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2014 China Green Companies Summit in Nanning

From April 20th-22nd, more than 1,000 businesses and entrepreneurs flocked to the Southern Chinese city of Nanning -- known as China's "Green City", to participate in the 7th China Green Companies Summit (CGCS). The CGCS, organized each year by the China Entrepreneur Club (CEC), brings together hundreds of Chinese and international companies, ranging from Alibaba, Lenovo, Wanda group, to IBM, Schneider Electric, Fosun Group and BMW.

Each year during the Summit, a special ranking called Top 100 China Green Companies is released on Earth Day, April 20th. One hundred companies with operations in China are recognized for their strengths and contributions across elements including Culture, Economy, Environment, Society and Innovation. These efforts encompass developing sustainable growth, having a sense of social responsibility and lessening corporate environmental impact. 2014 winners included 3M, BASF, Coca-Cola and IKEA.

The 2014 Summit attracted around 100 international participants in Nanning, including business delegations from France, UK and Belgium. 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary of Sino-French diplomatic relations, and the 2014 Summit was selected as one of the nine China-based official celebration events by the Chinese and French governments. The French delegation headed by French Secretary of State Madame Fleur Pellerin comprised of business and government officials with over 40 participants in total.

Under a theme of "An Era of Transformation: Realities and Aspirations", the Summit tackled topics covering smog and pollution, shadow banking and e-commerce, energy and natural resources, investment and economic forecasts, as well as international collaboration and SOE restructuring. These wide ranging issues were dissected individually in a series of parallel sessions running throughout the first two days of the summit.

Additionally, a Sino-French roundtable session offered an unprecedented Green Companies Summit session space for Chinese and French CEOs to both make themselves known, highlight the issues in their sector, and offer suggestions for collaboration between Chinese and French companies. Wu Jianmian, former Chinese Ambassador to France, concluded, "Through this China Green Companies Summit, we hope to push for a new era of closeness in Sino-French economic ties and development across a multitude of new sectors."

To view photos from the CGCS 2014, please click here.

 Event organized as part of France-China 50 -

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