Weekly Round Up – Suing governments, the fart free cow and Germany’s paying consumers

With so much going on in the realm of sustainability, leadership, and innovation, and only a limited amount of bandwidth for professionals in this space, we have created this weekly news to highlight articles that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability. If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comm…

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New Report: 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 cha…

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Labor Displacement and Industry 4.0 in China

  Talk of robots replacing labor is everywhere, and a quick search will bring up a host of articles proclaiming our “jobs are at risk” or “the robotic revolution” is upon us. Over the last couple of months we at Collective have been conducting research into the future of labor in China and understanding robotics and automation has been a key area of interest. Throughout this period…

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Weekly Round-up: Superfoods, dams under scrutiny and some positive sustainability news

With so much going on in the realm of sustainability, leadership, and innovation, and only a limited amount of bandwidth for professionals in this space, we have created this weekly news to highlight articles that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability. If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comm…

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Event Insight: How to Drive Sustainability via One-off Events?

While a one-off event like Earth Day and annual company days of service offer great opportunities to engage employees, and show externally how passionate they are about their community and the environment, many firms fail to leverage the full potential. When executed in this way, firms see momentum and excitement quickly disappear, and the only tangible output is a team selfie and a short paragrap…

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5 Key Actions to Engaging Local Stakeholders

On Wednesday I attended Plasticity forum in Shanghai, an event hosted by Doug Woodring that focuses on the plastics industry bringing together professional, experts and stakeholders from around the globe to promote and discuss the future of plastics and its progressive management. Despite a host of interesting talks I wanted to share with you the theme of a conversation that I had with the seni…

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Weekly News Round Up: Nuclear Waste, More Coal Closures and Lake Urmia

With so much going on in the realm of sustainability, leadership, and innovation, and only a limited amount of bandwidth for professionals in this space, we have created this weekly news to highlight articles that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability. If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comm…

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Event Insights: Scaling Sustainability Through Tech

Attempting to provide solutions to China's sustainability challenges can often require a unique approach; particularly when a series of environmental, social and economic systems are involved. Yet increasingly, innovators are building technologies which present creative and tangible solutions to issues like air quality and pollution, food safety and equitable economic opportunities. As the size an…

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Understanding Stakeholders in China’s Aquaculture Value Chain

This month, Collective Responsibility was appointed by a global food and nutrition client to speak to their executives about the sustainability risks affecting their industries in China, with a focus on aquaculture, and the market opportunities available through strategic innovation and positioning. Urbanisation continues to add pressure to the environmental and social systems of the food indus…

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Sustainable Tech: Healthcare

Tech is becoming a part of all aspects of life and sustainability is no exception to this. In this piece, in the run up to our Beyond Business As Usual Forum, we present the future of healthcare and how there is a growing opportunity for tech to be leveraged to provide for a growing, more expectant urban population. While China has made great strides to improve the quality of life for its 1.5 b…

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