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The New Normal in China Communications and CSR (Beijing)

BritCham / CBBC
Event type BritCham/CBBC CSR Forum event organised with the Australian Chamber of Commerce
Date Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Time 12:00-13:30
Open for All welcome
Cost Members 100 RMB Non-Members 200 RMB
Contacts Steven Lynch: 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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In the Year of the Goat, how are you going to navigate the narrow path of the Government's "new normal" strategy without falling off the policy cliff? Considering three factors of the new government policy, at this lunchtime CSR Forum event we will advise on how to translate them into corporate strategy. 
Summarising the "new normal" as follows, we will show how corporations that "normalise" their strategy will be better positioned to succeed in China by 2020.
  1. Reduced GDP growth from 10% to 7%; 
  2. Narrowing the wealth divide between cities and the countryside; and
  3. Promoting SME growth and creating a middle class of 600 million by 2020. 
Specifically we will advise on how budgets should be allocated between business development, media, risk and government relations and whether these will be even considered separate topics in the "normal" era. We want to stop strategy being set in a policy vacuum. We want you to benefit from the learning of experienced friends in a constructive environment. It is better to look ignorant and ask questions in March than to remain silent but become insolvent by September.
The forum will help you ensure that your company's "story" fits with the government's. This is the only way to ensure a happy ending under such a strong administration. There is no point holding board meetings without being aware of the shifts in government policy; CSR strategies will only succeed if they are founded in the "new normal" ideal, and communication strategies that do not incorporate the "normal" language will not be circulated. Find out what to say when your CEO faces the camera.
We have three of the most informed speakers on government and corporate policy in China to describe how to turn soundbites into substantial strategies for success.
There will be an extended Q&A session and sandwiches will be provided. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. The event is being organised with the Australian Chamber of Commerce.
12:00 Registration
12:10 Introduction by Kiran Patel and Clare Pearson, co-chairs of the CSR Forum
12:15 Talk by Wang Liwei, CEO of Charitarian
12:30 Talk by Jean Seabrook, head of the Philanthropy Centre, JP Morgan
12:45 Talk by Frances Fremont-Smith, executive director, United Foundation for China's Health
13:00 Q&A
13:20 Networking
13:30 Close
Wang Liwei - PRC Advisor on Charity  
Wang Liwei recently attended two government conferences in Henan and Xian on the "new normal" and will address the issue from the policy perspective looking at what incentives the Government will give to companies to encourage investment in regional development. Wang advises the Chinese Government on issues relating to non-profit work and in this capacity sits on the board of The Ministry of Commerce, the All China Industry and Commerce Federation and SASAC (State Owned Enterprise Chamber of Commerce). A keen philanthropist, Wang has been instrumental in running the Rural Teacher Training programme in Beijing from its inception in 2009 until 2015. Wang is a global speaker on the development of civil society in China and his contribution to civil society in China was most recently recognised via a BMW Foundation Award at the Munich Economic Summit and via his appointment as the China Ambassador to "Advisors in Philanthropy" in Chicago. 
Jean Sung - Head of the Philanthropy Centre, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Jean J.K. Sung is Executive Director and Head of The Philanthropy Centre, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Asia Pacific. The Philanthropy Centre enhances philanthropic impact globally by offering clients and their families strategic and innovative advice, thought leadership and collaborative opportunities. J.P. Morgan has more than 50 years' experience of assisting clients with philanthropic endeavours. Jean advises clients, foundations and high net worth individuals in Asia, the US and Europe on how to choose the right partners to maximise the impact of their philanthropic investments. Focusing on issues such as governance and transparency, Jean will look at the issue from the perspective of what questions should be asked before investing in a philanthropic project in China. 
Frances Fremont-Smith - Executive Director, United Foundation for China’s Health
Frances was one of the earliest Americans to start working in China. Born and brought up in Boston and educated at Connecticut College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Frances has spent over 36 years working in the education and philanthropic fields in China. Fluent in Chinese, Frances has created some of the first educational exchange programmes between the United States and China and worked closely with Beijing Forestry University and the All-China Youth Federation to build a nationwide youth environmental conservation programme called the Green Long March, which won the 2009 Mother River Outstanding Conservation Award by the State Council. Frances was awarded Most Outstanding Contribution to the Environment Award by The State Forestry Administration and All-China Youth Federation in October 2009.
About the CSR Forum
In today’s rapidly changing world, companies' responsibilities extend far beyond the statutory obligation to comply with legislation. Corporations now must consider the wider impact that they have on customers, employees, shareholders, communities and the environment across all aspects of their operations. Our CSR Forum looks at a wide range of issues including climate change, energy, development and sustainability.
The forum is co-chaired by Clare Pearson of DLA Piper and Kiran Patel of LehmanBrown.
Please register for this event online by clicking the button below. Note that only registered guests will receive updates or details of any changes to the event. In the event of cancellations, we kindly ask that you inform us before the event so that we can offer the place to another guest.

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