Author: Haiyan Luo

Amid the rising awareness of ESG issues, Asian governments are prioritizing ESG related regulations and developing rules to push forward more accountable and sustainable development of companies. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) is proposing changes to its Corporate Governance Code and Listing Rules to...

Chinese dairy conglomerate Mengniu [2319:HK] apologized on May 7, after its marketing campaign running in partnership with the iQIYI [IQ:US] show Youth with You 3 went awry. The apology came after a video showing a group of middle-aged people opening dairy bottles and pouring milk...

In the field of sustainability information, there are an increasing number of players with different roles, such as investors, corporates, regulators, NGOs, and other civil societies, forming a dynamic ecosystem of sustainability information. Sustainability standard is the foundation of this ecosystem, where the Global Initiative...

Nowadays, both companies and investors are spending more resources on ESG issues. A core question has emerged, that is, which ESG issues are financially material and why. This is important not only for companies to manage their resources properly, but also for investors who seek...

Chinese short-video platform Kuaishou Technology [1024:HK] will debut at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on February 5. The expected initial public offering (IPO) will raise as much as USD5bn and make Kuaishou the first major short-video platform to go public. From its prospectus, currently, Kuaishou’s...

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published the first batch of problematic mobile applications on January 22. Such apps illegally collected and used users’ personal information, as reported by JRJ.com on January 25. The list involves apps from many listed companies, including Tencent [0700:HK],...

PBoC has drafted regulation to strengthen supervision over non-banking institutions’ payment services on January 20, as reported by JRJ.com on the same day. Notably, the policy this time adds anti-monopoly measures for the non-banking payments industry. Moreover, the regulation highlights the requirement of non-banking payment...

Tencent [0700:HK] apologized on January 18 for its instant messaging software, QQ, for reading users’ browser history, after an internet article exposed it on January 17, as reported by The Paper on January 19. Tencent explained that the reading was to evaluate login security risks...

PBoC issued draft measures on January 11 to regulate domestic credit investigation agencies and prevent such agencies from collecting excessive information from individuals, as reported by Eastmoney on January 12. The measures specify rules for credit reporting agencies to collect, organize, save, and process personal...

After an employee died, Shanghai’s labor protection department started investigation into Pinduoduo’s [PDD:US] working conditions, as reported by Shanghai Daily on January 4. On January 3, an inside source disclosed that a 22-year-old female employee of Pinduoduo died suddenly on her way home from work...

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