Members of the Compassionate Choices Network (CCN)
Members of the CCN are sought from educational settings, plant-based food suppliers, sustainable fashion houses and renewable energy and transport sectors with the aim of promoting sustainable consumption patterns. Member organisations work together to create long lasting behaviour change across the region.
CHINA – Good Food Fund
The Good Food Fund focuses on the development and transformation of healthy and sustainable food systems. There are three pillars to their work:
- The Good Food Hub promotes society’s transition towards healthy and sustainable diets
- The Good Food Projects focus on changing food production by changing consumer behaviour and targeting specific issues or groups of people to improve understanding of food
- The Good Food Communications aims to expand influence with a variety of communications strategies
INDIA – Sharan
SHARAN, Sanctuary for Health And Reconnection to Animals and Nature, is an organisation dedicated to spreading awareness about holistic health and an ecologically sustainable compassionate lifestyle. SHARAN was founded by Dr Nandita Shah in 2005 and comprises an ever-growing team of doctors, nutritionists, health coaches, facilitators and volunteers. They have already positively impacted the lives of over 100,000 people worldwide through their books, talks, classes, workshops, retreats and doctor/nutritionist consultations. SHARAN empowers people to make long-term lifestyle changes to achieve the highest health potential and their methods are based on scientific evidence.
INDONESIA – Greeneration Foundation
Greeneration Foundation (Yayasan Greeneration Indonesia) is an environmental NGO focused on sustainable consumption and production in Indonesia. In their effort to restore our earth, they conduct multi stakeholder partnerships with: government agencies, private sector, NGOs and CSOs, academics, media, as well as individuals such as students and homemakers. The NGO runs a variety of programs that include river waste management in particular in Citarum. The goal is to reduce single-waste plastic by encouraging refill solutions, promoting sustainable tourism in several travel destinations in Indonesia and by circular economy training.
The CCN is working towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals’.
JAPAN – Animal Rights Center
The Animal Rights Center (ARC) in Japan strives to eliminate the pain and suffering of animals and environmental problems caused by factory farming and animal exploitation.
ARC exposes the actual situations of animals, strives to improve them, and proposes animal-friendly lifestyles. Their work is multifaceted and includes:
- Conducting investigations about animal conditions
- Talking to businesses to propose improvements
- Providing greater awareness to consumers, members of parliament and industry members
- Focusing on education to train the next generation
- Participating in international campaigns and collaborating with international organisations
KOREA – Korean Vegan Certification Services
The Korean Vegan Certification Services (KVCS) is the first vegan certification body in Korea to certify vegan products and menus to strengthen consumer food choices and grow businesses. The KVCS is a professional organisation for systematic vegan certification for health promotion. The agency analyses and studies information related to veganism through a database of domestic and overseas related materials (for example, raw materials and manufacturing methods). Certification examiners and relevant experts conduct certification and related training and share the vegan lifestyle.
The KVCS saw a need for their work given there was no domestic vegan certification body in Korea and producers had restrictions on labelling and advertising due to the lack of a certification agency. The KVCS contributes to respect for life through the development of vegan culture.
THE PHILIPPINES – PAWS
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society PAWS is a registered non-profit organisation which is dedicated to the protection and the promotion of humane treatment of all animals. Their programmes include rescue, adoption and rehoming of companion animals. PAWS also campaign to make policy changes as a member of the Committee on Animal Welfare (CAW) attached to the Department of Agriculture. Since 1998, PAWS has successfully lobbied for improved farm animal welfare and more human methods of farming and slaughter for food animals.
In addition, PAWS is pushing for the wider distribution of plant-based food alternatives by lobbying the nation’s lawmakers and collaborating with food technologists based in various universities through its Youth for Animals program.
SINGAPORE – ACRES
ACRES – Animal Concerns Research & Education Society – is a Singapore-based charity concentrated in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Their work tackles important issues such as wildlife protection and rescue, zoo animal welfare and promoting cruelty-free living.
The Cruelty-Free Living public awareness programmes and educational materials help consumers to be more aware of cruelty-free products available and the simple humane choices they can make in their everyday lives to reduce animal suffering.
ACRES also tackles the wildlife trade and provides a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre. ACRES reaches out to all sectors of society through their various Humane Education Programmes for all ages.
TAIWAN (CHINA) – EAST
The Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation campaigning to improve the relationship between animals, people and the environment in Taiwan. Established in 1999, EAST believes that human welfare is closely linked with animal welfare and environmental protection and that effective change needs to happen at both the individual and institutional level. EAST advocates for better protections for farmed animals, animals used in research, animals used in entertainment, companion animals, wild animals and marine life and supports freedom of government information and greater citizen participation in public policy-making in Taiwan.
TUVALU – Tuvalu Climate Action Network (TUCAN)
Tuvalu Climate Action Network – TuCAN – was established in 2011 in response to the urgent need for a global commitment to reduce global warming. TuCAN campaign to raise awareness surrounding climate change and appropriate adaptation measures in the promotion of equity, sustainable development, clean energy and security. Tuvalu has always fought extreme weather events such as floods and storms but in recent years, climate change is making the islands slowly inhabitable as the sea level rises, causing not only land loss but also salt-water intrusion.
TuCAN works with stakeholders across Tuvalu to support capacity building on climate resilience. TuCAN also regularly attends the COP climate summits to call for urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and phase out the use of fossil fuels. TuCAN is part of the Climate Action Network (CAN) – a global network of more than 1,900 civil society organisations in over 130 countries driving collective and sustainable action to fight the climate crisis.
VIETNAM – Vive
Launched in March 2018, Vive is a non-profit organisation that educates and inspires communities towards the many personal benefits and ethical necessities of a vegan lifestyle. Vive’s content reaches hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, and their community events – such as Saigon VegFest2019 – attracted thousands of participants in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vive recently launched a “7 Day Vegan Challenge” campaign and thousands of people were inspired to experiment with a vegan lifestyle, with many choosing to adopt the lifestyle permanently. Following the challenge 80% of participants made a commitment to ending or reducing their animal product consumption.