In February 2022, the EU Commission adopted a proposal for a directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence. The Proposed Directive will need to go through the European Parliament and the Council for approval and may still incur amendments. Once passed, the EU member states will have two years to transpose the directive into national law. Germany is ahead of this schedule already: On January 1, 2023, its law on Supply Chain Due Diligence Obligations will come to effect.
The tightening regulations will affect supply chain management and the way companies conduct their business. As direct or indirect suppliers to large EU companies or their subsidiaries, SMEs see great relevance, including those operating in mainland China.
This event is to bring up-to-date insights into the landscape of sustainable due diligence in mainland China and its implications for SME businesses in the Chinese market.
The webinar will be held in English and will be open, free of charge, to all interested EU SMEs and SMEs from Single Market Programme countries.
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16:30 – 16:40 Words of Welcome Opening remarks by Susan Zhu, Vice-Chair of CSR Forum, European Chamber Shanghai Chapter; Director, Sustainability and EHS, Bosch Asia Pacific 1 Presentation of the EU SME Centre
16:40 – 17:05 Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence – The German-Chinese Legal Framework as an Example Ralph Koppitz, Senior Advisor and German lawyer, working in cooperation with Shanghai Linie Investment Consultancy Co., Ltd.
17:05 – 17:30 Sustainability Due Diligence and Digitalised Practice in China Mailei Li, Sustainability Director in Occupational Health & Safety Assistances Inc., Shanghai
17:30 – 17:50 Q&A Session Moderated by Susan Zhu
17:50 – 18:00 Closing Remarks EU SME Centre and EUCCC
Susan Zhu Vice-Chair of CSR Forum, European Chamber Shanghai Chapter; Director, Sustainability and EHS, Bosch Asia Pacific 1
Susan Zhu is Director of Bosch responsible for Sustainability and EHS coordination in China, Korean, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines. During her sixteen years at Bosch, Susan has extended her expertise and experience in international assignments in Germany, in coordinating EHS strategy, targets, standards and reporting within the Bosch group. Bosch has been the first major industrial company to become CO2 neutral (scope 1 and scope 2) worldwide since 2020. Susan leads the project team and coordinates the carbon neutrality project in China.
She is also a member of the Steering Committee of Shanghai Multi-National EHS Association since 2000.
Prior to her current role, Susan served in a major global semiconductor company, taking EHS management position in China and international job rotations in the United States, Malaysia and Philippines.
Ralph Koppitz Senior Advisor and German lawyer, working in cooperation with Shanghai Linie Investment Consultancy Co., Ltd.
Ralph studied law in Munich and Mandarin in Beijing. From 1997, he was based in China and is advising international companies regarding their China engagements. From 2002 to early 2020, he headed the Shanghai office of a major international law firm and the firm’s China employment group. 2021/2022, Ralph worked as assistant professor at Shanghai University for Political Science and Law. Since autumn 2022, he is based in Potsdam / Germany. His main advisory focus is on corporates and joint ventures / NGOs, support in contract negotiations, employment and immigration related legal topics. This includes corporate sustainability due diligence. Since 2003, Shanghai Linie Investment Consultancy Co., Ltd. provides agency support for company set-ups, corporate housekeeping and all types of immigration titles (visa, work and residence permits, green cards for foreigners).
Mailei Li Sustainability Director in Occupational Health & Safety Assistances Inc., Shanghai
Mailei has worked with both social and private sector in China and U.S. for more than 14 years, she gained an appreciation and respect for the challenge of supporting and developing sustainable programs and organizations that have a long-term impact on our communities and society. She holds a master of Nonprofit Management and “Sustainable Capitalism and ESG” certificate from University of California, Berkeley – School of Law. Support in Strategic advising, stakeholders communication, build the resilience for the SMEs and NGOs in the changing world.