Social Responsibility

We are committed to sustaining an environment of opportunity, community and encouragement. You can find more information about our social responsibility work in the tabs below:

A Letter From Our Directors


Local communities cement people together, providing emotional, social and physical shelter for members. The power and influence of a community should never be underestimated in this respect and should always be encouraged. Such values lie at the heart of CRCC Asia’s social responsibility and sustainability ethos.

Although the past decade has been one of great economic progress and development for China, the charity sector has stagnated. In 2011 the Charities Aid Foundation surveyed 153 countries to compile the World Giving Index.

Such questions to interviewees included the amount of money donated, the amount of time volunteered, and whether or not those interviewed “helped a stranger.”

Only 11% of those interviewed had ever donated to charity. This figure is approximately 5-7 times lower than those countries that rank in the top 50. Other answers were similarly poor and China was ultimately ranked 147th.

Despite China’s World Giving Index ranking, CRCC Asia believes that China’s social structure of caring for the community can act as the foundation for a strong charitable sector. Through promoting and raising awareness of local charities, and through our involvement with them, we believe that we can help develop charity sectors in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Our own growth over the past year has provided us with fantastic resources to be able to increase our commitment to social responsibility. In 2012 CRCC Asia initiated its Annual Community Day throughout the cities of Beijing and Shanghai, raising awareness of 20 local charities and holding a fundraising BBQ in both cities for other selected charities.

Both Shanghai and Beijing are home to approximately 400,000 registered migrant children -many of whom are not able to enter the public school system. Both cities face mounting challenges to cope with the volume of migrant children. In some cases this has increased prejudices against them. Working with The Migrant School, Shanghai, and Hutong School, Beijing, CRCC Asia and our clients aim to help these children through our social and educational work programs every month.

China’s development has been one of determination over the past decades and CRCC Asia will strive to match this determination in its social responsibility to the local communities of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

CRCC Asia believes that our international offices in the UK, USA and Australia should not be ignored either. For that reason we are dedicated to improving our economic sustainability for our prospective clients through our scholarship schemes:

  • The CRCC Asia Scholarship gives prospective interns the opportunity to participate in the China Internship Program whose financial circumstances might otherwise prevent them from doing so
  • The British Council Scholarship provides for a student who is visually impaired or hard of hearing to obtain an internship placement with the British Council while CRCC Asia provides the funding for their program
  • Cathay Pacific has also kindly donated annual complimentary flights for our top scholarship candidates

CRCC Asia believes that financial constraints should not put prospective participants off from applying. We consistently look to enhance the economic sustainability of our programs through developing relationships with other organizations that can support our scholarships.

We are delighted to be able to offer 10 scholarships worldwide every year for future participants.

CRCC Asia is committed to protecting and developing the local communities in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen and the communities in the UK, USA and Australia through programs of social responsibility and economic sustainability. We look forward to continuing and developing our work in the future.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Nivern, Edward Holroyd Pearce & Thomas Kirkwood

CRCC Asia’s Corporate Partners


If you are interested in discussing the possibility of a partnership arrangement please get in contact with one of our offices for more details.


100,000 Strong Initiative


100,000 Strong Initiative seeks to bridge the gap between the United States and China by building stronger ties in bilateral economic and strategic relationships and enhanced global stability. President Barack Obama issued the Initiative with the hopes of sending over 100,000 American students to China by the end of 2014.

CRCC Asia is a proud supporter of the Foundation in educating and expanding the diversity of American students studying abroad in China.




The Australian Association of Graduate Employers Ltd (AAGE) is a national body that was formally incorporated on 24 June 1988. It is made up of member organizations which recruit and develop graduates or which offer services in connection with graduate recruitment and development.

Our current membership comprises 400+ organizations, including a variety of large and small employers across a wide range of industries in both the private and public sectors.


Australia China Business Council


The Australia China Business Council (ACBC) is the premier business organization dedicated to promoting business and trade between Australia and the People’s Republic of China.

ACBC is a membership-based organization, with Branches in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria providing business-focused information and events for members in all industries.


Australia China Youth Association


ACYA is a vibrant community of young Australians and Chinese interested in promoting cross-cultural understanding and developing lasting friendships, academic and business partnerships, and professional and educational opportunities.

With hundreds of events annually across Australia and China, unique internship, study, and volunteer opportunities, a diverse range of publications and over 5000 members, ACYA is the first port of call for anyone interested in Australia and China.


British Chamber of Commerce in China


The British Chamber of Commerce in China (BritCham), in partnership with the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), is focused on boosting UK-China commerce and investment. We operate as independent, not-for-profit organizations.

Our members include SMEs, large corporations, individuals and organizations drawn from a wide range of sectors. This diversity is a core strength, allowing large, established players to exchange information and experiences with small businesses, entrepreneurs and young professionals operating at the front lines of new high growth sectors.


British Council


The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this work cultural relations.

We are on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries bringing international opportunity to life, every day. Each year we work with millions of people, connecting them with the United Kingdom, sharing our cultures and the UK’s most attractive assets: English, the Arts, Education and our ways of living and organizing society. We have over 75 years experience of doing this.


Cathay Pacific


Cathay Pacific is the flag carrier of Hong Kong, with its head office and main hub located at Hong Kong International Airport. The airline was founded on September 24, 1946 by American Roy C. Farrell and Australian Sydney H. de Kantzow.

Cathay Pacific currently holds the title of the world’s third largest airline, measured in terms of market capitalization, according to the International Air Transport Association. In 2010, Cathay Pacific became the world’s largest international cargo airline, along with its main hub Hong Kong International Airport as the world’s busiest airport in terms of cargo traffic.


China-Britain Business Council


The China-Britain Business Council is the leading organization helping UK companies grow and develop their business in China. Their mission is to help UK companies of all sizes and sectors, whether new entrants or established operations, access the full potential of the fastest growing market in the world.

Through 57 years of engagement, they have built up exceptional connections with government and business across China. The Board is made up of senior business people from companies with a strong China interest, and their business advisers all have extensive first-hand experience of doing business in China.


China Advisers Network


The China Advisers Network was established in November 2007 with a group of founder members whose areas of business expertise range from recruitment to tourism and business consultancy to marketing. The common thread is that all members are actively working in or with Chinese businesses.

CAN provides members with a forum for discussion, exchange of views and support and will act as a platform to present a corporate profile and represent the views of a group of people who share the same area of work, albeit from many different angles.


China Performance Group


China Performance Group is a full sourcing service provider and supply chain advisory firm. With offices in China since 1978, CPG has been helping companies around the world develop and maintain successful sourcing programs directly with Chinese factories.

CPG has developed its know-how through decades of onsite experience and interface with Chinese manufacturers. During this time, CPG has fine-tuned a proprietary system for supply chain management that ensures optimal costs, quality control and timely deliveries for its clients.




Gaotime, founded in 1994, has over 17 years of experience as a leading financial information service provider, offering integrated service solutions for the financial sector in China.

Gaotime’s VIP Terminal seamlessly integrates news, analyses, real time and historical prices about the financial markets into a single platform. Gaotime is headquartered in Shanghai and operates throughout China with branches and offices in major cities.




GradConnection was created in 2008 when three young graduates (Dave, Mike & Dan) experienced first hand just how hard it was to find a good platform linking students and graduates to employment opportunities. GradConnection is a free platform that lets you choose exactly what industry opportunities you want to hear about, and delivers them straight to your inbox.

You can research the companies on the site, talk to other graduates in the forums and connect with employers viewing your GradConnection student profile.



KAHAL is a nonprofit organization working in 50 countries and 110 cities around the world that facilitates transformational Jewish experiences for study abroad students. KAHAL is a network & resource. Wherever students travel, KAHAL can connect participants with amazing, immersive experiences in their local communities. KAHAL connects Jewish students to exciting opportunities and high-impact experiences by working with local Jewish students, families, organizations, and community leaders.

CRCC Asia is proud to partner with KAHAL in supporting Jewish life throughout each site. KAHAL provides tens of thousands of Jewish students studying abroad each year the resources, tools, and connections they need to meaningfully engage with the Jewish community and deepen their Jewish identity during one of the most important, meaningful, and enduring experiences of their lives.

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Mandarin House


Mandarin House is the leading Chinese language training provider servicing 3 types of customers: expats living in China; international students traveling to China; and Chinese language learners around the world.

Mandarin House main products include: classroom learning, online learning, Chinese teacher training, textbook publishing, mobile phone applications and Chinese proficiency test.

Having won international awards, reached the strictest quality accreditation standards and employing only the best teachers and staff, Mandarin House is the globally trusted brand to help you achieve your Chinese language goals!


NAFSA – Association of International Educators


NAFSA is the world’s largest non-profit association dedicated to international education and exchange with over 10,000 members in over 150 countries. Their mission is to advance internationalization within public policy, higher education and the broader community.

CRCC Asia partners with NAFSA’s efforts of increasing awareness about international education by presenting at several of their national conferences and serving in a variety of leadership roles within the association

Daniel Nivern



Daniel is a UK Government connector, with the role of encouraging entrepreneurship amongst young Brits, was the Vice President of the Oxford Cambridge Club Beijing, is a committee member of the China Britain Youth Association and is one of the founding members of the China Advisers Network.

Daniel works with Smile Train in China, Animals in Asia and has worked with the British Council in developing a scholarship program for students with disabilities.


Edward Holroyd-Pearce



Edward is a founding member of the China Advisers Network, a committee member of the China-Britain Youth Association and currently plays an active role in a number of other China-related societies in both London and San Francisco.

Having led a team of volunteers in August 2004 to complete a water project for the Karen Hilltribes Trust, Edward became a trustee.

The Karen Hilltribes Trust provides water and sanitation to villages in North Thailand.


Thomas Kirkwood



Thomas is an owner of Kirkwood & Sons, a board member of SINOGEO, and a director of Kirkwood & Company, the Asia arm of his family office.

Tom is fluent in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese and his interests include family time, volunteer work, oil and gas exploration, geophysics, fly-fishing, ice hockey and tennis and Chinese “bian” plaques.

Tom and his wife Kate have been involved in co-sponsoring China’s first private charity for the blind (The Bright Angel Fund under the China Red Cross) and are active supporters of the Peace Corps and Special Olympics in China.

Smile Train



CRCC Asia is working in partnership with Smile Train, an international charity that provides cleft lip and palate surgery to children and cleft-related training to doctors. Smile Train works in many countries around the globe, but is particularly active in China.

Clefts are a major problem in developing countries, where there are millions of children suffering from unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly, find attending school difficult, and may be unable to find a job.

They face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.

Surgery to repair a cleft costs as little as USD $250 and the procedure takes as little as 45 minutes. In December 2009, CRCC Asia helped raise RMB 100,000 for Smile Train in conjunction with the Oxford and Cambridge Club Beijing.


Gifts 4 Kids Cambodia



CRCC Asia has strong links with the Gift4Kids Cambodia Charity, established to improve the lives of young people and children in Cambodia through the provision of free education, care and support. As a contributor to Gifts4Kids Cambodia, CRCC Asia and members of our Alumni Network support the development of their Children’s Home and School Projects.

CRCC Asia made a £400 donation to help provide education facilities to children in rural Cambodia.

Through their many platforms, they encourage financial sponsorship of children in the Siem Reap region. The children are reliant on this support to provide assistance with their basic needs, including school fees and healthy snacks.


Roots & Shoots



CRCC Asia has long established relations with the Roots & Shoots Foundation, with our Beijing Office in 2012 being awarded a Certificate of Appreciation in acknowledgement of our financial support and assistance.

Supporting tens of thousands of young people in over 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots Foundation seeks to connect youths sharing the desire to create a better world.

We regularly donate £100 to Roots & Shoots to go towards their ongoing charity projects.

The CRCC Asia Scholarship


The CRCC Asia Scholarship, which is running for its sixth year, allows students to participate in the China Internship Program whose financial circumstances might otherwise prevent them from enrolling.

Whilst we understand that a majority of students and graduates that go on our programs in China are self-funded, we want to ensure that our programs are made accessible to as many people as possible.

CRCC Asia scholarships are awarded to people who best demonstrate academic excellence alongside a commitment to furthering their professional development.

For more details about our Scholarship Program winners, please read their Intern Blogs. If you are interested in our one month scholarship program, please contact CRCC Asia to inquire about opportunities.


CRCC Asia Scholarship Program 2010


Professors from the top 50 universities in the UK were contacted via email, and asked to forward the scholarship information to the most appropriate students. The students would apply via a link in the email and the applications were open for 3 weeks. CRCC Asia sorted through over 1000 applications and contacted the top 10 to request 2 references, supporting their academic excellence and their financial circumstances. In June 2010 our first scholarship winner went out to China, a fourth year Edinburgh University medical student called Oliver Keown. He thoroughly enjoyed his pharmaceutical and healthcare placement and said:

“My generation is in a unique position of being able to benefit from what’s happening over in China. This scholarship is an amazing opportunity for me. I’ll be able to use my skills and knowledge at a higher business level than would be possible virtually anywhere else in the world and I am grateful to CRCC Asia for giving that to me.


CRCC Asia Scholarship Program 2011


In October 2010 the Scholarship Program was re-opened and the applications increased. Peter Amponfi, a student from Birmingham University was chosen and went on the China Internship Program in Beijing in September 2011.Peter completed a finance internship, and was incredibly grateful for the experience:

Internships, especially the international variety, are seen by employers as key opportunities for new graduates to make the transition from students to working professionals and I absolutely couldn’t have achieved international work experience without CRCC Asia’s scholarship program.


CRCC Asia Scholarship Program 2012


In September 2011, CRCC Asia was pleased to be able to offer 10 scholarships worldwide and also offer the top scholarship candidate complimentary flights provided by Cathay Pacific, in light of our recent Cathay Pacific China business award. This was granted to the Queen’s University Belfast student, Emma McIlveen. Emma participated in a legal internship in Beijing in October 2012:

I am delighted to get the CRCC Asia scholarship because I’m really keen to get some international legal experience on my CV given that I hope to secure a career in international law. I’d looked into opportunities previously but hadn’t been able to afford what was on offer.


CRCC Asia Scholarship Program 2013


In 2013 our Scholarship Program was expanded globally across our key regions, with Gold Full-Ride Scholarship Winners selected by our offices in London, Sydney and San Francisco. From our Sydney office, Ronald Ibardolaza was selected as a Gold Full-Ride Scholarship Winner. Robert is a student from the University of New South Wales studying for a Bachelor of Commerce and Liberal Studies. He completed his marketing internship in December 2013 in Beijing. Our London office selected Alessia Riposi as a recipient of the CRCC Asia Scholarship Program award for 2013. Alessia is an Italian student from Durham University in the UK, who completed a legal internship in Shanghai in August 2013.

“The firm at which I’m presently working is focusing on immigration business between the United States and China. I find the working environment absolutely amazing. The supervisor is very kind and welcoming and my colleagues have been really excited to have international interns in their organization as well.” (Alessia Riposi, Shanghai 2013)


CRCC Asia Scholarship Program 2014


In November 2013 our US and UK offices accepted applications for the 2014 edition of our annual CRCC Asia Scholarship Program. We reached out to key university contacts and received an overwhelming number of applications from students interested in gaining international work experience in China. We selected the top 20 students through an interview stage, where we requested they provide additional documentation to support their application and further vetted their suitability for the program. Our Gold Scholarship Program winner from the United States was Marissa Williams, a student from the University of Baltimore, completed a marketing internship in Beijing in May 2014. Our Sydney Office selected Adam Ferris from the University of Adelaide as our Gold Scholarship Program winner. Adam completed his internship during the 2014/15 summer break in the NGOs, Charities and Not for Profit Internship Sector.


CRCC Asia-British Council Scholarship for a Student with a Disability


CRCC Asia is delighted to offer an annual fully funded* scholarship for an internship with the British Council, Shanghai specifically for a student with a disability. The successful applicant will complete a one-month business internship in the summer.

The CRCC Asia China Internship Program has been designed for university students to combine their desire to travel and experience a new culture with the benefits of undertaking a CV enhancing internship.

The successful applicant will be awarded a scholarship based on their overall application, their response to three short essay questions and two academic references.


CRCC Asia-British Council Scholarship for a Student with a Disability


After receiving over 160 applications, and support for our program from celebrities and various university departments, CRCC Asia was delighted to announce that Jessica Stubbs was successfully awarded a fully funded scholarship from CRCC Asia to undertake a one month internship with the British Council, Shanghai. Jessica also received support from Cathay Pacific Airways who kindly agreed to sponsor her flights. Jessica’s experience proved to be very fulfilling and her internship was extremely successful. She wrote:

“I believe that experiences such as mine in China are especially important because all too often there are numerous barriers – both physical and societal – in the UK that hinder disabled people…A lot of people I know were surprised that I was going so far away. Giving more disabled people the opportunity to do internships such as mine will therefore have a twofold effect. Firstly, the person’s own possibilities and horizons will be expanded, and secondly, over time, the wider society will come to regard seeing disabled people in all areas of life as completely normal,” (Jessica Stubbs, Shanghai 2013).

For any questions, please email us at [email protected]. All correspondence will be held in strict confidence.

*This does not include flights.


The UCL Finance Conference Scholarship


CRCC Asia and the UCL Finance Conference have worked closely for a number of years. With CRCC Asia providing financial support, selected attendees of the conference are able to partake in our one-month China Internship Program over the summer.

In its second year of operation, CRCC Asia is proud to work with the UCL Finance Conference and looks forward to continuing this partnership over the years.


The UCL Finance Conference Scholarship 2012


Through sponsoring the UCL Finance Conference, CRCC Asia offered ten UCL Finance Course 2012 Scholarships to those who participated in the conference. While CRCC Asia understands that many of the students and graduates who go on our programs are self-funded, we want to ensure that our programs are made accessible to as many people as possible. Recipient Nishad Potdar (UCL Economics) completed his June China Internship Program and upon returning back to the UK, stated the following about his experiences in China with CRCC Asia:

“Working at a leading financial services firm in the tallest building in Shanghai was an experience both culturally and professionally enriching. Thank you CRCC Asia for this wonderful opportunity.”

The UCL Finance Conference Scholarship 2013


Continuing our association with the UCL Finance Conference, CRCC Asia awarded Leonard Yang a finance scholarship for our China Internship Program in August 2013. Leonard blogged about his experiences on the program, discussing life in Shanghai as an intern and his experience of adjusting to life working in China.

“Arriving at Pudong International Airport was as smooth as possible. The CRCC Asia representatives are there waiting for you when you arrive, helping you make your transition from flight to hotel as painless as possible. Navigating around a brand new city can be very challenging, even for a Mandarin speaker like myself. I was immediately given a SIM card, transport card, and a handy guide to Shanghai (published by CRCC Asia). These are essential settling-in items, and have never since left my side. I’m glad to know someone has it all thought out for me.”

Applications are now closed


The Cathay Pacific Scholarship


The Cathay Pacific Scholarship is awarded to the top scholarship candidate and consisted last year of complimentary flights provided by Cathay Pacific.

Applications are not open at the moment.

Australian China Youth Association


CRCC Asia has sponsored the Australian China Youth Association in 2012 and 2013. CRCC Asia also provides them with logistical aid for events based in Beijing and Shanghai.

During our regular trips to Australia, we make a number of presentations at Australian China Youth Association (ACYA) events, including at ACYA chapters in Melbourne and Sydney.


China-Britain Youth Dialogue


CRCC Asia provided logistical sponsorship for the China-Britain Youth Association 2012 conference. This included the provision of a number of cultural and social events in Beijing for the chosen delegates. CRCC Asia works closely with a number of British organizations, and is proud to support a number of UK Government funded programs.

The China-Britain Youth Association published an official program detailing the timetable of events for the 2012 Youth Dialogue, which provides more information about our involvement and work with the CBYA.


Brits Abroad


CRCC Asia acted as the DJ sponsors for the 2012 Brits Abroad where 114,50RMB was raised for charity.


Huiling Community Centre


CRCC Asia visits the Beijing Huiling Community Center and the New Citizen Life Center for migrant children in Shanghai monthly, making regular donations of volunteers and gifts for the children. CRCC Asia firmly believes it should be a corporate priority for us to contribute to the local community here in China and back home.

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