AMCHAM RECOGNIZES TOP CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAMS
On November 26, AMCHAM honored 47 member companies that carried-out exemplary corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in 2013. The honorees were presented with ACE recognitions, an appreciation presented by U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney and AMCHAM Vice-President Darren Buckley on behalf of the AMCHAM Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Recognition Program (ACE).
To qualify for an ACE recognition, a firm’s CSR program must receive high-marks in four categories: (1) Attention to business objectives and societal needs; (2) Creation of long-term economic and social gains; (3) Communication and sharing of best practices; (4) Program sustainability.
AMCHAM Myanmar Chapter Launched
On October 31, in Yangon, American and American affiliated companies launched an AMCHAM Myanmar Chapter. The founding companies represent a diverse collection of industries and nationalities, but share a common goal to expand commerce between Myanmar and the U.S., operate according to the highest international business standards, and support their communities. The Chapter named Mariano Vela, President of Chevron Myanmar, as Chapter president and U.S. Ambassador Mitchell honorary president. Click HERE for more information about the AMCHAM Myanmar Chapter.
AMCHAM Hosts Royal Thai Government
On August 23rd, over 350 representatives from AMCHAM, Thai Ministries and the U.S. Embassy attended AMCHAM’s annual Government Appreciation Dinner – AMCHAM’s thank you to the Royal Thai Government and Thai officials for their continued support of American business in Thailand. Please click the following links to view the remarks of keynote speaker Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Kittiratt Na-Ranong and AMCHAM President Matt Bradley.
2014 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey
Now available to AMCHAM members are the results of the 2014 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey – a poll of American Chamber of Commerce members in the ASEAN region. The surveyed showed that optimism in ASEAN remains high - 91% of respondents expect their company’s level of trade and investment in ASEAN to increase over the next five years – but many business leaders cited corruption, poor customs administration, and inadequate infrastructure as obstacles to greater investment. Click the above link to view the entire survey, which includes a break-out of Thailand specific results.
AMCHAM's Annual Independence Day Picnic
July 6 at KIS International School
Thank you to the more than 2,500 people who attended the AMCHAM American Independence Day Picnic at KIS International School on July 6. Click here for a list of Charity Raffle winners. Prizes can be collected from Khun Eaux at the AMCHAM office with winning ticket or winners identity. Deadline for collection of prizes is September 15, 2013. Non collected prizes will be donated to charity.
USA FAIR 2013
Attracts over 150,000 shoppers
From May 31- June 2, CentralWorld was the center of American shopping and entertainment. Over 150,000 visitors shopped the USA Fair’s 30 exhibits and won over 500 prizes. The Fair began on Friday, May 31st with a film festival and hip hop concert and concluded on Sunday, June 2nd with a grand prize drawing for tickets to the USA, iPad minis and other giveaways.
This was the sixth year AMCHAM and the U.S. Embassy organized the event. This year's Fair was made possible due to the genreous support of the USA Fair Partners: Amway, Chevrolet, Chevron, Coca-Cola, and Ford Motor Company.
On March 20, 1833, Thailand (then Siam) and the U.S. signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, beginning a Friendship that has now reached its 180-year anniversary. In 2013, AMCHAM will celebrate this anniversary at many of the Chamber’s signature events, including the USA Fair and the Government Appreciation Dinner. The AMCHAM Charitable Foundation will award 180 Student Scholarships for 2013—a record number—and Adopt-A-School donations will receive an AMCHAM matching donation of up to Baht 180,000 for schools in the Greater Thailand region.
You can read a history of the Thailand-U.S. Commercial Relationship in the March issue of T-AB Magazine or by clicking here.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) Auto Council met recently with H.E. Mr. Chairwuti Bannawat, Minister of Industry, members of The Board of Investments, the Thailand Automotive Institute and the Office of Industrial Economics to discuss ways to enhance the auto industry in Thailand. Full detail...
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.