On September 23 at AMCHAM's Monthly Luncheon the Nominating Committee presented the nominees for the 2015-2016 Board of Governors. This year 12 candidates will run for seven vacated Board seats. Nominated were:
1. Darren Buckley, Citibank Thailand
2. David Nardone, Hemaraj Land & Development
3. Marcos Purty, General Motors
4. Brad Middleton, Chevron
5. Christopher Knight, Everett Knight
6. Waewkanee Assoratgoon, YUM Restaurants International
7. John Fotiadis, Atherton
8. Hester Chew, McThai
9. Joe Mannix, UNITED
10. Michael Diamente, American Axle & Manufacturing
11. Dan Harsono, Bank of Ayuthaya
12. Haresh Khoobchandani, Microsoft
For candidate profiles and voting FAQs click here.
AMCHAM's Annual General Meeting and Board Election will be held on October 28 at the Monthly Luncheon. All Ordinary Regular and Ordinary Special member companies are eligible to vote and each company is allowed one vote to be cast by the Designate or Alternate representative, or by proxy ballot by a representative of the company. If no one is able to attend the Annual General Meeting, the ballot may be returned to the AMCHAM office prior to the election.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Committee is pleased to announce the eighth annual AMCHAM CSR Excellence Recognition (ACE Recognition) program. This year we will be awarding our first Gold level recognition to companies who have received the ACE award for five consecutive years.
ACE Recognition identifies AMCHAM members’ CSR practices which demonstrate an understanding of the linkages between business operations and society, and conducting business in a way that creates long-term economic and social value.
For the third consecutive year, AMCHAM is partnering with the US Embassy to include the Creative Partnership (CP) Designation along with the ACE Recognition. The CP designation recognizes firms that have creative or innovative approaches to CSR and build US-Thai partnerships.
ACE Recognition applies an easy on-line application and automated scoring, and provides recognition for all firms, from SMEs to MNCs that achieve a baseline level of CSR performance.
Interested AMCHAM members must apply for the recognition on their own behalf by completing a simple application form.
The deadline to apply is October 6.
For the application and evaluation criteria and a link to the application form click here.
Please note that the Award is not a competition, but requires companies to achieve a certain benchmark criteria on their CSR programs. Thus all member companies are eligible and there is no competition among members. This is also a great way to benchmark and look at ways to improve your current CSR program.
Click to view a list of the 2013 ACE recipients and a full report of last year's awards ceremony.
U.S. companies in ASEAN expect investment expansion, workforce growth, and profit increases in 2015 according to the ASEAN Business Outlook Survey. The survey was designed and implemented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chambers of Commerce in ASEAN member countries and included 588 business executives representing small, medium, and large U.S. companies in all ten ASEAN countries.
Respondents in Thailand have a positive outlook on the current business climate with the majority not facing significant financing constraints nor seeing higher cost of borrowing. Business expansion remains high with 62% of the respondents saying they expect their companies in Thailand to expand, a dip since last year’s 75%, but the profit outlook remains strong with 82% expecting increased profits.
A list of new members and member updates can be viewed and downloaded for your records. Please update your records monthly!
On September 18, AMCHAM Myanmar celebrated the addition of its 100th member, Procter & Gamble Myanmar. This milestone event, which took place in Park Royal Hotel's new Club 5, was sponsored by CEA Project Logistics Myanmar and Park Royal Hotel Yangon. For more information and photos from the event click here.
The Independence Day Picnic at KIS International School was a great success. All those who attended enjoyed a traditional U.S. style picnic with great food and music, games and fun. Many thanks to our great Star Sponsors, event partners, raffle and charity booth prize donors, volunteers and the Independence Day Picnic Committee for their generous support.
The Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership was created to build on more than 175 years of successful political alliance between the United States and Thailand, by leveraging American strengths in support of Thailand’s creative industries. To learn more about the variety of activities that define this initiative, visit the Creative Partnership at www.creativepartnership.org
AMCHAM is making a targeted effort to extend its membership base and activities outside of Bangkok. If your company is located outside of Bangkok in one of the designated areas, you may be eligible for AMCHAM membership at reduced rates. Click Greater Thailand AMCHAM Membership Brochure or Join AMCHAM for more information, including eligibility requirements.
Intellectual property rights (IPR) encourage the innovation and creativity that is fundamental to sustained economic growth. Unfortunately, the growing global trade in pirated and counterfeit goods threatens innovation, workers' livelihoods, health, and safety. Fake products - such as CDs, DVDs, software, electronic equipment, clothing, pharmaceutical products, and auto parts - account for an estimated 5 to 7 percent of global trade. This trade costs legitimate rights holders around the world billions of dollars annually.
The Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!) is a comprehensive program to stop trade in pirated and counterfeit goods. www.StopFakes.gov provides information about obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights.