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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Leadership, Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility from Marjorie Yang

Esquel Group has matured into a company that competes in a global market and no longer relies on the traditional strength of cheap and efficient labor. Under such a situation, I believe transparency, accountability and discipline are the key elements of leadership. We do not pursue these goals only for their own sake, but also because we believe they will lead to better performance and greater pro…

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It’s Time to Chose

The 21st century is either going to be the most interesting time in human history, or it is going to be very bleak, and I don't think we have decided yet. We haven't made the fundamental decisions about whether we are going to share the future or fight over it. - Bill Clinton…

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Why Corporations Will Feel Increased Pressure to Recalibrate

When speaking about sustainability, I often revert to a patter of addressing the what, why, who, and the how much. What are the problems. Why these problems are important Who will is responsible for addressing them How much it will cost And without exception, I can carry a crowd of MBAs, EMBS, EVPs, or CEOs, through the first two because with a couple of tweaks to my pitch I can create a t…

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2012 AMCHAM CSR Conference to Focus on Social Innovation

for me, there have been few organizations that have been consistently ahead of the game on CSR in China than the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Founded in 2004/5 by a small group of committed professionals, it was one of the few groups who was doing anything at the time. A time when less than 10 people in Shanghai carried cards with "CSR" on them. Now, nearly 10 years later, the commit…

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