Guidelines of Sustainable Infrastructure for Chinese International Contractors

Guidelines of Sustainable Infrastructure for Chinese International Contractors


China International Contractors Association (CHINCA)

Type(s) of Tool

GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.


Tools applicable to all sectors

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., FinanceDevelopers decide how to pay for their project., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design., ConstructionThe asset is constructed in line with design, budget and timeline., Operation and MaintenanceInfrastructure assets are managed and maintained during their use time.

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The Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines for Chinese International Contractors (SIG) are a voluntary guidance document developed by the China International Contractors Associations for Chinese enterprises engaged in infrastructure projects overseas to enhance sustainability performance across economic, social, environmental and governance aspects. The guidelines propose a broad set of sustainability indicators covering the entire life cycle from funding, planning, design, building, operation and maintenance to closure. The SIG may also serve as a tool for evaluation of sustainability on completed projects.

Tool Outcome

The guidelines address desirable sustainability behaviors and governance rules amongst Chinese companies engaged in infrastructure projects overseas. Companies can use them to align their sustainability management with measures that are related to internationally recognized sustainability standards and tools.

Sustainability Criteria

The tool provides guidelines for 14 impact areas:
– Financial performance
– Implications for local industries
– Benefits for local economy
– Protection for employees’ rights and interests
– Occupational health and safety management
– Quality management
– Supply chain management
– Co-existence with community residents
– GHG emission reduction
– Pollution control
– Species protection
– Ecosystem management
– Marine environment protection
– Sustainable use & protection of resources