Beijing Workshop: Closing the Loop on Waste

Last Thursday, Collective Responsibility hosted it’s Beijing session on “Closing the Loop on Waste” to look at how China is managing its growing supply of waste, the implications for business, and to share some best practices for how firms in the retail and manufacturing sector are closing the loop in China. Joining the session, we had Libo Ma, Director in Corporate Culture, Employee Engagement…

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Shanghai Workshop: Closing the Loop on Waste

This week, we hosted a workshop on “Closing the loop on Waste in China” for 20 sustainability professionals from various industries, to help them understand the waste management system in China and how they can engage their stakeholders in the circular economy. Focusing on the circular economy of waste, and how businesses hold the power to address the waste issue in China and the potential for…

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Migrant Education in China: Insights From A Teacher

As parents crowd outside the door, a classroom is full of excited six-year-olds ready to go home. The teacher passes out homework books for the students to practice their characters and mathematics. When the students leave, the teacher doesn’t have much time but to remind the parents and students to bring back the homework books the next morning. It is a scene that plays out every day at this s…

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Educating China’s Left-Behind Children

As the gaokao has come to pass, let’s talk about promoting the education of all children in China. The National Higher Education Entrance Exam, or the gaokao, is a prerequisite for almost all higher education undergraduate institutions. Students take the gaokao to access the next step of their educational careers. However, one group of students is systematically prevented from taking the exam that…

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Reducing China’s Food Packaging Waste through Innovation

As the largest city in China, Shanghai has an important role in innovating and contributing to a global solution to the problem of waste. With over 24 million people living in Shanghai, materials sustainability, particularly that of plastics, is a significant issue. Waimai food delivery, which is extremely common in Shanghai, creates large amounts of waste due to the plastic containers, bags, and…

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Starbucks Takes Care of China’s elderly

When speaking to firms about starting to develop their sustainability strategy, we push firms to start with having a much deeper understanding of the challenges that their customer, communities, and wider stakeholders face. To understand the issues, at the local level, that are faced on a daily basis by those that you are looking to engage (positively) and build off it.  It is a tough request for…

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SME Opportunities in China’s Closed Loop Economy | #AskTheCollective 011

In this episode of AskTheCollective, we answered a question about the role of SME in China's circular economy, how they can play a part in the circular economy and the opportunities that present to them. As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, possibly gain some new insights, and feel compelled or inspired to ask questions of your own! Enjoy Episode 011 below, check out…

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Beijing “Telling Your Sustainability Story” Workshop Recap

While firms are successfully developing sustainability initiatives in China, the "telling of their sustainability story", which is the communication of these initiatives – whether internally or externally – is often overlooked. And yet these stories can lead to a culture of volunteerism, encourage innovation, build a brand, and drive market share. The purpose of the May 18th executive works…

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Class Begins at Vincci Real Estate Hackathon Training!

Last Saturday, Vincci Group and Collective Responsibility jointly held a training session in Chengdu for the upcoming real estate hackathon, where students design “The Educational Hub of Tomorrow”. Together with their mentors, six student teams from Sichuan University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Southwest Jiaotong University, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu…

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Working for Next Generation | Hope & Opportunity

As you may have noticed by now, we at Collective Responsibility have a special place in our hearts for migrants.  Be it through our reports, blog posts, or profiles, we are devoted to understanding this population of people in large part because “they” are the mega trend that will test the limits of our systems and it is “they” that we need to be planning for when we look at how cities are build,…

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Recycled Waste in Shanghai: Where it goes

For our regular readers, you will know that we have been spending last several months looking deep into how waste is managed in China, with a specific focus on how recycled waste is collected, sorted, and processed in Shanghai. This is driven in part by the belief that Shanghai has, and will, serve as a model for city development in China going forward. It is a city that not only has experience…

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Globalization, Sustainability and Making Progress in China | #AskTheCollective 009

Welcome back this week's episode of #AskTheCollective, where we answered two questions. The first on the impact of the globalization and free trade on sustainability, and whether it has exacerbated the environmental, economic, and social challenges faced, and the second question focused on the progress that we have seen in China. As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, g…

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Bike Sharing: The Business Case for Sustainable Mobility

As millions of China’s growing middle class have become new car owners, China’s private car market has propelled it into be one of the most attractive car markets in the world. For automakers, this has been a boom as ownership over sharing was the norm, but the challenges of car ownership in the form of traffic and air pollution have also grown. To tackle the problems, China has…

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Catalysts for Change and Solving China’s Air Pollution Crisis | #AskTheCollective 005

Following up on a question posed by a viewer of Episode 005, and this weekend's announcement by China's Premier Li KeQiang that China needed to do more to clean the air, this entire episode was dedicated to China's air pollution and what efforts need to be taken towards long-lasting solutions. It was originally planned to be a quick 5 minutes, but quickly turned into 12.  We hope that you enjoy…

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China Renews Its Commitment to Battle Air Pollution

“People are desperately hoping for faster progress to improve air quality. We will make our skies blue again.” These are the words of a commitment made by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the start of the annual National People's Congress yesterday. Li spoke of driving harder to address China’s (and Asia’s) air pollution crisis – a topic which has prompted greater public pressure on the governmen…

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