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Policy Brief: Taiwan’s amended Company Act and the future of social enterprises

15 May 2019

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SUMMARY

Recognising the need to enhance Taiwan’s business environment to stay competitive in the global market, the Tsai administration has enacted a series of ambitious policy changes and legal amendments aimed at stimulating innovation and growth. Most fundamental to these goals are the sweeping changes made to the Company Act that were promulgated into law on August 1.

 

BACKGROUND

On 6 July 2018, Taiwan’s legislature enacted 148 amendments to the Company Act. Important changes and reforms have been made to boost corporate governance, international visibility as well as legal flexibility. Given a push to the Cabinet and financial authorities from the President to give the entrepreneurship and innovation sector more leeway when reviewing applications, the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Small and Medium Enterprise Administration has developed a regulatory sandbox mechanism to allow innovative start-ups to pilot new business models. The Company Act which previously defines a company solely as a profit-seeking business has amended to include social welfare and altruistic organisations. The amended Company Act is a step taken towards fostering a more conducive legal and policy environment for social enterprises.

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C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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