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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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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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 for 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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What Education and Skills Will You Need When AI Takes Over?

Automation has the potential to dramatically increase human productivity and enrich lives.  But at the same time this potential benefit is also one of the greatest stumbling blocks to be navigated by society.  If AI and automation are not implemented with careful and thoughtful oversight these technologies have the potential to perpetuate inequality; low class jobs will be automated and an innovat…

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The Future of Productivity Forum

This past Tuesday Collective Responsibility hosted “The Future of Productivity” forum to discuss the approach companies and individuals should take to business and their careers in a world increasingly influenced by artificial intelligence.  Collective Responsibility’s own Charlie Mathews, Director of Corporate Advisory, opened the event by describing a global labor market that is in flux as AI be…

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New Regulation: 2017 China Volunteer Service Law

Following the recent changes in Foreign and domestic charity laws, this week the Volunteer Service Regulation was released (Chinese version here), and just like the charity laws, there is the potential for this law to impact CSR programming in China. With an effective date of July 1, 2017, the first article setting out the intent of the new law: These Regulations are drafted so as to develop t…

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Is it all over for Humans? The future of AI and HR

The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in society has been hailed by some as a technological revolution set to eclipse the invention of the wheel, steam engine, automobile, or even the internet in terms disrupting human society. Optimists believe that AI will allow humans to accelerate productivity, squash inefficiencies and create a world free from want.  Pessimists see the a…

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Upcoming Events: The Future of Productivity – Shanghai Workshop & Forum

For this month’s event series on “The Future of Productivity”, we have two events in Shanghai that will look at the role of AI inside the office, and the concerns about job losses, and how companies and people will need to adapt to the future working environment and new jobs that will come about as we head not only towards Industry 4.0, but Office 4.0 in China. To help drive depth of insights i…

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Educating China’s Left-Behind Children

As the gaokao has come to pass, let’s talk about promoting the education of all children in China. The National Higher Education Entrance Exam, or the gaokao, is a prerequisite for almost all higher education undergraduate institutions. Students take the gaokao to access the next step of their educational careers. However, one group of students is systematically prevented from taking the exam that…

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Innovation, Leadership Development, and Empowered Millennials | #AskTheCollective 012

In this episode of AsktheCollective, we answer two questions from one of our first interns, about innovation, developing leadership mindsets, empowered millennials, and the role of MNCs in developing Chinese talent. As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, gain some new insights, and possibly help catalyse you to take your next step, and if they do, please remember to Sub…

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Shanghai “Telling Your Sustainability Story” Workshop

Following on from our Beijing session last week, on May 23rd we hosted 25 communications, PR, and sustainability professionals in Shanghai to a workshop titled Telling Your Sustainability Story to help them better understand and anticipate how to better build social capital with their stakeholders.  The session was led by presentations from PT Black, Senior Director of Brand Experience and Plannin…

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SME Opportunities in China’s Closed Loop Economy | #AskTheCollective 011

In this episode of AskTheCollective, we answered a question about the role of SME in China's circular economy, how they can play a part in the circular economy and the opportunities that present to them. 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 011 below, check out…

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Scaling Social Enterprise – 3 Paths to Engagement

Social enterprises can face a tough task when trying to build their business and sell a vision and values to companies. While around the world attitudes are changing, in China such business models have experienced slower uptake. At a recent workshop hosted by Green Initiatives we engaged a group of MBA students from Suffolk University on the topic of social enterprises and how they see the industr…

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Donating to China Just Got More Difficult

In the process leading to the 2016 Foreign NGO and 2016 China Charity laws, a lot of the articles were focused on the macro issues of what this meant for the development of civil society in China. On the ground though, the questions were more practical, with the most recent being focused on donating money into China as a foreign foundation. In part this was due to the language of both laws lack…

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Bike Sharing: The Business Case for Sustainable Mobility

As millions of China’s growing middle class have become new car owners, China’s private car market has propelled it into be one of the most attractive car markets in the world. For automakers, this has been a boom as ownership over sharing was the norm, but the challenges of car ownership in the form of traffic and air pollution have also grown. To tackle the problems, China has…

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