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Dredging project wins international acclaim

THE China Harbor Engineering Co Ltd, renowned for its role in building ports in China and in overseas infrastructure projects, has won its first award from a foreign government for environmental protection.

The government of Saudi Arabia issued the award for its work in a dredging project where it prevented polluted mud seeping into the surrounding water.

It is also the first such award any Chinese contractor has received from a foreign government.

According to an expert, it is very difficult to prevent polluted water from entering into the surrounding waters during a dredging project, and few countries had successfully achieved it. What the CHEC had done was practising the principle of corporate social responsibility (CSR), he said.

China's top port builder has won numerous awards at home and abroad, but all the company's staff were very proud to receive the Saudi government prize, said Sun Ziyu, general manager of the CHEC.

CSR is a new concept for many Chinese firms, though it has been widely accepted in developed countries and by international companies worldwide.

Since the establishment in 2004 of the China Business Council for Sustainability Development, with members comprising China's state-owned companies and international companies, more and more Chinese state firms have looked to international practices and tried to take greater social responsibility by participating in environmental, safety and other CSR programs.


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