Archive for the ‘March 2014 – For the Greater Good’ Category
Civil society is often referred to as the ‘third sector’, distinctive from government and business, and encompasses charities and non-government organisations. This edition of Varsity explores some of the issues relating to charity, NGOs and civil society in Hong Kong: The Flip side of Charity Law looks at whether we can balance the need to have […]
Cases of improper fundraising and even fraud have raised public awareness about a lack of accountability and transparency in the way some charities are run. But a controversial proposal to establish a powerful charity commission to regulate charities was opposed by many groups who fear it could be used as a means to control charities. Although the plan has now been shelved, the debate highlights the difficulties of balancing accountability on the one hand and the autonomy of charities on the other.
Although civil society in China continues to face many challenges and restrictions, Chinese NGOs are continuing to develop and grow. Varsity takes a look at the role that Hong Kong NGOs have played and continue to play in that development.
The term corporate social responsibility – or CSR – has generated a lot of buzz in recent years. Many people in Hong Kong would associate it with the charitable and philanthropic acts of businesses. Practitioners say it goes further than that, and covers sustainability and engagement with workers, consumers and the community. But perhaps fewer people are aware of the criticisms that CSR is little more than corporate whitewashing and spin. Varsity looks at the arguments.