• Making business sense of sustainability and social responsibility in Asia

    MACHI | Asia & Sustainability Consulting

The world is changing. 

Two topics fit closely to this change, both of which have been gaining in attention and in relevance:

  • the growing impact of the Asian region on the rest of the world
  • the development of a more sustainable society

Many organizations in the Netherlands are confronted with the consequences of one of these topics: business, government but also consumers and ngo’s.

However, Asia and sustainability are inextricably linked to each other. Exactly because of the relevance of both of these topics.

Think of the following examples:

  • The Chinese demand for – finite – natural resources which has caused a surge in prices worldwide. Not just in China, but also in Europe this requires exploring different ways of production for the things we use in daily life.
  • The production of European clothing has mostly been outsourced to countries with low wages such as Bangladesh, a country with many issues on labour and safety in its textile factories. Sometimes this can have fatal consequences. What responsibility do European fashion brands have to improve their supply chain?
Opportunities of a sustainable Asia

Sometimes, the connections between these two topics aren’t clearly visible, but this is changing quickly. Also from a business perspective: Asia and sustainability represent opportunity and risk. But the opportunities of a sustainable Asia are very powerful. MACHI focuses on those opportunities.

MACHI | Asia & Sustainability Consulting supports you when:

  • you are looking for opportunities for your product on Asia’s promising markets, and are looking for expertise how to take advantage of these;
  • you have a solution for issues related to sustainable urban development, an increasingly important topic in Asian countries where cities are growing at break-neck speed;
  • you want to know what corporate social responsibility means for your company, especially when it comes to the themes relevant in Asia.

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MACHI’s projects

NCP conference on living wages

NCP Living wages

As part of an assignment for the Dutch National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines MACHI organized the 1-day conference Achieving a living wage in the agriculture/food & electronics supply chain on October 27, 2015.

The conference, taking place at the Dutch Social-economic Council in The Hague, focused on the question of how companies can work towards achieving a living wage at all levels in their international supply chain. This topic has become more prominent especially in the agriculture & food industry in recent years, but it remains difficult for companies to know how to effectively influence wages paid at the bottom of their supply chain. The programme included several sessions with Dutch and international speakers on eg. the role of different stakeholders in the supply chain, the effect of certification and how public procurement can play a role in the electronics industry.

MACHI was responsible for developing the programme, communication & PR about the event and organization on the day itself. The results of the conference and other information on the conference can be found on the website of the Dutch NCP.

CSR in Japan

sustainable development in JapanMACHI’s expertise also includes Japan, and specifically focuses on developments in Japan in the field of CSR and sustainability.

I spent some time in Tokyo researching these topics in Japan and have built a wide network of business, NGO’s and government experts on CSR, sustainable urban development and doing business in Japan. On my blog I have collected insights gained from these contacts.

For the Japan-site Katern: Japan I wrote two articles (in Dutch) explaining CSR developments in Japan: what are the main topics, how to companies – both Japanese as foreign-established firms in Japan – work with these topics and what is Japan’s government policy?

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China network Guanxi

China Netwerk Guanxi
Guanxi is the Dutch platform bringing together Dutch and Chinese experts and business people on doing business in China. With monthly events, Guanxi facilitates an accessible network of valuable expertise and contacts of practical value for anyone doing business in China.

MACHI’s founder Mathilde Teuben joined the executive board of Guanxi in January 2015. She is responsible for communications and supports the organisation of events and other activities to further develop the network.


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