To support our mission, we engage with the most influential leaders internationally, from regions to organisations and individuals that can have significant impact upon sustainability challenges and who have the commitment and capacity to lead change. Because of this, we are committed to our work to engage with and support Chinese leaders.
China’s impact and influence
China is facing significant and growing challenges as it seeks to access and manage the resources that it will need to grow, while reducing the activities that are currently contaminating its air, water, and soil. This is alongside achieving its ambitious Paris Agreement pledge on carbon emissions. As well as the opportunity to have a considerable direct and positive impact through addressing environmental and climate challenges, China has significant impact and influence globally; commitments and action taken in China will inform and shape the actions of many regions and organisations internationally.
Leadership, innovation and investment
China is rising to this challenge through long-term planning, top level leadership, innovation and investment. Already a global leader in solar technologies and having achieved significant progress towards energy efficiency and a cleaner model of development, China is now playing a key role in the development of solutions to global sustainability challenges.
Supporting Chinese leaders to achieve environmental protection, green economic growth and sustainable urban development
We are committed to working with Chinese leaders to support them on this journey. In particular, through working with the key sectors outlined in our Rewiring the Economy report: government, business and the financial sector. Our work is focused on four key areas, all of which are critical to the achievement of a sustainable economy:
- Supporting China’s New Urbanisation Plan. We deliver education programmes and study tours for city and regional leaders to support the development of sustainable cities. For example, we have delivered programmes for the Beijing Municipality and for the Provincial Government of Guangdong. These programmes are designed to support mayors and senior officials to lead the development of resource-efficient, low carbon cities and effectively meet their targets on economic growth, infrastructure development, environmental protection and the inclusion, safety and wellbeing of citizens.
- Financing the industrial transition to a resource efficient, green, inclusive and open economy. We work with leaders in the banking industry, including the People’s Bank of China, on the role that financial regulation can play in achieving a green financial system and supporting the transition to a sustainable economy. We also work with a range of Chinese banking industry leaders and other stakeholders to help apply this thinking to the important area of China’s international commodity trade and investment activities. We provide leadership programmes for senior executives in banking, insurance and investment to enhance their effectiveness and competitiveness in adapting to regulatory change and to systemic risks and in adding value through financing industrial transition.
- Supporting the integration of sustainability into the implementation of The Belt and The Road initiative. Our programmes support Chinese organisations through a focus on: sustainable infrastructure investment, development and service provision; sustainable supply chains including resource security, circular economy and sustainable supply chain management; and on building leadership capacity to contribute effectively to social development in emerging regions, through effective engagement with external partners and communities.
- Supporting industry and business to protect the environment and build resilience while achieving economic growth and effective globalisation. We deliver leadership programmes for entrepreneurs and senior executives in industry to equip them to meet government targets on environmental protection while supporting their transition to innovative, resilient global businesses. We provide insight into international expectations of responsible business and explore how businesses can reconcile profitability and sustainability.
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Our education programmes and study tours have helped Chinese leaders develop sustainable cities. Visit our Cities Knowledge Hub for more information.
“In recognition of the value of CISL’s research and support for business leadership to build a sustainable financial system, CISL has become an invited international member of China’s Green Finance Committee, convened by the People’s Bank of China.”