The Commissioner General for the United Nations Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo, Awni Behnam, has said that one of the basic necessities for democratic societies is free movemenr of trade, services, capital and information technology.
Un Commissioner General Awni Behnam addresses the Daimler Sustainability Forum on corporate social responsibility
"However,” he continued, “Such a system needs to be tempered by a moral and ethical underpinning that is just and equitable through transparent governance with a healthy respect for sustainability and protection of common goods and ingrained in corporate social responsibility."
He made the comments at the “Daimler Sustainability Forum: Ethic Standards and Corporate Responsibility” held at the Pavilion to discuss the building of sustainable cities, promoting green energies and implementing social responsibility.
Also contributing to the dialogue were Martin Jaeger, Group Vice President, Head of Global External Affairs and Public Policy, Daimler AG; Li Jie, Executive Vice President, Daimler Northeast Asia Ltd.; Liu Meng, China Representative, United Nations Global Compact; and Henri-Claude de Bettignies, Professor of the China Europe International Business School, Director of the Euro-China Centre for Leadership and Responsibility.
Jaeger called for multi-national corporations to “think globally, act locally", while de Bettignies said that the world’s successful enterprises confirmed the positive results that businesses experienced from fulfilling their social responsibility toward sustainable development. He called it a win-win relationship.
In China, the Central Chinese Government and many Chinese businesses have been putting corporate social responsibility on their agendas. Daimler officials stated that sustainability is a key strategic pillar of Daimler’s operations as an international company and that they aimed to identify specific challenges and opportunities in China. "China is our most important market. I believe that our company's future development largely depends on China," Jaeger said.