On February 28th, 2013, the Chinese government released its 'Guidelines for Environmental Protection in Foreign Investment and Cooperation,' which was based on recommendations by the Chinese NGO Global Environmental Institute. These Guidelines provide civil society groups with a new source of leverage when it comes to holding Chinese companies responsible for their environmental and social impacts overseas.
The Guidelines cover key issues, including legal compliance, environmental policies, environmental management plans, mitigation measures, disaster management plans, community relations, waste management, and international standards. While the Guidelines are non-binding, they are still government policy and can thus be a useful tool for civil society seeking to hold Chinese companies to account.
The Guidelines are available in English and Chinese on the Ministry of Commerce`s website. In addition, International Rivers has translated them into Burmese and Spanish. You can find the original texts and translations, as well as commentaries, interviews and analysis on our website.
Chinese Government Guidelines for Overseas Investment