The increasing importance of sustainability in China

China is increasingly demonstrating leadership in the issues associated with sustainability and CSR. It has committed itself to a huge reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, is putting pressure on businesses to clean up their pollution impacts and is leading a regional commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. To reflect on this and examine how businesses can play an even more strategic role in delivering on various aspect of sustainability, a one day event will bring together prominent speakers from business, academia and government to share world-leading policies and practices relating to CSR, which help business to meet regulations, mitigate risks, contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and ultimately, strengthen brand competitiveness in China and beyond.

The International Sustainability Conference in Guangdong (ISCG 2017): Building a World-Class Business Environment across the Maritime Silk Road, will take place on the 23 November 2017, in JW Marriott, Bao’an, Shenzhen.

This full-day International Conference will be a platform for 300 business representatives from Chinese and International Business, as well as international Consultancies, government representatives and academics to develop new business opportunities and partnerships. The Conference will be of particular interest to senior managers and strategic decision makers who see opportunities to take CSR to the next level within their companies and/or to mainland Chinese companies that want to ‘Go Global.’

Dame Barbara Woodward, British Ambassador to the PRC, Prof. Dirk-Jan Koch, Netherlands Special Envoy for Natural Resources, Madam CHEN Lifang, Corporate Senior Vice President, Director of the Board, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Government of the PRC and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will deliver opening remarks. Speakers from McKinsey, AIIB, Goodbrand, DNV GL and China Textile Information Centre will discuss how businesses in the region can increase their competitiveness through improving performance in relation to human resources, environmental performance and good governance. In addition, there will be three parallel session covering:

1 – Attracting and Retaining World-Class Talent

  • Business, the 13th FYP and the Sustainable Development Goals in the 21st Century
  • Employee Engagement and Retention
  • Diversity in the Workplace

2 – Leadership in Environmental Management

  • Green Buildings
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Resilience
  • Sustainable Resource Management in Supply Chains

3 – Corporate Governance

  • Transparency and Disclosure
  • Responsible Risk and Sustainable Finance
  • Economic and Social Governance

Event objectives:

  • To raise awareness of the key factors that impact upon brand reputation across different Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) jurisdictions
  • To share examples of policies and practices relating to CSR and ESG that help businesses (a) meet regulatory challenges & mitigate reputational risks (b) strengthen brand competitiveness and (c) contribute to ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals’
  • To facilitate business opportunities and philanthropic partnerships between the participants
  • To establish a sustainable mechanism to promote CSR in South China

Why should you attend?

  • Receive practical takeaways, tools and strategies from leading experts on attracting and retaining world-class talent
  • Deep dive into pressing environmental issues and learn from leading organisations through a series of sessions on climate change mitigation and climate resilience, green buildings and sustainable resource management in supply chain
  • Gain best practice and mitigate risk with the latest knowledge on corporate governance
  • Network and forge partnerships with experts from across China and beyond

For more information and registration, please visit our event website:  If you have any enquiries, please contact the Conference Organisers at [email protected].