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In order to widespread concern in society and public praise, enterprises must make a commitment to social responsibility, thus getting more benefit and long-term development.

SGS Social Responsibility News Clips provides you the latest news on social responsibility, to help you catching the trends and be well prepared for social audits. This issue covers “Environmental Protection Law Amendment (Draft)”, “Regulations of Unemployment Insurance of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone”, Malaysia implements National Minimum Wages Order, Safety, Discrimination and Minimum Wages Updates in China etc. 

Major Trends

  1. The Ministry of Environmental Protection of China make a formal statement on “Environmental Protection Law Amendment(Draft)”

    Sep 30, 2012, the “Environmental Protection Law Amendment (draft)” which was published by the National People's Congress of China (NPC) has been completed. The Ministry of Environmental Protection submitted a letter of opinion and suggestion about the draft to NPC on Oct 29, stated that the draft lacks of effective measures regarding the guarantee of dealing with the relationship of economic development and environmental protection.  Meanwhile, the draft will also have the impact on the current system.

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  2. Shenzhen will implement “Regulations of Unemployment Insurance of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone”

    Oct 22, 2012, the Human Resources and Social Security of Shenzhen announced the implementation of “Regulations of Unemployment Insurance of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone”.  The regulations will come in force on 1 January 2013.  The regulations stated that Shenzhen enterprises must pay the unemployment insurance for all employees, including staff who doesn’t have Shenzhen registered permanent residence (other than part-time staff).

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Industry Observation

  1. 20 provinces and cities updated their minimum wage standards in 2012

    Until Nov, 2012, 20 provinces and cities have updated their minimum wages standards in China,including:Beijing,Sichuan,Jiangxi,Shanxi,Shenzhen,Shandong,Shanghai,Tianjin,Guangxi,Ningxia,Gansu,Shanxi,Yuanan,Chongqing,Jiangsu, Xinjiang, Xizang, Jilin, Fujian and Hainan.  At present, monthly minimum wage of Shenzhen (1500 Yuan) is the highest and that of Shanghai (1450 Yuan) is the second highest, the third is Xinjiang (1350 Yuan). For more information, please refer to SGS Minimum Wages Map.

  2. Monthly wage of a staff was RMB 0.36 in Liaoning

    Oct, 2012, it was found that the monthly wage of a staff was only RMB 0.36 after 1-month work in Fushun, Liaoning province, and since the company has paid the insurance for him, he owes the company RMB 2.64. Local officials said this does not comply with the regulations of the minimum wage in Fushun city.  The staff could apply for the intervention of the labor inspection.

  3. A cleaning lady was dismissed due to the appearance in Nanjing

    Oct, 2012, a cleaning lady was dismissed after her first day of work.  The reason was that her boss thought that she looks fierce and looks like a fugitive.  The cleaning lady who encountered discrimination has gone through the People's contradictions Mediation Center, and the company has paid RMB 500 for compensation.

  4. A firework warehouse exploded in Hebei

    Oct, 2012, a female worker of a firework factory with her 8-month-old daughter were dead after an explosion in the warehouse while she was on duty in Huaian County, Hebei Province. At present, the responsible person of the factory is under arrest by the police, the case is now under trial.

  5. Over 500 were poisoned after the leakage of ammonia in Hubei Oct 22, 2012, there was a leakage of ammonia inside a factory in Honghu, Hubei Province. There were nearly 500 people poisoned after the accident. The factory is suspended from business for rectification and the case is now under trial.

International News

  1. The United Nations will announce a plan to eliminate global child labor before 2020

    According to the British media reported on October 29, the United Nations will announce a plan to eliminate global child labor before 2020.  This is the first step helping the children to have the right of getting appropriate education, which includes paying the children of the poor to go to school.

  2. Malaysia will implement first National Minimum Wages Order

    The Malaysian government published its Minimum Wages Order 20121 in the Federal Gazette. This is the first national minimum wages order and comes into force on 1 January 2013 for companies employing more than 5 employees or in certain professional occupations and on 1 July 2013 for the others. The monthly minimum wage of Peninsular Malaysia is RM900 and Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan is RM800, hourly minimum wage is RM4.33 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM3.85 in Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan.

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