Business Ethics

Companies 'must help stop global warming'

'Socially responsible' assets - those owned by companies whose businesses meet recognised social, environmental and governance standards - are growing more popular around the world, a forum heard yesterday.

Thursday, 19 July, 2007, 12:00am

Cracking down on corporate cheats

Companies in the region could find themselves in hot water if they are unaware of strict US anti-corruption laws

Hong Kong companies that comply with local laws on bribery and corruption may still be at risk of prosecution by merely having peripheral dealings with American businesses, which are subject to much tougher laws.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Broadly worded act casts a wide net

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits Americans from bribing government officials overseas, was passed in 1977.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Green light for experts in field

SMEs require specialists to meet standards and consumer demands

The rapid rise of green consumerism is causing Hong Kong businesses to switch to more proactive, long-term environmental planning and management, and this is creating demand for professionals in the field.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Role aims to ensure that ethical standards are met

Manufacturers, distributors and retailers must conform to many product safety standards, industry requirements and even social responsibility conduct in the various countries in which they operate.

Navigating safety and labour regulations can be challenging, especially when the product and the head office are in separate countries.

9 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Course aims to open doors to China

China's population of more than 1.3 billion people and a robust economy, which is among the world's fastest-growing, have made the country an irresistible target for international companies keen on increasing their sales and profitability.

21 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Blue chips have a lot to learn about corporate social responsibility

MOST OF US are aware of global warming, although not all have been persuaded by the arguments - or not until you had to dump the peach blossom way before the New Year began. Not until your expensive Chinese silk jacket was soaked with sweat on New Year's Day.

24 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

A lesson on ethics

More than 300 students from 15 secondary schools took part in a workshop learning business ethics under the guidance of Hang Seng Bank executives earlier this month.

It was the first workshop of this year's New Leaders Programme, organised by Junior Achievement Hong Kong and principally sponsored by Hang Seng Bank.

22 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Alarm over trend towards casual work

Reliance on unskilled jobs could harm economy: academics

Hong Kong may face serious economic and social challenges in the next decade with more young people relying on unskilled casual work to make a living, a labour officer and academics have warned.

21 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the commentary headlined 'It's more equitable for the more affluent to contribute' on page A3 on Wednesday, the title of one of the writers, Richard Chow, should have been president of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong, while that of the co-author, Kenneth Leung, should have been chairman of the institute's Taxation Review Committee.

21 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Firms keener to give something back to society

Communicating with stakeholders will help companies determine whether they are serving the community well

CORPORATE SOCIAL responsibility is commanding the attention of Hong Kong's business leaders, and local companies are becoming increasingly keen to publicise their good deeds and good intentions.

20 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Culture of responsibility

Top accolade for government department shows that the public sector has what it takes

ENTERPRISES IN Hong Kong are increasingly conscientious about their social responsibilities, a fact that has been reflected in the scoring of the HKMA Quality Award, which rewards organisations for achieving quality in their management and results.

7 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Lesson on work ethics

Making money is important, but people should make sure that they abide by business ethics, a group of secondary school students were told last Saturday.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Specialists help investors look before they leap

AS FOREIGN DIRECT investment continues to pour into China - roughly US$60 billion in 2005 - forensic accounting specialists have seen something of a boom in business.

28 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Guiding light in a fog of ethics

If you want to know about the social mood on the mainland, you need only watch The Courtyard of the Qiao Family - a recent television series adapted from true stories about a merchant family in Shanxi in the late Qing dynasty.

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am