In 2006, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), a Beijing-based non-government think tank, launched a water pollution website to increase disclosure of water quality in China’s 300 cities. In so doing, it identified companies cited for violating water regulations. Following the success of its 2006 water pollution website, ADMCF and WWF HK supported IPE in launching its air pollution website to increase disclosure of air quality in China’s cities in 2007.
In 2008, to build on the success of the websites and taking advantage of the changing policy landscape, IPE, with support from ADMCF and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, initiated the Green Choice Alliance for Responsible Supply Chain Management Programme (GCA). GCA is a platform for consumers, civil society, and industries to promote responsible manufacturing processes with low public health and environmental impacts, specifically relating to water and air issues. GCA works to curb environmental pollution in China’s manufacturing hubs by integrating transparency and stakeholder participation into existing supply chain management systems. GCA member corporations use IPE’s air and water pollution mapping websites and their government-sourced lists of violators to screen supply chains. If a supplier is found to be on the violator’s list, it is encouraged to undergo a third party audit with the participation of a specifically trained local NGO, to ensure transparency and credibility of the process.
Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) continues to be one of the most effective environmental advocates in China.
ADMCF’s role has been to contribute to strengthening IPE’s capacity in project management, campaign strategy development, networking and partnership building, financial management and strategic planning. ADMCF has worked closely with IPE’s staff, both at the IPE office in Beijing and at the ADMCF office in Hong Kong, and was instrumental in developing an informal network of brands for IPE. ADMCF continues to support IPE through its CWR initiative.
Hong Kong, Regional
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