Want to find out what good that company is up to in China? Check out this useful English language database of CSR (corporate social responsibility) efforts of organizations in China, officially called the China CSR Map 中国企业社会责任机构指南. You can search the database by type of organization (business, academic, NGO, government, media, etc.) or field of interest (environment, arts & culture, women & children, supply chain, etc.). China CSR Map is also in Chinese.
Search by an organization’s name to find a short history of company background, mission statement, history in China, CSR efforts to date in China, related publications put out by the company, and partners in China. For example, I learned that among other projects, Toyota is engaged in northwestern China, one of the country’s poorest regions, helping with college tuition and “talent training.”
And I learned that among other projects, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) helped establish a legal aid center for migrant workers in Shanghai and spent more than $10 million on the Canada-China Clean Production Joint Program (1996
to 2003) aimed to decrease environment deterioration caused by outdated
infrastructure, management systems and production technology; to
improve the industrial production; and to establish new regulations and
laws on clean production.