Smart Means Nothing: What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur | Entrepreneurs for Good

So many of us entrepreneurs think success depends on one critical factor in China: guanxi (relationship). The concept that “it’s not what you know, but who you know, that matters” is an international catchphrase, happily tossed around by business-minded go-getters with confidence that they do, in fact, know the “right people”. But the reality – no matter where you are in the world, but especi…

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3 Things That Make a Successful Growth-Stage Startup

The Startup Reality in China It feels that the days when China is called a land of "copycats" are long gone. Since the official launch of the Made in China 2025 master plan, China has been leapfrogging towards an innovation-powered economy rather than one focusing on labor-intensive manufacturing. The nationwide movement has gained huge momentum: In 2015 alone, China’s total patent filings mat…

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China’s Landfills Are Closing: Where Will The Waste Go?

In China, waste and waste management have attracted national concern. From environmental issues like toxic chemicals in sea water, to issues affecting urban centers – like Beijing's burdened landfills – waste has become a central part of public discourse. With this in mind, we thought we'd share insights from our past and recent work on waste in Shanghai, and shed light on major changes to waste m…

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Ocean Plastic & China’s Affluence, Markets for Sustainability & Leadership | #AskTheCollective 002

As we wrap up the start of February, we are proud to present Episode 002 of the #AskTheCollective video series. This episode features topics ranging from ocean plastic and the influence of affluence in China, to the link between sustainability and a market-driven economy. Many thanks to askers: Wade Sewell, allaways coffee, and Mario Van Der Meulen. As always, we hope you find these questions a…

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Automation & Manufacturing: 3 Insights of China’s Migrant Workers

With an increased number of reports and discussions focused on the impact of automation on jobs, there is a clear (and growing) concern in many areas of the world. It is a concern that we first studied last year as part of our work with the ILO in creating the Future of Work report. This concern, at the time, was seen as misplaced in the minds of many of the executives and factory owners we spoke…

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Is CSR Dead?

Earlier this month, Collective Responsibility joined over 120 corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals in Shanghai for the 4th annual gathering of CSR WeCan. As part of the event, we were invited to speak on a panel titled “Is CSR Dying or Thriving?” – a topic that has been regularly discussed. Given the liveliness of that debate and the importance of the topic, we thought we would s…

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Dare to Dream, Take the First Step – Entrepreneurs for Good

There are fewer questions more interesting to ask an entrepreneur than, “Why did you do it?” Through this latest installment in our "Entrepreneurs for Good" series, we had a powerful discussion with Sherry Poon, who revealed one of the most interesting insights of how entrepreneurs have to overcome their fear. Sherry Poon is the founder and CEO of wobabybasics, a Shanghai-based innovative app…

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[NEW WEBSERIES] #AskTheCollective: Episode 001

As a way to engage with you, our audience, we are happy to announce that Episode 001 of the #AskTheCollective video series is now live! This episode features topics ranging from food waste in China to the reality of China's pledge to become an "ecological civilization". Special thanks to our askers: Travis Opocensky, Hunter Lovins, John Dennis Liu, Ariel Muller, and Rob Waston. #AskTheCollectiv…

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Three of the Top Concerns for Chinese Citizens in 2017

Last week, President Xi Jinping attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Businesses, world leaders, NGOs, and think tanks used the forum to forecast concerns, offer international solutions, and point out emerging global trends. China was often a point of discussion. Chinese Concerns Ipsos, for instance, presented new China-related findings from its 2016 study, “What Worries t…

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From China to India: Scaling Sustainable Solutions

Early this year, I took a flight from Mumbai to Shanghai - which included a five-hour, pollution-related delay in Delhi. During the whole time in the air, it was only over the Himalayas that I saw the Asian continent getting a respite from the consequences of industrial activity, localized burning, and energy consumption. India: The Next "China" India is now well-documented to follow in Chin…

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