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Ethics and the environment

 

The Chinese government recognises the need to protect the country's environment. They have introduced policies to reduce air pollution, waste control and, most importantly, to protect and increase the forest areas.

Crucially for those living in the slate quarry areas, the government has forbidden farming on land that slopes more than 25 degrees. Instead, trees will be planted in these areas to generate more forests. Although this has clear benefits for the environment, it has also placed an increased strain on village farming.

Since the early nineties, Fergus Liu, founder of China Slate Limited, has attended many important Chinese policy conferences in Beijing and other Chinese cities. He understood the need for socio-economic development in Western and Central China and worked closely with local government officials and state owned companies to improve the standard of living within villages whilst continuing to protect the environment.

 

China Slate provided villagers with work in the slate quarries (we don't use child labour). The company invested much time and effort in educating and training the local people on how to quarry slate and the importance of protecting the environment. As a result, the slate quarries managed by China Slate have an efficient working process.

The fact that even our small quarries are aware of the importance of environmental protection is a measure of our success. In some cases, engineers do not choose the best position for quarrying the slate and have had to compensate by building dams to reduce the pollution to drinking water.

China Slate always puts environmental considerations and the method of quarrying at the top of the list when choosing potential quarry sites.

Please also see our Corporate Social Responsibility Charter by clicking here.

A carbon footprint calculation is available by request - please e-mail us