27 June 2008 - OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France
The seminar immediately followed the OECD-China Symposium on government approaches to encouraging responsible business conduct held on 26-27 June 2008 and brought together Chinese government agencies, including the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Commerce, and OECD government and business, together with other stakeholders, under the auspices of the OECD’s Environment Policy Committee and Investment Committee.
The long-term aim is to support the Chinese government’s use of the concept of scientific development in regard to environmental policy and make use of international experience, including that of the 40 adherents to the OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises, in encouraging enterprises in China and Chinese enterprises operating abroad to observe internationally-recognised environmental responsibility standards compatible with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
The seminar aimed to initiate a continuing dialogue and the establishment of a network for sharing information on best practices of environmentally responsible business conduct among Chinese enterprises.
Background: The OECD Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of China in 2007 made 51 recommendations to the Chinese government. One recommendation was “to improve government oversight and environmental performance in the overseas operations of Chinese corporations (in the spirit of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises).” The Chinese government has accepted the recommendations contained in the EPR. The 2008 OECD Investment Policy Review of China will contain a chapter on China’s policies to encourage responsible business conduct (RBC) as well as a chapter on the implementation of environmental standards by enterprises operating in China and by Chinese enterprises operating abroad. The proceedings of the seminar will be taken into account in the environmental chapter.