On 5 June, amfori co-hosted the 18th Sino-European CSR Roundtable Forum with the China WTO Tribune in Beijing.
The forum brought together Chinese government officials, CSR experts, business leaders and academics to discuss how to transform CSR standards into real solutions that can guide the sustainable development of enterprises.
amfori President, Christian Ewert, cited the 25th anniversary of the European Union and the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening Up, praising the prosperity of all economies driven by their successful implementation of standards.
Mr Ewert explained the association’s impact in the country, “amfori BSCI is one of the main references of CSR standards of local industries in China. Since amfori BSCI is widely recognised in China and many other countries, let’s not forget our members source from over 100 countries, such a gap-bridging exercise between the Chinese standards and the international ones will benefit the global supply chain development.”
The main takeaways of the conference include:
- How to evaluate standards: There is a global need for to account for diverse needs and issues. They should start from vision and goals.
- How to develop and establish standards: The process involves gradually reaching a consensus, a common business language system or management language system.
- How to implement standards:
- Standards face many challenges in the development process including the insufficient management capacity of SMEs and how to bring benefits to the business.
- Standards need to be updated with the times and reflect the characteristics of different industries and the characteristics of different stages of the industry.
This event was also supported by China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) and The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC).
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