Finding the CSR-Government Relations Nexus: How to act sustainably and strengthen your business in China

  • When:
    Wednesday, 07 June 2017, 8:30am - 10:30am
  • Where:
    The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, 上海英国商会
    No.9, Sub-lane 56, Lane 590, Weihai Lu, Shanghai
    上海市静安区威海路590弄56支弄9号
  • Price:
    RMB 50 including light snacks, coffee & tea. Members only.

The British Chamber Shanghai's Sustainable Business Focus Group invites members to an interactive roundtable discussion on the importance of CSR and sustainability in strengthening relations with the Chinese Government. 

Senior staff from member companies that are yet to incorporate a GR/CSR structure within their companies are encouraged to attend this event. 

Corporate Social Responsibility used to be an afterthought; plant a few trees, throw some money at a charity, done. Today, sustainability is about finding how your core business can benefit society and environment in ways that also benefit your business, whether through efficient supply chains, closer connections with customers, or reducing risk.

In China today, the importance of CSR is as a nexus between being a responsible corporate citizen and building close relationships with China's most prominent stakeholder: the Government.

To share their insights on why CSR and sustainability are crucial for developing and maintaining strong government relations, the British Chamber Shanghai’s Sustainable Business Focus Group is delighted to welcome Leslie Chang, Vice-President, Head of Communications & Government Affairs, GSK China, and Oliver Yang, Deputy Secretary General, Shanghai Song Ching Ling Foundation.   

Location of the Chamber New Office

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No-show Policy: Please note you must cancel your reservation in writing to the event contact staff 24 hours in advance. No-shows without prior notification will be charged a no-show fee of RMB100. 

Walk-in Policy: Please note that members who attend the event without prior reservation will be charged a walk-in fee of RMB50 if spaces are still available. 

Speaker Introduction

Leslie Chang

VP, Head of Communications & Government Affairs, GSK China

Leslie Chang leads the Communications and Government Affairs function for GSK in China. His vision is making a contribution to public health in China. Leslie was assigned to China in 2009 to lead the GSK Tianjin factory and subsequently the Nanjing and Suzhou factories. He joined the Pharma business in 2013 in Business Development before becoming the Crisis Leader during the period of the China investigation.

GSK's Communication and Government Affairs function ensures the company strategy is aligned with the country's healthcare reform agenda by bring the 'outside' in and ensuring the company is kept abreast of latest policy developments.

The function also develops content and engages employees in the understanding of the company strategy and their role in execution. We also ensure that the community and public understand GSK’s corporate responsibility agenda through media and public relations.

Oliver Yang

Deputy Secretary General, Shanghai Song Ching Ling Foundation

Oliver joined the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation (SSCLF) in March 2013. He serves as Deputy Secretary-General and is in charge of strategy development, policy planning, external communication and advocacy. Oliver also leads and facilitates the collaboration between multinationals and SSCLF on CSR and sustainable development agenda. Before he had served as CSR and Government Relations Manager of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai for more than 7 years.  

Mr. Yang works closely with the central and local government, Chinese think-tanks, NGOs and companies to smooth communication channels and cement the relations between government authorities and business community through strategic and institutional approach.

Event contact

Joanna Zhang
+86 21 6218 5022
joanna.zhang@britishchambershanghai.org