Dongfang is a large state-owned enterprise specialising in producing and installing equipment for electricity projects in coal, gas, nuclear, hydropower, wind, solar and transmission, as well as other projects such as rail. DEC plays various roles, sometimes only supplying the equipment, sometimes installing it as well, and sometimes taking a share in the project company. Dongfang is most known in southeast Europe as the main contractor and equipment supplier for the Stanari lignite power plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it is also participating in the Ulog hydropower project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and was the main equipment supplier for the Zetes II plant in Turkey.
In 2013, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Environmental Protection issued the Guidelines for Environmental Protection in Foreign Investment and Cooperation. These Guidelines are not legally binding but can be quoted as a policy that Dongfang should act in line with. In addition, while doing business in the EU or potential EU countries, it can be argued that companies should act in line with EU legislation.
Dongfang does not have a public grievance mechanism and does not publish much information about its staff on its website. Therefore getting in touch is not easy: you need to send faxes and hard copies of letters.
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It is usually difficult to find out the relevant person to contact, so first look for some clues in the media coverage of the project or the particular office of the bank in question. For the Chinese headquarters, if you cannot find a specific person connected to the project or the region where the project is situated, write to the most senior people listed on the website.
You should not expect to receive an answer quickly, if at all. This can be discouraging, however do not underestimate the impact of receiving letters from local groups or affected people.
As Dongfang is a state-owned enterprise, it is directly responsible towards the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC). Projects with a total investment of over USD 30 million or with over USD 10 million in foreign exchange must also be approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Therefore if your communication with the company does not yield any results, it is possible to also contact the SASAC and the NDRC.
While you are in the process of contacting companies that are involved in investment projects of your interest, you may wish to communicate to the Chamber of Commerce or bilateral/regional trade associations in your respective country to learn about the companies’ activities and locate the relevant point of contact.
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