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Multinationals Becoming Better Corporate Citizens

Date:2012-03-14 Source:China Daily

BEIJING-Major Chinese multinational companies are making active efforts to engage in corporate citizenship as they expand into the global market,according to a report released on Tuesday.

The report,titled "Emerging Best Practices of Chinese Globalizers:The Corporate Global Citizenship Challenge," was jointly released by the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group.

Chinese multinationals are aligning their profits with real and lasting contributions to the local communities in which they operate,according to the report.

During the 2006-2010 period,employment opportunities provided to local citizens by Chinese multinationals grew at an annual rate of 28 percent.

In 2010 alone,Chinese multinationals employed around 1 million people,71 percent of whom were local citizens,according to the report.

After more than ten years of corporate citizenship development and involvement in the global context,many Chinese companies have implemented good citizenship practices as part of their overseas engagement,ranging from daily operations to being listed on foreign stock exchanges,the report said.

It pointed out that Sinochem implemented a full lifecycle health,safety and environment management system to improve safety,while Chinalco has invested in water-treatment plant in a Peruvian community after an acquisition.

"This is the first time a comprehensive analysis of the corporate citizenship activities of China's globalizers has been undertaken," said Robert Greenhill,managing director and chief business officer of the World Economic Forum."Our hope is these best practices become standard in the future."