Research

September 27, 2009

Addressing Asia’s New Green Jobs Challenge

  The current global economic crisis has led to millions of job losses and likely will lead to more. As businesses and industries restructure, many of these jobs will not be recovered. At the same time, the world’s top scientists are sounding warnings about urgent environmental concerns, including climate change and limited natural resources to

February 28, 2009

Innovation in Asia

Whether Asia can become more innovative is a question whose answer holds the key to raising Asia’s future competitiveness and living standards for its populations. The region’s past few decades of rapid economic growth have largely been driven by its ability to become the factory of the world. Foreign know-how was important and there was

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,

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 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 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

November 30, 2002

The Asian Business Community and the WTO

By Daniel H. Rosen and Jacob Kirkegaard The evolving relationship between the private sector and government is of great importance to the Asia Business Council. We believe it is critical to benchmark the current relationship between business and government in terms of policymaking with the aim of ascertaining whether the status quo warrants change. To achieve this goal,