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TCM Sector Holds Inaugural CSR and Sustainability Forum

2014/3/3 11:37:53

Beijing, China, February 2014—Representatives from 30 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) companies met last week in Beijing to discuss corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability issues in the TCM industry. It was the first Forum dedicated to CSR held by the TCM sector in China under the theme of "Sustainable development in the TCM industry and supply chain management" and as such, was hailed as a significant moment in the industry’s development there. 
Jointly organized by TRAFFIC, the China Medical Pharmaceutical Material Association (CMPMA), the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), and China Wild Plant Conservation Association (CWCA), China’s TCM Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Forum attracted participation from more than 70 representatives from TCM companies, academia and NGOs.

The Forum was a direct outcome of TRAFFIC’s collaboration with the TCM industry to promote sustainable harvesting and trade in medicinal plants and support sustainable supply chain management in the sector within the project ‘Engaging the Private Sector in sustainable management of medicinal plants – the multiplier effect (EGP-MAPs)’ launched in November 2013 . Delegates focused on issues relating to industry Standards and the sustainability of domestic and international supplies of medicinal plants, including supply chain traceability and transparency. 

TRAFFIC highlighted sustainability issues in the supply chain for wild-harvested medicinal plants species used by the TCM industry. “The work by TRAFFIC and its project partners focuses on three levels: sustainable harvesting practices of wild medicinal plants; well-managed and transparent supply chains; and good manufacturing practices that focus on quality control and traceability—they are all part of TRAFFIC’s long-term commitment to the protection of wild medicinal plants worldwide,” said James Compton, TRAFFIC’s Senior Programme Director for the Asia-Pacific region. 

Other presentations were made by representatives from the European Union (EU)-China Environmental Governance Programme (EGP), CWCA, the International Trade Union of Genuine Regional Materia Medica (TUGRMM), and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the People’s Republic of China (SATCM).
Huang Xueju, EGP Project Manager spoke about an EUChina EGP Programme and the fit of the objectives of EGP-MAPs in sustainable management of medicinal plants project with the overall goal of EGP’s priorities, and of the collective need for communicating and sharing issues surrounding corporate social responsibility (CSR) by industry stakeholders.

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