U.S. Chamber Launches Partnership with All China Federation of Industry and Commerce

December 7, 2009

BEIJING, CHINA—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the All China Federation of Industry and Commerce launched the 2009 U.S.-China Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility Cooperation and Development today to highlight trends in corporate social responsibility (CSR) around the world and to initiate a dialogue among American and Chinese stakeholders on CSR best practices.

"The U.S. Chamber believes that the area of corporate social responsibility is particularly ripe for increased bilateral cooperation and exchanges given the rapidly increasing investment by Chinese companies abroad," said Arthur Rothkopf, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber. "We are pleased to bring leading global companies from both countries together in an effort to seize the opportunity to advance comprehensive dialogue and develop these innovative partnerships.

The two organizations will sign a memorandum of understanding tomorrow that cements their commitment to develop a sustained platform for engagement on CSR issues going forward.

"The commercial relationship remains the core of the U.S.-China relationship, and a deeper engagement between the two business communities on corporate social responsibility can effectively support the important work of the two governments and other stakeholders," Rothkopf said.

Participants at the forum include more than 150 Chinese and U.S. government officials, senior corporate executives from top U.S. and Chinese companies, and CSR experts. The forum will become an annual exchange of best practices co-hosted by the two business associations.

The U.S. Chamber's International Division and the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) have fostered a culture of corporate citizenship at home and abroad for more than ten years. To learn more about this event, visit http://www.uschamber.com/international/09chinaforum/. To learn about hundreds of examples of corporate citizenship by U.S. Chamber members visit www.uschamber.com/bclc .

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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