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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Sponsored / Improved safety standards can propel Cambodia’s construction industry forwards

Posted on: March 9, 2018 | Special Reports

Sponsored: Improvements in Cambodia’s building standards gain traction within the public and private sectors

Downtown Phnom Penh is undergoing huge development

Cambodia’s construction sector is very much alive in 2018. Currently, about 110 condominium projects are underway in the capital Phnom Penh alone, according to a recent Century 21 report cited in PropertyGuru Property Report magazine. In fact, one of the future tallest structures in the Asean region is planned for the city, continuing its transformation from a low-rise metropolis into a high-rise hub.

Despite the vibrant construction scene over the past few years, it is only recently that local industry has begun paying attention to enforcing safe building practices. Not only does Cambodia appear to be behind its Southeast Asian neighbours in this regard, but the country’s fast-growing industry may be hanging the lives of construction workers, pedestrians and tenants in the balance without proper security measures and training, as the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom described it in their 2017 article “Creating Value Through Human Rights in Business.”

The Cambodian government is leading the way to progress. Yearly, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC) participates in dialogues and seminars with the private sector to keep the momentum going for the improvement of building standards.

Recently, MLMUPC’s Senior Minister Chea Sophara – who keynoted the 2017 gala dinner of the PropertyGuru Cambodia Property Awards and praised the efforts of the awards organisers and shortlisted developers to elevate industry standards – joined a similar forum and reminded builders and stakeholders to abide by the technical codes and regulations to obtain construction permits.

The minister said: “It is necessary to organise the construction and maintenance of the site, including public road sanitation, notably the transport of concrete and other construction materials on public roads. All construction sites are equipped with equipment and tools to protect the safety and health of workers.”

This issue has not gone unnoticed by overseas companies with investment in Cambodia. Taiwanese-backed firm TC Royal Manor Co Ltd, developer of the mixed-use high-rise TK Royal One on Russian Boulevard, a Highly Commended awardee at the inaugural Cambodia Property Awards, was lauded for giving importance to safety regulations at its construction site.

“As a foreign investor, we want to have a positive and good image in this country,” Chenyi Chiu, general manager of TC Royal Manor, told PropertyGuru Property Report in 2016. “We want to give back to Cambodia by regulating our own site. We want to raise their understanding about building safety by giving them a model and other developers can learn from this.”

A major push for these reforms comes from Switzerland-based international humanitarian agency, CARE, whose Cambodian organisation focuses on the rights of women and minorities, as well as sustainable changes in local communities. Led by country manager Joanne Fairley and assistant country director Jan Noorlander, CARE has aligned with the PropertyGuru Cambodia Property Awards in the last two years to urge the local construction sector to commit to occupational health and safety for all workers, particularly women.

The sector has a long way to go, but as more developers and investors in Cambodia’s rapidly evolving industry acknowledge the value of positive construction practices, along with their growing corporate social responsibility and sustainable development initiatives, the future seems bright.