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  • 15/05/2017
    Dr Christine Chow
    In June 2017, the Women in Governance Roundtable, the only all-female annual governance meeting that brings together female board directors of listed companies and investors will for the first time take place in the UK. The tradition of this annual gathering was established in the US as an acknowledgement of the importance of support and mentoring of female executives and investment professionals. I had the opportunity to participate in the event in New York in 2016 and I am looking forward to a different but equally distinguished crowd in London this year.
  • 03/04/2017
    Dr Christine Chow
    Hon Hai Precision Industry is a Taiwan-based company involved in the manufacture and sale of computer, communication and consumer electronics products. The company has manufacturing sites in Asia, Europe, Mexico and South America but its largest production facilities are based in Mainland China. Established in 1974, Hon Hai is now one of the largest electronics manufacturing service providers in the world, with 1.3 million employees and clients such as Apple, HP, Nintendo and Sony. Hon Hai has a free float of about 75%, with its founder and combined chair/CEO owning about 13%. Background Hon Hai has been involved in several controversies relating primarily to the treatment of its employees in China with regard to working conditions and wages, which was the initial focus of our engagement. Over time, however, our engagement has progressed from the company’s approach to labour practices to human capital management more broadly, as the competitive business environment the company is in calls for a change in its business model.
  • 13/03/2017
    Dr Christine Chow
    Just over a year ago, Amnesty International published its This is what we die for report to highlight human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in relation to the mining of cobalt. Supply chain.The DRC, one of the poorest countries in the world, accounts for over half of the world’s supply of cobalt, a mineral widely used in smartphone devices and batteries in electric vehicles. The report called on the world’s leading electronics and car companies to take action, just months after the introduction of the UK Modern Slavery Act.
  • 08/03/2017
    Dr Christine Chow
    Uni-President Enterprises (Uni-President), together with its subsidiaries in Mainland China and Southeast Asia, manufactures, processes and markets instant noodles, dairy products, frozen foods, soft drinks, soy sauces, meat products, animal feeds, aquatic feeds, edible oils, bread, cakes and desserts. The company also operates vending machines and food distribution centres. Background Our engagement with the company was triggered by the 2011 food contamination scandal involving plasticiser, which led to a large-scale recall of affected products and significant damage to Uni-President’s reputation. Our engagement focus was to ensure that the company adopts the necessary structures, systems and processes to minimise the risk of further incidents.
  • 15/12/2016
    Dr Christine Chow
    The group started out in 1999 when its founder and executive chair created Alibaba.com, a business-to-business portal connecting Chinese manufacturers with overseas buyers. In September 2013, the company sought an initial public offering (IPO) in the US after the Hong Kong Stock Exchange rejected its proposed partnership structure which gives a small founder-led team the right to nominate up to a simple majority of the board for election by all shareholders.
  • 29/11/2016
    Dr Christine Chow
    The dialogue on business and human rights has moved on from the Why to the How – from the alignment of company priorities to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), following the UN announcement of the 17 SDGs in September 2015, and to the deployment of innovative methods that drive positive social impact. In this context, this year, we participated in the panel on the Business Case for Companies to Respect Human Rights at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva in November 2016.
  • 10/03/2016
    Dr Christine Chow
    Zijin Mining is engaged in the exploration, mining, processing, refining, production and sale of gold and other non-ferrous metals. In 2010, one of the company’s subsidiaries leaked waste water containing acid copper into a river in China, which significantly damaged the local ecosystem and resulted in large fines. In the same year, China Daily