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Our Biggest Challenge as Consultants is Companies Refusing to Admit Projects Could Have Negative Impacts

MCRB, together with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Conservation (MONREC) and Vermont Law School, with support from Heinrich Boll Foundation, held a workshop for local Environmental Impact Assessment Consultants...

Spotlight on Myanmar transparency

Transparency can attract more employees and partners with a good reputation. In brief, it is a social licence to operate as well as the ability to get the acceptance of the community.

MCRB and Australian Chamber of Commerce Submit Comments on Draft ‘OSH’ Law

The Responsible Investment Working Group (RIWG) of AustCham Myanmar, co-chaired by MCRB, has submitted bilingual comments on the draft law on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) which is currently with the Hluttaw/Parliament for consideration.

Working with Community Groups in Kyaukphyu on Responsible Investment

Aung Kyaw Soe and Hnin Htet Htet Aung were resource people for a workshop in Kyaukphyu for civil society organisations on “Responsible Business and Community Engagement” on 30/31 October organised by local civil society organisation Scholar Institute.

MCRB Participates in Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp

Wai Phyo Myint, MCRB’s Regional Outreach Manager, together with eight other participants from civil society organisations and media in Myanmar, participated in the Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp in Yogjakarta, Indonesia from 22-26 October, 2017.

Myanmar Embraces CSR

Myanmar Embraces CSR

In a country long known for military monopolies and cronyism, the rules are changing fast, and businesses now are eager to be on the side of virtue, writes the Bangkok Post.

Distinguish Between the Legal Obligations and Voluntary Efforts Needed for a Mine to Earn a ‘Social Licence to Operate’

From 24 to 26 October, MCRB collaborated with WWF Myanmar and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) on a training workshop in Naypyidaw on Mining Sector Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Management.

MCRB director discusses Myanmar FDI and development in light of the Rakhine crisis

Mizzima’s Aung Thura sat down with MCRB Director Vicky Bowman to discuss the FDI, development in light of the Rakhine crisis.

Anti-Corruption Scores Have Improved Under the NLD Government

On 30 September, Vicky Bowman gave a talk on ‘Corruption and Business in Myanmar – what needs to change?’ at Parami Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences as part of their Leadership talk series.

Vicky Bowman: It’s the many impacts of business on the environment which are of most concern.

Interview with MCRB Director Vicky Bowman by the Global New Light Of Myanmar.

Large Hydropower Projects in Ethnic Areas in Myanmar: Placing Community Participation and Gender Central to Decision Making

From 2016-2017, Hnin Wut Yee, MCRB’s Research and Outreach Manager participated in the MK 31 Nu-Thanlwin-Salween study project and this policy brief is prepared with the support of the project.

Regulating SMEs - supporting or strangling?

What Myanmar needs is a simple definition of small and medium-sized enterprise. Myanmar also needs an effective advocacy body for small businesses.

Workshop on Building Business Integrity Co-Hosted by MCRB and UNODC

MCRB and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime co-hosted a workshop for businesses to identify practical ways to enhance business integrity, resist corrupt practices and reduce exposure to the risks that corruption can pose.

Responsible Business and CSR: What Matters is Not ‘How Much?’ but ‘How’?

Vicky Bowman spoke about responsible business conduct, corporate social responsibility (CSR), creating shared value (CSV) and building a social licence to operate at a two-day seminar.

MCRB Discusses Beach Sand Mining in Ngwesaung with Pathein Township Officials

On 20 June, Vicky Bowman, Director, and Wai Phyo Myint, Regional Outreach Manager visited Pathein for a discussion of the problems of beach sand mining in Ngwesaung.

MCRB begins Mini Sector-Wide Impact Assessment (SWIA) on Oil Palm Sector in Tanintharyi Region

MCRB has commenced work on an assessment of actual and potential environmental, social and human rights impacts of the oil palm sector in Myanmar.

MCRB Submits Comments to the Hluttaw on the Bill concerning Artisanal Oil Production

On 8 June 2017, MCRB made a written submission in Burmese to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee on the Artisanal Oil Production Bill. The bill is currently under discussion in the Hluttaw.

MCRB joins Coalition for Telecom Law Reform on Advocacy Trip to Naypyidaw

On 22 June, Wai Phyo Myint, MCRB’s Regional Outreach Manager and another 10 organisations representing the 22 organisations in the Coalition for Telecoms Law Reform and the Abolition of Article 66(d) visited Naypyidaw.

MCRB Hosts a Roundtable Between Myanmar Civil Society Organisations and the Caux Roundtable Japan

On 23 June, MCRB hosted a discussion between the Caux Roundtable Japan and trade union and labour rights activists, organisations working on other business and human rights issues, at the Rose Garden Hotel, Yangon.

‘There is a Growing Regulatory Trend in Myanmar Towards Greater Corporate Disclosure’

Vicky Bowman, MCRB Director gave a presentation at an event on 21 June hosted at the Yangon Stock Exchange and by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

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