Informal Waste – Sustainability Insights – Collective Responsibility

Over the past decade, China’s cities have grown at an unprecedented rate. More than half of Chinese people now live in cities, and urban GDP per capita has risen almost 10% every year on average (World Bank, 2016). Over the last two decades, Shanghai alone has experienced high economic and population growth with average yearly growth of 7.2% over the last five years, and as part of this expansi…

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Elderly Technology Report

Over the last few decades China has emerged as one of the world’s largest economies. Millions of individuals have experienced great increases in wealth and a subsequent rise in their standard of living. A natural phenomenon that occurs as countries develop is the growth of the aging population and by 2030 the Chinese elderly  (65+ years old) are projected to account for 23% of China's population (…

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Becoming a Sustainability Ambassador

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Manufacturing Labor in China

Over the past 30 years, China has experienced unprecedented levels of economic growth and is now the world’s largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity, as well as the world leader in the manufacturing of mass-produced goods (World Bank, 2015). Much of this rise can be attributed to the capitalization of China’s vast manufacturing sector, characterized by the establishment of special econ…

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Elderly in China

Over the last 30 years, China’s economy has undergone a period of unprecedented growth, along with large and widespread changes to systems throughout the country’s economy, culture, and society. While not alone in this demographic shift, the growth and impact of China’s elderly population is particularly notable, with over 202 million people over the age of 60 as of 2014 (SCMP, 2014). In par…

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Corporate Social Responsibility in China

  For firms, who recognized that a business with a core of responsible business practices was far more likely to be insulated from the risk of government policies (and enforcement), and far more likely to be poised for growth as new markets developed, they have undertaking a different process. A process where being a responsible company is core to their mission, and that involves the entir…

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Social Innovation in China

"To be a great company, you need to think about what social problem you can solve.” Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba As China’s economy transitions towards maturity, where conversations of balanced growth replace growth at all cost, awareness of social entrepreneurs and enterprises is possible solutions to the environmental, societal, and economic challenges faced. A change in dynamic that will le…

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Hope & Opportunity

"Migrants who encounter these struggles and do not feel integrated into the city will most likely not be emotionally invested in the community. Therefore, cities should not overlook the importance of developing community-building and integration strategies to drive long-term migrant investment into the city. What is good for the citizens is good for the city. While younger generations are attrac…

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Air Pollution in China – Sustainability Insights – Collective Responsibility

While the world debates the impact of carbon emissions and the need to create binding agreements, China’s battle with air pollution has grown tangible enough to effectively catalyze stakeholders into action.   With only six of China’s cities meeting the second tier of the National Environmental Air Quality Standards (NEAQS) in 2015, air pollution has become one of the biggest signs…

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Building A Sustainability Ambassador Network

“When done well, [an ambassador program] will allow the firm to develop not just a strong core of ambassadors, but will help it to execute on its sustainability goals, change the organization's culture, and put itself in the position to call itself a leader of sustainability in its industry.”  One of our goals as an organization is to help businesses envision and create meaningful sustainable c…

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Energy in China

"With China’s plan to urbanize another 20-30 million people per year until 2030, there is little doubt that overall demand for energy will continue to grow for the next two decades. As will the size of the challenges that China faces with addressing the imbalances in its energy systems; a system that by some estimates will grow by more than 250% over the same time period." With our goal to prov…

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