China to impose 'social credit' system on foreign companies: EU chamber

Foreign companies operating in China will soon operate under the corporate 'social credit' system imposed by Beijing, according to an EU Chamber of Commerce report. Chinese regulators from tax officials to customs agents are increasingly rating companies according to compliance with regulations, and sharing 'blacklists' of corporations found to have violated rules, said the EU Chamber report.

Government documents show that a variety of Chinese regulators, covering areas from work safety to e-commerce and cyber security, are compiling ratings of companies against up to 300 specific rules.

The system primarily aims to improve the enforcement of existing regulations, and in many cases foreign companies could benefit as they often have better compliance in areas such as pollution.

(SeaNews Turkey)