Com­pany signs UN busi­ness prin­ci­ples

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By EL­IZ­A­BETH WU at the United Na­tions For China Daily

Guangxi Pen­shibao Co, which man­u­fac­tures and sells a fer­til­izer it in­vented in 1985 that is less harm­ful to the en­vi­ron­ment, has be­come the first China-based com­pany to sign on as a par­tic­i­pant in the UN Global Com­pact, an agree­ment to prac­tice sound agri­cul­tural prac­tices that lead to eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tions and so­cial suc­cess.

The com­pany be­came a sig­na­tory to the agree­ment on Thurs­day, World En­vi­ron­ment Day, at UN head­quar­ters in New York.

“I am a farmer; I have de­voted my whole life for agri­cul­ture, ru­ral ar­eas and farm­ers. And I want to do some­thing for China’s agri­cul­ture and that of the world.” said Xianglin, Guangxi Pen­shibao’s chair­man.

The UN Global Com­pact brings businesses to­gether with UN agencies, la­bor, civil so­ci­ety and govern­ment to ad­vance 10 prin­ci­ples in the ar­eas of hu­man rights, la­bor, en­vi­ron­ment, and anti-cor­rup­tion. To fur­ther the de­vel­op­ment of the orig­i­nal prin­ci­ples, Global Com­pact un­veiled the Food and Agri­cul­ture Busi­ness Prin­ci­ples in Rome last month.

The Prin­ci­ples in­clude: aim for food se­cu­rity, health and nu­tri­tion, be en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble, en­sure eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity and share value, re­spect hu­man rights, cre­ate de­cent work and help com­mu­ni­ties to thrive, en­cour­age good gov­er­nance and ac­count­abil­ity, and pro­mote ac­cess and trans­fer of knowl­edge, skills and tech­nol­ogy. “The Food and Agri­cul­ture Busi­ness Prin­ci­ples do not need lengthy guid­ance. How users in­ter­pret them is on their own terms,’’ said Adri­enne Gar­daz, UN Global Com­pact Pol­icy ad­viser.

In 1985, Xianglin in­vented a fer­til­izer that worked three times bet­ter than other fer­til­iz­ers. Less of it had to be used, cut­ting down on the amount of harm­ful toxic waste from the en­vi­ron­ment.

The fer­til­izer is sold in 26 coun­tries in full com­pli­ance with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. Pen­shibao is one of the big­gest man­u­fac­tur­ers in fer­til­izer re­search, and has suc­ceeded in sci­en­tif­i­cally ex­per­i­ment­ing 57 kinds of crops, re­sult­ing in huge eco­nomic ef­fi­ciency and the so­cial ef­fect.

The sign­ing also was at­tended by his sons, Wang Jicheng, CEO, and Wang Ji­dong, stand­ing pres­i­dent of the com­pany, and Meng Liu, China’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN Global Com­pact.

“I am very happy my com­pany has signed the UN com­pact busi­ness prin­ci­ples, be­cause of our par­tic­i­pa­tion with the UN, Pen­shibao can align it­self of­fi­cially with the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards we have been try­ing to up­hold,” said CEO Jicheng.

Wang Xu, deputy di­rec­tor of China’s na­tional fer­til­izer qual­ity su­per­vi­sion and in­spec­tion cen­ter, who was at the sign­ing, said, ‘The ex­ces­sive use of agri­cul­tural chem­i­cals, se­vere wa­ter short­ages and the lack of ef­fec­tive waste man­age­ment leads to re­sources wastage and en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion. In 2012, China con­sumed more than 58 mil­lion tons of fer­til­iz­ers, a third of to­tal world con­sump­tion.’’ Con­tact the writer at read­ers@ chi­nadai­lyusa.com

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EL­IZ­A­BETH WU / FOR CHINA DAILY

Wang Xianglin, Chair­man of Pen­shibo, shakes hands with Adri­enne Gar­daz, UN Global Com­pact Pol­icy Ad­viser and Pro­gram Man­ager, af­ter sign­ing the Food and Agri­cul­ture Busi­ness Prin­ci­ples at United Na­tions Head­quar­ters in New York on June 5.

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