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Five Ways to Comply with Legislative Changes Affecting CSR in China (Beijing)

BritCham / CBBC
Event type Chamber/CBBC CSR Forum
Date Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Time 12:00-14:30
Open for All welcome
Cost Members FREE RMB Non-Members 200 RMB
Contacts steven.lynch@cbbc.org.cn; +86 (0)10 8525 1111 ext. 704
Venue The British Business Centre, Beijing
Organiser BritCham / CBBC
Address Room 1001, China Life Tower, 16 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie
北京市朝阳区朝阳门外大街16号中国人寿大厦1001室 英国商务中心
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This seminar, organised by the Chamber/CBBC's CSR Forum, will bring together people who care about the future of social issues in China whether as a CEO or an NGO leader. 
We will interpret the findings of the Economist Intelligence Unit's recent paper "The Road From Principles to Practice: Today's Challenges for Business" co-sponsored by DLA Piper and provide advice on five things you need to know about the new NGO law in China. Please attend this seminar if you want to understand how to control corporate reputational risk in a connected age and how to run a sustainable CSR project under the new law.
As China shifts from an FDI (foreign direct investment) economy to an ODI (overseas direct investment) economy, who is going to have to adapt to whose values? Ten years ago companies and NGOs did not mix. They were almost suspicious of each other. That changed in an inter-connected world where the story shifted from how to make short-term money to how to share limited resources for sustainable business. Companies, NGOs and governments are now forging new alliances to tackle global issues that are impacting us all. These issues include:
  1. Employee welfare
  2. Supply chain risk
  3. Access to justice
  4. Education and access to technology
  5. Brand policy for Generation Y
Tragedies like the garment factory fire in 2013 in Bangladesh or the Foxconn outcry in 2012 in mainland China were game-changers for global companies. Today companies do not need to fear NGOs but do need to understand how they can collaborate for mutual benefit. This is not only necessary to manage supply chain risk and to understand how to react in times of natural disaster in China, but also to ensure that your company is attractive to a new era of graduates who prefer a "cool" to a "cruel" employer.  
Corporate reputation is not only at risk on the supply chain. In times of natural disaster like the recent Nepal earthquake, companies need to know to whom to donate and how to give. How companies give back to society is also an increasingly complex question in China. Many CEOs are setting up their own foundations, so we will also explain the new NGO law in China so that you can understand how to find the best partners and give in a tax-efficient manner. All stakeholders need to work together to decide how to respond to the UN Human Rights Council's endorsement in 2011 of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the new NGO law in China.
Event outline
11:30 Food and drink
12:00 Presentations
12:40 Q&A 
13:30 Drinks and networking
14:30 Close
Please contact Steven Lynch:
+86 (0)10 8525 1111 ext. 704
Panel Chair
Kiran Patel, LehmanBrown
Kiran Patel has been living in China since 2004 and is currently the Marketing & Communications Director of LehmanBrown International Accountants, a China focused accounting, taxation and business advisory firm, combining years of international expertise with practical China experience and knowledge. Besides his role at LehmanBrown, Kiran has taken various external positions of responsibility and is proactive in the British Chamber of Commerce in China, co-chairing two key forums. He is a known and active member in the business community and has a strong interest in community work / CSR projects. He is also known for being an active organiser of the annual British Charity Ball, one of Beijing’s largest foreign business community fundraising events. 
Wang Liwei, CEO, Charitarian
Graduating from university in Beijing in 1990, Wang Liwei was one of the first Chinese to work for a foreign company. Initially he was employed by an American import export firm and subsequently became China's first cotton importer with a Swiss partner. In early 2000 he invested the proceeds of a successful cotton trade in building the first vocational schools in Shandong. In return he was made an honorary vice-mayor of education. Using his experience of early-stage CSR he set up a magazine to advise other CEOs engaged in charity on the nascent sector. The government gave him a bilingual ISDN number which made him part of the powerful media circle. In 2009, he set up a teacher training project. Wang recruits 25 teachers from western China at a time to engage in one week's cultural exchange at the top international schools in Beijing e.g. Dulwich. The programme has run for five years and grown substantially. Wang's government understanding, corporate experience and NGO empathy make him the most pragmatic advisor on sustainable CSR in China.
Clare Pearson, CSR Manager, DLA Piper, Asia
Clare is the CSR Manager and Pro Bono counsel for DLA Piper in Asia. She has been in Beijing for ten years. Previously she worked for DLA Piper as a corporate lawyer in London and as part of the international development team in Hong Kong. Today she divides her time between working for the first Chinese global board partner, Roy Chan, on international Board strategy and on running the firm's pro-bono practice. Clare has cooperated with Wang Liwei to run the teacher training project for five years. Advising clients on CSR in China, she will provide practical case studies on how leading companies are taking CSR from side-line to central at this changing time in China. She will also report on how country, corporate and civil society leaders are increasingly cooperating to manage risk in the supply chain and work-life balance in China. 

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