About CSR

AustCham Shanghai runs an active Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program and annually donates to nominated charitable organisations operating within China. Our partners for 2018-2019 include Lifeline Shanghai, The Renewal Centre, Shanghai Roots and Shoots and Shanghai Sunrise.

The CSR Committee meets on a monthly basis to discuss volunteering and funding initiatives for each CSR partner.

Seeking New CSR Partners

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is now being issued to properly inform and engage community partners who would like to be a part of our ongoing CSR program. AustCham Shanghai aims to maintain 2 year partnerships with a strong group of partner organisations to ensure long term sustainability for all parties involved. Please click here for a full copy of the RFP.

AustCham Shanghai welcomes community partners to submit their proposals by Thursday 31 October to jane.xia@austchamshanghai.com

Lifeline Shanghai

Lifeline Shanghai provides a helpline for the English-speaking community across China with free, confidential, and anonymous emotional support via telephone (021) 6279 8990 and online chat 10AM to 10PM, 365 days a year.

Lifeline Shanghai's trained helpline assistants respect everyone's right to be heard, understood, and cared for. They are ready to listen and support, helping you to gain another perspective and connecting you with other support services as needed.

Through community engagement programs, Lifeline Shanghai continues to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and fights the stigma in talking about it. We listen. We care.

Coreene Horenko
(021) 6279 8990

The Renewal Center

The Renewal Center, Shanghai is a drop-in resource center and employment assistance initiative for Shanghai’s homeless population. Established in 2008 as a grassroots civil society organization in Shanghai, the center currently receives around 70-80 guests weekly for basic services of showers and laundry. The majority of its guests are male rural-urban migrants and over half were born after 1980. Their soft-skills training program and employment assistance initiative began in 2009 in cooperation with MAYA and also spurred the launch of our citizenship assistance and residency programs.

Jimmy McWhinney

Shanghai Roots and Shoots

Shanghai Roots & Shoots advances the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment of all living things.

The goals of all Roots & Shoots programs are:

To implement positive change through active learning about, caring for, and interacting with the environment;

To enhance understanding between individuals of different cultures, ethnic groups, religions, socio-economic levels, and nations through our global communication network;

To help young people develop self-respect, confidence in themselves, and hope for the future.

AustCham Shanghai supports the KidStrong Dental and Eye Care Expansion. Through the program the children from partner migrant schools are educated on the importance of good personal hygiene and healthy eating habits. The children receive eye exams and dental checkups as part of the program.

Catharine Gong

Shanghai Sunrise

Shanghai Sunrise promotes education in Shanghai by facilitating sponsorships for thousands of students who otherwise would not have a chance to attend. Since 1996, the organisation has raised almost 11,000 scholarships; but there is more work to be done.Shanghai Sunrise is a non-profit organization raising funds for educational scholarships for underprivileged and at-risk young people in Shanghai.

AustCham Shanghai will support the charity by covering the cost of three years of tuition fee for 9 students.

Amber Aldred