Managing the Environmental and Social Risks of Chinese Transnational Firms

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As Chinese transnational corporations invest billions of dollars in foreign nations, particularly in many of the world’s developing economies, the opportunties seem boundless.

But there are also risks. A failure to meet environmental and social standards threatens both the long-term relationships with the host communities, and the financial interests of the companies. 

During a workshop at Yale this weekend, a range of experts — including academics, policymakers, business leaders and NGO representatives — will address the steep consequences facing Chinese companies in a more globalized world.
The event, “Environmental and Social Risk Management of Chinese Transnational Corporations,” is co-hosted by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the World Wildlife Fund.
“At this stage, our idea is to build a platform for all the parties in this sphere to really interact with each other and start communication,” said William Miao M.E.M. ’14, one of the event organizers. “Our hope is that they will become aware of each other’s work, what’s coming down the pipeline, and how they might potentially be able to collaborate.”
Registration is required by Wednesday, April 2. Click here to register

Schedule of Events

8:00 – 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 9:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Peter Crane, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES); Jason Clay, Senior Vice President of World Wildlife Fund US, videotaped remarks

9:30 – 10:45 am Panel 1: Chinese Overseas Investment: Interactions and Impacts on the Ground
XIE Weijun, China Minmetals Corp.; Peter Bosshard, International Rivers; Cynthia Sanborn, University of the Pacific; ZHONG Lihong, China Eximbank) Moderator: Benjamin Cashore, F&ES

10:45 – 11:00 am Coffee Break

11:00 am – 12:15 pm Panel 2: Corporate Environmental and Social Risk Management: Implications for Chinese Transnational Corporations
Christopher Marquis, Harvard Business School; Jason Zhang, World Economic Forum; LIU Fengqiu,  Sinohydro; Larry Jiang, International Finance Corporation) Moderator: Jennifer Rogan, Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY)

12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 pm  Lunch Keynote
YANG Jia, Committee Member, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; Professor, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Science

1:45 – 3 pm Panel 3: The Making and Implementation of Environmental and Social Policies
(Denise Leung, World Resources Institute; GU Shuzhong, Institute for Resources and Environmental Policies, Development Research Center of the State Council; ZHAO Changhui, China Eximbank; REN Peng, Global Environmental Institute) Moderator: Nicholas Robinson, Pace Law School & F&ES

4:15 – 5 pm Closing Keynote and Remarks
HU Tao, China Program Direct, World Wildlife Fund US; and Gordon Geballe, Associate Dean, F&ES)

5:00 – 6:00 pm Reception

PUBLISHED: April 1, 2014

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