Release a Green Declaration, Play a Triumphant Song for Green Development
Published Date丨 2020-06-10 Browse times丨 349

June 5, 2020 is the 49th World Environment Day. In the name of China's listed company on environmental protection , GEM released the "Green Declaration" to the world, standing at the height of its mission to promote the development of the world's green industry and combating the global climate deterioration, and made a clear commitment to recognize the UN's sustainable development goals and actively implement "carbon neutrality" activities, Following the new development concept of "ecological priority, green development", through the construction of waste recycling plants around the world, the development of green materials, to make effective use of resources, energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and build a community of human destiny to make green contributions. Cooperate with global companies to build a green industry chain, refuse to use non-green products and products and raw materials that do not meet global social responsibility, share the fate with humanity, be a green citizen of the Earth, and be a practitioner of the development of the world's green industry!

The "Green Declaration" has a total of 10 articles from three levels: "green ethics", "green management" and "green strive", which comprehensively describes the green guideline to be followed by GEM in moral ethics, management activities, production activities, innovation activities and cultural activities. The Declaration is undoubtedly a green law for business operations, which fully demonstrates the ideals, missions and responsibilities of Chinese environmental protection enterprises in promoting the progress and development of green industries, green technologies and green civilization in the world.

The "Green Declaration" clearly proposes to abide by the green moral concept of "the harmonious coexistence of man and nature", to follow "the law of nature" and "the unity of man and nature". To make desires and behaviors green, and to refuse to eat wild animals and animals and plants that has been banned for consumption in the world and ensure that every coin earned and every reward obtained is not at the cost of sacrificing the environment and destroying nature. There is no doubt that the "Green Declaration" explains the green corporate social responsibility standards of future enterprises.

As a waste recycling company, why should GEM issue the "Green Declaration"?

Prof. Xu Kaihua, founder and chairman of GEM, said: "Today, the background of the world is green, and China is implementing a tough battle against pollution. GEM is a Chinese superior environmental protection enterprise that is rapidly developing with the support of various policies from the Chinese government and the Chinese capital market. It must dare to become a practitioner of green ideas, a developer of green industries, and a fighter of tough battle against pollution. GEM's original intention is green. GEM is the first enterprise in the world to propose the industrial concept of "Limited Resources Unlimited Recycling". The first issue of the "Green Declaration" is to respond to the challenges posed by the current global epidemic, actively participate in the construction of a global green value chain, better integrate into the large green supply chain in the world, and watch each other with global upstream and downstream partners, establish a green responsibility of sharing the destiny with mankind and the Earth, to jointly win the global epidemic battle, and to create a better future together. The second is to call on all employees to strengthen their original intention of green development, adhere to green industry sentiment, condense the spirit of green strive, establish correct green values, unswervingly develop waste recycling green industry, enhance the profitability of green industry, and create good returns for investors, and contribute to the victory of the Chinese environmental protection defense battle! "

In 2019, GEM achieved revenue of 14.4 billion RMB and a net profit of 740 million RMB, ranking 5th among Chinese environmental protection enterprises (1st in private sector) and Top 500 Chinese manufacturing enterprises. 20 years ago, GEM was still a green dream. On Dec 28, 2001, GEM, meaning Green Manufacturing, a name with a green dream, was established in Shenzhen by Prof. Xu Kaihua.

Over the past 20 years, with the support of various policies of the Chinese government, and started with the industrial concept of "Limited Resources Unlimited Recycling" and the green concept of "exploiting urban mines, lighting up beautiful China" GEM overcome key technologies in the field of waste recycling, continuously expanded the layout of the waste recycling industry, and developed into a leader in China's circular economy, a world leader in waste recycling, and the head of the supply chain of the world's cemented carbide industry and the new energy industry. It has written the industry legend of the world's waste recycling and is one of the successful cases of innovation and entrepreneurship in China's environmental protection field.

In terms of innovation, GEM has continuously invested in R&D, introduced core talents, and invested more than 3 billion yuan in R&D. It has overcome a series of key technologies of waste battery recycling, waste electronic recycling, scrapped vehicles recycling, scarce resource recycling and new energy material manufacturing, obtained more than 1900 core patents, led the revision of more than 220 national standards, has won several national scientific and technological progress awards, has become a "pillars of a great power" in the field of waste recycling, ranking among China's top 300 patents and Top 20 comprehensive technological innovation capabilities, approved to set up the National Electronic Waste Recycling Engineering Technology Research Center and the National Enterprise Technology Center, made a significant contribution to the technological progress of China’s waste recycling industry and green development, and became the world’s used batteries, electronic waste, scrapped vehicles and leading enterprise in the recycling of scarce resources.

In terms of business, GEM started from recycling small batteries and cobalt-nickel resources, to recycling electronic waste, scrapped vehicles, power batteries, and to recycling and remanufacturing ternary materials, lithium cobalt oxide materials, cobalt tetroxide and other power battery and digital battery materials. GEM has not only become China's leading waste comprehensive treatment enterprise, but also the world's leading supplier in the field of new energy, achieving the dual-track driving model of "urban mines + new energy materials".

In terms of industrial layout and scale, GEM has grown from a base to 16 parks in 11 provinces and cities, covering 3,000 kilometers of China, with more than 4 million tons of waste recovered and processed annually. The annual recycling of electronic waste accounts for 10% of China’s total scrap, and the recycling of used batteries (except lead-acid batteries) accounts for 10% of China’s total scrap. The recycling of cobalt resources exceed China’s original cobalt mining, the recycling of nickel resources account for 8% of China’s nickel mining, the recycling of tungsten resources account for 5% of China’s original tungsten mining, the recycling of germanium resources account for 6% of global production, and the remanufacturing of  precursor of new energy ternary power batteries materials account for 20% of the world market, and the remanufacturing of ultra-fine cobalt powder materials account for more than 50% of the world market, and recycling 25 kinds of scarce resources such as nickel, cobalt and tungsten, supporting China's mainstream supply and made a significant contribution to China's construction of a recycling society and the implementation of green development concepts. GEM has been awarded national green and innovation honors such as the National Circular Economy Education Demonstration Base, the National Primary and Secondary School Environmental Education Social Practice Base, the National Green Factory, and the National Innovative Enterprise. In January 2018, as the only environmental protection company in China, together with IKEA, Philips, Google and other international companies, won the "Silver Medal of the Global Circular Economy Multinational Corporation" of the Davos Forum, becoming a symbol of China's circular economy going to the world.

In the past three years, GEM has actively invested in South Africa, Indonesia, and South Korea, connected with the “Belt and Road” initiative with green industries, and actively participated in global waste recycling green industry cooperation.

On the morning of July 22, 2013, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, State President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping visited GEM’s E-waste recycling facility in Wuhan. General Secretary Xi highly praised GEM’s achievements and made the following observation:

“Turning waste into treasure through recycling is a promising sunrise industry. Wastes are misplaced resources. Turning rubbish into resources and transforming waste into wealth are not only science but also arts. Hope GEM will make persistent efforts in the future!”

Wise always plan ahead and seize the opportunity. As the proposer of the industry concept of "Limited Resources Unlimited Recycling”, GEM released the "Green Declaration" today 20 years later, taking advantage of the wind of the green industry era, and heading towards the world leading enterprise in green development!



GEM's Global Recycling Industry Layout



GEM Recycling Park


GEM Waste PCBs Recycling Line


GEM Scrapped Vehicles Recycling Line


GEM Waste Home-appliances Recycling Line


GEM Power Battery Disassembly and Utilization Line


GEM High Nickel Ternary Materials Remanufacturing Line

GEM Green Declarations

GEM Co., Ltd.  

Issued on 5th June 2020

1. Green Ethics

Article 1: We are GEM, upholding a green dream. To be green is the deep aspiration of GEM. We have “green” blood flowing, and we regard green as the light of life. We adhere to the industrial concept of "limited resources and unlimited recycling" put forward by the founder of GEM, fulfill the green mission of "Recycling for the future!", and realize the green values of " Eliminating Pollution, Recycling Resources, Benefiting Mankind." With the vision of Exploiting Urban Mines, Establishing World's Advanced Green Factories” and building up waste recycling plants around the world, we develop green materials and make green contributions on behalf of Chinese enterprises to the effective use of resources and energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, for the purpose of building a community of human destiny.


Article 2: We follow the Global Environmental Compact of the Paris Agreement, agree with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and actively implement "carbon neutrality" activities. We follow the new developmental concept of "ecological priority, green development", to share the destiny with mankind, and to be green citizens of the Earth and practitioners on the development of the global green industry.


Article 3: We pursue the green moral concept of "the harmonious coexistence of man and nature", follow "Taoism law of nuture" and "the unity of man and nature". We keep striving to correct our desires and behaviors in a bid to conform to nature and avoid any harm to both nature and human living environment We uphold the belief that “the great virtue is like water”; thus, we respect all animals’ and plants’ right to life, refuse to eat wild animals and other animals and plants that are globally-banned. We guarantee that every hard-earned coin and cent we acquire through efforts is not at the cost of the sacrifice of the environment and destruction of nature.


Article 4: We follow green social responsibility, disseminate green ideas, fully open environmental and social responsibility information to the public, actively participate in green assistance activities and environmental public welfare activities, support civil environmental protection and green public welfare activities, and support employees to participate in green volunteer activities. We Oppose all actions that violate environmental protection and green development, speak for the Earth cleanness and the nature greenness, and continue to increase the greenness of the Earth and nature with our endless efforts.


2. Green management

Article 5: The company’s business activities are guided by the principles of reducing the Earth's environmental load and improving the Earth's environmental carrying capacity. It follows global laws and regulations on environmental protection and green development, and cooperates with global companies to build a green industrial-supply and full life cycle value chain. The value chain rejects the use of non-green products and products and raw materials that do not comply with global social responsibility, reduces the use of products with high environmental loads, and achieves the harmonious unification of economic benefits and social responsibility through economical recycling.


Article 6: The company's production activities abide by the 3R principles of circular economy (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), carry out full-process ecological design (Eco-design), adopt green technologies, implement cleaner production, and continuously improve environmental treatment facilities. It completes the safe disposal and recycling of waste gas, waste water, waste residues and various wastes generated by production activities so as to ensure that various emissions meet international standards, for the purpose of minimizing the impact of production activities on the environment. It continues to promote the reduction of waste sources and the utilization of resources to minimize the generation of waste. The GEM builds global green factories, promotes the integration of "production, living and ecology", and promotes bluer sky, greener land and clearer water in the world.


Article 7: The company's business activities are dominated by adherence to waste recycling and green material remanufacturing. The main funds are used to develop waste recycling and green materials. It actively participates in the construction of waste-free cities.


Article 8: The company's innovation activities are dominated by the development of green technologies for waste recycling and green materials. It continues to develop green technologies for waste recycling, to play a technological and innovative role in the development of the global waste recycling industry, and to share with peers around the world on technical progress and industrial achievements in the field of waste circulation.


Article 9: The company's cultural activities are carried out with the theme of "Recycling for future!" and "Promoting the progress of global green civilization" to the world, so as to actively promote green consumption and green procurement. Throughout the company’s business activities, production activities, employee work, employee life, etc., we spread green ideas, introduce green culture, carry out all staff waste sorting-out activities, advocate resource conservation and energy conservation, reduce emissions and the use of non-green products, promote all employees to "speak green words, do green things, eat green food, and practice green lifestyles", implement factories opening doors, build a circular economy communication platform, and spread green ideas and green industrial practices to the world.


3. Green Strive

Article 10: We voluntarily choose to contribute wisdom and strength to the development of the green industry in the world. We guard each other with GEM and build and share together on the green development platform of GEM, working hard to exhaust all our life energy. We promote the progress and development of world’s green industry, green technology and green civilization. We always protect the green, share the destiny with mankind and the Earth, never give up, move forward bravely, and make unremitting efforts to realize the green dream and green value of mankind!