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New business group tackles human rights

December 2004

An advisory group has been formed to help businesses in the Far East tackle human rights abuses, child labour, poverty, environmental degradation, legal compliance, corruption, regional conflicts and other issues.

Business, government and community leaders from the Far East and from the US and the UK attended the official start of the Asia Pacific CSR Group in Singapore in July during the Asia Pacific CSR Seminar series, which was run by a network of non-governmental organizations.

The corporates that make up the new group help businesses to strengthen their CSR performance through means such as community investment and development, governance, supply chain monitoring, and labour and environmental management.

Shalini Mahtani, chief executive of Community Business, a Hong Kong body that co-ordinated a preliminary meeting of the group last September, said: 'Each of the organizations in the group grew organically, responding to the unique challenges companies face regarding CSR in their respective markets.

'Here in Hong Kong we find the leading concerns are related to issues of more meaningful community investments, diversity, employee development and work-life balance.'


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