Sustainability for Small & Medium Size Businesses | AskTheCollective 031

This week we answer a question about what small to medium sized businesses can do to be more sustainable ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective series, is a series built entirely on answering your questions, and through that provide a different level of value to the community of those interested in sustainability or building business models to solve the challenges faced…

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How Important is Having a CSR Strategy for China? | AskTheCollective 030

This week we answer a question from our newest intern, Anais. An MBA student at Jiaotong University, her questions were focused on the alignment between CSR and business, and whether or not firms in China need to have, or benefit from, strategic CSR. ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective series, is a series built entirely on answering your questions, and through that provi…

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Do Chinese Firms Invest in CSR & Sustainability? | AsktheCollective 029

This week we answer we answer a question about whether or not Chinese firms are investing in CSR (and sustainability), and if so, how are their programs different than Western MNCs ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective series, is a series built entirely on answering your questions, and through that provide a different level of value to the community of those interested in…

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Why Don’t Companies Integrate Sustainability into Business Practice? | AsktheCollective 028

On this episode, I answer the question "Why don't all businesses and companies realize that sustainability must be incorporated into their practices to ensure their long term survival and success?" It is an important question, and we hope that you will gain some insights, and inspirations, from the answer. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to li…

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Is Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR) Dead? | AsktheCollective 027

This week we answer the question "Is Corporate Responsibility Dead?" It is a question that we have been speaking frequently on lately as many firms look to overhaul their CSR programs, get away from having seperate departments, and are more generally looking to understand the ROI of CSR to the firm as a "non-business" essential. ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective…

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Overcoming the Top Three Obstacles to Sustainability | AsktheCollective 026

Over the last few months, we have been fortunate to be engaged on a number of what we consider to be “best in class” projects.  Projects where the opportunity to help our clients change their systems, be it reduce waste or deliver a new product to the market (that solves big problems).  Each of these had the support of executives and teams who were engaged on the issues of sustainability, were com…

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China’s Plastic Ban and Getting Beyond Beach Cleanups | AskTheCollective 025

With China’s recent “plastic ban”, the recent National Geographic Magazine cover, and reports of brands banning straws, the story of plastic is one that is becoming more widely understood in China, and it is the focus this episode of AsktheCollective where I answer the questions of one viewer who would like to know more about China's recent plastic ban, what other regulations are coming, and when…

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Does Corporate Social Responsibility Give A License to Do Bad? | AskTheCollective 024

In this episode I answer a question about whether or not I think corporate social responsibility (CSR) gives companies license to do bad. It is a question with roots in the recent Freakonomics Podcast Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?  () and the rebuttal by Chris Jarvis on the Engage for Good Podcast Does Doing Good with CSR Really Give Companies, Employees License to be Bad? As…

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Ask The Collective: Rebooted!

Apologies for the absence, but after 6 months away, we are relaunching the Ask The Collective Series. The goal of this series remains no different than when we launched it: to help answer your questions about sustainability in China (and now Asia), and we are hoping that you will find some time to re-engage with us, let us know what is on your mind, and given us the chance to help you move your…

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Selling Sustainability Solutions to China: Engagements and Pilots | AsktheCollective 021

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I talk about the scale of China's market for sustainable products and services, and how to leverage stakeholder engagements and pilot projects. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and SUBSCRIBE!   #About the AsktheCollective Series: As a way to engage with you, our audienc…

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Shanghai, Hong Kong or Singapore. Which is Better for Social Entrepreneurship? | AsktheCollective 018

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I talk about whether I would rather be an entrepreneur in Shanghai, Hong Kong or Singapore. It is a question that I answered from my perspective, and in the context of the platforms that I have built, so if you have another view, please share it! As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and…

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Singapore, Sustainability, and Trump Leaving Paris Accord | #AsktheCollective 017

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I answer questions from the voice of #AsktheCollective, Augustine Lee, about what Singapore can learn from China regarding sustainability, and what Trump leaving the Paris Accord means for Singapore.   As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and SUBSCRIBE! #Timestamps 01:04 –…

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Sustainability, Innovation, and Action | #AsktheCollective 015

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I answer questions about environmental sustainability, business innovation, and individual action. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and SUBSCRIBE! #Timestamps 00:22 - As environmental issues are increasingly emphasized by government, and environmental protection is formalized,…

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AI, Future of Jobs, and Teaching Innovation | #AsktheCollective014

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I answer questions from university students about AI, the future of jobs, and teaching creativity and innovation. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share and comment! #Timestamps 00:20 - Will AI take away jobs, and if so, what are the industries that will be most heavily impacted? 07:10 - Are…

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Dreams of a Sustainable Career, Design, and Waste | #AskTheCollective 013

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I answer questions from university students about following their sustainable dreams, design, and waste. As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, gain some new insights, and possibly help catalyze you to take your next step! #Timestamps 00:34 -  I want to get into sustainable design, but my professors say that is impractical a…

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