Yifan is a Junior Partner at Carnstone’s Shanghai office. Previously she worked for the Dutch consulate in Guangzhou as a commercial officer, helping Dutch environmental companies to enter the Chinese market. She has also freelanced as a market entry consultant. Her background is water and organic waste treatment, with an MSc in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
For this briefing, we reviewed the corporate community investment landscape in China. We find that community investment in China is still largely about making cash donations or giving gifts in kind, but we also note an increase in volunteering activity and some progressive companies starting to match employee skills with the needs of community groups.
We also find that companies more often than not partner with GONGOs (government-organised non-governmental organisations) with impact evaluation activities still at an embryonic stage.
The analysis is based on a review of the activity of 26 major companies with operations in China; half of them Chinese enterprises, half headquartered elsewhere.