Past BCCJ Responsible Business Events

COVID-19: Back to Better Work

June 19, 2020

As Japan begins to return to the office following the government’s lifting of work-from-home requests, industry experts of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) have offered advice on how firms can make a smooth transition. In a webinar on June 10 moderated by BCCJ Vice President Alison Beale, the panellists discussed business considerations such as strategy, office design, communications, legal and sales, and suggested how firms can offer their people the chance to go “back to better work.”

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COVID-19: economic impact and recovery

June 12, 2020

Having been spared the ravages of COVID-19 seen in Europe and the United States, Japan can expect economic hardship in the short and medium term, but could use the crisis as a catalyst for good in the long term. That is the assessment of Takuji Okubo, north Asia director of the Economist Corporate Network, who addressed members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) in a webinar on June 9. He was joined in the session by colleague Dimitry Rakin, associate director of north Asia, and moderator Naomi Davies, economic counsellor at the British Embassy, Tokyo.

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COVID-19 and responsible business

May 1, 2020

With COVID-19 acting as a major disruptor to firms, communities and cities worldwide, organisations have an opportunity to avoid a return to the status quo, instead choosing a better future for people and planet. That is according to British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) Responsible Taskforce members who delivered a webinar on April 22. Tove Kinooka, co-founder and director of sustainability consultancy Global Perspectives, and Heather McLeish, director at EY Japan, discussed how the crisis might influence the responsible business agenda.

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Japan’s labour laws – Overtime caps, equal pay and COVID-19-induced dismissals

April 20, 2020

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) kicked off its Webinar Week—one webinar each day for five consecutive workdays—on April 16 with an online session on Japan’s recent labour law amendments. Work-style reform legislation, designed to improve the working environment and work–life balance of all workers, was passed in 2018. Changes included the introduction of caps on overtime for the first time, which came into effect for large firms on April 1, 2019 and small and medium-sized firms on April 1, 2020.

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The Climate Crisis and Business

December 6, 2019

With climate an increasingly everyday consideration for people worldwide, members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) met on November 21 to discuss the risks and opportunities it poses for business. The interactive workshop, “Tackling the Climate Crisis,” was part of the BCCJ’s 5.0 Project, which advocates the adoption of responsible business, digital & tech innovation and diversity & inclusion for sustainable business growth in Japan and the UK. BCCJ Executive Committee member Tove Kinooka opened the event by encouraging attendees to think of the planet as a delicate ecosystem that is affected by both single and cumulative changes within it. Actions by individuals, teams, companies and nations therefore can have a knock-on impact across borders.

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