At a recent international workshop a group of Chinese enterprises launched a Green Supply Chain Initiative with the aim of establishing and promoting green timber supply chains.
The high-ranking Chinese government officials who spoke at the opening ceremony were: Dr. Wang Dengju, Director General of the Center for International Forest Products Trade (CINF/NFGA); Mr. Wu Zhimin, Director General for International Cooperation, National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA); Ms. Liang Hong, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce; (MOFCOM) and Ms. Jin Hongman, Deputy Director General for Statistics and Data Department from the General Administration of Customs (GAC).
Participants recognised the value of establishing green supply chains, not only for economic development but also for achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
Speakers also expressed the view that green supply chains are an excellent concept that must be embedded in people’s minds in producer, processor and consumer countries to ensure mutual recognition and that fair and equitable rules apply to all actors.
ITTO’s Executive Director, Dr. Gerhard Dieterle, said that successful green supply chains require a healthy private sector grounded in sound enabling frameworks, including incentives; fair taxation systems; clear rules; the absence of corruption and illegality; clear land tenure and rights; and the involvement of local people and smallholders.