With the start of a new lunar year, we spent time reflecting on the past year and the main events that we believe had great influence on the sector:
On January 1, 2015, China’s first environmental protection law went into effect. This law states every individual and entity has a responsibility to protect the environment. At a high level, it broadly lists how this should be done ranging from actions such as public engagement to transparency of corporations. This is a particularly important milestone for environment-focused NPOs as they now have legal standards to which they can gauge their work.
This documentary tells the story of a child born with cancer and the ramifications of the smog issue and the public health concern of air pollution. It sparked intense debate around the country as it is a concern for everyone regardless of socio-economic background.
The second draft of the 12th NPC Standing Committee 17th meeting of the "People's Republic of China Charity Law was published. As currently drafted, this new law will put foreign NGOs, which were previously under the administration of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, under the supervision of the Public Security Departments. To read a translated version of the second draft of the “Managing Foreign NGOs” law in its entirety, please see the following link.
A new process was implemented that will allow those who make donations within the public sector to more easily receive tax benefits.
Four children abandoned by their parents and other family members committed suicide, which brought to light the gap in the welfare for children who have been abandoned. This caused a large response in the general public as similar cases came to light in the wake of this event. Currently children whose parents are still alive but unable or unwilling to care for their children are unable to go into government welfare programs or orphanages. NPOs that support these children hope increased awareness from highly publicized events such as these will bring more attention to the cause.