2016: CR Year in Review

2016 has been Collective’s busiest and most productive year to date. As we head into 2017 with a continued passion for action and change, we want to look back at the past year and share some of our favorite events, reports, and stories: JANUARY 5 Ways to Become a Sustainability Ambassador By Charlie Matthews  We kicked off 2016 with a Beyond Business as Usual Forum. Over 50 young professio…

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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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Event Insights: BeyondBAU July Luncheon on “The Future of Labor”

With China’s desire to shift from “made in China” to “created in China”, the movement away from labor-intensive industries towards new, innovative, and highly efficient manufacturing has begun. Additionally, the existing Chinese workforce is more expectant and empowered than ever, demanding increasingly higher wages – wages that are some of the highest in the Asian region. As many consider the…

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Upcoming “Beyond Business As Usual” July Luncheon: The Future of Labor

With China’s desire to shift from “made in China” to “created in China”, the movement away from labor-intensive industries towards new, innovative and highly efficient manufacturing has begun. Coupled with this, the existent workforce are more expectant and empowered than ever, demanding increasingly higher wages - wages that are some of the highest in the Asian region. With some considering…

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6 Tips for Building Your Firm’s Sustainability Ambassador Network

For firms and organizations looking to join the ranks of other industry leaders and assume the mantle of social responsibility, the first key step is engaging and uniting your most valuable resource: your employee base. Consider every interested employee in the process, they bring a level of diversity in departments, expertise, and interactions with outside stakeholders. Joining their talents and…

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Shanghai Executive Breakfast Session: Internal Engagement

This Tuesday, we kicked off our Beyond Business as Usual September series by hosting a breakfast discussion focusing on the challenges that companies face after they have developed the vision, created the strategy and now need to develop support from within the business to carry out the mission. To help participants gain an insider perspective on the topic, we invited Mr. Roy Zhang, the Directo…

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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…

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The 6 “Re”s of a Successful Recalibration

When speaking of the need for recalibration, many executives are still struggling with developing a process that they can leverage to move the core of their firm into a place where the risk of environmental, social, and economic shocks are mitigated, and where they are positioned to take advantage of new opportunities. It is a process where no templates exist, and depending on the firm's struct…

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Walmart: Recalibrating a Corporate Culture Can Be Painful

As firms look to recalibrate the mission of a firm, many believe that it will be external stakeholder that are the primary barrier.  That suppliers won't be willing to adhere to new expectations, or that consumers won't pay the premium that may be required. It is a belief that in many cases turns out to be secondary to the fact that internal stakeholders may actually provide the greatest barrie…

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Bored Consumers Will Pull Brands to Sustainability

One of the key stakeholders, and primary drivers, of a firm are its consumers, and regardless of the issue that is being discussed, the role of the consumer has been almost always seen as the change agent. Once "consumers" wisen up, change will happen. Over the last few months, this conversation has taken on a particular interest with representatives from consumer brands that I have been…

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