Event Report: Sustainable Ambassador Appreciation Reception

This week, we were excited to host our first Shanghai Sustainable Ambassador Appreciation Reception. An event meant to celebrate the work of sustainability professionals and business leaders who are looking to drive sustainability trough their business, participants had a chance to network and share ideas over relaxed drinks and delicious hors-d'œuvres. A group of individuals, that we began…

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Event Report: Waste Management is a Collective Responsibility Lunch and Learn

Yesterday, in collaboration with the Shanghai European Chamber of Commerce, Collective Responsibility hosted a Lunch and Learn event to help increase awareness about waste and waste management in China. An interactive session, that ended with practical tips for individuals and companies to take to reduce their waste footprint, Rich Brubaker started the session provide insights from our research…

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Can the Investment Community Drive Leadership in Sustainability?

Over the past four years, most sustainability professionals I know have been looking forward to Larry Fink’s letter to S&P 500 CEOs at the beginning of each year. The anticipation surrounding these annual letters from BlackRock’s CEO is due to the fact that we have the world’s largest asset owner voicing what sustainability practitioners have long been advocating of businesses. Fink, a leader…

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China’s Environmental Tax: What Business Needs to Know

In China, while the pressure of economic growth on the environment has been well documented, over the last few years, there have been a number of pilot and campaigns (nationally and provincially) to identify and reduce pollution at the local level. Since Chinese Premier declared “a war on pollution” in 2014, China has set up plans and targets for cleaning up its air, water, and soil. Last year,…

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“Ice Boy” and China’s Left-Behind Children

Every so often, breaking news brings China’s left-behind children to the forefront of public attention. Recent reports of left-behind child orphans being adopted and trained by martial arts clubs led to public debate over the fate of rural children growing up alone, as well as the shocking finding from a survey late last year in which 11.9% of left-behind children said that their parents working a…

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Worker Wellbeing: The New Factory Audit?

Supply chains are the backbone of our global economy; they deliver the goods and services we use around the world, spanning geographic, industry and cultural boundaries. As these interconnected webs of supply and demand become more complex, how they are managed has major implications for the well-being of the workers that produce those goods, as well as society and the environment at large. Con…

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Impact of China’s Waste Ban is Global

As the world’s largest waste importer, China received more than 7.35 million tons of plastic scraps and 28.5 million tons of mixed paper in 2016, about half of the globe’s total. Coming mainly from Europe, Japan, and the United States through direct or indirect trade via Hong Kong, for decades China was willing to take these products, process them, and put them back into the economy. However, on J…

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2018 – The Year Sustainability Goes Strategic

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018; the year that sustainability goes strategic in China. Yes, we know that this may appear to be an overly optimistic view of 2018, and some of you might be wondering what we at Collective Responsibility were drinking over the holiday.  But while we were on break reflecting over the work we have done, the conversations we have had, and the regulations we have se…

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Left-Behind Children: The Parents’ Perspective

“I work in a clothing factory in Guangdong. This year after returning home to spend Chinese New Year with my 5 year old son, I found work in Nanchong, the closest city to my home village in Sichuan. But after 2 months, I had to go back to the factory. The salary here is 700RMB lower per month. I can't afford to live closer to home.”                                                                …

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2017 Kohler Hackathon: Who Are the Winners?

In 2016, 30.2% of the permanent population in Shanghai is above the age of 60 (Xinhuanet). It is also estimated that the number of elderly will overtake the number of youths in China around 2020. Aging has become one of the biggest challenges to the quickly urbanizing China. Not only is the government struggling to provide enough beds for senior citizens in public hospitals and senior houses, t…

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LUXEPACK Sustainable Packaging Training

Last week, Collective Responsibility held two training sessions, in Shanghai and Shenzhen, to help packaging manufacturers in China incorporate sustainability into their products through innovations in design, materials and the production process. 60 participants from paper, plastic, and wood packaging suppliers joined the sessions to find out more about the business case for sustainability, an…

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Event Report: Shanghai eWaste Factory Visit

Last week, to understand more about the eWaste issue in China, we have organized a tour to TES-AMM, a eWaste factory in Jiading, Shanghai. 15 guests with an interest in sustainability area from Shanghai and Suzhou joined us for the tour. Opened in 2005, TES- AMM (Total Environmental Solutions Asset Material Management ) has established an Integrated WEEE Management Solutions for recycling e – w…

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Telling Your Sustainability Story Through Social Media

Last Tuesday Collective Responsibility hosted ‘Telling your sustainability story through social media’ forum to discuss how social media can be used to improve transparency in value chains and to engage employees internally and external stakeholders. In this session we will look at how firms should use social media as part of their sustainability strategy – both internally and externally – but…

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The Food Water Energy Nexus and Business

Businesses that rely on food, water, and energy as necessary production inputs are very sensitive and dependent on a robust supply of these resources. As such, they are exposed to risks that need to be carefully managed: physical risks related to the constraints of FWE, which can affect direct operations or supply chain; reputation risks; and regulatory risks. Sometimes the physical risks initi…

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Mars Launches “Sustainable in a Generation” Plan

From supporting marriage equality to climate change, corporations are taking an increasingly prominent public stand on political and societal issues. While the risk of doing so is enough to keep some companies out of the ring, those who decide to take a stand are becoming stronger from the inside out. Decades of academic and market research show that consumer and employee trust, identification,…

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