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Dr. Liu Kaiming


6F, Tower A Building 9 Anhua Industrial Area,Chegongmiao Futian District

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The Institute of Contemporary Observation (ICO), founded on March 18, 2001, is a civil society organization dedicated to labor development and corporate social responsibility. It drives China's sustainable development by various tiers, such as research, labor rights advocacy, social responsibility consultation, education and training, legal aid, community service, etc.

ICO adheres to principles of justice, independence and professionalism. It monitors laborer's living conditions and development and attempts to improve labor rights, promote the development of public policy and law, foster civil power for development, advance commerce, improve labor and capital relations and manage the harmonious development of society and economy. At the same time, ICO works with multinational corporations (MNC), international organizations and local institutions intimately to help MNCs enforce international labor standards within their supply-chain factories and to help them build more competitive business solutions.

ICO also works to develop workers' ability for self-development and self-awareness and is striving to develop several different kinds of training programs of benefit to workers. In March of 2004, collaborated with the University of California, Berkeley, ICO established a community college for migrant workers providing courses in rights, knowledge and vocation in communities and factories for giving migrant workers the opportunity to continue their education and seek career advancement.


ICO is one of pioneers promoting CSR in China. Its team has broad experience and professional knowledge in factory human rights audit, social risk assessment, and CSR management system. ICO helps factory to establish social compliance management system; also provide relevant information for management to standardize process; ensure working environment, management system and labor rights to comply with social responsibility standards.

Products and Services

Supply Chain Value Promotion Plan

. These projects purpose to find out elements affecting value chain promotion, develop solution plan to solve the barriers, through investigation, assessment, and training

Corporate Social Responsibility Training and Remediation

In the past four years, ICO provide consultation and training for over 20 MNCs from American, Japan, British, and their suppliers, help them to improve business competitiveness, develop their social responsibility management model, strengthen business rel

Social Risk Assessments & Social Responsibility Audits

ICO team has conducted social risks assessment and independent social responsible audit/monitor for over 20 MNCs, banks and international organizations in American, England, Holland, German, Japan and Hong Kong of China, and 150 of their suppliers.

Migrant Workers Support Center

Migrant Workers Support Center is integrated support and development program. Through ¡°Labor Hotline¡±, it provides migrant workers and other people who need help with free legal service and synthesis support.

News and Press Releases

Clients and Testimonials

Case Studies, White Papers, Articles

A Research Project of Oxfam International

Nokia and Its Chinese Workers

Study of Workers' Dormitory in South China