Thursday, November 29, 2012

MofCom CSR guidelines for China's international contracting industry

Ministry of Commerce
People's Republic of China

The First Guidance on Social Responsibility of China's International
Project Contracting Industry Officially Released
Saturday,September 29,2012

On September 28, the first Guidance on Social Responsibility of China's
International Project Contracting Industry (the "Guidance") was
officially released. Prepared by China International Contractors
Association under the direction of the Ministry of Commerce, the
Guidance is the first standard for voluntary social responsibility of
the international project contracting industry.

In recent years, China's international project contracting industry has
developed fast into a key stage of transforming development pattern and
pursuing business upgrading. While continuously improving the quality
and level of operation, enterprises are also faced with the internal
requirement of uplifting such "soft strength" as social responsibility.
In order to further regulate overseas operation behaviors of
international project contracting enterprises and impel them to actively
perform their social responsibilities, China International Contractors
Association prepared the Guidance under the direction of the Ministry of
Commerce, which, focusing on seven issues including quality safety,
employee development, owners' equity, supply chain management, fair
competition, environmental protection and community development, puts
forward specific work requirements for enterprises to perform their
social responsibilities and makes clear key points of social
responsibility management. The Guidance provides referable behavioral
framework for international project contracting enterprises with
reference to such standard international practices as the United Nations
Global Compact and ISO 26000 Guide and based on the current business
situation of China's project contracting industry.

The national release of the Guidance will be helpful for the competent
departments of commerce at various regions and all enterprises to
improve the understanding of the enterprises' social responsibility. In
the future, China International Contractors Association will continue to
collect the social responsibility reports and relevant cases from
various enterprises and release them on a regular basis after compilation.

[Note: The new Guidelines are available at The English
language version begins at p. 30.]

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