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At the opening of the inaugural China CSR Awards, keynote speaker Carma Elliot, Director China of the British Council, said she was initially asked for 30 minutes of her time to judge the applications, but wound up pouring over them for hours. She was pleasantly surprised to find such dedicated, prestigious companies presenting worth projects in the first iteration of what will become an annual tradition.

The event, held March 23 at the Opposite House, was co-organized by the British Chamber of Commerce in China, the China-Britain Business Council and AmCham China to celebrate the companies that have made significant contributions to China.

Winners of the Inaugural China CSR Awards:


First place (tie): PricewaterhouseCoopers* and NBA China*

Honorable mention: Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business*

Cross Cultural

First place: British School Beijing*

Honorable mentions: Visa* and Mondelez Shanghai Food Corp*


First place: Starbucks*

Honorable mention: Prudential*


First place (tie): Pepsico* and Coca-Cola*

Honorable mention: Interek


First place: Standard Chartered Bank*

Honorable mention: Amway*

Poverty Alleviation

First place: Zurich Insurance*

Honorable mention: CMS


First place (tie): Invest UK and Dulwich College*

Thought Leader

First place: IBM*

Honorable mentions: Ultra and Jaguar Land-Rover*

Women's Empowerment

First place: Credit Suisse/Plan

Honorable mentions: Diageo* and Mary Kay*

Regional Outreach Award

First place: China International Capital Corporation Limited*


* – Denotes AmCham China member company