Ma Jun is Honored with a 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

  • Ma Jun in the field, documenting waste discharge from a textile factory. Photos: Skoll Foundation/Gabriel Diamond.

Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), is among four recipients of a 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Ma was recognized for his leadership of IPE and its ongoing work on projects that strengthen public participation in environmental governance. Most recently, IPE released a pollution mapping application for smartphones, which allows users to report and track dangerous levels of industrial air and water pollution in their communities. The organization is also part of a coalition of Chinese NGOs, collectively known as the Green Choice Alliance, which investigates corporate compliance with environmental regulations across different industries to create a database of violators. The database is used as a resource for the general public, as well as for large brands in order to screen the manufacturers in their supply chain. As an investigative journalist, Ma shed light on the relationship between existing government environmental regulations and corporate polluters. His book China’s Water Crisis was the first major Chinese-language publication about the country’s environment. The RBF has been a supporter of IPE since 2007.

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