Elderly Economics: Offsetting the Greying of China

China’s elderly population, as discussed in our previous blog post, has far-reaching social, economic, and political implications that have and will continue to shape key areas of Chinese society. The phenomenon of population aging is not unique to China. Economic development is commonly linked to a drop in fertility rates and rise in working age. But the pace at which it aging has occurred in Chi…

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WeChat Speaks: Chinese Say “No” to Nursing Homes

In our efforts to further explore China’s elderly challenge, we launched a WeChat survey over the last week. We received a total of 167 responses, with a generally even split between the two genders (54% female and 46% male). The survey was delivered in Chinese, and as such all respondents are either ethnically Chinese or have at least an intimate understanding of the language and culture. Re…

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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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Shanghai’s Migrants Want to Return Home

“Shanghai can’t give me the feeling of home. I don’t know if you have same experience. Despite the fact I am not particularly close to my family, I am still most comfortable when I am in my hometown and knowing that my family is somewhere I can reach. Every time when I am heading back home, by just looking at how the landscape is getting more and more familiar, my heart would feel warm”. With Chi…

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Upcoming Shanghai Forum: Becoming a Sustainability Ambassador

While we all can contribute to sustainability by making small behavioral changes every day at work, turning your passion for sustainability into a core product or establishing a new process at your company often proves much more challenging. At this Beyond Business As Usual event, we have invited several champions of sustainability to share their success stories on how they overcome their perso…

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Building a Green Brand in China

For the last few years, as awareness around sustainability has grown in China, an opportunity to build green brands has developed. To understand more about the challenges of building a green brand, and the opportunities to engage consumers, we spoke with Jeni Saeyang about her work at Eco & More's to build a green product, engage consumers, and the challenges she has faced along the way.…

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Beyond Business As Usual: Systemic Risk and Opportunity

Following the successful Limits of Growth events in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore, the Beyond Business as Usual series will look at how firms are practically tackling the strategic issues of sustainability and then recalibrating their models. It is a process that may start off with philanthropy, efficiency, and offsets, but one that needs to quickly needs to move towards strategic actions th…

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Recalibrating Education as Usual: Teaching Sustainability and Social Innovation

If there is one thing that teaching a project based course to 205 MBA students in china, it is that we have to recalibrate how students are engaged, incubated, and engaged, and in this presentation I spend 30 minutes speaking to how I have attempted (and at times succeed) in doing this. 5 years into this process now, for me the greatest lessons that I myself have learned are: 1) Sustainability…

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Don’t Be “that” donor

Are you the type of person who is looking to donate money to a good cause it are unsure where you should begin? You have heard that there are a lot of organizations that "spend too much money" on overhead, and you want to make sure that ALL "your money" goes to the "cause" If so, I'd like to ask you that you no be "that donor". A donor whose only concern is efficiency of "your money", and not the…

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Why China’s Culture of Philanthropy Has Yet to Take hold

The 5.12.08 Sichuan earthquake that left 90,000+ Chinese dead was seen by many as a turning point in philanthropy.  It was an event that brought the country together in a way that I have not seen at any other time in my 12+ years here, and it was a time when the best of China showed through. Part of this experience (for me), was defined by the outpouring of support that spontaneously erupted. …

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