Human Resources Working Group Position Paper 2018/2019 - 人力资源工作组建议书2018/2019 Go back »

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The function of human resources (HR) is to improve a company’s operations and productivity by helping a company to effectively utilise their workforce. HR departments were traditionally expected to play a facilitative role in corporate social responsibility, sustainability and workplace ethics. However, HR management has recently adopted a more strategic, future-orientated approach, expanding their duties within an organisation. With the accelerating pace of technology and changes to the socio-economic and demographic makeup of Chinese society, HR departments have had to adapt to a work environment where employees’ skills have a limited shelflife. Successful organisations are more adaptive, resilient and quick to change direction. HR management should adopt a similar strategy and plan for what is to come while remaining competitive today. This is achieved by recruiting, retaining and providing relevant training to employees in order to better meet the company’s long-term business objectives.

During the 19th Party Congress, President Xi Jinping stated:

"It is imperative that we develop a modernised economy…We must put quality first and give priority to performance. We should…work hard for better quality, higher efficiency, and more robust drivers of economic growth through reform. We need to raise total factor productivity and accelerate the building of an industrial system that promotes coordinated development of the real economy with technological innovation, modern finance, and human resources."

The European Chamber’s Human Resources (HR) Working Group is currently active in Shanghai, with fora representation in Beijing, Nanjing and South China (Guangzhou and Shenzhen). The working group is composed of HR professionals from European multinational corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) involved in a variety of industries. The working group represents European companies employing hundreds of thousands of people who contribute to social security funds and tax receipts, as well as HR service providers across China. 

The Human Resources Working Group provides a platform for exchanging information, experiences and best practices among member companies, as well as to promote awareness of HR- and labour-related issues. The working group regularly organises events and facilitates training sessions to share with members their acquired knowledge and expertise.

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