Co-sponsored by WRI and the Global Environmental Institute.

As South-South flows become more dominant in international finance, what is the projected growth of China’s investments abroad? How will environmental standards be set and applied to these investments?

The Global Environmental Institute’s new book entitled Environmental Policies on China’s Investment Overseas examines the political and economic contexts in which China’s overseas investments operate. The publication also proposes guidelines on responsible overseas investments for Chinese enterprises. Following the book launch, a discussion will take place to encourage a dialogue among Chinese, U.S. and international policymakers and stakeholders on China’s green credit policy.


  • Motoko Aizawa, International Finance Corporation, Sustainability Advisor
  • Athena Ballesteros, World Resources Institute, Project Manager
  • Manish Bapna, World Resources Institute, Executive VP & Managing Director
  • Yuwen CHANG/Changbo GENG, China National Petroleum Corporation
  • Peng DAI, Export-Import Bank of China, Deputy Executive Manager Economics Research Department
  • Isabel O. Galdiz, US Export-Import Bank, OECD Negotiations Coordinator
  • Kevin Gallagher, Boston University, Associate Professor of International Relations
  • Heather Grady, Rockefeller Foundation, Vice President of Foundation Initiatives,
  • Kirk Herbertson, World Resources Institute, Associate
  • Jiaman Jin, Global Environment Institute, Executive Director
  • Peng REN, Global Environment Institute, Project Coordinator
  • Xiaomei Tan, World Resources Institute, Research Associate
  • Jacob Werksman, World Resources Institute, Institutions & Governance Program Director
  • Guangrong ZHANG, Chinese Ministry of Commerce
  • Jiqiang ZHANG, Blue Moon Foundation, Funding Director


  • Motoko Aizawa, China’s Green Credit Policy:Building Sustainability in the Financial Sector
  • Isabel O. Galdiz, WRI and GEI Green Credit Policy Panel
  • Kevin Gallagher, Chinese Foreign Investment and the Environment
  • Kirk Herbertson, Community Engagement in Overseas Investments
  • Peng Ren, Environmental Policies on China’s Investment Overseas
  • Guangrong Zhang, China’s Overseas Investment in Energy & Resources Sector: Win-win Cooperation and Common Prosperity

About WRI and GEI

World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action. For over a decade, WRI’s International Financial Flows and the Environment Objective (IFFE) has sought to improve the environmental, social, and climate change performance of the investments of traditional financial institutions such as the World Bank, because these institutions set the norms for foreign investments worldwide. But the landscape is changing, and nationally owned financial institutions in emerging economies, such as China and Brazil, are increasingly active in development finance. As a result, WRI began a project in 2010 to strengthen the environmental and social standards of overseas investments by these “emerging actors’” in development finance.

Global Environmental Institute (GEI) is a Chinese non-profit, nongovernmental organization that was established in Beijing, China in 2004. GEI’s Environmental Governance Program develops a framework for socially and ecologically-sound development policy in rural, urban and industrial sectors. The GEI Environmental Governance team’s approach involves developing environmental curricula for government leaders, facilitating outreach and roundtable discussions on climate change, and collaborating with the Chinese government and financial sector to promote responsible stewardship by Chinese enterprises operating overseas and to regulate the Chinese overseas investment with social and environmental standards.