econsense: Jointly Facilitating Sustainable Stakeholder Management in German-Chinese Supply Chains
In order to tackle sustainability in German-Chinese supply chains, especially in the context of sustainable stakeholder relations, the EMM Network has partnered with econsense – Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business. Founded already in 2000, econsense provides a dialogue platform and think tank, with the dual objectives of advancing sustainable development in business and assuming social responsibility. While econsense provides access to the sustainability efforts of some of Germany’s largest multinational enterprises, the EMM Network is able to deliver an additional entry-point for deepened discussion of these efforts in the context of a major emerging market: China.
As a concrete initiative, the EMM Network joined econsense in hosting a workshop at the annual International CSR Forum hosted by the China WTO Tribune on 5 June 2015 in Beijing, China. The workshop brought together Chinese suppliers of major German industrial groups such as BASF, Volkswagen, Bosch and Linde on how to manage responsible, sustainable and successful supply chains. Following the workshop, the EMM Network and econsense will develop scenarios to continue fostering exchange and peer-to-peer learning between buyers and suppliers through ground-level engagement in China. In addition, the EMM Network is able to feed in valuable lessons on stakeholder management in other emerging markets, benefiting from the decades-long experience of GIZ working on facilitating valuable stakeholder exchange and management in these countries.