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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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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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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[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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Graying Powers: Opportunities in the UK and Chinese Aging Societies

“China has faced the same problem to an even greater degree, on an even greater scale.” — Elderly woman in the U.K. Among numerous global controversies ranging from politics and economics, to climate change and energy, one critical issue has fallen out of view of the public eye, until now: the impact of an imminent, graying population. According to the recently released U.K. autumn statemen…

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Chinese Elderly: At Home or on the Move?

Consumer-based companies have long predicted that the future of consumerism rests in the wants and needs of the next generation. China, however, is presenting an entirely different story. The Chinese market suggests that the elderly are the next big source of consumers, and are spending in new and unique ways. Not only are the elderly in need of community center clinics and nursing homes, but are…

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5 Ways Sustainability Improves Employer Branding

 “Your employer branding is not what you tell them it is, it’s what they tell you it is” This is how a recent employer branding seminar began in Shanghai. The premise was to understand the current trends in job seekers’ perceptions of employers, expectations and preferences from an employer, and how firms can create effective KPIs for employer branding. While the issues of gender equality and…

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BeyondBAU July Forum on “The Future of Work”

Be it through the movement from a manufacturing-based economy to one based on services, the movement of millions of people into the city, or through the increased presence of technology, the very nature and future of work is changing. For firms, this will require a change not only in how they attract and retain labor, but in how offices are designed and built for a more flexible labor force. Fo…

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5 Reasons Executives Fail to Engage Students

For decades, company executives have given speeches pitching to investors, engaging consumers and suppliers, and inspiring employees. But as the pace of the world and technology has moved on the style and embracement of such new techniques for engagement seem to have lagged behind. Living in a world filled with daily frustration, people – especially the Millennials – are constantly searching fo…

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We Are Hiring!

To accomplish the mission and goals that we have set for ourselves, for our clients, and for the community, Collective Responsibility is hiring and incubating those who have a passion for an issues and the ability to manage the development of long term programs. It is a process that will begin with an incubation period where one learns everything about an issue, and then over time will become a…

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