On 6 June, Christian Ewert, FTA Director General; Yu Zhi-hong, President & Chief Editor of China WTO Tribune; and Xie Wen-wu, Assistant to President of Zhejiang Province CSR Association jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance the development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Zhejiang Province.
The signing ceremony was held at the 14th Sino-European CSR Round Table in Beijing, which was attended by around 60 stakeholders including representatives from brands, producers, academy and government, and was witnessed by honourable guests GUO Xiu-ming, Associate Counsel, Department of Policies, Laws and Regulations, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology; Li Dan, Divisional Director, Department of Policies and Laws, Zhejiang Province Economic and Information Commission; and Stefan Crets, Executive Director, CSR Europe. Zhejiang Province is a key sourcing base with over 7,000 factories actively supplying goods to FTA members and is the first province that has set up a dedicated association to focus on the promotion of government’s CSR policies and local and international best practices.
“FTA focuses on international and sustainable trade. This MoU marks a milestone introducing a 2-year partnership project where FTA and our key partners will build a global responsible and sustainable value chain together. I would like to thank Mr Li Dan, Mr Yu Zhi-hong and Mr Xie Wen-wu’s great support to make this partnership come true. Supported by the FTA secretariat in Brussels and our team in China headed by Representative Joyce Chau, we will be dedicated to work with our partners to create the best value to all actors involved,” Christian Ewert remarked.
China WTO Tribune has been a long-term partner of FTA since 2008, jointly promoting best CSR practices for responsible supply chains. With this new partnership and favourable support from the newly set up Zhejiang Province CSR Association, the three parties are committed to promote the Chinese government’s CSR policies and the adoption of globally recognised sustainability initiatives, such as BSCI and BEPI. Under the MoU, the four key focus areas will be:
- CSR Policy Enforcement
- Awareness Raising
- Capacity Building
- International Dialogue
More details will be released in the coming two months explaining how FTA members can engage their supply chain partners in the region to drive continuous CSR and environmental improvement.
Contact: Joyce Chau, FTA Greater China Representative