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Taiwan To Legislate On Corporate Social Responsibility: Vice President

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The Taiwan government is drafting an amendment to the Company Act that would require businesses to “internalise” good governance and social responsibility, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said on Wednesday.

At an award ceremony for businesses that have shown excellent corporate social responsibility, Chen said that as enterprises pursue profits, they should also take responsibility for the well-being of their employees, local communities and the environment.

“This is a good approach to achieving sustainable development of the environment, society and economy,” he said.

The government is pro-actively promoting a plan to revise the Company Act to create a legal basis for social responsibility among businesses, Chen said.

He said he hoped that law would also help businesses become more competitive as they gain the trust of consumers and attain sustainable operation.

However, social commentator Lucifer Chu (朱學恆) questioned the timing of the planned legislation, saying that at a time when 80% of the public thinks the domestic economy is not doing well, small- and medium-sized businesses might not be strong enough to bear the higher costs of complying with the proposed law.

While the U.S. is seeking to cut its corporate tax rate from 35 % to 15%, Taiwan is trying to increase the compliance costs for its companies. “Wouldn’t that create too big an impact on them?” he said.

(Source & Image Courtesy: Focus Taiwan)

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