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Fight the COVID-19 and revive the economy, the auto industry primed


On July 24, the 3rd China Automotive Industry CSR Development Forum & Release of China Automotive Industry Social Responsibility Development Report 2019-2020, hosted by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), was held in Beijing. The forum, themed with "Post COVID Automotive Industry: Breakthrough and Vitality", invited representatives of auto enterprises and industry organizations to have dialogues and discussions. 11 automotive companies released their social responsibility development reports at the forum.

Welcoming address: Chinese auto industry goes against the pandemic

Ye Shengji, Chief Engineer and Deputy Secretary General of China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, pointed out that the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is definitely a huge shock and a severe test to Chinese automotive industry and even the global automobile industry. As a pillar industry of the national economy, the Chinese automotive industry subject to severe tests again in the context of the car market downturn. During such tough time, Chinese automotive companies have overcome difficulties to actively fulfill their social responsibilities by taking a series of effective actions to help win the battle against the COVID-19.

In particular, automotive companies adopted innovative management and service models to promote the resumption of work and production, facilitate sustainable social and economic development and coordinate production with pandemic prevention, making due contributions to the industrial economic recovery. At the same time, the pandemic will accelerate the structural reform of the automotive industry and the optimization of the supply chain, serving as the new starting point for the accelerated development of the automotive industry.

Lennart Nilsson, Counsellor of Economic and Trade Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in Beijing, introduced Sweden's solutions in the field of sustainable transportation. He emphasized that the automotive industry, as an important part of transport sector, is a key part of the modern transport solutions. The impact of automotive industry to sustainability is also significant. The reform of sustainable transportation needs more than renewable energy sources and fuels, but also technological shift, travel concept and consumer behavior change.

Yan jianlai, Deputy Secretary General of the China Society of Automotive Engineers, pointed out that the pandemic has seriously affected the orderly development of the economy and society, but the CSR development in the automotive industry cannot stop. Supporting the orderly development of the national economy is the most important social responsibility of automotive companies. To fully support the fight against the pandemic and promote the resumption of work and production, the majority of automotive companies have actively taken the lead in restoring the economy in the whole country.

There are two phenomena that require our special attention after the pandemic. The one is the market. Affected by the pandemic, the unprecedented expansion of consumers desire to have their own private travel tools makes a higher demand for private cars. Companies should be well prepared to meet market demand and service. The other is technology. The pandemic has caused the automotive industry and consumers to pursue innovation technology for automotive. Under the background of intelligent network, the automotive industry should continuously increase technological innovation and investment.

Zhao Yang, Vice Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Automotive Industry Branch, stressed that in the post-COVID 19 era, it is the biggest social responsibility for the automotive industry to continuously produce products and contribute to the society. At the same time, OEM supply chain enterprises should take this pandemic as an opportunity to sum up lessons and cope with the crisis. The impact of the overseas pandemic on imported parts and components also reminds us to make corresponding preparations, cultivate a batch of outstanding automotive parts companies in the Chinese market in the future.

Report Release: Chinese automotive enterprises take responsibility proactively

At this forum, the Automotive Industry Social Responsibility Development Report 2019-2020 was officially released.

Different from the past, this Report sets up two features of Anti-COVID19 and environmental protection, to show the positive response and responsibility of automotive companies to current events.

In addition, the Report, from the four chapters of economic development, governance foundation, CSR practice and automotive society, comprehensively shows stakeholders how the automotive industry adheres to the principle of "consultation, contribution and shared benefits" in the aspects of CSR governance, technological innovation, product service, green development, talent training, win-win partnership and community contribution. With "common progress" as the foundation, the automotive industry starts from "green development" to pursue the goal of "harmonious development of people, vehicles and nature", striving for the sustainable development together!

The preparation process of the Report has received positive response and strong support from 51 companies and organizations. 11 automotive companies, including FAW, SAIC Motor, BAIC Group, GAC Group, CHANGAN Auto, Geely Auto, BYD, GWM, Sinomach Auto, Toyota and LG Chem, jointly released their social responsibility reports in 2019.

Cao Bin, Deputy Minister of Brand Management, BAIC Group, as an enterprise representative, shared the company's CSR performance. As a state-owned enterprise in the capital, BAIC Group actively performs its social and economic responsibilities to contribute to the economic development of the capital and the whole country; it actively performs its social ethical responsibility by creating an open and win-win platform to lead the industry development supported by innovation and reform; committed to the happiness of all families, the company fulfills its social public responsibility to support targeted poverty alleviation and prosper culture and sports.

Keynote Speech: Automotive industry turns the crisis into opportunity for sustainable development

How can the automotive industry be more resilient and how can the industry, enterprises and consumers make positive contributions together? In the session of keynote speech, the speakers shared their views from their perspectives.

Themed with "Shouldering the Responsibility of Central SOEs for a Better Future", Wang Zuoquan, Deputy General Manager of Brand Public Relations, FAW, elaborated the concept and action of FAW on CSR fulfillment. The company actively fulfills the mission of central SOEs, and promotes the improvement of the CSR performance of auto industry value chain by combining the economic, social and environmental values of enterprises.

Li Hai, Aisa-Pacific Vice President of Procurement, Volvo Cars, introduced the company’s strategy and path of sustainable supply chain management, as well as the determination and commitment in dealing with climate change.

Mao Jing, Deputy Director of General Office, Dongfeng Motor Group, shared the company’s actions at the forefront of pandemic prevention and control with the theme of "Dongfeng Force in Fight against COVID-19". In addition to donating money and goods, the company takes a number of measures to support the pandemic prevention and anti-pandemic service work; it orderly promotes the resumption of work and production, ensures the healthy and stable operation of the industrial chain, and thus contributes to the economic recovery.

With the title of "Toward 2030: Sustainable Supply Chain", Stefan Crets, Executive Director, CSR Europe, shared the contributions made by the association in maintaining the stability of the global automotive industry supply chain under the pandemic.

Jonas Broberg, Purchasing Director, Truck and Bus LPO Asia Pacific, Scania, shared Scania's sustainable development roadmap and experience.

At the conclusion session, Ye Shengji pointed out that, at present, the international environment is becoming more complex and changeable, and the uncertainty and instability in international relations have increased significantly. Coupled with impact of COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese automotive industry and even the global automotive industry will face an unprecedented test, and the trend is not optimistic. Economic globalization determines the globalization of the automotive market, and meanwhile, it is increasingly showing the feature that companies rarely stand or fall alone. This is a test of the confidence and will of our automotive industry, as well as a great test of wisdom and ability.

Therefore, sustainable development is particularly important. We sincerely call on the automotive companies to make joint efforts to uphold the concept of sustainable development, turn the crisis into opportunities, overcome difficulties and jointly promote the healthy and sustainable development of the automotive industry.

The forum was co-hosted by CSR Centre of the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing and Drive Sustainability China, and organized by GoldenBee Consulting.
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