Our Focus Areas

January 20, 2009

Greener, Cheaper, Better (PDF)

Benefiting both stakeholders’ interests and the planet, the advantages of energy-efficient buildings are starting to finally take hold in the Asian construction industry.

November 15, 2008

Asia’s Gathering Food Crisis: A Silent Tsunami

The food and agriculture sector is a key part of Asia’s regional economy. Asian economies are among the world’s leading producers, consumers, exporters and importers of major agricultural commodities, most notably rice, but also other grains, oilseed, and increasingly meat. Asia is also home to two-thirds of the world’s poor, or almost 2 billion people,

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