Category: Society

Challenges in Global Governance

Difficulties of unprecedented scale confront global governance and inefficient multilateral mechanisms. To face the difficulties which challenge the formation and implementation of global governance rules, multilateral mechanisms must find ways to avert the threat of world economic recession, reform the...

/ October 5, 2016

Out of the Scrapyard: How Foreign Involvement Can Help Solve China’s e-Waste Crisis

This summer, the US Congress introduced a bill aimed at stemming the country’s regular flow of discarded electronics to China. The United States exports large amounts of e-waste to the Middle Kingdom—albeit often unintentionally—contributing to health and environmental problems and...

/ September 26, 2016

Meat’s off the Menu: Exploring Opportunities for Meat Alternatives in China

The Chinese government issued new dietary guidelines recommended by the Health Ministry that aim for a 50 percent reduction in the country’s meat consumption by 2030. China consumes about 30 percent of the world’s meat, including half of its pork,...

/ September 21, 2016

Strength in Numbers: Opportunities in China’s Sharing Economy

Advances in mobile technology and app development have given rise to a new business model that has profoundly affected the transportation, ecommerce, and lodging industries. The sharing economy refers to third-party online service providers that help businesses and individuals turn...

/ September 2, 2016

Building a better government affairs function in China

New standards for the clinical and regulatory approval of foreign drugs and treatments in China’s pharmaceutical market are clouding revenue projections for multinational drugmakers, but they also represent an opportunity. A closer look at the regulatory challenges multinational pharmaceutical companies...

/ August 24, 2016

NGO law alters course for foreign education

China’s recently released law regulating foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) raised fresh doubts about foreign investment into higher education. The law, which takes effect in January,regulates educational institutions with operations in China and affects the entry strategy of new investors.

/ August 22, 2016

Holding up Half the Sky? Assessing the Current State of Female Employment in China

Female employment in China used to be moving in a positive direction. In the late 1970s, almost 10 years after Chairman Mao famously remarked that “women hold up half the sky,” about 90 percent of working-age women in cities were...

/ August 19, 2016

Who do China CEOs report to?

To operate at their best, global cross-border companies require clear and effective regional-reporting lines for senior leaders. This is particularly true for multinational companies (MNCs) operating in China given the country’s size and complexity as a market, as well as...

/ August 15, 2016

Preventing a leadership crisis in Asia’s talent pipeline

Scarce—and in some cases, unprepared—management talent hampers some multinational companies’ growth ambitions in Asia. Therefore, it is vital for companies to develop a pipeline of prospective leaders. Failing to plan in advance could leave critical positions temporarily unfilled, something that...

Eyes Wide Open: Broader Due Diligence for a More Complex China Market

Due diligence is the process of investigating the background of a company or individual before entering a formal business relationship. This traditionally focuses on financial, legal, and reputational aspects of the subject company and its principals. Reputational (or integrity) due...

/ August 8, 2016