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Chinese Constitutionalism, Social Credit, and Party Groups in the 2008 SASAC Guidelines on Corporate Social Responsibility

During the 2017 Forum on Business and Human Rights, I noticed how most informal discussions of CSR (the term preferred in China to refer to business and human rights) in the PRC introduced a separation between corporate social responsibility, and Chinese constitutionalism. CSR (or business and human rights) was framed as existing autonomous from the political leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, and was for the most part discussed in relation to Chinese state legislation. Perceptions of CSR as distinct from CCP leadership and CCP regulation are, in a sense, misleading.

The Corporate Law and the Labor Contract Law have indeed incorporated the concept of CSR. The most important directive this far issued, however, is the 2008 SASAC Guidelines to the State-Owned Enterprises Directly Under the Central Government on Fulfilling Corporate Social Responsibilities. This document alone has led to the release of 1,600 sustainability reports, also  by state-owned MNCs.

The 2008 SASAC Guidelines make several references to the Constitution of the CCP. A close textual analysis of the 20 paragraphs of the Guidelines reveals how:

  • CSR is placed within the scope of Chinese constitutionalism, under the political leadership of the Party, and the operational responsibility of enterprises.
  • 50% of the paragraphs in the SASAC Guidelines refer the Constitution of the CCP (23 references), components of the social credit system (3 references), or Party groups (one paragraph).

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Party Building as the Guide to Social Responsibility in Non-Public Enterprises

This post presents a translation of an article discussing the role of Party groups in CSR in private enterprises, published on the People’s Daily. The article was translated by Larry Catà Backer, and edited by me.

Party Building as the Guide to Social Responsibility in Non-Public Enterprises

Dang Qimin

November 06, 2017 16:27

People’s Daily

In 40 years of reform and opening up, non-public enterprises have become an important force to promote national economic development, ease the pressure on employment, and promote public innovation. The number, role and status of non-public enterprises determine the extreme necessity and importance of strengthening Party building in this area, and giving full play to the role of political core and political leadership of Party organizations. To make this work a reality, we do not only need to face the actual problems in our current work. We also need to find a breakthrough and a starting point for our work.

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Opinion on Strengthening the Construction of the Leadership Group in State-Owned Enterprises




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Measures on the Reward and Punishment of Directors (Managers) of State-Owned Enterprises





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