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Experts object to firms’ plans to mine sand in Tanintharyi Region

A local company plans to extract 5 million cubic metres of sand over five years in sensitive coastal areas in Tanintharyi Region without legally-required environmental assessments.

Third National Conference on Communities and Tourism Focusses on Local Level Destination Management

Over 200 participants from government, private sector, local community-based tourism (CBT) organisations, development partners and independent experts attended the 3rd National Conference on Communities and Tourism in Kalaw from 6-8 June.

Steering Committee for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Myanmar In-Country Working Group meets for the first time

The inaugural Steering Committee meeting of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) Myanmar In-Country Working Group was held at MCRB on 18 May 2018, co-chaired by the UK Embassy and TOTAL.

Consultation Begins on Draft EIA Guidelines for the Mining Sector

The consultation was attended by over 100 participants, mainly from the mining sector, EIA consultants, and relevant government officials from MONREC (mining, environment and forestry), Ministry of Health and Sport and Ministry of Home Affairs.

MCRB Proposes Amendments to the forthcoming Companies Regulations to Support Myanmar’s Implementation of Anti-Money-Laundering and EITI Requirements

MCRB has submitted proposed amendments to the 2018 Draft Companies Regulations on which the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) is currently seeking input to the Regulations and accompanying sample forms...

MCRB Submits Comments on the Draft Insolvency Law

MCRB has submitted comments on the draft Insolvency Law which is currently being prepared by DICA and open for consultation.

Consultation to update MCRB’s Land Rights and Business in Myanmar Briefing Paper

On 22nd May 2018, MCRB held a consultation in Yangon to obtain comments on the draft ‘Land Rights and Business in Myanmar’ briefing paper, an update of MCRB’s 2015 Land briefing paper.

Join MCRB and Thant Myanmar in the Battle to Beat Plastic Pollution

For the last couple of years, MCRB has been asking hotels where we hold events to work with us to #beatplasticpollution. In particular we have asked for them to reduce usage of plastic water bottles by offering clean, safe water in dispensers and jugs.

MCRB/OXFAM workshop on Responsible investment in plantation agriculture, with a focus on land

On 27 April, Oxfam and MCRB hosted a multi-stakeholder discussion on ‘Responsible investment in plantation agriculture' in Yangon.

Companies Need Professional Advisers to Improve Corporate Governance – and They Need to Budget for Them

On 5 May, Vicky Bowman spoke to the Myanmar Development Summit at Pullman Hotel Yangon, co-hosted by the Myanmar Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Reinforcing Connections Between Business, Biodiversity, and Human Rights Impacts in Myanmar

MCRB with support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust has been seeking to build understanding of the links between business, biodiversity, and human rights in Myanmar, particularly the right to livelihood...

2018 Pwint Thit Sa / Transparency in Myanmar Enterprises Report Launched

Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) today launches the fourth Pwint Thit Sa report on Transparency in Myanmar Enterprises (TiME), in partnership for the first time with Yever, a Myanmar business consultancy.

Myanmar launches IoD, with timely lesson from Judge’s racism row

As Myanmar launches the Institute of Directors, the scandal engulfing Lady Barbara Judge in another Institute is a conspicuous reminder that corporate governance cannot allow any racism or sexism to go unchecked.

A New Mineral Resources Policy and Fresh Laws are Needed if Mining in Myanmar is ever to be Sustainable

MCRB today publishes a sector-wide impact assessment (SWIA) on the mining sector, with field research focussed on tin, gold and limestone mining in eight states and regions. This is the fourth SWIA by MCRB.

Discussion of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

MCRB and Peace Nexus co-hosted a discussion on the potential for establishing an In-country Pilot Implementation Group for the Voluntary Principles initiative and its potential agenda and participation.

MCRB’s Work on Gender Equality Displayed at Nordic Day

MCRB, whose funders have included the governments of Norway and Denmark, and which has also worked closely on digital rights with the Embassy of Sweden, was one of a number of partners of the Nordic Embassies in Yangon invited to participate in Nordic Day

MCRB Submits Comments on Draft Universal Service Strategy for Telecommunications

MCRB has provided a response to the consultation by the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications on the draft Universal Service Strategy (closing date 12 February).

Magical Myanmar Travel Magazine Interviews Vicky Bowman

The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business published a sector-wide impact assessment on tourism in 2015, and has since co-hosted a number of multistakeholder discussions on responsible tourism and community based tourism. What does Ecotourism mean?

Workshops on Responsible Business in Rakhine State

In December and January, members of the MCRB team were involved in workshops for civil society organizations (CSOs) and government departments in Kyaukphyu and Sittwe in Rakhine State, working with local CSO Scholar Institute, with support from Oxfam.

MCRB Welcomes Progress on Labour Law Reform, and Highlights the Value of Drawing on International Standards and Expertise

Vicky Bowman, Director of MCRB, was invited to speak at the 3rd Multistakeholder Forum on ‘How can companies contribute to Myanmar Labour Law reform through responsible business conduct?’ on 17 January in Naypyidaw.

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