As part of our mission to harness the power of business to drive social change, we see it as our role to enhance understanding of a Responsible Business and CSR. With this in mind we constantly conduct research and produce publications including guides and case studies, for dissemination to the wider business community. All our publications are available for you to download. We encourage you to make use of these resources. All we ask is that you respect our copyright and acknowledge our content appropriately. To order printed copies of any of these publications, please contact info@communitybusiness.org

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2016

 

Building the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion – Stories from Asia

Published: March 2016

Price: HK$400

Available in English

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Asia represents a strategic growth market and a growing number of companies recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion – both as a talent management strategy but also as a source of competitive advantage.  However, most companies in Asia are at the relatively early stages of their diversity journey. Understanding of the issues from an Asian perspective continues to evolve and for the most part, efforts tend to be ad hoc and initiative driven rather than a core part of business strategy.

 

This research facilitates companies in Asia to develop the ability to position the business case and articulate the impact on the business in a way that resonates, as well as to share anecdotes or stories that bring the business case to life.

 

 

    

Women on Boards Hong Kong 2016 Report

Published: March 2016

Price: HK$150

Extent: (4 pages) Infographics and League Table of Hang Seng Index Boards
Available in English and Chinese

Member Exclusive Access

 

Community Business has been publishing research on the representation of women on boards of Hong Kong's leading companies on the hang Seng Index since 2009. This report provides an update on progress in the last year in terms of representation of women on the corporate boards of the top 50 companies listed on the HSI as of 2 Jan 2016. As such, this research serves as a credible and authoritative resource to report on the gender diversity of Hong Kong's boardrooms, and also to identify trends and track performance over time.

 

 

DIAN India Insight Series - 3:

Can We Ever Get it Right with Gen Y in India? Addressing the Attraction and Retention Challenge

Published: February 2016

Price: HK$120 (US$15)

Available in English

Member Exclusive Access

 

With more than half of India’s population under the age of 25, Gen Y is fast becoming the dominant employee group in the workplace. Many companies recognise that harnessing the potential of this ambitious and innovative generation as critical to their future business success. Yet with new ways of working and high expectations, this generation is placing increasing demands on employers. Attraction and retention of Gen Y is a particular challenge, with many young employees leaving organisations almost as quickly as they are joining. As companies seek to adapt and respond, many are grappling with how to hone their strategies to attract and retain this critical generation.

 

2015

 

Briefings for Business 4 - Being Strategic About Philanthropy

Published: November 2015

Price: HK$ 200
Available in English and Chinese

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Briefings for Business are essential guides which outline how companies can take action to address poverty alleviation through strategic community investment.

 

This briefing paper aims to share views on what a ‘strategic’ approach to corporate philanthropy means, as well as providing useful case studies based on our experience of advising Hong Kong businesses for over a decade The following topics will be covered: Common issues in corporate philanthropy today, why adopt a strategic approach for corporate philanthropy, what does a strategic approach look like and guidelines on how to be strategic.

 

 

The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong Survey 2015

Published: Oct 2015

Price: HK$ 200 (US$26)

Available in English

 

For its 10the anniversary of the survey which began in 2006, Community Business took a 10-year view when compiling this report. The survey findings highlight the current state of Hong Kong working population towards work-life balance, what has changed over the last decade and where shifts are needed to embrace a better work-life balance in Hong Kong.

 

Contact us for the Member Exclusive Access.

 

Hong Kong LGBT Best Places to Work Guide 2015

Published: August 2015

Price: Free

Available in English

 

This e-book showcases leading companies in Hong Kong committed to LGBT workplace inclusion.  Only companies who achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold standard in Community Business’ Hong Kong LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index 2015 are invited to have an entry, so potential employees can be confident that the companies featured are taking proactive steps towards LGBT inclusion.

 

 

 

Hong Kong LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index 2015

Published: May 2015

Price: HK$ 280 | US$ 35

Available in English

 

The Hong Kong Workplace Inclusion Index 2015 Report presents the consolidated findings, Index averages, observations and trends from all the Index submissions by 35 participating companies. This report provides valuable benchmarking data to companies looking to make progress on LGBT inclusion.

The report is available online
for free exclusively to DIAN and DIAN India members from 29 May to 28 June 2015. Other Community Business members are entitled to a special discount. Contact us for the Member Exclusive Access.

 

 

Examining Diversity & Inclusion From an Asian Perspective

Published: April 2015

Available in English

Price: Soft copy - HK$ 200 (US$ 26) | Printed copy - HK$ 200 (US$ 26) + Shipping Fee

(Member discounts apply)

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The research supports companies to be more effective in promoting diversity and inclusion in their organisations across Asia, by: exploring how relevant the concepts of diversity and inclusion are in Asia; uncovering key diversity and inclusion dynamics at play in teams in different markets in Asia; and recommending how companies can adopt an approach to diversity and inclusion that resonates locally.

Packed with expert views and local insights on the context for diversity and inclusion and key dynamics in different markets, this research is a must-read for all organisations committed to rolling out an effective diversity and inclusion strategy in Asia.

 

 

Women On Boards: Hang Seng Index 2015

Published: March 2015
Price
: HK$ 200

Available in English


This report is the fifth study of its kind and provides an update on progress in the last year in terms of representation of women on the corporate boards of Hong Kong’s top listed companies on the Hang Seng Index. As such, this research serves as a credible and authoritative resource to report on the status quo of the gender diversity of Hong Kong's boardrooms today, and also to identify trends and track performance over time.

 

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2014

 

Tapping A Pool of Disabled Talent in India: Focus on University Students 

Published: December 2014

Price: HK$ 200
Available in English and in large
font and accessible format

Member Exclusive Access
 

Engaging university students with disabilities, disability experts and the corporate sector in India, this research provides practical advice for companies looking to be an employer of choice for disabled talent in India.
 

An initiative of Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Network for India (DIAN India).

DIAN India, launched by Community Business in 2012, a unique membership network composing of a group of leading companies committed to progressing diversity and inclusion in their organisations in India and driving positive change in the wider community.

 

 

Briefings for Business 3 - The Role of Social Entrepreneurship in Poverty Alleviation in Hong Kong

Published: November 2014

Price: HK$ 200
Available in English and Traditional Chinese

Member Exclusive Access
 

Briefings for Business are essential guides which outline how companies can take action to address poverty alleviation through strategic community investment.

 

This briefing paper aims to connect social businesses with companies who want to make an impact in the community. The following topics will be covered: Social Entrepreneurship & Poverty Alleviation; The Landscape of Social Enterprises in Hong Kong; How Can Companies Make a Difference, and more information for Hong Kong companies looking to support social enterprises.

 

 

The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2014 Survey 
Sponsored by:
Hysan Development Company Limited

Published: October 2014

Price: HK$ 200
Available in English
Member Exclusive Access

 

This year’s work-life balance survey assesses the overall state of work-life balance in Hong Kong and the impact that work-life balance has on the happiness of employees.

 

 

 

 

Briefings for Business 2 - Addressing Poverty in Hong Kong Through Skills-Based Volunteering

Published: September 2014

Price: HK$ 200
Available in English

Member Exclusive Access
 

Briefings for Business are essential guides which outline how companies can take action to address poverty alleviation through strategic community investment.

 

This briefing paper aims to provide businesses with a more robust understanding of skills-based volunteering and the approaches that can be taken in order to truly impact positive change both inside and outside the business.  The following topics will be covered: An overview of employee volunteering in Hong Kong, what is skills-based volunteering, best practice examples of skills-based volunteering and practical steps for businesses considering skills-based volunteering.

 

 

Gender Diversity Benchmark for Asia 2014

Lead Sponsor: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Secondary Sponsors: Brown-Forman and Google
Published: July 2014

Available in English
 

Adopting the same methodology as previous studies conducted in 2009 and 2011, this third edition of Gender Diversity Benchmark for Asia (2014) presents data showing the representation of women at different levels in 32 companies across 6 markets in Asia: China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore as of 31 December 2013.  In addition to providing essential benchmarking data, the research provides an overview of policies and programs that companies have in place to support the advancement of women and features interviews with twelve senior male executives deemed to be champions of gender diversity in their organisations. 

  • Download the Executive Summary for free

  • Purchase the electronic version of the full report (HK$ 200)

  • Order the printed copy of the full report (US$24.99 plus delivery fee)

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Diversity & Inclusion: Building the Business Case - Stories From India

If more companies in India are to persuade their bosses, colleagues and team members of the strategic importance of D&I, what is required is not just locally relevant data, but more importantly stories - local stories from India - that bring the issues to life and describe the impact on the business. In this publication, we set out the business case for embracing D&I, with reference to datapoints and research from India, as well as present a collection of business case stories from India.

Published: April 2014

Price: HK$ 200
Available in: English
Member Exclusive Access

 

An initiative of Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Network for India (DIAN India).

DIAN India, launched by Community Business in 2012, is a unique of leading multinational companies committed to progressing diversity and inclusion in their organisations in India.

 

 

Engaging Managers in Asia on Diversity and Inclusion
Sponsored by: Accenture, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BHP Billiton, Bloomberg, BNY Mellon, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Commonwealth First State, Credit Suisse, Dell, Deutsche Bank, EY, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Goldman Sachs, Google, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, IBM, J.P.Morgan, Linklaters, Microsoft, Moody’s, Nomura, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential Corporation Asia, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank, State Street, Unilever, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and Wells Fargo

Published: March 2014

Price: HK$ 200
Available in: English
Member Exclusive Access


This Engaging Managers in Asia on D&I Resource Guide explores both the importance and challenges around engaging middle managers in Asia as well as identified strategies and approaches to enable companies to be more effective in this respect.

 

 

 

The Beginning, Not the End - LGBT in India Post Supreme Court Ruling

Published: 11 March 2014

Price: HK$ 120 (US$15/INR1021)

Available in English

Member Exclusive Access


This information leaflet includes:

• Overview of Supreme Court ruling
• The impact of the ruling
• Recommendations for employers

 


 

Standard Chartered Bank Women on Boards Hong Kong 2014
Sponsored by: Standard Chartered Bank
Published: March 2014

Price: HK$ 200
Report available in English and Traditional Chinese
Infographic available in English and Traditional Chinese

 

Member Exclusive Access


This report is the fourth study of its kind and provides an update on progress in the last year in terms of representation of women on the corporate boards of Hong Kong’s top listed companies, as included in the Hang Seng Index (HSI) as well as the Hang Seng Composite Index (HSCI).  For the first time, the research also provides analysis by industry, including industry league tables ranking companies by the percentage of women on their boards.

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2013



 


Tapping a Pool of Disabled Talent – Insights and Recommendations for Employers Based on Perspectives of Students with Disabilities in Hong Kong. 
《發掘殘疾人才 – 根據香港殘疾學生的觀點給予僱主啓發和建議》
Sponsored by: Barclays
Published: December 2013

Price: HK$ 200
Available in English and Traditional Chinese 

 

Member Exclusive Access


Engaging disabled students from across all eight public universities in Hong Kong as well as other tertiary educational institutions, the study provides valuable insights and practical recommendations for companies looking to be an employer of choice for disabled talent in Hong Kong.
 



 

Board Diversity in Hong Kong: Directors' Perspectives 2013
Sponsored by: Standard Chartered Bank
Published: November 2013

Price: HK$ 200
Report available in English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese
Infographic available in English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.

 

Member Exclusive Access


This research presents the views and insights of serving Chairs and directors from the boards of companies listed in Hong Kong on the subject of boardroom diversity in its broadest sense.

 

The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2013 Survey 
Sponsored by:
Bayer, KPMG, The Prudential Assurance Company
Author: Amanda Yik
Designer: Tina Arcilla / Daphne Chow

Published: October 2013

Price: HK$ 200
Infographic available in English and Chinese

 

Member Exclusive Access


This year’s work-life balance survey explores how family responsibilities affect career development of employees in Hong Kong, and establishes the business case for companies to create family-friendly working environment. The results outline the top initiatives identified by employees as most effective for creating truly supportive workplaces.

 

Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT Employees in China - A Resource Guide for Employers
Sponsored by: Goldman Sachs, IBM
Author: Amanda Yik and Kevin Burns
Published: September 2013

Price: HK$ 200
Available in English and
Simplified Chinese
Executive summary available in English and
Simplified Chinese

 

Member Exclusive Access


With sponsorship from Goldman Sachs and IBM, Community Business is producing a resource guide to help companies create inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in China. In addition to showcasing best practice, this guide will provide a set of recommendations on what companies can do to address the needs of their LGBT employees.

 

Briefings for Business 1 - Taking Action on Poverty

Published: September 2013
Available in English and Traditional Chinese

Price: HK$ 200

Member Exclusive Access

 

Briefings for Business are essential guides which outline how companies can take action to address poverty alleviation through strategic community investment.

This briefing looks to give businesses the background they need to begin the discussion of taking action on poverty in Hong Kong. It covers the current government engagement on poverty alleviation, who those in poverty are, why businesses can have a real impact on poverty alleviation and how companies can best take action.

 

Improving Governance through Board Diversity: A Guide for companies listed in Hong Kong
Published: 18 April 2013
Price: HK$ 200

Available in: English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese

Member Exclusive Access

This Guide offers practical advice to help companies to formulate a relevant board diversity policy and to create the right environment and mechanisms for impactful and sustainable implementation that brings them tangible business benefits.  It has been reviewed by representatives of various business associations and institutes in Hong Kong.

 

Adopting an Asian Lens to Talent Development – A Singapore Study
In Partnership With: Tripartite Alliance of Fair Employment Practices, Aperian Global
Authors: Winnie Ng and Kate Vernon, Community Business
Contributors: Darcy Roehling and Anita Zanchettin, Aperian Global
Published: March 2013

Price: HK$ 200
Available in: English
 

Member Exclusive Access

 

Standard Chartered Bank Women on Boards: Hang Seng Index 2013
Sponsored by: Standard Chartered Bank
Published: 12 March 2013

Price: HK$ 200
Report available in: English and Traditional Chinese

Infographic summary available in: English and Traditional Chinese

 

Member Exclusive Access


This report is the third study of its kind and provides an update on progress in the last 12 months in terms of representation of women on the corporate boards of Hong Kong’s top listed companies, as included in the Hang Seng Index (HSI). 

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2012

Disability Internship

Inclusive Recruitment – Promoting Internship Programmes for Students with Disabilities in Asia
Sponsored by: The University of Hong Kong, Goldman Sachs, Nomura
Author: Kate Vernon, Katharine Nisbet
Published: Dec 2012

Price: HK$40
Available in English

Member Exclusive Access


This publication calls for companies to adopt a more inclusive approach to recruitment – and in particular to offer internship opportunities to students with disabilities. It looks at the context for students with disabilities in Hong Kong, the business case for recruiting students with disabilities, and provides recommendations on recruiting disabled interns and good practice in Asia.

 

The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2012 Survey
Author: Robin Bishop and Amanda Yik
Published: October 2012
Available in English and Chinese
While there have been some improvements in employee’s attitudes and experience of work-life balance, on the whole progress remains painstakingly slow, despite Community Business' good work in this area. This year’s survey explores the work-life culture in Hong Kong, examines the role of technology in shaping this culture, provides a better understanding of the business case for work-life balance and provision vs effectiveness of work-life initiatives provided by companies in Hong Kong, and seeks to identify the responsibility for improving the state of work-life balance in Hong Kong. Download the infographics of key findings in English and Chinese. For a full report prepared by the Public Opinion Programme at the University of Hong Kong, please click here.

 

Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT Employees in India - A Resource Guide for Employers
Sponsored by: Goldman Sachs, IBM, Google
Author: Aparna Banerji, Kevin Burns and Kate Vernon
Published: Oct 2012

Price: HK$200
Available in English
Executive summary available in English
With sponsorship from Goldman Sachs, IBM and Google, Community Business produced a resource guide to help companies create inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in India. In addition to showcasing best practice, this guide provides a set of recommendations on what companies can do to address the needs of their LGBT employees.

 

Hong Kong LGBT Climate Study 2011-12
Sponsored by: Barclays
Author: Kate Vernon, Amanda Yik
Published: May 2012

Price: HK$200
Available in English and Chinese

Member Exclusive Access


The Hong Kong LGBT Climate Study 2011-12 seeks to advance the dialogue on the important subject of sexual orientation and gender identity in Hong Kong. By examining both the attitudes towards and experiences of LGBT employees in Hong Kong, this two-part study provides a picture of the current context and challenges LGBT individuals face – both in the wider community and in the workplace - and highlights the challenges and opportunities that exist for companies in Hong Kong. This report summarises the key findings from a representative survey of the Hong Kong working population and a focus survey of LGBT employees in Hong Kong, with an emphasis on data that supports the existence of a business case for creating inclusive workplaces for LGBT employees. For a full report on the Study prepared by the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme, please click here.

 

Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View – Japan
Sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Author: Winnie Ng, Amanda Yik
Published: March 2012
Available in English

The Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View is a series of publications for the Asia Region, covering China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Singapore. This series is designed to give business managers and those responsible for their diversity and inclusion strategies in Asia a high level understanding of the key diversity issues pertinent to each country and  serve as a knowledge resource for companies wanting to develop their diversity strategy.  It seeks to shape the distinct lens through which business leaders think about diversity and inclusion in Asia and provide information to international readers interacting with businesses in Asia. The Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View series focuses on the key areas of: gender, culture, generations, disability and sexual orientation and gender identity. In so doing it draws on third party information sources as well as Community Business’ own extensive research and work in this area.
 

Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View – China
Sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Author: Kate Vernon, Amanda Yik
Published: March 2012
Available in English

The Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View is a series of publications for the Asia Region, covering China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Singapore. This series is designed to give business managers and those responsible for their diversity and inclusion strategies in Asia a high level understanding of the key diversity issues pertinent to each country and  serve as a knowledge resource for companies wanting to develop their diversity strategy.  It seeks to shape the distinct lens through which business leaders think about diversity and inclusion in Asia and provide information to international readers interacting with businesses in Asia. The Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View series focuses on the key areas of: gender, culture, generations, disability and sexual orientation and gender identity. In so doing it draws on third party information sources as well as Community Business’ own extensive research and work in this area.
 

Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View – India
Sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Author: Aparna Banerji, Amanda Yik
Published: March 2012
Available in English

The Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View is a series of publications for the Asia Region, covering China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Singapore. This series is designed to give business managers and those responsible for their diversity and inclusion strategies in Asia a high level understanding of the key diversity issues pertinent to each country and  serve as a knowledge resource for companies wanting to develop their diversity strategy.  It seeks to shape the distinct lens through which business leaders think about diversity and inclusion in Asia and provide information to international readers interacting with businesses in Asia. The Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View series focuses on the key areas of: gender, culture, generations, disability and sexual orientation and gender identity. In so doing it draws on third party information sources as well as Community Business’ own extensive research and work in this area.
 



Adopting an Asian Lens to Talent Development
Sponsored by: Accenture, AECOM, American Express, Bank of America Merrill
Lynch, Barclays Capital, Bloomberg, BNY Mellon, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Dell, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Goldman Sachs, Google, Herbert Smith, HSBC, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Linklaters, Moody’s, Nomura, PwC, Prudential, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Shell International BV, Sodexo, Standard Chartered Bank, State Street, UBS and Wells Fargo.

Author:
Winnie Ng & Kate Vernon
Published: March 2012
Available in English
An initiative of the Diversity and Inclusion in Asia Network (DIAN), this piece of research looks at how companies can better understand, appreciate and leverage their Asian talent in order to enable them to contribute more fully to business success.Concerned that standard approaches to talent development may be overlooking Asian talent in the pipeline, it calls for companies to adopt a more targeted approach to talent development in the region. The research focuses specifically on the market of China, Hong Kong and India.

   


Standard Chartered Bank Women on Boards: Hang Seng Index 2012
Sponsored by: Standard Chartered Bank
Author: Aparna Banerji and Kate Vernon
Published: March 2012
Available in English and Chinese
This report looks at the representation of female directors on the corporate boards of Hong Kong’s leading companies as listed on the Hang Seng Index.  It includes a Women on Boards League Table, which provides a ranking of these companies in terms of the gender diversity of their boards.  It is the second study of its kind for Hong Kong, the previous one being published in November 2009 (see below).
 
 

Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View – Singapore
Sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Author: Shalini Mahtani, Kate Vernon, Amanda Yik
Published: February 2012
Available in English
The Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View is a series of publications for the Asia Region, covering China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Singapore. This series is designed to give business managers and those responsible for their diversity and inclusion strategies in Asia a high level understanding of the key diversity issues pertinent to each country and  serve as a knowledge resource for companies wanting to develop their diversity strategy.  It seeks to shape the distinct lens through which business leaders think about diversity and inclusion in Asia and provide information to international readers interacting with businesses in Asia. The Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View series focuses on the key areas of: gender, culture, generations, disability and sexual orientation and gender identity. In so doing it draws on third party information sources as well as Community Business’ own extensive research and work in this area.
 

Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View – Hong Kong
Sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Author: Shalini Mahtani, Kate Vernon, Amanda Yik
Published: February 2012
Available in English
The Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View is a series of publications for the Asia Region, covering China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Singapore. This series is designed to give business managers and those responsible for their diversity and inclusion strategies in Asia a high level understanding of the key diversity issues pertinent to each country and  serve as a knowledge resource for companies wanting to develop their diversity strategy.  It seeks to shape the distinct lens through which business leaders think about diversity and inclusion in Asia and provide information to international readers interacting with businesses in Asia. The Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View series focuses on the key areas of: gender, culture, generations, disability and sexual orientation and gender identity. In so doing it draws on third party information sources as well as Community Business’ own extensive research and work in this area.

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2011


Driving Cultural Change to Achieve Work-Life Balance
Sponsored by: Barclays Capital, Bayer, Blackrock, Crown Worldwide Group, KPMG, LHK Media, MTR Corporation Limited, The Prudential Assurance Company Ltd, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong), Time Technology and Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc.
Author: Robin Bishop
Published: October 2011
Available in English
The 2010 State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong Survey highlighted that while there have been some improvements in employee’s attitudes and experience of work-life balance, on the whole progress remains painstakingly slow, despite Community Business' good work in this area. This is in part due to a number of barriers that exist which prevents work-life balance from becoming a reality for many organisations. This resource guide, an initiative of the Community Business Leadership Team (CBLT), identifies and addresses the key barriers to work-life balance as well as providing practical solutions companies can implement to tackle them, as advised by leading work-life balance experts from around the world.
 

Gender Diversity Benchmark for Asia 2011
Sponsored by: Shell
Author: Shalini Mahtani and Anne Marie Francesco
Published: July 2011
Available in English
Accessible version English
Thanks to sponsorship from Shell International BV, Community Business has conducted the second Gender Diversity Benchmark for Asia in July 2011.  Adopting the same methodology in the first Gender Diversity Benchmark for Asia 2009, the 2011 study has been extended to six geographies in Asia – China, India, Japan and Singapore plus Hong Kong and Malaysia and includes 21 participating companies. This study provides a valuable data point for companies looking to track their own performance in terms of promoting gender diversity.
 

Disability

Towards Disability Confidence - A Resource Guide for Employers in Hong Kong and Singapore
Sponsored by:
Lead Sponsor: American Express
Other Corporate Sponsors: Accenture, Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Herbert Smith, Moody's, Nomura, PepsiCo AMEA
Author: Kate Vernon
Published: April 2011

Price: HK$40
Available in English

Member Exclusive Access


This Resource Guide encourages and supports companies in Asia - particularly those in Hong Kong and Singapore - to address the subject of 'disability'. It looks at the business case, the cultural context in Hong Kong and Singapore, and provides recommendations on steps companies should take to allow people with disabilities to contribute - both as employees and customers. Along with the Guide, Community Business has created an Online Toolkit with guides, checklists and other resources designed to support companies become more disability confident.
 


Bringing Out the Best in Asian Talent
Sponsored by: Accenture, American Express, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Bloomberg, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Herbert Smith, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Linklaters, Moody's, Nomura, PepsiCo International- Asia, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Shell International BV, Standard Chartered Bank and Thomson Reuters.
Author:
Aparna Banerji, Kate Vernon & Amanda Yik
Published: March 2011
Available in English
Accessible version English
An initiative of the Diversity and Inclusion in Asia Network (DIAN), this piece of research looks at how multinational companies operating in Asia can create workplace environments that bring out the best in Asian talent and foster the development of greater Asian leadership. It hopes to facilitate and encourage more open and honest discussion by the corporate sector about the challenges of ‘culture’ in the workplace in Asia and identify what multinationals operating in Asia can do to position themselves as employers of choice for local Asian talent and create more inclusive workplaces that enable more to reach leadership positions. It highlights some of the specific cultural dynamics in three key countries in Asia, namely: The People’s Republic of China (China), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong) and India.
 

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2010

The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2010 Survey
Sponsored by: Bayer Group of Companies in Hong Kong, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, KPMG, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Marks & Spencer, MTR Corporation, The Prudential Assurance Company Limited and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited.
Author: Winnie Ng
Published: October 2010
Available in English and Chinese
Full report written by the Public Opinion Programme, The University of HK: English

Standard Chartered Bank: Women on Corporate Boards in India 2010 Report
Sponsored by: Standard Chartered Bank
Authors: Shalini Mahtani & Aparna Banerji, Community Business and Dr Ruth Sealy and Professor Susan Vinnicombe, International Centre for Women Leaders, Cranfield School of Management

Published: September 2010
Available in English
Accessible version English
This report looks at the representation of female directors on the corporate boards of India’s top one hundred companies as listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE-100).  It is the second study of its kind in Asia and follows the publication of the Hong Kong report, Women on Boards: Hang Seng Index 2009 which was also supported by Standard Chartered Bank and published in November 2009.  Like the Hong Kong study, this research adopts the robust methodology of the renowned Female FTSE, conducted for over a decade in the UK by Cranfield School of Management, and is supported by in-depth interviews with female directors on the boards of these companies.

 

Standard Chartered State of Work-Life Balance in Seoul 2010 Survey
Sponsored by: Standard Chartered
Author: Winnie Ng & Kate Vernon
Published: June 2010

Like many other key cities in Asia, Seoul faces significant challenges in terms of the work-life balance of its working population. Adopting the same methodology as the State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong Surveys (conducted by Community Business annually since 2006), this Standard Chartered State of Work-Life Balance in Seoul 2010 Survey is a representative survey of the working population in Seoul. It provides data about the state of work-life balance in Seoul and it is a reference point for employers. For further information, please click here.
Available in
English and Korean
 

Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT Employees
Sponsors: Goldman Sachs and IBM
Author: Shalini Mahtani and Kate Vernon
Published: June 2010

Price: HK$150

Available in English and Chinese
Accessible version English

 

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The cultural and legal context of Hong Kong is such that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Hong Kong face a number of specific challenges - both in their private and professional lives.  The danger is that such challenges can impact workplace relationships, affect the health of LGBT employees and impair productivity and performance.  This publication highlights the business case for addressing the needs of LGBT employees and provides the cultural context for LGBT issues in Hong Kong. As a practical resource, it also provides a set of recommendations on what companies can do to create inclusive workplaces for LGBT employees and includes a number of examples of good practice.  


 


 

Employee Volunteering in Hong Kong Case Studies
Sponsors:  Allen & Overy, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, Crown Worldwide Group, Leo Paper Group, MTR Corporation, and The Walt Disney Company (Asia Pacific) Limited.
Author: Shaun Bernier
Published: May 2010

Available in English


When carried out strategically, employee volunteering (EV) can serve as a triple win – with benefits to business, employees, as well as the community.  This case studies publication provides a snapshot of various strategic and innovative EV initiatives in Hong Kong.  The publication highlights specific EV initiatives of 10 companies in Hong Kong.

 


















 

Ageing: Impact on Companies in Asia
Sponsored by:
American Express, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo International- Asia, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Pfizer, Shell and Standard Chartered Bank.
Author:
Kate Vernon
Published: March 2010
This research addresses the impact of the ageing population on the workforce in Asia. It looks at the business case for attracting and retaining older employees.
It highlights some of the characteristics of the ageing population specific to five key countries in Asia, namely: The People’s Republic of China (China), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong), India, Japan and Singapore and explores some of the work-related issues, including the prevalence of age discrimination in Asia.  Finally, with reference to experience and best practice from around the world, it recommends initiatives companies in Asia can introduce to create age diverse workplaces with a particular focus on creating inclusive workplaces for older employees. 
Available online in English only.
 



Case Study: Corporate Community Investment – Not Just for the Good Times
Author: Shaun Bernier and Kate Vernon
Published: January 2010
Available in English

This publication seeks to make the business case that CSR initiatives, and employee volunteering in particular, should be maintained – even when times are not so good.
The publication describes two programmes that Community Business promoted in Hong Kong in 2009 to encourage companies to contribute their time, skills and resources with the local community.

 

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2009


Women on Boards: Hang Seng Index 2009

Sponsored by: Standard Chartered Bank
Author: Shalini Mahtani, Kate Vernon and Dr Ruth Sealy
Published: November 2009
This research looks at the representation of women on the corporate boards of Hong Kong’s top companies, as listed on the Hang Seng Index (HSI). It ranks the companies in terms of the gender diversity of their boards, with those with the highest percentage of women on their boards appearing at the top. The report also examines the general topic of gender diversity on the boards of the HSI based on the findings of interviews with nine female directors of HSI companies.
Available in
English and Chinese

The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2009 Survey
Sponsored by: Baker & McKenzie, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Crown Worldwide Group, KPMG, Microsoft Hong Kong Limited, MTR Corporation, The Prudential Assurance Company Limited, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, Thomson Reuters and Time Technology.
Author: Winnie Ng & Shaun Bernier
Published: October 2009
Available in
English and Chinese
Full report written by the Public Opinion Programme, The University of HK: English

Work-Life Balance: The Guide
Sponsored by: Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Cisco, CLP, Crown Worldwide Group, KPMG, Standard Chartered, Thomson Reuters
Author: Kate Vernon

Published: June 2009
In the current economic climate, it is more important than ever that companies take steps to ensure that they have an engaged, healthy and productive workforce that will help them ride the storm and emerge even stronger when the good times return. This publication not only highlights the business case for work-life balance – even in tough economic times, but also provides practical examples and advice on how to adopt a more strategic approach to work-life balance initiatives.
Available in English and Chinese.

Mentoring Programmes in Asia - A Summary of Facilitated Discussion
Author: Shalini Mahtani and Kate Vernon
Published: May 2009
Community Business is delighted to launch a new piece of research on mentoring in Asia. With more companies in Asia recognising the role of mentoring in their talent management and diversity strategies, there has been a growing interest in this topic. This study, which provides a summary of a facilitated discussion that took place at Community Business’ flagship event – the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia 2008 Conference, provides valuable insight into experiences in Asia.
Available in English.

Gender Diversity Benchmark Report for Asia
Sponsored by: American Express
Author: Shalini Mahtani, Anne Marie Francesco and Winnie Ng
Published: March 2009
In March 2009, Community Business launched the first Gender Diversity Benchmark for Asia. This research tracks the participation of women at different levels of the organisation within 10 leading multinational companies in China, India, Japan and Singapore, providing a valuable starting point for companies looking to track their own performance in terms of promoting gender diversity.
Available in English.

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2008

Hong Kong Disability Resource Guide
Sponsored by: Merrill Lynch
In Partnership with: The Hong Kong Council of Social Services, Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities
Published: November 2008
This publication is a valuable resource for companies looking to employ people with disabilities. In addition to providing a directory of key agencies in Hong Kong, it provides some guidelines on employing people with disabilities and features a number of case studies.
Available in English and Chinese.

The Power of Employee Networks – Experiences in Asia
Sponsored by: Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Thomson Reuters
Author: Kate Vernon
Published: November 2008
This publication articulates the business benefits of employee networks in Asia and provides some tangible examples of what companies are doing in Asia. There are eleven case studies, each one looking at why and how it was set up, key activities, challenges, learnings and critical success factors. The publication also outlines an 8-step process companies can adopt to set up an employee network in Asia.
Available in English only.

The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2008 Survey
Sponsored by: Baker & McKenzie, CLP, KPMG, MTR, Pinsent Masons, Prudential, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Schroders, Standard Chartered Bank and Time Technology
Author: Shalini Mahtani & Winnie Ng
Published: October 2008
Available in English and Chinese.

Case Study: ENGAGE ‘Journey of Opportunity’ Action Day 2008
Author: Kate Vernon
Published: September 2008

Available in English


In May 2008, Community Business launched the ENGAGE campaign in Hong Kong and organised its first ‘Journey of Opportunity’ Action Day. This case study provides a summary of the programme and provides some useful learnings for companies wishing to organise their own employee volunteering activities.
 


Diversity Priorities in Asia: Challenges and Ways to Impact Change
Author: Kate Vernon
Published: January 008
This report is a summary of the facilitated discussion that took place at the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia 2007 Conference. Delegates were invited to review four case studies on gender, culture, generation and disability and identify the issue that was most pertinent to their organisation in Asia. The report summarises what delegates saw as the key challenges in each of these areas and key actions companies can take to impact change.
Available in English only.

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2007

The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2007 Survey
Sponsored by: ABN AMRO, Baker & McKenzie, Cisco, Disney, Lehman Brothers, Prudential, Standard Chartered Bank, Time Technology, Towngas
Author: Shalini Mahtani & Kym Leo
Published: October 2007
Available in English and Chinese.

Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong Case Studies
Sponsored by: ABN AMRO, BP, CLP, Lehman Brothers, MTR Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank
Author: Kate Vernon & Annemarie Evans
Published: June 2007
A collection of case studies showcasing what companies are doing in Hong Kong to promote work-life balance in their own organisations. The case studies are structured around five key categories: reducing working time, flexible working arrangements, leave options, employee and family support, well-being, health and community.
Available in English and Chinese.

Diversity & Inclusion: A Lever for Solving Talent Pool Dilemmas in India and China
Author: Shalini Mahtani
Published: June 2007
This report summarises the key findings from research conducted by Community Business and Schneider~Ross among members of the Global Diversity Network in India and China. It highlights the top diversity issues around recruiting, retaining and developing staff in these fast growing markets.
Available in English only.

Getting Started in Corporate Social Responsibility – A practical guide for small, medium and large companies in Hong Kong
Sponsored by: Allen & Overy, MTR Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank
Author: Shalini Mahtani
Published: February 2007
This guide is designed to assist companies in Hong Kong, of all sizes, local or multinational, to get started on their CSR journey. It has also been written for companies who already have CSR initiatives in place but need clarification on how to align their business objectives with their CSR approach. It is an easy-to-read guide with real-life examples and practical advice.
Available in English and Chinese.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Hong Kong – A Survey of Good Practice 2007
In collaboration with: Hewitt Associates, The University of Hong Kong
Author: Shalini Mahtani & Kym Leo
Published: February 2007
A summary of the findings of a survey conducted by Community Business in collaboration with Hewitt Associates and The School of Business at The University of Hong Kong. The survey was designed to to find out the extent to which selected companies in Hong Kong were embracing good practices in corporate social responsibility.
Available in English only.

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2006

The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2006 Survey
Author: Shalini Mahtani
Published: October 2006
Available in English and Chinese.

Diversity in Asia: Pressing Issues and Barriers
Author: Shalini Mahtani & Kate Vernon
Published: March 2006
This report is a summary of the facilitated discussion that took place at the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia 2005 Conference. Delegates were invited to identify the three most pressing diversity issues for four geographies in Asia and the three greatest barriers for addressing workplace diversity.
Available in English only.

The Business Case for Employee Volunteering Race for Mentors 2005
A Tripartite Relationship

Sponsored by: Credit Suisse
Author:Shalini Mahtani & Katharine de Vaal
Published: April 2006

Available in English

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2005

Women Leaders in Hong Kong – Insights into their workplace experiences
Sponsored by: BP
Author: Shalini Mahtani
Published: March 2005
This publication provides insights into the workplace experiences of 22 women leaders in Hong Kong. It is written primarily for companies committed to addressing gender diversity and to understanding what more they can do to provide an environment in which more women can equally excel.
Available in English only.

Employee Volunteering: The Guide
Sponsored by: Allen & Overy
Author: Shalini Mahtani
Published: January 2005
If carried out strategically, employee volunteering can have numerous benefits for a business, its employees and the community. To maximise these benefits and ensure that efforts are sustainable, companies are encouraged to develop a framework upon which to build their EV programmes. This guide provides a 7-Step Framework and draws on international experience while highlighting local case studies in Hong Kong.
Available in English and Chinese.

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2004

The Business Case for Employee Volunteering
Race for Mentors 2004
A tripartite relationship

Sponsored by: Credit Suisse
Author:Shalini Mahtani & Teresa Tam-Schroeder
Published: November 2004

Available in English

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