Keyword: Corporate Social Responsibility

What is the New Pattern and New Vision for Chinese Charity in 2016?

What is the New Pattern and New Vision for Chinese Charity in 2016?

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

Insights from the China Charity Fair

Insights from the China Charity Fair

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

Free Lunch for Children proposes plan to expand to Ethiopia

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

The Ningxia Autonomous Region takes new measures for targeted poverty alleviation

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

The Charity Law brings transparency to the forefront

With China’s first ever charity law coming into effect this month, the issue of transparency in the charity sector has taken the limelight. The charity law prescribes that charitable organisations are supposed to disclose their accounts and fundraising information on specified platforms, so as to ensure more clearness and transparency. In a recent survey carried out in Shenzhen on the factors impacting people’s participation in charity, 61% of respondents claimed that it is the low transparency levels in fund management that keeps them from donating. 60% of respondents also claimed that disclosing every detail of how the funds are used timely is the key point, and it is necessary to …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs: individual requests for aid do not constitute public offerings

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) organized a press conference on September 8th to clarify that cases of people soliciting for help on an individual basis are not covered by the regulations of the Charity Law. Media outlets that publish private requests for aid should also provide an alert on the risks involved for the public. Qing An, a representative of the MCA, explained that the issue of individual solicitations for help proved to be controversial during the process of drawing up the Charity Law, and it was eventually decided not to include it within the scope of the Law. The Charity Law only stipulates that individuals are allowed to …read more

World Philanthropy Forum held at Tsinghua University

On the 5th of September, in honour of the recent passing of China’s new ‘Charity Law’ and of the ‘UN Charity Day’ which also falls on that day, Tsinghua University hosted a World Philanthropy Forum. The event was organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CRAFFC), Tsinghua University, and the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation. The forum’s theme was ‘a new ecology and a new philanthropy’, and the discussions centered around the fields of policy, research, practice and personnel training from the perspectives of global participation, social organizations and entrepreneurs. The event was made up of two major forums and five sub-forums. Lectures were delivered on topics including …read more

Second edition of Tencent's

Second edition of Tencent’s “9/9 Philanthropy Day” coming up, donations for hundreds of millions of Yuan expected

The annual 9/9 Philanthropy Day will take place from the 7th to the 9th of September this year. During the occasion, over 120 public offering organisations and 4000 charitable programmes will be connected with the public through both online and offline channels. The 9/9 Philanthropy Day was established in 2015 by the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, the Bureau of Chinese Public Organisations Administration and the Tencent Foundation as well as other organisations, enterprises and celebrities. The donations for the annual event’s debut last year totalled over 127.9 million yuan. This year, Tencent will donate 199.99 million yuan, which will certainly drive more social groups to participate …read more

Online public offering to help restore the Great Wall

A public offering for the Conservation of the Great Wall was held at the Great Hall of the People by the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CFCHC) on the first of September. This was the first public offering for the preservation of the Great Wall, and also China’s first public offering for the conservation of cultural heritage to make use of the internet. As one of the largest single pieces of cultural heritage in the world, the Great Wall has been suffering from both natural and human damage for thousands of years, and it has been listed as one of the hundred most endangered historic sites worldwide. The CFCHC aims to promote the Wall’s …read more

China to reform regulations on social organisations

On August 21, the General Office of the Communist Party of China (GOCPC) and the General Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (GOSCPRC) jointly issued a document entitled ‘Opinions on the Reform of the Regulations on Social Organisation to Promote a Sound and Orderly Development”. The document, which will act as a de facto guideline, reaffirms the role of social organisations in social development, and requires a series of reforms. It stresses their strategic importance and urgency, as the “sound and orderly development of social organisations” helps improve the socialist market economy, consolidate the CPC’s governing foundation, promote public services and stimulate social vitality. The document …read more

Li Zhiqiang: the three elements of a social enterprise

Li Zhiqiang: the three elements of a social enterprise

Li Zhiqiang, the co-founder and first chairman of Aurora Social Enterprise, shared his views on social enterprises in a recent article in the Chinese media, written to help people gain a more specific understanding of the concept. There isn’t a common understanding of social enterprises in China, but some basic criteria can still be taken into consideration when defining a social enterprise. As he argues, a social enterprises should be a business aimed at a social purpose, rather than an enterprise which simply makes use of a social purpose to do business, or a not-for-profit enterprise. A social enterprise should thus include (but not be limited to) three elements, which are as …read more

Alibaba Group: China’s online green consumers reach 65 million

Alibaba Group: China’s online green consumers reach 65 million

On August 3rd, the Ali Research and Alibaba Foundation unveiled a Report on China’s Green Consumers in 2016. According to the report, the Internet has become the paramount arena for green consumption. By the end of 2015, the number of green consumers online had reached 65 million, increasing by 14 times over the previous four years. Consequently, the Alibaba retail platforms achieved 30 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions reduction during 2015. The report defines ‘Green Consumers’ as those who are mindful of the ecosystem and the environment and are willing and capable of purchasing green products. As China’s first big data analysis on the subject, the report draws on the …read more

Annual meeting on CSR in China organized by Southern Weekly

The eighth annual meeting on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in China, hosted by Southern Weekly, drew to a successful close on July 29 in Beijing. Government agents, corporate representatives, NGO and media workers concerned with corporate social responsibility, and philanthropic and social enterprises from China and abroad gathered again this year to discuss how to create a consensus on the topic of CSR. The mental health and protection of left-behind children was the most followed topic of the conference. Southern Weekly published a series of special reports on China’s left-behind children in March 2016, when the ideas of people from all sectors who care for these children were collected in …read more

Baidu establishes a platform for the sick to find out about charitable support

Baidu has recently established an online assistance information platform for hospital patients, in order to allow patients and their relatives to access information on charities which could offer them support. The platform has begun by publicizing 158 assistance projects, offering patients funds, medicine, services and other support. The platform will work in the following way: if a patient inputs the name of a disease in the Baidu search engine, for example “leukemia”, a card reading “Baidu Tips” will show up on the right part of the results page. Clicking on the characters for “charity support” on the card, the patient can then enter the official website of a charity assistance …read more

Didi Chuxing and the One Foundation initiate the “Daring to Help” project

Didi Chuxing and the One Foundation have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to undertake the “daring to help” (敢扶) special charity project. Based in Beijing, Didi Chuxing is a transportation network company which provides vehicles and taxis for hire all over China via extremely popular smartphone applications. The planned charity project is centered around the company’s vast number of drivers. Special charity support groups will be set up for Didi drivers to encourage them to return lost money, help young and disabled passengers, and be courageous about helping others. The project is seen as a response to the unwillingness to help strangers in need which is perceived to be widespread …read more

The Shimao Group donates 80 million yuan to the Forbidden City for cultural preservation project

The Shimao Group donates 80 million yuan to the Forbidden City for cultural preservation project

An important Chinese real estate company has agreed to donate a large sum to the Palace Museum of Beijing’s Forbidden City. The Shimao Group signed the agreement with the Palace Museum on the 20th of July, stating that the company would officially donate 80 million yuan to the Museum towards a project for the protection of the Hall of Mental Cultivation. The hope is that the project will not only provide this important ancient building with a restoration, but also break a new path for the protection of other Chinese cultural relics and buildings. The agreement marks the first time that the Shimao Group donates to the field of cultural relics protection. Xu …read more

The Youchange Foundation provides support for Social Value Investment

The Youchange China Social Entrepreneur Foundation held the ninth meeting of its second council on July 8 in Beijing, during which a deliberation on the operating scheme and fiscal budget of the Social Value Investment Association (SVIA) was passed. The foundation has announced that it will invest over ten million yuan to support the operation and development of the SVIA during the next three years. The Chairman of Youchange Wang Ping first proposed the concept of “Social Value Investment” in 2013, explaining it as an attempt to bring together profit and the public good in order to build a more just, effective and sustainable society. Since September 2014, Youchange has been …read more

Alibaba foundation hosts the inaugural Xin philanthropy conference in Hangzhou

The Alibaba Foundation, a charitable organization established by the Alibaba Group, hosted the Inaugural Xin Philanthropy Conference in Hangzhou on July 9th and 10th. The event was co-organized by the Hangzhou People’s Government. The conference brought together celebrities from the world of multilateral organizations and corporate social responsibility. About 1,000 attendees, including nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs, came to the e-commerce giant’s home base of Hangzhou to take part. Keynote speakers included Jack Ma, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group; Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, who gave the opening remarks; Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Salman Khan, the Founder and CEO of …read more