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As China emerges onto the stage as a global superpower, it is making more efforts to apply sustainability principles to business practices, as sustainability and ESG are key to being perceived as not only a manufacturing powerhouse, but also a responsible member of the global community. In 2019, 85% of CSI 300 companies released official ESG disclosures, a rapid growth from 54% in 2013. While Chinese public companies currently have among the lowest ESG ratings compared to their international peers, the ratings have indeed been improving over time. Foreign investors in the market are also required to meet their fund domicile standards on sustainability and ESG practice. China's recently implemented guidance for enterprise disclosure standards on ESG initiatives aims to establish a framework that officials say is more conducive to assessing risk and performance indicators for investors steeped in the domestic market.

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion with esteemed industrial experts and business leaders to discover the latest ESG initiatives and policies implemented by businesses and government bodies, gain insights into how companies are fostering positive social impacts, and explore best practices in corporate governance, transparency, and ethical business conduct, and how they contribute to long-term sustainability.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel discussion and Q&A


  • Heidi Berg (ESG and Sustainability Director of DI Asia Base)

    Heidi Berg

    ESG and Sustainability Director of DI Asia Base

    Heidi has worked with projects related to sustainability and ESG over the last thirteen years, both in Africa, South Asia and China. Her experience includes investment projects in renewable energy and sustainable agriculture, financial inclusion, textile industry and low emission real estate. At DI Asia Base she is leading the work to develop and deliver ESG training and other services for Chinese subsidiaries and partners to European companies.

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  • Dr Nanqing Jiang (former UNEP officer, Founder and Executive Director, Institute of Carbon Neutrality and Circular Economy (ICNCE))

    Dr Nanqing Jiang

    former UNEP officer, Founder and Executive Director, Institute of Carbon Neutrality and Circular Economy (ICNCE)

    Dr. Nanqing Jiang, former UNEP officer, Founder and Executive Director, Institute of Carbon Neutrality and Circular Economy (ICNCE). She has the expertise in environment and sustainable development and women leadership, and dedicate in circular economy and carbon reduction from consumption side. She is APEC China Business Council Women Leadership Award panelist, British Chamber of Commerce ESG Award Panelist, the column author of news media Economic Observer, and TV commentator as KOL.

    She is the board member of P&G Sustainable Development Advisory Board, Alibaba Carbon Neutral Expert Committee, Beike Charity Foundation, Meituan Green Mountain Plan Advisory Committee, Global Consumer Forum China expert, and member of China UN Association, Carbon Sequestration Committee advisor of Yunnan Puer City. She is the visiting professor of Huadong Normal University, Hubei University, Carbon Neutral Research Institute of Sichuan Tourism College on plastics, green design and carbon accounting.

    She got her PhD in Ecology from Beijing Normal University. She did her professional research in the Netherlands, Japan, Israel and Kenya as Postdoc and research scientist for 8 years. She joined INBAR as senior programme officer 2007-2008, and worked at UNEP China Office from 2008-2018 as senior officer.

    From 2018, she works in the area of circular economy and carbon reduction including plastic recycling, and served as the Secretary General of China Plastic Reuse and Recycling Association from 2018-2019, and was the consultant of plastic projects of World Bank, ADB, EU, WWF, UNICEF-UNDP, UN Global Compact.

    In 2020 She setup the Committee of Green Circular Economy of All-China Environment Federation (CGCI-ACEF) and served as the Secretary General, and took the lead of digital platform of circularity and acceptability of plastic recycling and carbon reduction accounting methodology of consumption products and behaviors.

    From 2023, sh registered ICNCE in Singapore distributes in Beijing and Shanghai, and setup China Circularity’100 Initiative and China Circular and Zero Carbon Innovation Fund collaborated with international, national and private partners.

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  • Dr Dequan Wang (Founder & Chief Executive Officer of GSG)

    Dr Dequan Wang

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer of GSG

    Dr. Wang is an expert in ESG investment and sustainable development. Prior to founding GSG, he was the Greater China Managing Partner for international law firm, Simmons and Simmons, and has served for various investment institutions such as National Social Security, China Development Bank and PICC. He began his career in venture capital and has served as an executive at a multinational corporation in Silicon Valley.

    Dr. Wang is a founding board member of the China Finance 40 Forum and an expert of China ESG 30. He currently serves as an expert of the Green and Sustainable Investment Committee of Asset Management Association of China, an expert advisor of the ESG Professional Committee of the Insurance Asset Management Association of China, a deputy director of the Sustainable Investment Committee of the Chinese Asset Management Association of Hong Kong, a senior member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, and a special researcher of the National Institute of Financial Research (NIFR), Tsinghua University.

    Dr. Wang holds a B.A. from Peking University, an M.A. from Harvard Law School, and a J.D. in Finance from Stanford University.

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  • Leon Lu (Government Affairs Director; Member of China LT & Asia ELT at Avery Dennison China)

    Leon Lu

    Government Affairs Director; Member of China LT & Asia ELT at Avery Dennison China

    Leon, a Chinese national, born in 1980, has been working in MNCs in China for 20 years with proven administrative and business expertise gained through roles spanning different functions and business units.

    Leon Lu joined Avery Dennison China as Government Affairs Director, Member of China LT & Asia ELT in March 2021, and is based in Shanghai, China.

    Leon is responsible for the strategic government affairs in China for both the Materials Group and the Solutions Group, which cover 22 legal entities in 11 cities of China. Leon was the very first Government Affairs position set in Avery Dennison history worldwide. His excellent performance in this role has pushed AD Group to set up the GA function in the US, EU and APAC in the past two years. Leon is reporting to the VP & General Manager of Avery Dennison China and dotted line to SVP of Legal Affairs of APAC.

    Before joining Avery Dennison, Leon had successively taken management roles of Commercial, Government Relations/Public Relations in Specialty Chemical, FMCG, Retail and Petrol Chemical industries and gained valuable experiences and insights on how MNCs do business more effectively in China.

    Leon achieved his Master Degree in Business Administration from Shanghai Finance and Economy University in Shanghai China in 2011. His Bachelor Degree in English Language Study was achieved from East China University of Science & Technology in 2003.

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  • Dr. Weisi Xie (Shanghai Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Dr. Weisi Xie

    Shanghai Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Weisi Xie is the Shanghai Director at the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN), and is responsible for engaging with top executives in the region on key economic and political issues as well as industry-specific analysis to support their businesses in the dynamic Chinese market.

    Mr. Xie served as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University before joining EICN. As a trained trade economist, his teaching and research mainly focused on the fields of international trade, industrial economics and economic development, with a particular emphasis on China’s economy in a global perspective. He also possesses extensive expertise in the non-profit sector through work experience with think tanks and international organizations, including the Shanghai Institute for National Economy and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he contributed to multiple government counseling projects and policy studies. His work has appeared in leading academic journals as well as major economic policy publications.

    Mr. Xie has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.A. in International Business from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.

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