Sustainable Belt And Road Initiative
of Chinese Overseas Businesses
Time: 2014 - present
Location: Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, etc.
Partner: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), WWF, John-Hopkins University, Fudan University, etc.
Intro: This project wishes to objectively gain knowledge about Chinese overseas businesses’ impacts on local sustainable development alongside the Belt and Road Initiative, and therefore explores the question of how Chinese overseas businesses could enhance their communication with international stakeholders and better integrate into local sustainable development. Our specific actions are as follows:
We collaborated with IIED to complete a study on the impact of Chinese mining, agriculture, and forestry industries on African sustainable development.
We collaborated with WWF to complete a study on the sustainable development of Chinese mining in East Africa.
China House collaborated with John-Hopkins University to complete a study comparing labor practices between Chinese companies and American companies in Kenya.
We worked with Fudan University to study how Africans perceive China and Chinese businesses during COVID-19. The report studied Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Zambia and explored how local people in these countries perceive China. The report was published on the Fudan Belt and Road Forum.
“Africa Tech Challenge”
Time: 2014 - 2015
Partner: AVIC, Ministry of Education, etc.
Intro: In Africa, Chinese companies often struggle to find qualified workers. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remains high among local youths. In response to this situation, we helped a Chinese company, AVIC International, design and implement a CSR program, Africa Tech Challenge. This program provided training for African youth to learn engineering skills, helping them become qualified and skilled workers and get employment
After being initiated by China House, the program matured and is now hosted directly by AVIC. The program continues to this day and keeps expanding. It is one of a few CSR projects in Africa held by a Chinese state-owned enterprise that meet the international standard. The project was featured on CCTV, CGTN, and other media.
Time: June 2020
Partner: Myanmar Center for Responsible Business, etc.
Intro: A China-Myanmar Dialogue Forum was held to help Chinese companies and local NGOs understand one another. The forum invited scholars in China-Myanmar study, representatives of Myanmar’s most influential Chinese companies, and the founder of the Myanmar Center for Responsible Business, one of Myanmar’s most influential NGOs.
Promoting collaboration under the COVID-19
Time: From 2020
Intro: Under the COVID-19 pandemic, we collaborated with various organizations to organize a series of “Chinese and Foreign NGO Conferences on Prevention and Control of the Pandemic.” The conference series invited nearly 500 representatives from more than 100 government departments, enterprises, NGOs, and international organizations from Korea, South Africa, Kenya, and Peru. Among the participants were the Chairman of the Peruvian Congress Health Commission, Mr. Merino; representatives from the Chinese Embassy in South Africa; and UNICEF China Representative Office. The series was covered by People’s Daily, China Daily, Guangming Daily, Xinhua Silk Road, and other media.
Businesses with China (BWC)
Time: 2021 - present
Location: Africa, South America, Asia, etc.
Partner: Johns Hopkins University, WWF, TRAFFIC, etc.
Intro: We have an independent project called Businesses with China (BWC), which is a consultancy project to facilitate business partnership between China and the global south (across Africa, Asia, Latin America and so on). It provides business guideline in regards to doing business with China, industry information in China, and business consultancy service.