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U.S. Chamber Advances Partnership With All China Federation of Industry and Commerce

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 7:00pm

Leading Business Organizations Strengthen Ties to Advance Corporate Social Responsibility

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the All China Federation of Industry and Commerce held the 2010 U.S.-China Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility Cooperation today to highlight trends in corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the United States and China, and to deepen the dialogue between American and Chinese stakeholders on the intersection of CSR, investment, and trade.

“Companies play an important role as commercial ambassadors for their countries,” said John Murphy, vice president for International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber. “Responsible investment practices and business operations are fundamental components of a strong corporate social responsibility program. As the economic relationship between the United States and China deepens, engagement between the two business communities will be essential to building a cooperative foundation in the areas of CSR, investment, and trade.”

“As the global investment climate becomes more complex, American and Chinese companies are placing an increasing emphasis on learning best practices that enable them to be seen not just as good corporate citizens, but as vital contributors to sustainable and prosperous societies,” said Stephen Jordan, executive director and senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber Business Civic Leadership Center. “This is the standard that American business leaders have consistently worked hard to advance—through the production of high quality products and services, and through innovative safety, workforce development, and environmental programs wherever they operate.”

Participants at the forum include more than 70 Chinese and U.S. government officials, senior corporate executives from top U.S. and Chinese companies, and CSR experts. The forum is part of an annual exchange of best practices co-hosted by the two business associations.

The U.S. Chamber has fostered a culture of corporate citizenship at home and abroad for more than ten years through its Business Civic Leadership Center. The Business Civic Leadership Center is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s social and philanthropic division. To learn more about hundreds of examples of corporate citizenship by U.S. Chamber members visit http://www.uschamber.com/BCLC.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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