Engaging with Chinese Companies for Sustainable Development Overseas

The Challenge

Whilst China is gaining increasing prominence in the international arena, Chinese government and private sector are shouldering more responsibilities. With the aim of being a responsible global actor, Chinese “going global” enterprises have to integrate sustainable practices into their business operation, in order to generate positive social and environmental results while pursuing economic returns.

Our Solution

Since 2013, UNDP China has been partnering with the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC) under Ministry of Commerce and the Research Centre of State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) on the project of “Overseas Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises”. The project promotes an integrated approach to help Chinese enterprises build their capacity to tackle the challenges faced overseas and perform sustainable practices, while also establishes a platform for sharing and exchange to enhance mutual understanding between Chinese enterprises, relevant stakeholders, and the wider international community.

2017 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas

The 2017 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas provides concrete analysis on the critical role of Chinese enterprises operating in the Belt and Road regions in supporting the host countries to realize the 2030 Agenda. more

Beyond Business - Chinese Enterprises Overseas, Sustainable Development and the Belt and Road Initiative

Key Outputs

The project involves three major components ranging from policy level influence to practice-oriented actions, including a series of research publications, multi-stakeholder dialogues, and pilot projects.

In 2015, the three initiating parties broke new ground in the evaluation of the sustainable performance of Chinese enterprises overseas by releasing the 2015 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas. The 2015 Report received wide attention from the international community – being launched first in Beijing, and later presented in Johannesburg, at OECD in Paris, and at UNDP headquarter in New York.

The second publication of the series – the 2017 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas is launched during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on 14th May 2017, which sheds light into concrete analysis and recommendations on the potential impact of Chinese multinational enterprises on supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in countries and regions along the Belt and Road.

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Reports

The 2017 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas provides concrete analysis on the critical role of Chinese enterprises operating in the Belt and Road regions in supporting the host countries to realize the 2030 Agenda. The report consists of a survey of 543 Chinese enterprises operating in the Belt and Road regions, interviews to 38 stakeholder representatives, and a collection of 18 case studies of Chinese invested overseas projects.more 

Chinese enterprises are assuming an increasingly prominent role overseas, with Chinese outward direct investment (ODI) rising at an average rate of 36.4% each year since 2000. Yet, while welcome in principle by developing countries, the story about the impact of Chinese companies operating overseas has often been misunderstood. A new report, the 2015 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas was launched in Beijing to investigate and counterbalance this narrative, with ground-breaking new evidence more 

2015 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas

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