Waste in Shanghai: Rising Pressures for the Informal System

China's waste management system is feeling the heat. Over the past few months, scandals from illegal dumping to capacity reaches of major landfills have exposed the complexities of Shanghai’s waste stream –and the challenges that exist in controlling its management. These issues are not unique to Shanghai – they represent broader trends and issues of consumption growth in many of China’s cit…

Read More

Sustainability and Engaging Executive Leadership | #AskTheCollective 008

Welcome back to another episode of #AskTheCollective! This week we answer a question about how to engage executive leadership on sustainability – a common challenge, not just for passionate Sustainability Ambassadors, but for many who seek to move, or leverage, business as a medium for change. As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, gain some new insights, and possibl…

Read More

The Future of China’s Left-Behind Children

This latest installment in our “Hope and Opportunity” article series discusses migrant worker trends with regards to children in rural China. When thousands of political and business leaders and experts gathered to discuss major economic, political, and social issues at China's recent Two Sessions, one of the most eye-catching and debatable topics raised was the current situation and futures of…

Read More

Robots, the Future Jobs, and More Sustainability Career Advice | #AskTheCollective 007

As a follow-up to our previous episode in #AskTheCollective, "How to Start Your Career in Sustainability or CSR", in 007 we help answer a deeper question about finding one's first job in the field, and then open a discussion about the future of jobs and what we should teach our kids to prepare them. It is a huge episode, and as always, we hope you find these questions and answers enjoyable and…

Read More

The Business Reality of Running an NGO in Asia – Tom Stader | Entrepreneurs For Good

 "For [my team], it's literacy, its programs, its libraries. It’s that, our first school in Cambodia that we donated a library to – that school, six months after we donated the library, won the best reading competition in the region. That's what gets them up in the morning. What gets me up in the morning is giving them the space to build the best organization that they can." – Tom Stader, The Li…

Read More

Informal Waste Collection in China: A People-Powered Economy

China's waste collection and management system has recently captured public attention. Much of that attention has focused on negative incidents – such as dumping scandals in Shanghai and Wuxi – or uncertainty about the future of waste treatment, with expected landfill closures in Shanghai for 2017. But how much do you really know about waste beyond the headlines? Collective's work on waste i…

Read More

China’s Airpocalypse: Why London’s Playbook Won’t Work.

“Beijing’s pollution is bad, but they'll clean their air just like London did …” In 1952, the five-day Great Smog of London killed more than 12,000 people and made over 150,000 people ill. It was an environmental disaster that many people today consider both a cautionary tale and an instructive example of how to address and overcome an air crisis for areas in similar situations – in part because…

Read More

How to Start Your Career in Sustainability or CSR | #AskTheCollective 006

In Episode 006 of #AskTheCollective, we answer a question that is asked on a regular basis: How do you get a job in sustainability or CSR? As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, possibly gain some new insights, and feel compelled or inspired to ask questions of your own! Enjoy Episode 006 below, check out the full playlist here, and stay tuned for Episode 007 coming…

Read More

Sustainability Ambassadors: A New Webseries

For quite some time now, we at Collective Responsibility have been identifying and interviewing leaders who have stepped up within their company to inspire and drive effective change. These leaders are Sustainability Ambassadors, and they have the capacity and the motivation to inspire sustainable practice at any level of an organization – from the new talent to the visionary executive. Ea…

Read More

Real Estate Hackathon | Education Challenge in Urban China

We are really excited to announce our next hackathon, held on May 5th and 6th in Chengdu, where student teams will work with real estate and education executives to create an Education Hub business plan. For many Chinese families, it is believed that a good education is the best path for social mobility. It is closely related to one’s well-being, through higher income and social status, both of…

Read More