The top 100 sustainable Chinese companies were unveiled recently and include Alibaba, the Lenovo Group, Vanke, Huawei, TSMC and the TCL Corporation. Twelve of the China Top 100 Green Companies...

Intensive farming proves factor in loss of Cambodia grasslands - news

Around half of Cambodia’s tropical flooded grasslands have been lost in just 10 years according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UAE). The seasonally flooded...

Californian sunshine technology powers Indian hospital - news

A major medical centre in India will soon be receiving a significant amount of its energy from the sun courtesy of Californian technology from Sunpreme Solar Systems. A 150 kilowatt rooftop...

Indian textiles industry comes under human rights spotlight - news

Garment and textile companies in India have been asked to provide details of their activities by campaigners intent on stamping out labour rights abuses. The demands for greater openness...

Laos dam project goes ahead despite Asia outcry - news

The Laos government and the company it commissioned to build a huge hydroelectric dam on the Mekong river are under renewed attack for breaching their agreement to halt the work.   A...

Dujardin joins Sustainalytics - news

Sustainalytics has hired Loic Dujardin as a director of the research products team. Loic formally joins the organization on May 1, 2013 and will be based in the firm’s Singapore office....

India takes off as impact investment lure - news

India has become the world’s second largest market for impact investing, through which funds deliver benefits to society as well as financial returns, reports the Rockefeller Foundation,...

Bahrain considers adding CSR to curriculum - news

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) could soon be rolled out as a mandatory subject in Bahrain’s high schools and universities, according to recent press reports. Shaikh Ahmed bin...

CCC in Cambodia protest - news

Cleans Clothes Campaign (CCC) activists have recently encountered problems in Cambodia while protesting outside a clothing factory near Phnom Penh. The pressure group was supporting workers who...

NGOs hail Asia Pulp & Paper volte-face - news

One of the world’s largest paper and packaging producers has pledged to end its role in the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforest. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has published a...

NGOs turn up heat on Nike over Indonesian workers’ below minimum wage pay rates - news

Indonesian suppliers to the US sportswear group Nike are being pressured by trade unions and the US Catholic NGO Education for Justice (EFJ) to pay their workers minimum wages. The EFJ...

Firms urged to end links with Israeli ‘war crimes’ as G4S is accused of ‘complicity’ - news

Companies with business interests with Israel on occupied Palestinian land have been urged to terminate their activities there by a UN human rights fact-finding mission. Describing the...

Sustainable coconut oil certification launched - news

A program to develop a certified coconut oil supply chain to enhance sustainability and improve the livelihoods of 2,500 coconut growers in the Philippines has been launched by Deutsche...

Sustainable investing takes off in Asia - news

Sustainable investing has become a significant force in Asia, with 130 of the region’s fund managers using sustainable approaches to build investments, worth $74bn (£47bn,...

Bangladesh factory blaze turns heat on apparel brands - news

Western apparel brands are again under the spotlight over human rights abuses after a fire destroyed a high-rise garment factory in Bangladesh last month, killing at least 112 people....

Indian court opens way for criminal trial of multinational over 1984 Bhopal disaster - news

An Indian court has raised the possibility that US multinational Dow Chemical could be face a criminal trial in connection with the notorious 1984 Bhopal disaster. The Madhya Pradesh High...

Google donates $4.5m to Indian NGOs - news

Google has donated $4.5m to five Indian NGOs in their ‘Bandhua 1947’ campaign, designed to pressure the Indian government to enforce the Bonded Labour System Abolition Act 1976....

Foxconn in intern scandal - news

Contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn has disclosed that it has employed interns as young as 14 at one of its factories in China. The company, which serves a number of major IT brands and...

TEEB in Singapore push - news

A coalition of businesses is to push for the promotion and protection of biodiversity and natural resources is to be formed in Singapore. The coalition is part of the international Economics of...

Volkswagen kicks off CSR function - news

Molly Yang has been appointed Volkswagen Group China’s vice president for CSR, and is now in charge of the company’s newly-installed CSR function.

Safe factory claims burn in Karachi - news

German clothing retailer KIK has been accused by campaigners and trade unions of failing to ensure the safety of a supplier factory in Karachi where a fire killed 289 workers in September....

Boycott urged on firms that assist Israel’s occupation - news

A UN human rights expert has called for a boycott of multinational companies that are investing to further Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. Addressing the UN General...

Move to cloud computing promises major CO2 cuts - news

China’s bourgeoning industrial and commercial sector could cut CO2 emissions by 1.9m tonnes a year – the equivalent of removing 700,000 vehicles from China’s roads – by...

Burmese farmers speak out - news

Conflicts over land are emerging across Burma, with farmers’ protests becoming common, sparking publication last month of a letter of solidarity from Focus on the Global South opposing...

IKEA in hot water in Saudi - news

Flatpack furniture maker Ikea has faced criticism for removing images of women from its annual furniture catalogue in Saudi Arabia. Ikea said it regretted the airbrushing and does not...

No end to Foxconn doubts as factory halted by riot - news

Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology has faced renewed criticism over labour practices after a 2,000-man brawl at a factory halted production and amid separate claims that...

Indian MPs debate law requiring companies to spend 2% of profits on CSR initiatives - news

Companies based in India are to be required to spend 2% of their net profit on CSR initiatives, under a law before Indian MPs.   And the parliamentary committee, headed by former...

Indonesian corruption website proves a hit - news

A website displaying  details of more than 100 people convicted of corruption in Indonesia has been launched to boost the fight against crime. Funding to the Corruption Eradication...

Adidas targeted by sweatshop protest - news

The NGO War on Want has begun a campaign on the eve of the London Olympics to persuade Adidas, one of the most prominent sportswear brands in athletics, to end sweatshop conditions at its Asian...

Chinese toy factory workers helpline hailed a success - news

A helpline to allow China’s toy factory workers to speak out and receive help and advice about employment abuses has been a great success, according to an evaluation study. The...

India's ‘catalysts of change’ inspire Ikea Foundation empowerment programme - news

Ikea has pledged €30m ($38m, £24m) for a programme empowering two million poor rural women as part of the latest of its many projects in India. The money, given directly to the UN...

UN spotlights Asia-Pacific transgender ‘crisis’ - news

A new UN report says a lack of targeted research on transgender people in the Asia-Pacific region is significantly hindering their access to health services and blocking effective responses to...

Venus moves from Emirates to Etihad - news

Etihad Airways has announced that Michael Venus will take charge of the company’s corporate affairs department. Venus, previously the United Arab Emirates’ airline’s head of...

Chinese state steps in with ‘transformative’ move on sustainability in private sector - news

China has introduced green lending guidelines for banks in order to encourage sustainable growth in the private sector. The government’s banking regulator, the China Banking...

Foxconn found wanting, but focus still on Apple - news

The keenly-awaited results of an investigation into Apple supplier Foxconn’s labour practices has confirmed ‘serious and pressing’ abuses, though the Chinese company has...

Pharma firm Merck to subsidise clean water in India to help fight disease - news

The pharmaceuticals giant Merck has joined forces with an NGO to improve access to water and reduce the impact of water-borne disease in India. Merck, which is tackling a CSR issue not...

US companies blazing CSR path in India - news

A thriving CSR movement among US-based multinationals in India has been revealed in the most detailed catalogue yet of initiatives in the country. The ‘compendium’ of 60...

Cisco to pilot healthcare project in India - news

Computer networking firm Cisco has launched an initiative in India to improve access to healthcare for the country’s rural population. The US-based multinational is to pilot a remote...

Growing awareness in China sparks demands for corporate transparency - news

Chinese civil society is becoming increasingly environmentally aware, with indications of meaningful pressure on the government and companies operating in China, says a new report. Giving...

Growing pains and CSR in the People's Republic - news

China's rise to industrial powerhouse has not been painless, with pollution, freedom of speech and workers' rights regularly hitting the news. But CSR could play a critical role in...

Burma reaches deal with ILO - news

The Burmese government has reached a new memorandum of understanding with the International Labor Organization (ILO) on stamping out forced labour. Extending an existing understanding, the...

Nike endorses settlement on supplier’s unpaid overtime - news

A Nike supplier has agreed to pay Indonesian workers $1m (£630,000, €750,000) in compensation for unpaid overtime after a decision that could have implications for other...

Trade war begins as China rejects EU aviation tax - news

China has ordered its airlines not to pay the new EU carbon taxes in the latest chapter of the controversial Emission Trading Scheme. The Chinese aviation authority has imposed a ban even...

ConcocoPhilips reaches out-of-court settlement - news

ConocoPhillips and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation have agreed an out-of-court settlement of 1bn yuan ($160m, €120m, £100m) with the Chinese agriculture ministry over...

Milk toxin scandal hits China CSR star - news

Public outcry and a debate about the meaning of Chinese CSR have been triggered by an award given to a dairy company that had just produced contaminated milk for the second time in four years....

New governance rules for Tokyo - news

The Tokyo Stock Exchange has announced plans to introduce new governance rules for its index constituents in the Spring. The new requirements, scheduled in response to a spate of investment...

Azerbaijan joins UN Global Compact - news

Azerbaijan has become the latest developing country to join the UN Global Compact. Supported by Statoil and made up of representatives from businesses, civil society, business associations and...

Japan under post-Fukushima pressure to cut carbon goals - news

The Japanese government has been told by businesses that it needs to scrap its greenhouse gas emissions target and reconfigure its energy mix in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.  ...

Gucci sacks senior managers after mistreatment claims - news

A fashion multinational claims to have sacked senior managers in China after accusations of mistreatment and inhumane working conditions. Gucci was accused by employees at its Shenzhen...

Majority of Asian companies ‘failing to recognise basic employee rights’ - news

Nine-tenths of Asian companies have no human rights policies covering their operations in sensitive countries, and are failing to consider the International Labour Organization’s basic...

Sustainalytics moves into Korea - news

Sustainalytics will expand into Korea, having formed a strategic partnership with the country’s largest SRI research and consulting company Sustinvest. The European and US consultancy will...

Former Innovest director launches new research firm - news

Former Innovest director Nick Brown has launched a boutique ethical investment research firm, Just Screening. The company is exclusively dedicated to providing negative screening services and is...

Apple faces internal opposition in China - news

Apple continues to draw criticism for its operations in China, as those from within the country become increasingly vocal about the company’s supply chain management. Multinationals...

Malaysian stock exchange bolsters disclosure requirements - news

The Malaysian stock exchange has bolstered its listing requirements on disclosure, and issued a guide to raise standards in the area. Bursa Malaysia has made its rules more stringent on...

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Chinese SRI indexes are set to expand, with the introduction of two new benchmark indexes to the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index series. Only itself launched around a year ago, the...

Investors revolt at Vedanta AGM - news

Investors, NGOs and protesters have rounded on the Indian mining giant Vedanta at the company’s latest AGM. Vedanta, long-criticized for its environmental and human rights record, was...

China leads renewables boom as West flags - news

Global investment in renewable energy has passed the $200bn (£122bn, €140bn) mark, having risen by a third in 2010, thanks partly to China’s booming renewables market. The...

APP rejects Greenpeace claims on toys - news

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has hit back angrily at an NGO’s appeal to toy manufacturers to stop sourcing materials from the company. Greenpeace had accused toy companies, including...

Nuclear power ‘will survive’ - news

Japan’s nuclear power crisis will not derail the industry’s expansion worldwide, but will have lasting implications for power generation everywhere, a leading research and...

India’s 2% quota is not the way to spread ethics - news

Aman Singh argues that regulation to require set spending on CSR is likely to achieve very little Can the intangibilities of corporate social responsibility be quantified and regulated?...

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A national Business Coalition on Aids  has been set up in Nepal at the behest of the Federation of the Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The coalition aims to reduce HIV infection...

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The Ethical Trading Initiative is to extend its work with poor and vulnerable homeworkers in India after receiving a new grant of £230,000 over two years from the British government.

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Singapore-based Halcyon Group has appointed Howard Shaw as senior CSR vice-president. Shaw, formerly executive director of the Singapore Environment Council, will oversee the environmental...

Business rallies to help Japan - news

Companies around the world have donated millions of dollars to the Japanese relief effort after last month’s earthquake. Cash and in-kind donations, many of more than 100million yen...

Pulp and paper group sets sustainability goals - news

The controversial Indonesia-based paper business, APP, has pledged to certify all its pulpwood as sustainable by 2020 and has stated the milestones it aims to achieve along the way....

Firm makes forest pledges - news

The world’s second largest palm oil plantation company has announced a forest conservation policy aimed at ensuring it has a ‘no deforestation footprint’. Golden...

Western crisis has given Asia more room to adjust - news

Calls for structural reforms in the East no longer hold the force they once did, argues Geoffrey Williams Corporate governance in Asia has been, and continues to be, a thorny issue for...

APP supports eco-village - news

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has entered a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create an ‘eco-tourism’ village in Indonesia. The settlement in Soran near the Mount Merapi...

Firms get tips on backing schools - news

Advice has been produced for companies in India on how to support the aims of the country’s new education legislation. The guidance, from the Indian Advisory Council of the...

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The Philippine Stock Exchange has implemented a new ‘comply or explain’ regime for corporate governance among guidelines that came into effect last month. The guidelines, though not...

Compact has 'limited effect' in India - news

The influence of the United Nations Global Compact is 'weak' in India, mainly because its local network is ineffective, according to newly published research. A study by Tatjana...

Fire safety tops the agenda - news

An initiative to promote better fire prevention measures in Bangladesh clothing factories has been set up by Social Accountability International (SAI) and the International Textile, Garment and...

Unilever accepts deal with unions at Indian factory - news

Unilever has agreed to introduce a process allowing trade union representation and other rights at a factory in India, after an international union complained it was breaching the Organization...

India outlines ‘2% of profit’ target for CSR spending - news

The Indian government has announced plans to require companies to spend two per cent of profits on corporate responsibility projects. In proposed new regulations that have been in...

Pakistan relief comes up short - news

Businesses have donated significantly less to the Pakistan flood relief effort than to other recent natural disasters, and have seen their contributions dwarfed by individuals and governments....

Malaysian bourse urged to alter rules - news

Asian asset managers are pushing Malaysia’s stock exchange to amend its listing requirements to include CSR considerations. The Association for Sustainable & Responsible...

Partners attempt to 'scale-up' Indian CSR - news

A mission to boost corporate responsibility in India has been set up by three western bodies. US-based Social Accountability International has joined forces with Brussels-based Business...

How corporate responsibility made it into a Malaysian power ballad - news

Struggling to embed corporate responsibility into your organization's daily life? Finding it difficult to engage employees on the ins and outs of corporate citizenship? Then how about a...

Tyre firm moves on health - news

The world's seventh largest tyre manufacturer is to open a hospital for employees in what is being seen as a response to allegations that it has neglected occupational health concerns....

Indian law would make firms set up CSR budgets - news

India looks set to get legislation that will require mining companies to put aside specific sums of money for corporate responsibility programmes. A draft Mines and Minerals (Development...

Hong Kong yet to integrate CSR - news

Hong Kong’s largest companies have ‘failed to embrace CSR in its totality’ despite scoring well on engaging stakeholders, a new survey says. Oxfam Hong Kong’s latest...

Korea improves record on pervasive ethics problems - news

South Korea has begun to improve its business ethics, but the issue remains one of the biggest affecting the country’s corporate climate. That’s the conclusion of research from...

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Leena Wokeck has become director of the new Asian Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. Wokeck, who has worked for the past year in Bangkok...

Asian bourses reveal GRI data - news

Two Far East stock exchanges have decided to lead by example by producing reports in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. The Singapore and Hong Kong exchanges...

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An online platform for publishing CSR reports is being developed by the Indian government. The platform, on which companies will be able to submit their reports in a standardised e-form, will be...

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Internet host name provider Go Daddy is to cease providing new domain name registrations in mainland China, after concerns about the ‘recent increase’ in the country’s...

Vietnamese businesses will fight corruption - news

An anti-corruption programme has been established in Vietnam to co-ordinate local businesses, multinationals, business associations and international partners to combat bribery. The...

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Robert Hansor will be the new head of climate change and CSR services at Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance in Asia. He joins from Environmental Resources Management, and will be based in...

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Two Tomorrows consultancy has expanded its corporate responsibility training services into South-East Asia. The UK-based company will offer professional courses in Singapore as part of a...

Google stance puts spotlight on search rivals - news

Microsoft and Yahoo appear unlikely to reconsider their positions in China in the wake of Google’s announcement last month that it will no longer allow censorship of its search results in...

Indian firms urged to take official CSR advice - news

The Indian government has published corporate responsibility guidelines that it wants companies to adopt as soon as possible. The official advice, contained in a 16-page document produced...

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A CSR research and training centre has opened in Bangkok in a collaboration between the consultancy CSR Asia and the Asian Institute for Technology. The Asian Centre for Corporate Social...

Chrysler backs Burma dissident - news

Car manufacturer Chrysler has made an unusual foray into human rights activism with an advert calling for the release of Burmese political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been held under...

India flirts with plans for mandatory CSR law - news

The Indian government is looking at requiring companies to set aside a percentage of their turnover or profits to be spent on corporate responsibility initiatives. The idea, which is being...

Chinese join cement initiative – at last - news

A global cement industry sustainability initiative has taken a significant step forward by finally managing to bring some Chinese cement companies into its ranks. The three Chinese firms...

China forges ahead on CSR - news

Chinese businesses are making ‘rapid progress’ on corporate social responsibility, according to new research. A report published by the AccountAbility think tank says companies...

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Jupiter Asset Management has launched a Chinese SRI fund. The vehicle, ‘for investors seeking to gain exposure to China’s sustainable growth story’, will be a sub-fund of the...

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The Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) has appointed Alexandra Tracy to replace Rajesh Srivastava as its chairman. Tracy is vice president at the Hong...

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The Global Reporting Initiative has appointed Aditi Haldar as country director for its new ‘focal point’ in India, which will promote sustainability reporting there.

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A European ethical supply chain body has strengthened its Asian presence with a second office in Delhi. The Brussels-based Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), whose members include 400...

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A South Korean SRI section has been added to the Dow Jones Asian sustainability index. The DJSI Korea will track sustainability leaders among South Korea’s 200 largest companies. Its first...

Brandix helps out in camps - news

Sri Lanka’s largest clothing exporter is to help people displaced by the government’s war against the Tamil Tigers. The Brandix group, which has made water and sanitation the...

Japanese minister wants more CSR - news

Japan’s new financial services minister has declared his government’s commitment to CSR, attacking the country’s existing corporate ethics and promising there will be ‘no...

Chinese CSR still ‘nascent’ among big firms - news

Four in ten of China’s leading companies are not publicly engaged in corporate responsibility, says the country’s first national CSR report card. The newly published 2009 CSR...

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Switzerland-based Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) and the global index provider Dow Jones have formed the Dow Jones Sustainability Japan 40 Index. The index measures the performance of...

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A pilot project to improve safety among chemical companies in China has been launched by the Chinese government, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Dow Chemicals. Dow’s...

China focal point gets big hitter - news

A high-ranking official has been appointed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to encourage ethical business policies in China. Sean Gilbert, formerly director of the GRI...

Procter & Gamble cleans Pakistan water - news

People displaced by armed conflict in Pakistan are to receive more than 11 million litres of clean drinking water through a partnership between Procter & Gamble (P&G), the international...

Pepsi puts CSR into new plant - news

PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest beverage and food companies, has opened its first overseas ‘green’ plant in China. The plant, in the western city of Chongqing, is the...

Chinese bank wins through - news

The Industrial Bank, China, has emerged as the Asia regional winner in the emerging markets section of the 2009 FT Sustainable Banking Awards for its social and environmental policies. The...

Sri Lankan conflict prompts business action - news

A clothing group and a leading bank are backing the relief effort to help 660,000 internal refugees in the wake of the Sri Lankan conflict. Brandix Lanka, the large apparel company, which...

Tata makes energy a priority - news

This year’s main social project of the Tata Power private utility is to make a million people in India aware of energy conservation. The Tata Power Energy Club (TPEC), which gives...

Unilever helps left-behind children - news

Unilever China and the All-China Women’s Federation are to run a joint programme to care for children left behind by parents who have gone abroad to work. The programme is expected to...

End to Uzbek child labour is not all it seems - news

Child labour is still widely used in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry, contrary to claims that corporate influence is putting an end to it, says a new report. Despite pressure from large...

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Indonesia’s first socially responsible investment index has been established by the country’s stock exchange in collaboration with a biodiversity foundation. The Kehati-SRI Index...

Indian firm backs energy use cuts - news

The Indian company Reliance Energy has become one of eight utilities businesses to agree to provide smart meters enabling customers to monitor their energy use online and ultimately cut...

Court ruling may prevent Malaysian logging - news

A court decision may make it possible for tribal people on the island of Borneo to stop companies from flattening their forests through logging and oil palm operations.   The Malaysian...

Asian Centre for CSR is launched - news

An Asian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility has been established to encourage ethical practices in the region. The centre is a joint venture between the Asian Institute of Technology and...

IBLF sets up Asia Pacific office - news

An Asia Pacific office of the International Business Leaders’ Forum has been set up in Hong Kong. The new base will enable the forum to become more involved in its corporate...

Kerala IT firms sign Aids pact - news

Information technology businesses in India’s Kerala state are joining the fight against Aids and HIV. Companies on the Technopark industrial estate at Thiruvananthapuram are combining...

GSK backs disability programmes - news

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the global pharmaceuticals group, is putting 39million Sri Lankan rupees ($340,000, £210,000) into a project to empower disabled people in southern Sri Lanka that...

Kraft aims to reduce malnutrition rates - news

Kraft Foods and the Save the Children charity have formed a partnership to relieve malnutrition among Indonesian and Filipino families. The three-year effort, financed with $3million...

HP boosts Indian take-backs - news

HP, the world’s largest technology company, is extending its recycling programme in India to consumers and small and medium-sized businesses. From 15 May customers will be able to...

Singapore hosts social stock exchange - news

Asia’s first social stock exchange is to open in Singapore. The Social Stock Exchange Asia (SSXA) will provide a trading platform and a capital trading mechanism for non-profit and...

Property managers prepared to pay green premium - news

Property management executives in Asia Pacific are more willing than their global counterparts to invest in sustainability, according to a specialist in the field. A survey conducted by...

Hong Kong timber companies ‘need regulation’ - news

Most listed forestry companies on the Hong Kong stock exchange that claim to be environment-friendly are so only by default, and this misleads investors, says Greenpeace China in a new report....

Kraft intervenes on malnutrition - news

Kraft Foods and the Save the Children charity have formed a partnership to relieve malnutrition among Indonesian and Filipino families. The three-year effort, financed with $3million...

Half of Indian firms get ‘zero’ on CSR - news

A report on the corporate social responsibility activities of the 1000 largest Indian companies has given a zero score to 494 of them. No companies received the top rating of five and only...

Asian real estate fails to impress - news

Asian real estate companies have poor environmental, social and governance practices, a new study has found. The shortcomings include use of non-renewable raw materials and excessive water...

Garment firms need to improve - news

Some leading companies in Hong Kong’s garment industry have shown progress in reporting on their supply chain labour standards, but the performance of many is poor by international...

ITT helps Chinese with water - news

ITT Corporation, the US high-technology engineering and manufacturing company, is putting up $200,000 (£132,000) to improve water access for students and teachers in China as part of its...

HK firms urged to support climate change initiative - news

A Hong Kong Carbon Reduction Campaign has been started by the Climate Group, an international non-profit organization whose aim is to promote a low-carbon economy.   The campaign, which...

Korean firms shake off Burma allegations - news

Two large Korean companies have been cleared of breaching the OECD guidelines for multinationals by becoming involved in a natural gas project in military-ruled Burma. Daewoo International...

Wal-Mart addresses skills in Punjab - news

A retail training unit has been established by an Indian subsidiary of Wal-Mart to improve the work-related skills of people living in the Indian Punjab. Bharti Wal-Mart Private has teamed...

Asia Pacific gets two new indices - news

Two new financial indices for the Far East have been created by SAM, the sustainability investing specialist, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), the global index provider. The...

Chinese reporting continues exponential growth - news

Growing numbers of businesses operating in China are realizing the importance of CSR reporting, concludes a survey by SynTao, a Beijing-based CSR and SRI consultancy. The number of reports...

Hong Kong firms failing on CSR - news

Most of Hong Kong’s leading listed companies fail to adopt sound CSR policies, particularly those associated with supply chain, the environment and the workplace, says an Oxfam study....

Bottom of the pyramid work is on the agenda at Cambridge - news

India’s leading role in the world’s economy will be the main subject of study at the Centre for India and Global Business founded last month at Cambridge University’s Judge...

New company emerges to fight malnourishment in Bangladesh - news

Improved health and business opportunities among the poor of Bangladesh are the aims of a new joint social business venture established by BASF, the chemicals group, and the Grameen Healthcare...

Award for watershed in Afghanistan - news

A project to prevent flooding and to increase land productivity in the Kahmard district of Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan has won the Swiss Re 2009 International ReSource Award for...

Asian real estate sector falls short - news

Asian real estate companies are performing poorly on environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, according to a new study. The report on more than 50 businesses by Singapore-based...

China banks get guidance - news

A further sign that corporate responsibility is taking hold in China has emerged with the publication of CSR guidelines for the country’s financial institutions. The recommendations,...

China’s embrace of CSR could usher in the Wal-Mart effect - news

In itself, the fact that the China Banking Association has issued guidelines on corporate responsibility is significant ( see page two ), especially since the recommendations are ambitious. But...

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One of the world’s largest insurance companies is to cease insuring businesses operating in Burma, on ethical grounds. The Sydney-based QBE Insurance has also cancelled insurance provided...

Indonesia gets palm oil project - news

Oil palm companies in Indonesia are being encouraged to start new plantations on degraded soil instead of cleared forest land. In the same project the World Resources Institute (WRI), a US-based...

Diversity progress wins Asia Pacific award for Baxter - news

Baxter International, the US healthcare products company, has been honoured for its Building Talent Edge programme aimed at developing an equal male-female balance in company management and...

Jupiter moves into China - news

Jupiter, the UK fund management consultancy, has set up an investment company to cover China. Jupiter China Sustainable Growth, to be managed by Jupiter’s China fund manager Philip...

Hindustan Zinc helps 500,000 children - news

A prestigious annual award for rural and community development projects has gone to Hindustan Zinc, part of the Vedanta metals and power generation group. The 2007-08 award from the...

Call for ban on new Philippines mining - news

A moratorium on new mining in the Philippines has been recommended by a British working group. The UK-based Working Group on Mining in the Philippines, chaired by former international...

Ambulance group rewards Vedanta - news

Training and first aid promotion among employees, contract workers and other stakeholders and citizens has earned the 2008 St John Ambulance Award for the Vedanta Aluminium company in the...

CarbonNeutral moves into Singapore - news

CarbonNeutral, the international carbon offset and carbon management company, has opened a Singapore office. Its first local clients are the American Chamber of Commerce of Singapore and the...

Ikea spends $48m to help Indian poor - news

Ikea, the Swedish retailer, is giving $48million (£34m) to Unicef to improve the health and living conditions of children in some of India’s poorest areas. Some of the money...

Acer puts suppliers on notice - news

Suppliers to the Taiwanese electronics company Acer have been told they must maintain social and environmental standards if they are to continue working with the group. The warning was...

Gates Foundation backs Indian social entrepreneurship - news

Small farmers in poor communities in India will benefit from a $15million (£10.6m) grant made by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Ashoka, the international group that brings social...

Novartis rewarded for earthquake efforts - news

The China Charity Award has gone to Novartis, one of the world’s largest pharmaceuticals companies, for its support of relief efforts after the earthquake in Sichuan province last May....

Hong Kong firms lagging on CSR - news

Most leading Hong Kong listed companies ‘fail to adopt sound corporate social responsibility policies and practices, particularly associated with supply chain, environment and...

PetroChina under fire over Darfur - news

A multi-signature open letter formally complaining that PetroChina is supporting genocide by the Sudan government in Darfur has been delivered to the United Nations Global Compact. The...

Fairtrade Foundation denies failings in sub-continent - news

The Fairtrade Foundation has strongly denied accusations in The Times newspaper that its system is failing many tea workers in the Indian sub-continent. The Times claimed that the...

Wal-Mart sets up skills centre in Punjab - news

A retail training unit has been established by an Indian subsidiary of Wal-Mart to improve the work-related skills of people living in the Indian Punjab. Bharti Wal-Mart Private has teamed...

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Listed companies in Taiwan could soon be required to make annual public disclosures on corporate responsibility. The country’s Financial Supervisory Commission is reviewing its listing...

Indian business makes progress on climate change disclosure - news

Many more of India’s leading companies have signed up to disclose their carbon emissions and climate policies, a second round of reporting has shown. The quality of reporting is...

New initiative helps companies provide disaster relief - news

A website has been set up to help non-governmental organizations in Asia obtain corporate help for disaster relief efforts. The Corporate Disaster Resource Network (CDRN was introduced in...

Business gets advice on how to treat lower castes - news

The International Dalit Solidarity Network has published the Dalit Discrimination Check, a tool to guide companies in preventing discrimination and exploitation of people considered to be of low...

Dole and Freeport expand scholarship programme - news

The Dole Food Company in the Philippines and PT Freeport Indonesia have formed partnerships with the US Department of State to expand the department’s English Access Microscholarship...

Intel backs training in India - news

Intel has gone into partnership with the US State Department Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA) to provide information technology skills and development training for teachers in...

Korean Air in trouble over gender policy - news

Korean Air has been accused by the National Human Rights Commission of discrimination against men in its recruitment of cabin attendants. The airline selects male cabin crew from existing...

Nepal firms ‘need government support’ on inclusion - news

Business in Nepal, particularly small enterprises, will need significant help to support inclusive recruitment, delegates decided at a recent roundtable debate in Kathmandu. Inclusion, they...

Starbucks helps Asian social entrepreneurs - news

A Philippines organization providing microfinance loans to unemployed young people and a programme in Pakistan that combats violence against women are to receive help from multinational coffee...

Chinese banks produce first CSR report - news

China’s financial institutions have all recorded dramatic achievements in capital adequacy rates, asset quality and risk management while expanding their operations, says the China Banking...

Rag-picker business is recognised - news

A young businessman from Hyderabad in India who specializes in plastic bag recycling has become the Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 in the UK’s prestigious Prince’s Youth Business...

Tata fares best in new Indian CSR ranking - news

Tata has been placed top of a new sustainability index based on the views of India’s opinion leaders. The index, created by BT and GlobeScan, a public opinion and stakeholder research...

Nike backs girl power - news

Afghanistan and Nepal will be included next year in the Adolescent Girls Initiative, a Nike-backed project aimed at promoting the economic empowerment of young girls in poor and post-conflict...

Workers hotline expands to five more Asian territories - news

Clear Voice, a workers’ confidential communication hotline on employees’ rights, which has just completed its first year of operations in China, is expanding to five more Asian...

Holcim prize goes to village project - news

A rural planning design for a suburban village in Beijing has received the $100,000 (£67,900) top prize in the Asia Pacific Holcim Awards, an international competition run by the Holcim...

DHL backs malnutrition project - news

DHL, the international express and logistics company, is giving $650,000 (£441,000) to support the efforts of Unicef and the Indian government to reduce malnutrition and infant mortality...

New service helps companies tackle disasters - news

A supply chain management website has made finding corporate sponsorship easier for non-governmental organizations that are working with victims of this year’s Bihar floods in northern...

IT giants tackle climate change in Philippines - news

Intel and Hewlett-Packard, two of the world’s biggest information technology groups, are to tackle global warming and climate change through their Philippines operations.  David...

Barclays supports Indian slum dwellers - news

Adolescent Indian girls in a Mumbai slum and in three districts of rural Maharashtra will benefit from a partnership between Barclays Bank and Unicef to give mentoring and provide microfinance...

Tata heads new Indian sustainability index - news

Indian companies are said in a report from BT, the international communications provider, to be taking positive steps towards sustainable development, though the corporate sector’s overall...

Chinese agree ‘capacity-building’ on factory conditions - news

A trade body in China has endorsed an agreement that could improve working conditions in Chinese textile and garment factories that supply European companies. The deal has been signed by...

Cotton Traders pulls out of Burma - news

Cotton Traders is to stop sourcing clothes from Burma after the Burma Campaign UK organized a public boycott of the company’s goods. Paul Hawkins, product director of the UK apparel...

Dow helps China with safety goals - news

An agreement to collaborate on promoting safety and emergency precautions in China’s chemical industry has been reached by the Beijing government, the United Nations Environment Programme...

Skype stops online monitoring in China - news

Online telephone company Skype has admitted that TOM Online, the majority owner of its Chinese venture TOM-Skype, has been monitoring and storing some users' text messages. Skype issued...

China Mobile joins Climate Group - news

China Mobile, the world’s biggest mobile telephone operator, has become the first Chinese state-controlled business to join the Climate Group, the London-based non-profit body that...

IFC aims to improve conditions in Vietnam - news

A project has been introduced by two international organizations to improve conditions for more than 700,000 workers in the Vietnam apparel industry. The Better Work Vietnam programme is...

Pepsi steps up Asian water commitment - news

Pepsi’s charitable arm has announced major new grants to provide access to safe water and sanitation for people in rural areas of Bangladesh and India. The grants, totalling $7.6...

69 Chinese resource firms in Burma - news

EarthRights International claims to have found 69 Chinese multinational corporations involved in at least 90 hydropower, oil, natural gas and mining projects in Burma. It reports that China...

Corporate clout leads to Uzbek ban on child labour - news

Wal-Mart is claiming dramatic progress on eliminating child labour in the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan by using its purchasing and lobbying power against the country’s government....

Chinese authority publishes CSR indices - news

CSR guidelines with 60 indices have been published for businesses by the local authority in the Wuxi municipality of Jiangsu, China. The indices, covering mainly labour relations, resource...

Taiwan fund picks up on SRI - news

Taiwan’s Labour Pension Fund is to adopt SRI principles. It intends to draw up investment policies to be introduced gradually into its portfolio, which is valued at 24billion Taiwan...

Multinationals support Chinese unions - news

IBM and Volvo have become the latest Fortune 500 companies to set up trade unions in their Chinese operations. Fewer than half of Fortune 500 Chinese subsidiaries have permitted the...

Healthcare company backs Indian dialysis - news

A dialysis clinic has been opened in India by Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions, a non-profit organization set up by DaVita, a US provider of kidney care products and services....

Lenovo gets up to speed on climate change - news

The Chinese computer company Lenovo, which has joined The Climate Group, an international non-profit organization, has followed up by announcing rewards for consumers who recycle products and...

Standard Chartered combats Aids in Bangladesh - news

Representatives from Standard Chartered Bank and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAids) in Bangladesh have signed an agreement to create a business coalition on HIV/AIDS in the...

Odegard tackles child labour in Nepal - news

The US carpet design company Odegard is to further its policy of addressing child labour in Nepal’s carpet industry with a working capital loan from RSF Social Finance, a non-profit...

Summit will tackle Asian CSR apathy - news

Widescale apathy towards corporate social responsibility among large Asian companies is to be a major topic on the agenda at the next Asia CSR Summit to be held in Bangkok from 3-4 November....

Two-thirds of Chinese Coca-Cola suppliers are non-compliant - news

Coca-Cola, a main sponsor of the Beijing Olympics, has reported that two-thirds of its 371 Chinese suppliers did not comply last year with its ethical policies on matters such as workers’...

Wal-Mart signs ‘responsible’ deal with employees - news

Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer, and its employees in Shenyang, north-east China, have signed a collective contract under which pay will rise at an eight per cent annual rate in...

Japanese companies accept carbon labelling - news

Carbon footprint labels will appear on food packaging and other products in Japan under a voluntary scheme to persuade companies and consumers to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The labels,...

Bakrie Telecom supports Grameen project - news

Indonesia’s first village phone programme, providing affordable wireless telecommunications in rural communities, is being introduced through a co-operative effort between two telecoms...

Satyam sets up Indian healthcare initiative - news

A programme to deliver ‘world-class’ healthcare to remote villages in India has been set up by Satyam Computer Services, a global consulting and information technology company....

Gap partnership targets women - news

Gap, the US apparel and footwear group, has started a national women and children welfare project in collaboration with the Indian women and child development ministry and several state...

Church investor eyes Chinese market - news

A leading Christian–based socially responsible investment house has signalled that it will begin engagement with Chinese companies on environmental, social and governance issues....

‘Sustainable’ Korean companies fare well - news

Sustainable companies on the Korean stock exchange have outperformed the index by more than 110 per cent since 2007, and by 220 per cent since 2002, reports SolAbility in its second yearly...

When it comes to bribery in China, cash is king - news

Most requests for business-related bribes in China are cash demands, the first year of a bribe-monitoring project has revealed.   Information gathered through BRIBEline, an...

Iraq comes clean on oil revenue - news

Iraq is to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which promotes disclosure of revenue payments by oil, gas and mining companies to officials in developing countries....

Gender equality scores fall in Apac - news

Disappointing results from an annual gender equality survey in the Asia- Pacific region were announced at the 18th Global Summit of Women held in Vietnam. The figures, given in the...

India to get reporting rules - news

New rules on business responsibility disclosure and sustainability reporting standards are to be produced by a stakeholder committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. The...

MBA student values pose problem for Chinese firms - news

Chinese companies have been told to take note of a survey of MBA students that shows they are taking more account of business responsibility issues when taking on jobs. Researchers from the...

YES bank comes up trumps - news

India's YES Bank has gained one of the main prizes in this year's FT Sustainable Banking Awards. YES, which has taken the Emerging Markets Regional Leadership title for Asia, was...

Jupiter engaged for Taiwan fund - news

Prudential Corporation Asia has retained the UK consultancy Jupiter Asset Management to advise on its PCA Global Green Solutions Fund, a new climate change fund authorized by the Taiwan...

Sovereign fund goes for exclusions - news

China's $200billion (£100.8bn) sovereign wealth fund is to become a socially responsible global investor by shunning industries such as gambling, tobacco and arms manufacturing....

Helveta wins ethical timber contract in Indonesia - news

Helveta, the information technology company that developed the CI WorldTM software for tracking timber assets in supply chains, has won the contract to enforce ethical principles in...

GRI biodiversity advice now in Japanese - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) document Biodiversity , produced 18 months ago to guide companies that report on the issue, has now been published in Japanese. The new publication...

Unilever asks for moratorium in bid to achieve sustainable palm oil - news

Unilever has called for a moratorium in Indonesia on rainforest destruction being carried out for the production of palm oil, which the multinational uses in leading brands, including Dove,...

General Motors gives with both hands to disaster relief - news

The General Motors Foundation and GM China have donated more than $1million (£505,000) to support relief work in China and Burma. The biggest part of the contribution has come from GM...

Allegations of unfair play in production of Euro 2008 footballs - news

Crédit Suisse is donating a million Swiss francs ($1million, £490,000) to the United Nations children’s fund after reports that child labour in Pakistan was used to make Euro...

Employees protected from rising cost of food - news

Bangladeshi garment makers are to sell food at a discount to employees to cushion them against rising food prices caused by last year’s bad weather and a global rice shortage. The...

Asian banks recognized for sustainability - news

Six Asian financial institutions have reached the short list for this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, the leading global awards for triple bottom line banking. ASA, of...

Fund will combat climate change - news

The Asian Development Bank is establishing a fund with an initial $40million (£20.2m) to slow climate change trends and make it possible for the Asia Pacific region to adapt to the...

Female scientists awarded in Malaysia - news

L’Oreal Malaysia is granting fellowship awards again to three young researchers in recognition of the contributions of local women scientists to the nation’s progress. The For Women...

Japanese governance needs addressing - news

The system of governance in most of Japan’s listed companies fails to meet shareholders’ needs, despite significant improvements in some businesses, says a report from the Asian...

UMW donates land in Malaysia - news

A two-acre plot in Serendah, Malaysia, has been donated by an investment holding company for the building of a Tamil school. UMW Holdings said the donation of the land, worth 544,500...

Former ambassador becomes Japanese CSR head at JP Morgan - news

The financial services group JPMorgan has appointed Christopher J. LaFleur, the former US ambassador to Malaysia, as its head of corporate responsibility for Japan. LaFleur has previously...

Gavi issues Japanese bond - news

The finance arm of the Gavi Alliance, a non-profit organization whose donors include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has issued a bond of 1.4billion South African rand ($172.3million,...

Wal-Mart targets Chinese suppliers - news

Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s biggest retailer, has decided to meet thousands of its Chinese suppliers as part of a campaign to reduce waste and emissions at the factories that make its...

ChemChina ups recycling efforts - news

China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina), the nation’s largest chemicals manufacturer, is running a pilot programme at its plants in Tianjing that could recycle more than 80 per cent of...

Smart card aims to curb tobacco use - news

A smart card that contains personal details such as date of birth and will have to be used for buying cigarettes from vending machines is expected to curb under-age smoking in Japan. The...

Steel giant resettles villagers - news

ArcelorMittal is to spend $250million (£126m) on resettling residents from more than a dozen villages in the Keonjhar district of Orissa, India, who will be displaced by its new steel...

Legal battle over labour rights ends - news

Defamation actions brought against labour rights campaigners by two clothing manufacturers in Bangalore, India, have been called off. An agreement was reached by all parties involved after...

Aid for China on global warming - news

Japan is supporting China’s environmental conservation efforts through six loans worth more than $436million (£222m). The finance, in the form of official development assistance...

Vigeo teams up with Asian partner - news

Vigeo, the leading European CSR ratings agency, is extending its coverage into the Asia Pacific area by forming a partnership with OWW Consulting, a Malaysia-based specialist in responsible...

Appeal for release of ethical auditor - news

The Clean Clothes Campaign, along with other rights organizations worldwide, has urged the Bangladesh government to free Mehedi Hasan, a factory compliance monitor and employee of the...

Chinese labour law ‘bedding down’ - news

China’s new labour law is beginning to take hold, despite some business opposition, Auret van Heerden, president and chief executive of the Fair Labor Association, has concluded after an...

Dow project improves water re-use - news

Waste water re-use rates will reach 50 per cent in Beijing when the 2008 Olympic Games begin, thanks to reclamation equipment being installed by Dow Water Solutions, part of the Dow Chemical...

Asian firms are more carbon intensive - news

Asian listed companies are more carbon-intensive than their peers elsewhere in the world – with the result that investors in Asian equity funds are more exposed to carbon risks. A new...

Child labour plan unveiled in Delhi - news

An 18-point action plan to fight the use of child labour has been announced at an international conference in Delhi. The Action Plan for Companies to Combat Child Labour was introduced by...

India gets its own SRI index - news

India has become the latest emerging market to have a dedicated index of companies that demonstrate superior social and environmental performance. The universe of Standard &...

Tesco bows to pressure over Uzbekistani cotton - news

Tesco has asked its suppliers to stop sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan over concerns about state-sponsored child labour. The supermarket chain has made its decision after a three-year campaign by...

Coca-Cola plants ‘do not cause water shortages’ - news

Coca-Cola is claiming vindication in its battle with campaigners over its role in water scarcities near bottling plants in India. An 18-month investigation by an independent scientific body...

Chinese officials issue guidelines - news

State-owned businesses in China have been advised by the government to create corporate responsibility departments and policies.   Guidelines issued last month to China’s 152...

China gets CSR index - news

Forty companies have been listed in China’s first corporate responsibility index, which focuses mainly on businesses in the environment field. Experts who have participated in...

High commissioner speaks out on Bangladeshi CSR - news

Good practice in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment factories could stop much of the frequent labour unrest in the country, the British high commissioner Anwar Choudhury has told a business...

Indian companies are readers' choice - news

Five Asian companies, all from India, have been shortlisted for the inaugural Global Reporting Initiative’s GRI Readers’ Choice Awards. They have been selected from nearly 800...

Alcan rewards poverty group - news

The Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation in northern India has been awarded the 2007 $1million (£503,000) Alcan Prize for Sustainability. The prize, given...

Responsible Malaysian stocks outperform the benchmark - news

Share prices in companies that practise good CSR are reported to have outstripped the record-breaking run on the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI). Arshad Adam, finance director of OWW...

India tries harder on child labour - news

Renewed attempts are about to be made by the Indian government to eliminate child labour, which is deterring some countries from buying the country’s exports. The decision follows...

Sri Lankan firms make move on harassment - news

More than 40 Sri Lankan companies have signed a code of conduct to combat sexual harassment at work. Sexual harassment is so common on roads and buses and in public places that it is often...

Asian CSR 'will go mainstream soon' - news

Social innovation will bring CSR into mainstream corporate culture in Asia this year, Jude Mannion, chief executive of Robin Hood Asia, has predicted. Businesses are finally appreciating...

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