Security and Collaboration for a Safer and More Secure Exhibition Industry
 
Sep 22, 2018
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Geneva, Switzerland, 29th August 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Strengthening relationships for a safe and secure exhibition industry at IELA Connect, Shanghai, 15th October 2018.

The safety of exhibitors, visitors and event staff is the highest priority of the exhibitions and events industry.

Since 2012, and as a reflection of new security challenges and concerns in the global logistics landscape, IELA has emphasized safety and security through multiple initiatives. These initiatives bring exhibition venues, show organisers and service providers together sharing best practices and establishing standards of Occupational Health & Safety as well as Security for the entire industry.

Developing Safety & Security Standards and spreading knowledge along education and training programmes, became indeed one of IELA’s passion.

Today, in the ongoing efforts delivering better service, IELA is proud to present the new IELA SECURITY GUIDELINES written in collaboration with Simon Garrett, MD of X-Venture Global Risk Solutions, and a leading security expert in the exh ibition industry.

Proactively strengthening safety & security standards, the IELA SECURITY GUIDELINES are essential for:

• Improving security awareness in the exhibition industry
• Contributing to venue security & exhibition safety
• Shouldering responsibility

IELA, as the industry representative of the global exhibition logistics, has launched a new eventto strengthen the connection between stakeholders of the industry, collaborate on securityissues and boost local awareness: IELA CONNECT.

IELA CONNECT is designed to build a bridge between IELA Members, organisers, venues, associations and press. The first edition will take place in Shanghai on October 15th, 2018 at 18:00 at the JW Marriott Hotel.

Safety & Security is also your priority? Join us and register now.
Let’s connect: Working together for a safer & more secure exhibition industry!

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The International Exhibition Logistics Association is the global industry network that provides high-quality performance and expertise in exhibition logistics. IELA is a worldwide trade association dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of the transportation logistics and freight handling segments of the exhibition & event industry. Currently, IELA has 171 members and 32 affiliates in 55 countries.

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Solid Waste Management to be discussed by NEMA at East Africa Utilities Conference on September 25
 
Sep 20, 2018
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Nairobi, Kenya, 20 September 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) of Kenya will be participating at East Africa Utilities Conference & Exhibition in a bid to highlight and communicate strategies to tackle waste management in various aspects. In addition to solid waste, the conference topics will cover critical subjects including waste-to- energy potentials in East Africa as well as encouraging investment and expanding domestic and international cooperation in the field of waste management. Other important subjects will include transforming East African’s communities to zero-waste society by exploring innovations that could shape the waste management industry.

Experts from Kenya and Africa will be sharing best practices and visionary insights into sustainable waste management, electronic waste management as well as discussing the trends, challenges and opportunities through participatory panel talks. These topics will be covered during the first day of the conference which will start on the 25th of September at the Tzavo Hall of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

Energy and water management will be an indispensable part of the conference’s day 2, where presentations focus will be on water and waste water treatment as well as energy grids in East Africa. Through this day, delegates will have invaluable opportunity to learn more on eco-industrial parks and potentials for distributed power generation and the right energy mix for East Africa’s future. A critical area related to creating such mix is protecting East Africa’s critical power and water infrastructure against cyber-attacks which will be discussed as well during the conference.

These topics and more will be presented by high-level speakers including Mr. Andrew Lomosi, Managing Director of Chevron Africa, Ms. Elizabeth Nahimana, Head of Sanitation Regulation, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), Mr. Fred Ishugah, East African Center of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (EACREE), as well as Mr. Fenwicks Musonye, The Energy Regulatory Commission and Mr. Kamal Gupta, Chairman of Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA).

In parallel to the conference, companies will be exhibiting innovative products and technologies for the water, energy and waste industries. Exhibitors includes: Al Babtain Power & Telecom, Al Hilal Industrial Group, G Crystal Plastic Industries S.A.E. International Desalination and Water Treatment Group, Oman Tech, Paschal Technical Services Limited, Shenzen Calinmeter Co. L.T.D, Water & Energy Solutions & Technology.

The exhibition and conference schedule is from the 25th to the 27th of September from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, contact mary.mogusu@omanexpo.com

East Africa Utilities Expo is organized by Omanexpo, one of the leading exhibition and conference organizers in the Middle East.

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Pet owners on the rise in China to 73 mln, spending up 27% to reach USD 24 bln
 
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Sep 11, 2018
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Sep 11, 2018 (China Knowledge) - In recent years there has been a surge in pet ownership in China. Currently, there are an estimated 73.55 million pet owners, and spent RMB 5,016 annually on each pet on average, up by 15% from last year. Spending on pets is expected to rise by 27% this year to RMB 170.8 bln.

To cope with the rising demand, China has seen an increase in variety of pet food available. Pet owners in China are increasingly well-informed of their pet’s health and even look for prescription foods. Other expenses include grooming, vaccination and medical treatment.

The growing popularity of pets is turning China into a magnet for local and global pet companies due to huge growth potential. For example, Beijing has seen a surge in the number of pet-related stores such as pet-themed restaurants, cafes and retail stores which target the middle-income pet owners.

From August 22 to 26, Shanghai hosted the Pet Fair Asia which sets the benchmarks and trendsetters on pet supplies in Asia-Pacific for more than 1,300 exhibitors.

This has also hit the e-commerce market, with Taobao and JD.com both setting up pet categories on their websites. Alibaba’s e-commerce website Taobao alone recorded USD 1 bln of sales for cats’ food and cat-related items in 2017.

 
 
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Vietnamese Government Encouraged to Embrace Agricultural Innovation to Protect Vietnam's Economy & Food Security
 
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Sep 12, 2018
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A statement from a coalition of local and international bodies across agriculture, commerce and trade September 11, 2018

HANOI, VIETNAM - (ACN Newswire) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently called for Vietnam's agriculture sector to become one of the top 15 most developed in the world in just ten years and utilise scientific and technological advances. His Excellency further emphasized that more innovation is needed to generate new drivers for growth to ensure macroeconomic stability. Such an ambitious agenda can be achieved only if the government embraces agricultural innovation.

Unleashing the possibilities of modern agriculture to support sustainable, inclusive development requires enormous investment, collaboration and a stable policy and regulatory environment. All three factors are critical in the context when Vietnam harnesses cutting-edge technology to accelerate its development.

Putting exciting new technology such as data science in the hands of farmers also relies on allowing them to continue using the tools that have helped to feed billions over recent decades. More people have access to safe, quality food than ever before in Vietnam and worldwide because farmers continue to have access to technology developed over the years.

To this day, crop protection tools such as pesticides play a critical role in producing more food using fewer resources. Without these tools, more than half of the world's crops would be lost to insects, diseases and weeds, leading to enormous economic and environmental damage. To increase the competitiveness of Vietnamese farmers as well as to ensure the future investment in innovation, Vietnamese farmers should be encouraged to have access to safe crop protection products supported by high quality training and education. This will ensure that farmers continue to produce safe, affordable and nutritious food for the community and export.

Against this backdrop, we call on the government to ensure that crop protection tools are properly assessed through a consistent, scientifically rigorous process in line with internationally accepted methods and standards. Such assessments need to be conducted by scientific experts and a suitable timeline should apply to allow for a thorough review. This is consistent with the direction recently set by the Prime Minister when His Excellency called for the removal of unnecessary government procedures that can stifle production and trade while reinforcing the need for transparency.

The industry takes its responsibility seriously and offers its commitment and support to help the Government achieve its food safety objectives. This includes continuing to research the development of alternative natural products, to promote the importance of the responsible use of crop protection products in Vietnam's agricultural sector, as well as providing a scientific and international standards-based approach towards achieving the government's objective of 30% reduction of product registrations by 2021 without sacrificing the sustainability and competitiveness of Vietnam agriculture. Also, it is important that proper police controls are reinforced to prevent illegal imports to Vietnam.

Dao Thu Vinh | Coordinator -- CropLife Vietnam | vinh.dao@croplifevietnam.org | Mobile: +84983330209

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7 Key Disruptions that Will Change the Way You Work
 
Sep 09, 2018
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"It's been estimated that 57% of all jobs are at risk of being automated within the next 5 years" Here are 7 key disruptions that most likely will change the way people work in the future.

Technological and social forces are transforming how work gets done, who does it, and even what work looks like. And while technology can make workers more productive, there will be significant turbulence as organizations grapple with the complexity and unpredictability of a changing workforce.

Research by Deloitte Consulting shows that there are seven powerful disruptors reshaping work as we know it. In order to address these disruptors, business leaders need to engage in transformative thinking that will not only re-design but re-imagine the way work gets done in their organizations. They need to think big, start small, become more agile, and—ultimately—move faster than the new realities of work.

Are organizations ready for Industry 4.0?

Deloitte’s Readiness Report explores senior executives’ views on the impact of Industry 4.0, that is, the industrial change associated with automation and digital technologies. According to the report, business leaders are uncertain they have the right talent to be successful in this new era of technological advancement. Only 25% are highly confident that their workforce has the skill sets needed for the future. Only 14% are highly confident in their ability to harness the changes associated with Industry 4.0. Yet 86% of business leaders think they are doing all they can to build the right workforce. Even more surprising, less than 20% of business leaders regard talent and HR issues as a high priority. In a nutshell, leaders don’t seem to think radical change is needed to get them where they need to go.

But radical change is needed. Consider the impact of automation. It’s been estimated that 57% of all jobs are at risk of being automated within the next 5 years. Emerging economies in the ASEAN region (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) are the most vulnerable to job automation. But developed economies will be impacted as well. In Singapore, for example, workplace automation is expected to double in the next three years.

To be sure, the likelihood of an entire profession disappearing due to automation is low. It is far more likely that parts of an occupation will be replaced by technology. Human talent will be working alongside artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing—or anything that can replace tasks in a business process and make them quicker, more accurate, and less costly. In this scenario, the most suitable resource, be it technological or human, can now be matched to deliver the most productive outcome.

Naturally, this has implications for the workforce and completely disrupts traditional talent models. Organizations will have to find the right balance of humans and machines to complement each other, re-designing roles to maximize talent and potential.

Augmentation also challenges current talent structures and practices by making them more flexible. Workforces will become more and more contingent, with off-balance sheet workers (freelancers, contractors, and gig workers) increasingly utilized by businesses who want to capitalize on access to the smartest people to solve complex business problems. In fact, in the United States, more than 90% of net new jobs in the past five years were performed by off-balance sheet workers. Respondents to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2018 report indicate that only 42% of their workforce is made up of salaried employees.

From the workers’ perspective, such augmentation through technology means people can now decide where best to work, whether it’s from an office or at home, in a satellite space, or in shared workspace. This fits the Millennial and Gen Z value of flexibility in the workplace—a key finding from the Deloitte Millennial Survey 2018. For these workers, the gig economy’s increased income potential and flexibility hold great appeal. According to the survey, a clear majority have already taken on such roles or would consider doing so.

This is of particular importance in Asia, where almost 60% of the working population is 28 years old, compared to 40% globally. With the vastly different career expectations of this age group, organizations need to adjust talent models to attract and retain the workers that will take their business into the future.

Remaining relevant in the future of work

The half-life of a skill has dropped from 30 years to an average of 6 years. This holds true even for fresh university graduates. This means that the model of “learn at school” and “do at work” is no longer sustainable and constant reskilling and lifelong learning will be a way of life at work. According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report, reskilling is the top priority for organizations looking at their future workforce strategy. And with working lives getting longer, reskilling is important for all workers, not just the young.

Individuals, companies, and educational institutions must find collective and elegant solutions that work for everyone and must push for smart ways to promote fairness and progressive thinking at work. Governments and policy makers can play a role in this new paradigm by showing bolder leadership in education and labor market regulations and by developing standards that enable and accelerate future of work opportunities. A collective response will create the platforms that enable and empower individuals to reinvent themselves to embark on new pathways and progress their careers.

Business leaders can no longer be passive consumers of ready-made human capital. They need to put talent development and workforce strategy front and center in their growth plans. This requires a new mindset to understand the challenges workers face and evolve talent programmes and models that unlock their potential.

By Philip Yuen
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Sinking Bangkok Among Cities To Be Hardest Hit By Climate Change
 
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Sep 09, 2018
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As Bangkok prepares to host climate change talks, the Global Warming and Climate Change Conference from October 4-5, experts once again remind that unchecked urbanisation and eroding shorelines will leave the city itself and its residents in a critical situation in the not so distant future.

The sprawling metropolis of more than ten million people is itself under siege from the environment, with dire forecasts warning it could be partially submerged in just over a decade.

Bangkok, built on once-marshy land about 1.5 meters above sea level, is projected to be one of the world’s hardest hit urban areas, alongside fellow Southeast Asian behemoths Jakarta and Manila.

“Nearly 40 per cent” of Bangkok will be inundated by as early as 2030 due to extreme rainfall and changes in weather patterns, according to a World Bank report.

Currently, the capital “is sinking one to two centimeters a year and there is a risk of massive flooding in the near future,” said Tara Buakamsri, Thailand Country Director for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

In turn, the sea levels in the nearby Gulf of Thailand are rising by four millimeters a year, above the global average.

The city “is already largely under sea level”, said Buakamsri.

In 2011, when the monsoon season brought the worst floods in decades, a fifth of the city was under water. The business district was spared thanks to hastily constructed dykes. But the rest of Thailand was not so fortunate and the death toll passed 500 by the end of the season.

Experts say unchecked urbanisation and eroding shorelines will leave Bangkok and its residents in a critical situation. With the weight of skyscrapers contributing to the city’s gradual descent into water, Bangkok has become a victim of its own frenetic development.

Making things worse, the canals which used to traverse the city have now been replaced by intricate road networks, said Suppakorn Chinvanno, a climate expert at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

“They had contributed to a natural drainage system,” he said, adding that the water pathways earned the city the nickname ‘Venice of the East’.

Today, the government is scrambling to mitigate the effects of climate change, constructing a municipal canal network of up to 2,600 kilometers with pumping stations and eight underground tunnels to evacuate water in case disaster strikes.

 
 
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BEX and MCE Asia 2018 accelerate action towards common goal of combating climate action and more sustainable living across Asia
 
Sep 05, 2018
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SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 05, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Singapore Green Building Week opens its doors today, with its two flagship trade platforms off to a great start. Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia, Southeast Asia’s leading trade exhibition for the region’s green building market, and Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) Asia, a regional HVAC-R, water and energy exhibition, kick off today, offering visitors a glimpse into the array of innovations that will soon become the norm in buildings and spaces of the future.

Taking place from 5 to 7 September, BEX and MCE Asia, along with the annual International Green Building Conference (IGBC), offer a strategic platform for key stakeholders to deliberate on the future of green buildings and sustainable development in the region and globally. Over 12,000 international visitors, including green building industry professionals, thought leaders, policy makers and end-users are expected to congregate at the events to discuss and exchange ideas on the latest innovations that will shape the future of sustainable cities.

Diverse solutions to cater to Asia’s diverse needs

Capturing attention on the show floor this year is Surbana Jurong’s curated showcase, “City of ____”. Depicting the possibilities that technology can bring to future cities, the setup brings to life an environment that integrates sustainable, smart and productive technologies to transform how humans interact with their surroundings. The life-sized urban mock-up will allow visitors to visualise how spaces associated with living, work and play can be reimagined to bring about an improvement in quality of life.

Walking through the simulated city grid, visitors will witness first-hand the benefits offered by DVUCA’s city management system, which enables better traffic monitoring and optimised energy usage. This curated exhibit also showcases how innovative technologies such as (these)abilities’s keyguard will level the playing field at the workplace between the able-bodied and people with disabilities. Aesthetics and functionality are seamlessly weaved into sustainable building practices as showcased by Thinkphi’s solar panel-equipped outdoor umbrellas.

Making innovation in green buildings and energy efficiency the gold standard

Visitors at BEX and MCE Asia 2018 are getting a first look at several innovations to be launched at the events. From industrial applications to commercial buildings and even homes, over 400 exhibitors from 31 countries will provide a comprehensive look into innovations that are continuously advancing the building sector.

Delta Technology is introducing the Insulated Fire Rated Curtain (IFRC), a failsafe double layer curtain that can seal off even the toughest fire outbreaks. Providing up to four hours of fire integrity and insulation, the curtain could potentially save lives in industrial emergencies.

Advancing its ‘Quality Air for Life’ message, Panasonic is showcasing the latest integrated air solutions, which combines air-conditioning and ventilation to improve overall indoor air quality, an important but often overlooked aspect of sustainable living.

To improve hygiene and enhance convenience for users, Dyson’s Airblade Wash+Dry combines a tap and hand dryer. The smart innovation saves space in the washroom while reducing the problem of water dripping on the floor as users move from a handwashing area to a separate hand drying station.

In the home setting, Kruger’s Secomat dehumidifiers help enhance indoor air quality in living spaces by maintaining a constant 40 to 60 per cent relative humidity. In spaces with limited air circulation such as basements and storage rooms, dehumidifiers help to inhibit the growth of mould and bacteria, brought about by the region’s humid and tropical climate.

David Yim, Marketing Manager, AGC Asia Pacific, one of the key exhibitors at BEX 2018, said, “BEX Asia is the ideal platform to nurture interest in green building innovations and an opportunity for us to raise awareness among visitors on technologies that are transforming the built sector. For example, AGC is excited to demonstrate how next-generation electrochromic technology combats glare and solar heat in commercial and residential buildings.”

Aside from the latest in glass products for buildings, AGC will continue to showcase its popular Halio smart-tinting technology that can tint uniformly in less than three minutes when exposed to light. Unlike other smart glass products, Halio looks like conventional glass, but begins tinting within 20 seconds to provide glare protection and block unwanted heat.

Other well-known names in the built environment sector present on the trade floor include Big Ass Fans, Daikin and ebm-papst. In all, BEX and MCE Asia feature pavilions from China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan and Taiwan, and is expected to draw over 12,000 visitors this year over its three-day event.

Seeding future conversations

BEX and MCE Asia feature complimentary seminars, Green View and Mostra Xchange, featuring an exciting line-up of close to 40 industry experts who will lead conversations on various topics that will impact the future direction of the built environment sector. In partnership with supporting industry organisations such as Institute Engineers of Singapore, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and the Indoor Air Quality Association, the seminars showcase a selection of highly curated and qualified sessions on sustainable building solutions, and energy efficiency.

Key sessions and speakers include:

• Lionel Steinitz, CEO, LYS Energy, who will present research on catalysts of green initiatives and the movement toward a low-carbon economy in Southeast Asia

• Anna Kerr, Director at White Arkitekter, the largest architectural firm in Scandinavia, who will discuss diversity and gender equality in urban planning

• Michael Chin, Principal and the Façade and Sustainability Leader from Arup Singapore , who will share successful case studies of green building envelopes and sustainable façade design in tropical regions around the world

• Keith Brewis, Managing Partner, International Operations at Grimshaw, who will share on the emerging use of data in architecture and how it can be creatively used to build iconic structures

BEX Asia and MCE Asia take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, and are also co-located with the annual International Green Building Conference (IGBC). With the theme, "Build Green: Build Smart. Build Communities", IGBC 2018 attracts participants from across the entire building and construction value-chain, committed to understanding and putting into action real-world, tangible and leading green building solutions.

In its next edition, BEX and MCE Asia will be complemented by two new flagship events - Innobuild (IB) Asia and Smart Cities & Buildings (SCB) Asia. Following the successful run of BEX Asia for over a decade and MCE Asia since the last four years, the two events will provide attendees with a richer, more well-rounded experience and further catalyse the innovation and adoption of technology currently available to drive productivity and efficiencies at every stage of the construction cycle.

SCB Asia, which will focus on digital convergence of solutions and technology into the built environment, is a timely addition as nations across the region intensify their efforts on building technologically advanced liveable cities of tomorrow. The role of technology in transforming the building and construction industry will be further underlined with IB Asia, which will look at how companies can tap on productive technologies, equipment and systems to build more efficiently.

“Clearly, as technology advancements disrupt industries across the world, the built environment sector in Asia will not be spared. Nations are also accelerating their journeys to become smart cities, proving that technology is already playing a crucial role in helping to solve today’s urban challenges and securing a sustainable future for generations to come,” commented Michelle Lim, Managing Director, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, Reed Exhibitions. Lim adds, “These events will be an important accelerator of the industry’s transformation, helping stakeholders keep abreast of change and facilitating their evolution as the industry shifts towards smarter and more sustainable living spaces of tomorrow.”

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About Build Eco Xpo
Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia is Southeast Asia’s leading trade exhibition for the green building and construction industry. It is a one-stop destination to source from international suppliers, with regional buyers and specifiers, and learn new knowledge at curated seminars. It’s where inspiration and transformation takes place. www.bex-asia.com

About Mostra Convegno Expocomfort
Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) Asia is Southeast Asia’s only 3-in-1 trade exhibition for energy efficiency in HVAC-R, plumbing, sanitary accessories, and solar energy. Its where international manufacturers, innovative start-ups and Southeast Asian buyers and influencers converge to source, network, learn and transform their business.

About IGBC 2018
Organised by The Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) in collaboration with strategic partners - the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and Reed Exhibitions, the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) is a premier green building conference where thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners in the built environment sector converge for learning, networking and collaborations.

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2017 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

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Setting Ambitious Standards for Corporate Social Responsibility
 
Sep 04, 2018
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Compared with previous years, Taiwanese enterprises made greater progress on the CSR front this time. In 2017 alone, companies poured NT$8.2 billion into charitable donations. The companies that made it into the top 100 corporate citizens employ a total of 460,000 people, accounting for only four percent of Taiwan’s employed workforce. However, these companies generate annual revenue in excess of NT$14 trillion, or 80 percent of the island’s GDP.

Under cloudy skies, the winners of the CommonWealth Magazine Corporate Citizen Awards, now in their 12th year, were announced the afternoon of August 29. With vast parts of southern Taiwan deluged after weeks of torrential rains, Environment Minister Lee Ying-yuan noted as he addressed the awards ceremony that the flooding is clear evidence of ongoing climate change and bemoaned the fact that the fight against global warming has suffered a setback in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

“The law provides the lowest ethical standards; requirements for corporate citizens must be higher. Enterprises must not only look after themselves but also take care of others,” stated Lee, appealing to companies to take responsibility for their actions.

Delta Electronics Inc. Wins Large Enterprise Crown for Third Year in a Row

Amid the award-winners at the three-hour-long event were many “familiar faces”, enterprises that, inspired by the CommonWealth Magazine Corporate Citizen Awards, have built their corporate social responsibility (CSR) portfolios over the years. Delta Electronics Inc. won the top spot in the large-scale enterprise category for the third year in a row, whereas BASF Taiwan, the local subsidiary of the German chemical giant, managed to make it into the top five foreign enterprises for the fourth successive year. Leading organic haircare maker Hair O’right International Corp. again clinched the crown in the “little giants” category. (Read: Delta Electronics Inc.: 'The Time is Always Right to Do the Right Thing')

As many awardees took the stage, they thanked CommonWealth Magazine for hosting the Corporate Citizen Awards for the past twelve years, and pointed out that this opportunity to compare notes and be evaluated regarding CSR approaches helped them figure out what worked, what didn’t, and how to adjust the direction of their efforts.

Jimmy Hsiung, supervisor of the CommonWealth Magazine Survey Center, noted that this year’s jury members concurred that, compared with previous years, Taiwanese enterprises made greater progress on the CSR front this time. In 2017 alone, companies poured NT$8.2 billion into charitable donations. The companies that made it into the top 100 corporate citizens employ a total of 460,000 people, accounting for only four percent of Taiwan’s employed workforce. However, these companies generate annual revenue in excess of NT$14 trillion, or 80 percent of the island’s GDP.

“They represent only a small group of people, but the change they bring about for Taiwan is enormous,” remarked Hsiung, pointing out that setting ambitious CSR standards through long-term commitment and by embedding CSR in corporate culture and each employee’s DNA, forms a vital element of corporate competitiveness.

As a longtime champion of the environment and energy conservation, Delta Electronics late last year became the first company in Taiwan or China to have its science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gases validated and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative. Guo Shan-shan, the company’s chief brand officer and executive director of Delta Electronics Foundation, noted that Delta Electronics began to collaborate with the Central Weather Bureau this year, providing architects with the micro climate data of nearly 30 areas across Taiwan as reference so that people would be able to live in comfortable housing that is adapted to the local climate conditions.

The world’s largest chip foundry, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), won second place this year in the large enterprise category, with Chairman Mark Liu accepting the award in the wake of the retirement of longtime Chairman Morris Chang. Liu said that it is TSMC’s vision to become a force that can lead Taiwan’s society to a higher plane. Through volunteer activities, TSMC fosters its employees’ volunteering spirit, encouraging them to not only do good deeds but also contribute to Taiwan’s economic development with integrity.

Jonney Shih, chairman of Asustek Computer Inc. (Asus), stated that Asus successfully used 100 percent recycled parts and components for its recycled computers last year. This March, Asus won Circularity Facts Program Validation status, which means that the company implements the “cradle to cradle” concept for a sustainable economy.

Developing ambitious CSR goals is not just a privilege of companies in the large enterprise category. Transnational consumer goods company Unilever launched a sustainable live agenda in 2010, promoting sustainable lifestyle brands such as Dove, Lipton and Knorr. For the Lipton green tea series, the company cooperates with Taiwanese tea plantations, becoming the first tea bag brand in Taiwan with Rainforest Alliance certification.

Small giant O’right has shown through its plastic and emission reduction measures and development of sustainable green products that a Taiwanese company can be a global leader in CSR. Ko Li-li, O’right’s deputy general manager, noted that the haircare maker promotes a circular economy through innovations such as using coffee husks from Gukeng in Yunlin County and golden goji berry root from Kuanyin in Taoyuan City in its products.

Companies can more fully fulfill their corporate responsibility by enabling every employee to join in CSR efforts. This year’s award-winners attach growing importance to the joint involvement of their employees. Cathay Financial Holding Co. Ltd. Vice Chairman Chen Tsu-pei remarked that within the company’s core business, banking is linked to the Equator Principles, insurance to sustainable insurance, and asset management to responsible investment, so that CSR becomes part of each employee’s tasks and the long-term business strategy.

One new insight from this year’s Corporate Citizen Awards is that companies in Taiwan are more ambitious in the four areas that were evaluated for the ranking – corporate governance, corporate commitments, social engagement and environmental sustainability – than laws and regulations require. This is particularly obvious with regard to social benefits.

“Since everyone is making an effort, we are witnessing forces that contribute to the progress of Taiwanese society,” observed Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun, who sat on the jury panel and attended the awards ceremony. Hsu said that, as Taiwan’s top labor policymaker, she is very happy to see that many enterprises are ready to share their profits with their employees through various benefits such as salary raises and creative schemes such as “emotional leave” or allowing employees to take a day off when their children start school. This shows that corporate Taiwan and the government are making a concerted effort to improve the welfare of workers.

“It’s great that Taiwan has you!” declared CommonWealth Magazine President Yin-Chuen Wu at the ceremony. More and more companies are deepening their CSR agenda, internalizing social responsibility in day-to-day business, and implementing CSR while making money is crucial for taking Taiwan to a higher plane.

About the CommonWealth CSR Corporate Citizen Awards Survey

By Elpis Su

The 2018 CommonWealth Magazine Corporate Citizen Awards Survey picked Taiwan’s best corporate citizen using international benchmarks and evaluation methods in the four areas of corporate governance, corporate commitments,social engagement, and environmental sustainability.

The evaluation process, which covers CommonWealth Magazine’s Top 2,000 Enterprises and domestic and foreign-invested companies recommended by experts, is split into four stages. In the first round, companies that have turned a profit for three years in a row are invited to participate in the survey. In round two, an initial evaluation takes place based on the data provided by the responding companies. In the decisive third round, experts from various fields form jury panels that rank the companies in the various categories according to their performance in the four evaluation areas. In round four, Jury head Lin Hsin-yi convenes a grand jury panel that selects the Top 100 Corporate Citizens based on enterprises’ total scores.

This year, companies were grouped into four categories based on annual revenue. Companies with annual revenue above NT$10 billion were categorized as large enterprises, those with annual revenue below NT$10 billion and considerable CSR experience were put in the medium-sized enterprise category, while companies with less than NT$5 billion in annual revenue were designated as “small giants”. Foreign enterprises made up the fourth category.

Survey period: May 3, 2018 to August 9, 2018
Survey execution: Jimmy Hsiung, Elpis Su

Translated by Susanne Ganz
Edited by Sharon Tseng

 
 
Nurturing Asian leaders
 
Sep 02, 2018
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Sixty-four returning NUS and incoming scholars from Asia attended a two-day Service Learning Workshop at the Fort Canning Lodge from 11 to 12 August organised by NUS Global Relations. The workshop was part of the Temasek Foundation International Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking (TF Int’l LEaRN) programme @ NUS.

The workshop featured interactive activities and in-depth group discussions with volunteer mentors from Compass @ Campus — a group of experienced industry leaders, business executives, entrepreneurs and professionals — and provided the participants with opportunities to develop camaraderie and strengthen their shared commitment to developing a thriving and prosperous Asia. It culminated in a sharing and question-and-answer session over dinner with Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin.

In his illuminating and inspiring talk titled “Journey of a Trusted Leader”, Mr Tan emphasised that analysing one's purpose in life and nurturing it with a strong personal value system are central to developing one’s leadership qualities. “Leadership is stewarding the next generation,” he said, highlighting that leaders must be purpose-driven, readily provide clarity, motivate through guidance and appreciation, and facilitate the unlocking of one’s full potential through passion and the commitment to “chiong” (charge ahead). “Leaders are the levers that bring about change,” shared Mr Tan, adding that inculcating a “sense of others” is pivotal to the success of trusted leadership.

The scholars tapped not only on Mr Tan’s experience as Speaker of Parliament but also his contributions as a Brigadier-General in the Singapore Armed Forces and as a Member of Parliament; as well as his leadership as the Minister for Manpower and the Minister for Social and Family Development. They raised questions ranging from setting personal goals in life to professional management of underperformers in the public sector, and the relevance of Asian countries emulating Singapore’s development model.

Learning about their life stories and struggles helped put our priorities in perspective.
— Year 3 NUS Arts and Social Sciences student Sim Wee Kong

The workshop was well received by the participants. Shared Yib Sotheary, a Year 3 scholar from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia, “It was a fascinating experience to learn about creative concepts and experiences from well-known speakers and mentors”. She said that through the workshop, she was able to gain cross-cultural understanding of diverse societies through interactions with peer participants from different countries in Asia.

Year 3 NUS Arts and Social Sciences student Sim Wee Kong found the allocated mentor-to-scholar format inspirational. The mentors were professionals in their respective fields. “Learning about their life stories and struggles helped put our priorities in perspective,” said Wee Kong. Bryan Wong, a Year 4 NUS Engineering student, found Mr Tan Chuan-Jin’s sharing of his role as Speaker of Parliament “eye-opening” and believed that he is now better able to understand national challenges facing the government.

This workshop is part of a series of activities organised for TF Int’l LEaRN scholars in NUS, which also included an academic writing course, learning journeys to Singapore companies and a TF Int’l LEaRN Young Asian Leaders Forum. The TF Int’l LEaRN programme @ NUS nurtures the next generation of Asian leaders by providing opportunities for cultural exchange, networking, community engagement and leadership development through the Student Exchange Programme platform. This is the 11th year of the University’s partnership in this programme.

 
 
Finland comes to Singapore to Boost Collaboration in Start-Ups and Innovation
 
Aug 31, 2018
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More than 20 companies from Helsinki will be in Singapore to seek partnerships with Singapore companies - especially start-ups to develop
breakthrough AR and VR technologies and digital solutions in healthcare and wellness

SINGAPORE, August 30, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Come and experience Finland in Singapore. That is the theme of Finland's latest mission to Singapore from September 12 to 19, 2018.

Imagine looking up at the Northern Lights in the Arctic circle and being transported to the Finnish capital of Helsinki – dubbed by some as the coolest tech hub in Europe – without being physically there, thanks to the deployment of both virtual and augmented reality (VR & AR) exhibits at the Virtual Helsinki booth at Slush Singapore – the premier launch pad for start-ups in Southeast Asia which brings together investors and entrepreneurs and innovators across the globe.

Virtual Helsinki is created by the Finnish firm Zoan which specializes in interactive VR and 3D environments and the creator of Moomins (popular Finnish cartoon characters) in VR, as well as a number of real-estate projects and virtual experiences from Mars to Finland's nature. Also, on display will be a slew of digital VR and AR innovations used in healthcare and wellness environments. One of these is a mobile health game to aid chronically ill children during medical treatment by the Finnish start-up, Triumf Healthcare.

Triumf is part of the Finnish ICory consortium which partners include research institutions, hospitals, start-ups and other bigger corporations. ICory will be exploring collaboration with two hospitals in Singapore: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)and National University Hospital (NUH).

Her Excellency, Ms Paula Parviainen, Ambassador at Embassy of Finland in Singapore, noted, “In Finland, investments into start-ups has hit a record high of €349 million in 2017. A report provided by the Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN) and the Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA), highlighted that the most significant change has been the increase in the number of foreign investors in Finland, as foreign investments surged by 33% to €208 million while the number of foreign investment has increased tenfold since 2010.

These figures show that Finland is now a strong magnet for start-ups and investors. We are therefore keen to reach out to Singapore and the region to encourage their start-ups to partner our Finnish entrepreneurs and technopreneurs to come together to collaborate and develop more cutting-edge innovations and solutions and open new markets. We want to match make and nurture win-win partnerships between Finnish and Singapore companies."

One of the schemes that companies here can participate is the Finnish Start-Up Permit scheme which allows them to benefit from Finland's vibrant start-up ecosystem. The permit is meant for innovative start-up founders coming from countries outside the European Union.

Ms Marjo Ilmari, Executive Director, Start-up & Fast Growth at Business Finland, said: “At Business Finland, we create new growth by funding innovations and supporting companies to go global. Our role is to build up Finnish start-up community to the next level together with the stakeholders and investors. We identify digital innovations at a young stage and help them build scalable business models in various industries.

“To grow this community, we plan to attract both talent and investments to Finland and therefore we look forward to work with Singapore to expand our eco-system and network of start-ups and investors. We are showcasing in Singapore - several Finnish companies and their innovations at a series of events which include SLUSH 2018, the launch of the Nordic Innovation House, holding of HeathTech workshops and more."

With more than 140 Finnish companies based in Singapore, Finland hopes to strengthen its business and innovation links with Singapore, particularly in ICT (information. Communications & Technology) and healthcare sectors. Thanks to its robust talent pool and research expertise, combined with Finland’s leadership in IT and communications, form a vibrant med-tech industry in the Helsinki region, Finnish firms have become some of the early pacesetter in health-related digitalisation with Finland having the world’s highest number of digital health start-ups relative to the size of the country

Demand for VR and AR solutions is also rising rapidly. Between 2015 and 2016, the combined revenue of Finnish XR or extended reality companies in Finland increased by 94% and combined XRspecific revenue increased by 368%. XR initiatives can get funding and support from a new incubator programme - Nordic VR Start-ups (Source: TEKES - AR-VR Industry of Finland - 2017)

About Finland
Finland believes in equality, democracy and taking good care of each other. Good education is the cornerstone of our society. These are the reasons why we are on the top of all kinds of country rankings from clean air to quality of life.

Finland is functional. We look for practical solutions and deliver innovations to both industries and everyday life of people.

Finland is green. We have fresh air, pure water, green forests, clean energy and clean technology. Our Nordic nature has inspired us to look for well-designed and sustainable solutions.

Finland is educated. All Finns have equal opportunities to study and learn. Thanks to our world class education system, we find joyful solutions to both local and global challenges

About City of Helsinki
Helsinki, the most functional and sustainable city in the world, built on social cohesion, famous for its design and high-tech, committed to bringing people together through authentic experiences, interesting spaces and nature explorations. A city of fascinating contrasts; peace and pulse, city and nature, light summers and dark winters. Over 460 years of history, several architectural layers and the impact of different periods make the city attractive and unique.

Helsinki provides a platform for entrepreneurship and supports businesses to innovate and create new while remaining sustainable. Joint efforts of the city, its citizens and businesses is turning Helsinki into the world’s leading test bed for solutions that tackle global problems. The unique mix of Helsinki combines functionality, reliability, holistic view on sustainability, arts and culture offerings, hi-tech skills, great use of open data and a comprehensive understanding of human-centric design. All in one compact Nordic city in the happiest nation of the world. Finland.

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