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November 8, 2008

Spared By a Green Thumb

China’s position on the environment has been encouraging but implementation has hardly kept apace. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.

March 27, 2008

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) increasingly has become a central business issue. Businesses are increasingly integrating social and environmental issues into their strategies and operations, to help them navigate a world in which the Internet, text messaging, and other technologies magnify any misstep. Asian businesses are increasingly putting their stamp on the global CSR debate. From

November 1, 2007

Greener Buildings (PDF)

How energy efficient will the government headquarters in Tamar be? It should be among the most energy efficient in the world since it will be a brand-new development.

November 28, 2007

Asia Business Council Annual Survey 2007

Asia’s Chief Executive Perspectives The Council’s second annual survey, conducted in September- October 2007, found increasing (and, as it turned out, well-founded) concern among members about the global economy. Other issues of concern were of a long-term nature. These included: The availability of a high quality work force—education quality, and entrepreneurship and innovation—remains a top

November 30, 2007

Green Building: Building Energy Efficiency

Buildings account for around 30 percent of the world’s total energy consumption and a similar percentage of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. But most buildings in Asia are surprisingly inefficient at using energy for lighting, heating and cooling. More than half of the world’s new construction is taking place in China and India alone, yet

September 28, 2006

Asia Business Council Annual Survey 2006

Asia’s Chief Executive Perspectives (2006) The Council conducted its first annual survey of members in October 2006. This poll is designed to gauge Asian business leaders’ views on regional and global issues. The 2006 survey found that access to a high quality workforce is the top issue for business and that energy and environmental issues

September 30, 2005

Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is a critical business issue facing the global corporate community. The Council’s work on IPR consists of two parts – first, to lay the groundwork, we commissioned an overview of the subject from a global perspective. Council members felt that more work needs to be done.  We worked on a project

March 28, 2005

Branding in Asia

In the fall of 2004, the Council held a workshop that provided a platform for our members to share their experiences and exchange insights on branding in Asia. The workshop highlighted that branding is more than a marketing function—it is a powerful tool for aligning organizations and evaluating operational capabilities. Our members also explored various

April 24, 2004

Asia by 2010 – Opening Tomorrow’s Door

Succeeding in the constantly changing marketplace requires preparation for a full range of uncertainties. Will China continue its growth path? Will the United States continue to be Asia’s key economic driver? Will terrorism and health-related issues derail Asia’s economic achievements? To better understand Asia’s current and medium-term challenges, members of the Asia Business Council undertook

November 28, 2002

Education and Continued Economic Growth in Asia

Education is critical to continued economic growth and development. In a Time magazine article, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Education said: “The existing education system has produced reliable managers for predictable times, but it now needs to produce a new breed of leaders who have a certain ruggedness, an ability to respond