Book Launch: Environmental Policies on China’s Investment Overseas
June 08, 2011•12am - June 10, 2011•12am EDT
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
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.
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