AmCham Shanghai hosted the CSR Innovation Fair at the Amway Experience Center on June 24. Eighteen NGOs, startups, social enterprises and other brands presented innovative products, services and programs that create a positive social and environmental impact in the Chinese society.
With a unique event format, attendees were able to vote for the top 5 presentations based on each organization’s innovative ideas behind a timed two-minute pitch.
Ms. Ding Li, Vice President of Non-Profit Incubator (NPI), an influential NGO in China that promotes social innovation and entrepreneurship and also an official partner of this event, awarded the top winning organization. Ms. Anna Liao, Associate Director of Public Affairs from Amway, the venue host, awarded the second and third place winners. The prizes include a free training session offered by NPI and a spot on the AmCham CSR Newsletter and website.
The Shanghai Girl Scouts displayed their product before the official presentations but weren’t a candidate for the votes. Their product helps owners retrieve their lost pets by putting a QR code on each pet’s collar that can be scanned and traced back to the owner if lost.
- First place was awarded to the social enterprise Dialogue in the Dark, which aims to improve the life of the disabled by raising awareness about disability. It raises awareness by creating exhibitions and experimental learning workshops, including teamwork activities in a dark room, for able people to experience what it is like to be visually-impaired. During the two-minute presentation, the speaker left a deep impression by asking the audience to close their eyes while he spoke.
Second place was Me to We, a social enterprise founded in 2008 that provides leadership programs, international volunteering trips and more. It donates 50% of its profits to the charity Free the Children, which has already built over 650 schools in more than 45 different countries.
- Third place was given to SmartAir, a company which organizes DIY air purifier workshops for only RMB200. With these cost-effective air filters, customers can clean 90% of the air in a room, in a much less expensive way than traditional methods.
This event challenged the organizations to give a compelling pitch with only a microphone to showcase their organization. It offers a space to spotlight the diversity and creativity of small organizations in China today that are inspiring ideas for change and successful brands for sustainability.