Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How did the Asia Business Council start?
In May 1999, 37 business leaders met in Hong Kong for the inaugural meeting of the Asia Business Initiative. This group realized that the private sector needed to be more effectively engaged in the changes brought about by globalization. After three years of annual meetings, the Asia Business Council was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2002.
What does the Council do?
We conduct two forums per year, and have a growing research agenda.
Who are members of the Asia Business Council?
Most members are individuals from companies or corporations based in Asia. Up to one-fifth of Council members can be from companies or corporations based outside Asia.
A member must be the chairman, chief executive, or the top decision-maker of a company. We have a limit of 75 members.
How is the Council financed?
The Council relies on annual membership dues. The Council receives no government funding.
What areas of research does the Council address?
The overarching issue we address is the continued economic development and competitiveness of the region.
- In 2016, we focused on the emergence of smart cities and urban innovation in Asia, and women in the Asian workforce.
- In 2015, we explored the new digital economy in China.
- In 2014, our research looked at ways of measuring progress and well-being in Beyond GDP.
- In 2012, our research looked at ASEAN as an emerging global player.
- In 2011, we published a book Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation (Mark L. Clifford and Janet Pau, John Wiley & Sons, October 2011). Our research also included the Economic Transformation of the Greater Pearl River Delta.
- In 2010, our research included containing pandemics and epidemics in Asia and solutions for Asia’s cities.
- In 2009, our research focused on green jobs and innovation.
- In 2008, our research focused on corporate social responsibility and the food and agriculture sector in Asia.
- In 2007, we capped our research on energy efficiency with the publication of a book, Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings Are Key to Asia’s Future. We also published the simplified and traditional Chinese translations of the book.
- Since 2006, we have conducted an annual survey of members: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
For earlier research projects, click here.
Where is the Council based?
22/F Jade Centre
98 Wellington Street
Central, Hong Kong