Are there still employers out there that do not think diversity and inclusion (D&I) are core business? The Netherlands government – a large and by its nature a very diverse employer – strives to fully embrace diversity and inclusion. So too does the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including its missions abroad.

The rise of the digital economy has forced policymakers all over the world to deal with some of the fundamental issues of taxation. There has been an avalanche of tax proposals to further facilitate cross border trade but also to ensure that companies, both digital and traditional, are paying their fair share.

Learning about other perspectives makes us more well-rounded people. Diversity & Inclusion is an interesting topic gaining more and more attention. In this Lead Story we give the floor to a number of people with different backgrounds to speak about their personal experience regarding this topic.

After four and a half years of hard work and dedication to the Dutch Chamber in Hong Kong, our General Manager Muriel Moorrees is relocating to the Netherlands and will unfortunately leave the Chamber. She is leaving a very strong Chamber behind and played a crucial role in achieving that. We sat down and talked about her time at the Chamber.

As a regional corporate and professional services firm, Acclime helps its clients navigate the complexities of establishing and operating their business in Asia. Debby Davidson, co-founder and COO of Acclime, tells about her journey leading to setting up her own business, combatting bias and becoming an employer of choice.

Organisations have been defined in many ways, the most effective one potentially being “a group of people”. In a continuously changing world and business environment, the importance of people in organisations seems to be only growing. Facing numerous challenges, business leaders need to change the way they attract the nature talent in their organisations in order to remain successful.

Seafood Friday is a seafood platform where we can show seafood lovers in Hong Kong the craftsman shaft from our fishmongers and farmers in Europe in a transparent and easy way.

Businesses come in different sizes and different forms but they have at least one thing in common: they have people in business. We interviewed two of our members about their people in business; KPMG, a global organisation of independent professional services firms providing audit, tax and advisory services and Telum Media, a start-up company in journalism and communication.

The famous Dutch home and body cosmetic brand Rituals is the newest Gold Member of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. We were delighted to interview Neil Ebbutt, Director Global Travel Retail at Rituals about their Asian expansion plans and more.

In Mid-November the DutchCham was able to organise their annual China Seminar as a face-to- face event.Four interesting speakers were invited to give their views on the latest developments in m ainland China. In this Lead Story we recap their insights on a couple of the panel questions.