Leadership Meeting with AIT Chairman James Moriarty

During his latest visit to Taiwan, the U.S.-based chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, Ambassador James Moriarty, exchanged views with members of the AmCham Taipei leadership today at a breakfast discussion. The two sides discussed the relationship between the United States and Taiwan, including economic ties, as well as regional issues.

AmCham leaders also briefed the AIT chairman on such subjects as the Chamber’s 2017 Business Climate Survey, difficulties for companies and employees caused by recent revisions in the Labor Standards Law, and prospective business opportunities arising from the government’s Asia·Silicon Valley plan to promote the digital economy.

Attending the meeting from AIT Taipei were Economic Section Chief Jeff Horwitz, Commercial Section Chief Ireas Cook, and Economic Section Deputy Chief Michael Pignatello. Representing AmCham were President Andrea Wu, Vice Chairman Daniel Tseng, Government Relations Committee Co-chair Paul Cassingham, AmCham Secretary and IP&L Committee Co-chair Vincent Shih, AmCham Governor Leo Seewald, AmCham Supervisor and Travel & Tourism Committee Co-chair Anita Chen, Retail Committee Co-chair Mark Chen, Sustainable Development Committee Co-chair Kenny Jeng, Senior Director and Taiwan Business TOPICS Editor-in-chief Don Shapiro, and Senior Director for Government & Public Affairs Amy Chang.

How to Ask Great Questions

Good leaders ask good questions. The reason is simple: no leader, no matter how experienced, can solve every problem at work, assume every responsibility, and perform every task. They need their people to learn to think on their feet. In fact, the higher up the organization we move, the more important leading with questions becomes.

On April 26th, AmCham Taipei invited William Zyzo, Managing Director, Z&A Knowledge Solutions / Advisor, to share some strategies on how to think out of the box when engaging with clients, distributors and suppliers. In the session “How to Ask Great Questions,” attendees learned the importance of asking effective questions and using it as a mechanism to engage, influence, and inspire others to come up with answers on their own, while fostering closer, more trusting, and lasting relationships.

During the seminar, attendees participated in hands-on activities with other business leaders to further explore the following topics and engaged in discussions on:
• Understanding the implications entailed with every question and the response it triggers
• How to ask five types of questions at the right time and in the right way
• How today’s top global business leaders ask and answer questions

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AmCham Joint Luncheon: CSR and Business Growth with Low Carbon Strategy by Green Bond

There are just only fifteen years left for keeping global average temperatures “well below” 2°C above preindustrial levels. Paris Agreement of UNFCCC, which is effective last November, will drive the transformation of doing business in a low carbon mode. The financial sector and capital market play vital roles for supporting the low carbon economy.

On April 20, AmCham CSR Committee & Sustainable Development Committee held “CSR and Business Growth with Low Carbon Strategy Supported by Green Bond” at the Grand Hyatt Taipei. The speaker Niven Huang, General Manager, KPMG Sustainability Consulting Co., Ltd., introduced the fact & trend of emerging green bond and other vital worldwide signals of low carbon transformation.

As the growth of corporate green bonds is expected to continue and play an important role in the economy, Dr. Niven Huang addressed the pathway of embedding climate change issue into CSR actions and business strategy. While several green bonds were issued by well-known companies in the last several years, there is a lack of consensus in green bond standards. Strengthening green bond standards will be necessary to help build trust and confidence, as well attract more investors for environmental projects.

From left to right: Nadia Chen, Country Executive, Bank of New York Mellon Taipei Branch, speaker Niven Huang, General Manager, KPMG Sustainability Consulting Co., Ltd., Cosmas Lu, Strategy Adviser, Super Dragon Technology Co., LTD.

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HR Committee Seminar: Discussion on Labor Standards Act Amendment

AmCham HR Committee held a seminar on April 19, at the Westin Taipei to enhance understanding of the amended law that was enacted by the Legislative Yuan in December 2016. Liau Huei-Fang, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labor, was invited to the event to discuss details and answer questions.

勞動基準法修法說明會 – Discussion on Labor Standards Act Amendment – this event was conducted in Mandarin.

勞動基準法修法業於105年12月21日經總統公布施行,勞動部為落實推動勞工週休二日之目的,及增進工商團體對於修法內容之瞭解,期透過與工商團體雙向溝通及座談,以減少對此政策之誤解,並進而蒐集工商團體之意見,特辦理此說明會。

Speaker Liau Huei-Fang, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labor with HR committee co-chairs and attendees

When: April 19, 2017 (9 AM – 12 PM)

Where: The Westin Taipei, B3 Yong Chun  / 六福皇宮 B3 永春殿

Speaker: Liau Huei-Fang, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labor / 勞動部政務次長  廖蕙芳

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Special Event – Chemical Registration

With the upcoming requirement (Taiwan-Reach) to register of existing chemical substances in Taiwan, the industry will face new challenges. ERM/ReachCentrum has supported industry in Europe since 2008 and since 2015 in Korea on similar registration requirements. i.e. joint registration and data sharing management.

On April 13, AmCham Taipei invited Willi Muenninghoff, Project Manager of ReachCentrum to share his expertise on involvement with regulatory issues for the chemical industry. The seminar also highlighted some of the challenges and provided practical guidance on how this has been handled in other regions.

From left to right: James Leu, Managing Director of ERM, Willi Muenninghoff, Project Manager of ReachCentrum, Kenny Jeng, Co-chair of Sustainable Development Committee

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AmCham Wine Tasting Night

AmCham Taipei held its Wine Tasting Night on Thursday, April 6 at AmCham Lincoln Room. Members and guests gathered to learn about the world of wine and discover different wine flavors. We invited Mr. Benjamin Vigier to share his unique experiences and fascinating stories about the winery. In addition to samplings of wines from Italy, France, and Spain, we also served delicious appetizers, cheese and crackers to accompany the tasting.

Thanks to our sponsor, Taifung Trading, for providing wine samplings and making this event possible. Wine samplings served at the event:

  • Gancia Brut NV
    The Gancia Company was founded in 1850 in Canelli, Piemonte (Italy), by Carlo Gancia. In 1865, Carlo Gancia produced the very first Italian Sparkling Wine. Gancia Brut is a dry Italian wine with fruit flavor which always creates a festive mood!
  • Chateau de Valcombe Tradition White 2015
    Vineyard soils are made of Rhone pebbles on 3% to 5% slopes, with a South exposure, overlooking the Camargue ponds. A very thin limestone layer brings up a surprising freshness and a mineral touch to the wine; this is an absolutely unique case within the Costières de Nîmes wine region.
  • Tinto Figuero Crianza F12 2012
    20% of the Tempranillo grapes used in this wine come from vines older than 50 years, with the remaining 80% coming from vines between 20-40 years old. After being hand-harvested and undergoing cluster selection in the vineyards, the grapes are destemmed and go through gravity-controlled tanks, with 5-6 days of cold-skin maceration prior to fermentation. An additional 2 months of maturation follow, with malolactic fermentation taking place. The wine is aged for twelve months in 2-plus year-old barrels (80-percent American and 20-percent French oak). It is then aged an additional 2 years in bottle before leaving the cellar.

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