The Global Compact was formally introduced to China through a high level meeting in Beijing held in December 2001, hosted by the China Enterprise Confederation with the cooperation of the United Nations system in China, UNDP and the Global Compact office. This historic meeting was chaired by Mr. Chen Jinhua, former President of the CEC, and Mr. Deng Pufang, President of the China Disabled Persons Federation.
The following year, under the guidance of Mr. Wang Zhaoguo, former Chairman of the China Society for the Promotion of the Guangcai Programme and Mr. Jing Shuping, former Chairman of the All China Federation of Industry and Commerce, a meeting under the chairmanship of Mr. Hu Deping was held in Xi’an to introduce the Global Compact to the members of these organizations.
Since its launch, the Global Compact Local Network China has continuously to developed and advanced. In 2004, China Enterprise Confederation established an office to promote the Global Compact. In 2009, with the introduction of a new policy on network agreement, the Global Compact Office signed an MOU with Beijing Rongzhi CSR Institute to serve as its China network for 2009 and 2010. On 28 November 2011, Global Compact Network China was re-constituted to establish a governance board to better serve all participants in China with a more structured management system. Mr. Fu Chengyu, Chairman of Sinopec Group and board member of the Global Compact was elected as the first chairman of the Global Compact Network China board. The secretariat of the China network is now located at China Enterprise Confederation.
For the last decade, Chinese companies have been engaged in the Global Compact actively and have deepened their participation on many issue areas. In recent years, a large number of both state-owned and private companies have joined the initiative, bringing the total number of Chinese participants to over 300. More and more companies are implementing the ten principles of Global Compact and disclosing performance changes through the COP.
Prior to Rio+20 conferences in June 2012, The Global Compact Office, in partnership with Chinese media Tencent, has produced a series of high level interview and dialogue programs in support of this historic meeting. The dialogue porgram, " UN Global Compact Dialogue: CSR Champions from China" has featured ten leading CEOs from the most active Global Compact participants from China. It highlighted the innovative sustainability solutions from SINOPEC, China Developmet Bank, COSCO, Baosteel Group, China Minmetals Corporation, China Southern Power Grid, Broad Group, ZTE, Juneyao Group and Vanke Group. For more information, please visit: http://finance.qq.com/zt2012/Globalcom/
Network Contact Person
Mr. Bin Han
Mr. Fu Chengyu
Participation in the Global Compact does not necessarily reflect participation in the Global Compact Local Network.
Accepted on 12 August, 2014