On 2 December 2020, amfori and the China Sustainability Tribune co-hosted the 23rd Sino-European CSR Roundtable Forum. The forum was moderated by Yu Zhihong, President and Editor-in-chief of the China Sustainability Tribune and Christian Ewert, President of amfori, joined the forum virtually from Brussels.
The forum included representatives from governments, research institutions, international organisations, multinational corporations and sustainable development experts. They provided useful suggestions on how to manage a green supply chain and promoted high-quality economic development during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event took place in Beijing and was broadcast live on NetEase. There were 66,500 online viewers during the event and close to 200,000 online viewers in total over the next four days.
Background to the Event
Sustainable development is a key topic in China and Europe. In its latest Five Year Plan (2021-2025), China announced their action plan for achieving green economic and social development. The aim is to open up development opportunities for the construction of green supply chains.
On the side of the EU, the European Commission issued the European Green Deal in December 2019. The Green Deal proposes to transform the EU into a clean, inclusive and circular economy, promote effective utilisation of resources, and take the lead in achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
Key Takeaways from the Event
Xu Hua, Director of the General Office, Department of Industrial Policies, Laws and Regulations of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, shared his opinion that, “The green manufacturing industry will become a new engine of economic growth … Together we should grasp the new trend of events, requirements and tasks to achieve green and sustainable procurement and supply chain construction.”
In his welcoming address, Christian Ewert recognised the European Green Deal as a driving force of Europe’s green revolution and highlighted the importance of the UN's sustainable development goals (SDGs). To finish, he called for China and Europe to continue to play a positive role in leading the world towards a new, more sustainable era.
Under the framework of the Green Deal, the Netherlands has launched a number of policies. Anne-Roos Wasser, Vice Consul Commercial and Economic Affairs of the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai was in attendance. Wasser shared the Dutch industry responsible business conduct (RBC) initiative and spoke about the Dutch government-sponsored supplier improvement program for the textile industry in China. The Dutch government aims to achieve 90% supply chain due diligence and information disclosure by 2023.
James Nixon, Head of Thematic Research, Oxford Economics, also discussed the European Green Deal and shared relevant regulatory standards and insights on the impact of the EU Green Deal on global supply chains.
amfori member, Migros Group, was also in attendance. Adrian Bahnerth, Head of Department Sustainability & Quality Assurance in Asia,
spoke about the company’s green supply chain management and offered insights into how Migros Group has utilised detailed data analysis of the retail industry. Bahnerth also offered insights into how Migros Group uses amfori BSCI and amfori BEPI to manage their supply chain performance.
Xiong Huajun, Secretary General of Committee on Social Responsibility of China Electronics Standardization Association (CESA) shared news that they have set up an industry thinktank to enable enterprises in the electronics industry to establish a green supply chain and green manufacturing system.