Children giving hope for a greener tomorrow
Alexander Wan and Selina Lo)

Global warming, the exhausting of energy reserves and water supplies, pollution, insufficient land to support a growing population, abject poverty and uneven distribution of resources were identified as the world's major problems by delegates at China Daily's 21st CEO Roundtable.

The event, with the theme of "Sustainable Development in China" and chaired by Dr Jane Goodall was held on December 6 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Beijing. Goodall, world-renowned chimpanzee expert and UN Messenger for Peace, met with some thirty CEOs and leaders from multinational companies in major business sectors such as energy, petro-chemicals, technology, cars, finance, strategy consulting, healthcare, NGOs and a special delegation from the Harvard School of Public Health.

"Other countries have been through the same kind of problems that China is facing today," said Goodall, citing examples in the UK and US." China is so big and there are so many people so inevitably, environmental and other problems are going to be harder to tackle."

Two approaches

"For the model of sustainable development to be really sustainable, you need two approaches: top-down and bottom-up," said Professor Liu Yuanli, director of the China Initiative in the Department of Population and International Health of the Harvard School of Public Health.

"Leadership is needed at the planning and policy level," Liu added.He illustrated this with a story of how county government leadership in Hubei curbed deforestation by introducing methane as a cooking fuel to replace firewood, which stopped inhabitants from cutting down trees.

The role of the government

Executive Editor of the China Daily CEO Roundtable, Alexander Wan, pointed out that the Chinese government is already working on sustainable development.

"In China's 11th Five-Year Plan which is coming up in the country in a few weeks," Wan reminded delegates,"there will be a continual emphasis from top state leadership on the development of a harmonious society, which is very relevant to what we are talking about here today. It is very much about applying scientific approaches to make use of natural and human resources for the long-term benefit of all people."

David Michael, director and senior vice-president of the Boston Consulting Group, agreed.

"Clearly, the Chinese Government is increasingly taking the issue that you highlighted very seriously," he said.

But he added that even the government is not omnipotent in the face of such grave environmental issues.

"I think the experience in other countries would be that governments cannot do all of this by themselves," says Michael."And in other countries, there's more of a tradition of support from non-governmental organizations and also from domestic companies. In China, there's not such a history of non-governmental organizations, and many domestic companies are too new to have developed experience in social responsibility."



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About China Daily CEO Roundtable

As a service by China Daily for the global business community, China Daily CEO Roundtable is a by-invitation network of government leaders, CEOs and senior executives of FORTUNE 500 and China's largest companies, for the collective learning and sharing of executive insights on China's strategic issues relating to its economy, business and social developments.

Discussions will be given prominent coverage on China Daily.

Twenty-one roundtables have been held in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong over the past year on various issues such as China-Asia business partnership, the macro-economy, China's regional development, Shanghai by 2020, Hong Kong's future role, the next generation MNC, corporate social responsibility in China, Chinese branding, automobiles, entertainment and lifestyle, etc.

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Previous Sessions

No. Topics Date
1 China's Regions: Towards Balanced Development April 20, 2004
2 Taking Pulse of China's Economy Growth May 25, 2004
3 The Role of HK in Building China's Financial System July 19,
4 Entertaining the Nation August 26, 2004
5 Globalizing Chinese Brands August 31, 2004
6 Life Style China Nov. 12, 2004
7 China:2005 and Beyond Dec 3,
8 Road Ahead for MNC Feb. 25, 2005
9 China-Asia Business Partnership: Implication for Multinationals March 29, 2005
10 Auto Sector Growth Sustainable April 28, 2005
11 Corporate Social Responsibility in China May 13, 2005
12 2020 The World's Shanghai June 17, 2005
13 Economic integration drives growth in Asia June 24, 2005
14 Nation's healthcare reform examined August 26, 2005
15 CEOs view digital entertainment puzzle September 30, 2005
16 World-class event offers a ride in the fast lane October 14, 2005
17 Hotel and tourism development in China November 14, 2005
18 Capital Market Reforms - Visions, Process and Imperatives November 18, 2005
19 Made-in-China under Globalization November 27, 2005
20 Next Generation Design, Innovation and Creativity for China November 30, 2005



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The 21st China Daily CEO Roundtable

Honorary Chairmen

Jane Goodal, Phd, DBE
Founder of Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

  Mr. Alexander Wan
Executive Editor, China Daily CEO Roundtable
List of Delegates
Name   Campany   Title  
William Valentino Bayer (China) Limited General Manager, Corporate Communications, Greater China  
David C. Michael Boston Consulting Group (Beijing)
Senior Vice-president and Director  
Christian Boustany
Boustany Projects Development Chairman and Managing Director  
Maurice Strong
CH2M Hill Chairman, International Advisory Board  
Heidi Wong ChevronTexaco China Energy Co Vice-President, Business Development and External Affairs  
Zhang Qi China Business Council for Sustainable Development Executive Secretary General  
Lim Poh Chye
Deloitte Touche
Charles Lip Sai-wo
Deloitte Touche

Audit Patner

James Mcllvenny Dow Chemical Pacific Limited President, Greater China  
Chris Chan
Dow Chemical Pacific Limited Director of Public Affairs, Greater China  
Sven-Uwe Mueller Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Beijing First Secretary, Economic and Industrial Affairs  
Jutta Ludwig German Chamber of Commerce in China Executive Director, Member of the Board  
Ladd E. Christensen Global Bridge Foundation Chairman  
Stuard Krantz Harvard School of Public Health Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations  
Liu Yuanli Harvard School of Public Health Director of China Initiative  
David A. Woodruff Harvard School of Public Health Dean for Resource Development  

Arthur Wei

China Hewlett-Packard Co., Ltd Director of Corporate Marketing & Commnunications; Regional GM of Northern China  
Betsy Damon   Keepers of Waters Ecological Designer  
Li Dianmo The Nature Conservancy Beijing Program Director  
Jeffrey Li Novartis Overseas Investments AG, Beijing Representative Office Country President & Chief Representative  
Alexis Vannier PSA Peugeot Citroen China Communication Director  
George Fronja Siemens Ltd., China Senior Vice-President & Commercial Manager  
Liu Xiaowei Shell (China) Ltd Deputy Director, External Affairs  
Deborah Seligsohn United States Embassy, P. R. C Counselor of Environment, Science, Technology and Health
Roy Wadia World Health Organization Communications, Advocacy & Media Relations  
james Pennay Wind Prospect Pty Ltd CEO