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Since the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015, global development and governancehas entered a new stage. The year 2017 is a pivotal time for enhanced implementation of the 2030 Agenda. A priority shared by all countries is to turn the visioninto action.Over the past four decades, China has made remarkable achievementsin development and delivered on its commitments to the Millennium Development Goals. This means that China will be not only an indispensable participant inrealizing global sustainable development but also an inspiration to othercountries as a leader and example. The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China in 2013, resonant with the 2030 Agenda, was a declaration of China’s vision for international and regional cooperation, shared benefits and sustainable development.

In 2015, the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce,the Research Centre of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council and the United Nations Development Programme China broke new ground in the evaluation of the sustainable performance of Chinese enterprises overseas by releasing the 2015 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas. Two years later, as Beijing prepares for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, we are ready to make our voices heard again. To support the Belt and Road regionin the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the 2017 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas examines the critical role of Chinese enterprises and the economic, social and environmental value generatedfrom the integration of business development and the 2030 Agenda.

We hope this Report can serve as a reference, both in principle and in practice, for Chinese enterprises at home and abroad in delivering on this vision. As well, itprovides a source of comprehensive information and a multi-dimensional perspective for stakeholders to enable effective interaction with Chinese enterprises. It is also our hope that this Report will be a new cornerstone that can provide a basis for Chinese enterprises and their stakeholders to work together to facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the Belt and Road region and build a community of shared interests, destiny and responsibility which enhances economic, social and environmental value in asustainable way.

             Research Team

             May 2017

2017 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas.pdf