Dr Pichamon Yeophantong
This presentation will examine China's evolving policy framework and regulatory system for outbound investment. Parallels are drawn between emerging trends in the international investment policy landscape and China's policy attitudes toward "responsible investment', whereby recognition is afforded to the importance of "environmental, social and governance factors' to "long-term sustainable returns'. In so doing, I advance an analytical framework to make sense of how "responsible investment', as both a concept and practice, has become internalized in the Chinese regulatory environment and with what implications for state policies and corporate conduct. Employing a socialization perspective, it posits that China is currently in the middle stages of norm internalization, with a distinctive language of responsible investment having gradually filtered into Chinese political discourse. This, in turn, has given rise to an investment policy and regulatory framework that is arguably attuned to the nexus between responsible business conduct, legitimacy and firm performance.
Dr Pichamon Yeophantong is Lecturer in International Relations and Development at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, and Director of the Environmental Justice and Human Rights in Asia Project at the Australian Human Rights Institute. Previously, Pichamon was an ASEAN-Canada Senior Fellow at the RSIS Non-Traditional Security Studies Centre, and a Global Leaders Fellow at Oxford University and Princeton University. She has also been a consultant to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Africa Progress Panel and the Overseas Development Institute. Her work has appeared in such publications as Pacific Affairs, Chinese Journal of International Politics and Asian Survey.
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