Keyword: Media/Information

In spite of sexism, China’s female CEOs flourish

A Chinese CEO caused an uproar a few weeks ago by announcing during the China CEO Summit, held in Beijing, that he would not invest in companies with female CEOs. “Rule number 10: we usually don’t invest in female CEOs” read the slide in a presentation given by Luo Mingxiong from Jingbei Investment, an early-stage VC firm, during the investor conference. The remark has aroused public outrage, especially among female entrepreneurs. “Luo is a low-EQ and narrow-minded investor”, Li Yi, founder and CEO of the renewable energy company Renogy-RNG Inc, wrote on Weibo. She said she was among the female CEOs Luo wouldn’t invest in, and that she would make high …read more

Unisex Toilets in China: the Debate

Unisex Toilets in China: the Debate

Unisex public toilets are appearing in a number of Chinese cities. They can be seen as a way of providing more equality of service to women, and of being inclusive of those who don’t fit into the gender binary. This article from the China News website discusses the meaning of adopting such toilets, and the debate that has arisen around this issue.

Report on financial fraud against the elderly released

The Zhicheng Public Interest Group, an organization that provides free legal assistance to marginalized groups, has recently released a report on economic crimes against the elderly. In recent years there has been much concern over an increase in financial fraud against the elderly. Since being set up in July, the Beijing legal services hotline has received 935 requests of advice from the elderly, 21% of which came from victims of financial fraud. Financial products, business projects, health care products and pyramid sales are all being used to cheat elderly people out of their savings. Zhicheng’s report, released on the 9th of September, is entitled “Risk report on economic crimes against the …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

China celebrates its first ever Charity Day

The first ever Chinese Charity Day, which takes place today, will centre around the themes of ‘law’s role in charity’ and ’poverty relief’. The 5th of September has officially been designated as Chinese Charity Day by China’s new Charity Law, which came into force this month. A couple of Chinese cities have held events in honour of the occasion, which aims to promote the concept of charity more widely. On the 4th of September the joint Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei charitable exhibition, held at the Agricultural Exhibition Hall in Beijing, hosted a number of activities including a Charity bazaar of creative products, a 3D artificial limbs demonstration and a shadow-puppetry show. Over 150 charitable …read more

Knock-off charity groups exposed

In March 2016, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs disclosed a list on which a number of charity associations were confirmed to be knock-offs and illegal. This led to the media conducting further investigations into those organisations. It was found that although some knock-off associations have shut down their websites, there are still some running and updating their information. For instance, the China Economic Development & Exchange Association, confirmed to be illegal by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, keeps attending international activities and affirming that they are endorsed by the Chinese government. The China Commonwealth General Association, another one of these unlicensed associations, closed its website after the list was released. However a sub-association of the CCGA in Nantong has …read more

New research centre on Chinese philanthropic trusts unveiled in Beijing

New research centre on Chinese philanthropic trusts unveiled in Beijing

The Chinese Philanthropic Trusts Practice & Development Forum, co-hosted by the China Philanthropy Institute of Beijing Normal University, the China Global Philanthropy Institute and Xinhua Net, officially kicked off on the 9th of August. The new Research Centre on Philanthropic Trusts subordinated to the China Philanthropy Institute was also unveiled during the event. Chuanjie Gao, a distinguished research fellow who used to work for the China Banking Regulatory Commission and participated in the enactment of the ‘Trust Law’, was appointed as the director. (Chuanjie Gao on the right) At present, the supporting regulations and services for Chinese philanthropic trusts are almost non-existent, but there is great potential for improvement. The …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

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

Fifth session of the China Charity Fair to be held in Shenzhen

The General Office of the Ministry of Civil Affairs released the “Notice on organizations participating in the fifth session of the China Charity Fair” on July the 19th. As stated in the Notice, the Charity Fair will be held from September 23 to September 25 in Shenzhen, with its main venue in the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center and parallel venues in some communities in Bao’an District. The Notice explains that the Charity Fair will strive to implement China’s new Charity Law and the “Decisions of the Central Committee and the State Council on Fighting Against Poverty”, follow the ideas of innovation, coordination, green development, openness and sharing, focus on the …read more

China’s foundation number 5000 established in Beijing

According to the official website of the China Foundation Center, the founding of the Yibang Philanthropy Foundation in Beijing on the 8th of July 2016 marks the establishment of China’s 5000th foundation. Statistics issued by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs show that there were 1144 foundations in China by the end of 2006, meaning that the majority of these 5000 foundations have been established within the last decade. Looking at the foundations’ geographic distribution, Beijing now has 598 foundations, ranking second only to Guangdong Province within China. On the other hand Beijing ranks top for its foundations’ public transparency level with a score of 72.63, far higher than the national average of …read more

White paper on the psychological condition of Chinese left-behind children published

A news conference presenting a White Paper on “Chinese Left-Behind Children’s Psychological Conditions” (《中国留守儿童心灵状况白皮书》) was held in Beijing by the philanthropic organization “Shang Xue Lu Shang” (上学路上)on the 24th of June. During the conference it was revealed that 6931 (93.3%) of the 7432 questionnaires sent out for the study were sent back and were valid. The survey aims to reveal how the psychological conditions and stress response of left-behind children is influenced by the companionship of their parents. Some unexposed situations that suggested potential ways to help left-behind children were also presented in the White Paper. The White Paper shows that 849 (13.1%) of the 7000 children investigated have been …read more

The Internet helps to connect NGOs in northwestern China

The newly launched Northwestern NGO Resource Community is an online and offline network that connects NGOs in Ningxia, Gansu, Shaanxi, Xinjiang and Qinghai, the five provinces of China’s vast and remote Northwest. The project was started by five social organizations based in the region, the Ningxia Youth Social Innovation Development Center, the Gansu Yishanyishui Center for Environmental and Social Development, the Shannxi Puhui Youth Social Development Center, the Xinjiang Volunteer Philanthropy Union, and the Qinghai Minhe Embroidery Association, with the goal of integrating information and sharing resources. It will allow them to use the Internet to connect with each other and their work, and also provide a great opportunity to …read more

Li Liguo:China’s philanthropy welcomes new opportunities

The 2016 Chinese Social Work Industry Development Forum was held in Beijing on June 16. The event was organized by the China Social Work Union, with the cooperation of the China Social Work Development Foundation, the Beijing Social Workers Association, and the Social Work College of the Open University of China. The honorary chairman of the China Social Work Union Xu Ruixin, the chairman of the China Social Work Union Gong Puguang, and other specialists and scholars attended the forum. By the end of 2015, 455 new social work industry associations had been established in China, a figure 57.4% higher than the equivalent for 2014. These 455 industry associations include 30 …read more

Public-fundraising foundations asked to set up spokespeople before the end of this year

The Ministry of Civil Affairs held a press conference on June the 13th, during which Deputy Director of the Administration of Civil Organizations An Ning introduced the newly published Notice on Setting up Press Spokespeople in National and Provincial-level Social Organizations by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The Deputy Director said that setting up a system of regular press spokespeople for social organizations will be of great help for them to carry out efficient work concerning public opinion, enhance administrative transparency and deliver positive energy to all sectors of society. The notice outlines a general plan by which the system will gradually be established. The plan is divided into three …read more

Joint Statement released by Chinese LGBT organizations about the Orlando shooting

Joint Statement released by Chinese LGBT organizations about the Orlando shooting

Several Chinese LGBT organizations released a joint statement yesterday on the horrific attack that targeted the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, two days ago. This event has been recognised as the worst mass shooting in American history. The gunman, Omar Matten, 29, was later killed in a shootout with the police. The Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the massacre in a statement released over an encrypted phone app, even though the FBI director has said that there is no evidence directly linking Omar Matten to an outside group. Still, the Orlando Attack was clearly directed at the gay community, and Matten’s ex-wife has claimed that Matten had often expressed …read more