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Social Responsibility Report of Chinese Enterprises in Africa

Date:03/22/2019

Social Responsibility Report of Chinese Enterprises in Africa

  Li Xinfeng

  Abstract

  With the continuous development of economy and the constant progress of society, corporate behavior is no longer limited to the pursuit of economic interests, but gradually focuses on the realization of social benefits. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an important way for enterprises to establish contacts with stakeholders such as government, society and environment. The practice of corporate social responsibility reflects not only the maturity of enterprise development strategy, but also guarantees enterprises to achieve sustainable development. With the deepening of globalization, China's reform and opening up enters into the“deep water area”. Chinese enterprises encouraged by the policy “going out” are facing the demand and challenge of “going in”, especially in Africa, where the problems of economic development and social environment are intertwined. Chinese enterprises are not only economic actors, but also play the important role of “social responsibility bearers”. On the one hand, the implementation of the CSR in Africa contributes to the establishment of a benign interaction between the enterprises and the local society, so that to realize the long-term development. On the other hand, it is conducive to setting up the image of the responsible country for China, thus being in the favorable position in the global governance, playing a positive role and making greater contributions.At the same time, as China gradually moves towards the center of the international stage, the international community pays close attention to the performance of the Chinese enterprises in Africa and the incorrect and illegal economic behavior of the Chinese enterprises in the world will easily lead to the criticism of the international public opinion. In this international context, it is very important to improve the consciousness of Chinese enterprises, to disseminate the performance of the Chinese enterprises and to share the experience of the Chinese enterprises in the area of CSR.

  This paper analyzes firstly the importance of CSR of Chinese enterprises in Africa through the description of the background, and reviews the history of the development of CSR in Africa, and summarizes the current situation of CSR of the oversea Chinese enterprises. Then, combined with the specific cases of outstanding enterprises, the paper summarizes the practice of CSR of Chinese enterprises in Africa in four aspects such as, market responsibility, social responsibility, environmental responsibility, responsibility management. Finally, the report puts forward policy suggestions according to the deficiencies in the practice of CSR.

  Key Words

  Chinese Overseas Enterprises, Africa, Corporate Social Responsibility, China-Africa Relations

Copyright: China-Africa Institute