COP21 – The role of China

On November 30th the UN will kick off the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris. The goal of the summit is for 196 countries to meet and sign a new climate change agreement that will limit temperature rises to less than 2℃ above pre-industrial levels over the century. It is considered by many to be the “last chance”…

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Practively Engaging the Firm’s Externalities to Reduce Risk

While meeting with 10 partners from one of the world's leading consulting firms, I engaged in a conversation where I spoke about how foreign firms in China would seemingly do all they could to look away from obvious risks, and then find themselves in crisis mode when things went south. JCI and Apple were my two examples.  Particularly as BOTH believed (and fought for) they were within legal param…

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China’s Environmentalists on Twitter

Following last week's post where I listed China's Social entrepreneurs and enterprises, I thought I would also update the list of people and organizations who are focused on sustainability and the environment in China.  As before, this is certainly not a complete list of those who exist on twitter, so if you see anyone missing, please post in the comments section. Sustainability & Environment…

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CSR and Environmental Compliance Are Still Not Seen as Worthy Investments

Interesting to see that after months of stories related to Apple's labor and environmental failures, this poll from the Wall Street Journal doesn't include any consideration for improving social and environmental compliance. Apparently social and environmental compliance still don't offer the returns to garner a spot in the top 5 things a firm with a 100 billion USD should spend money on.…

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Apple Takes A Step Forward Towards CSR. But is Still Exposed…VERY Exposed

If the first step towards recovery is admitting that you have a problem, then readers will agree that Apple taking the time to meet with several of China's most prominent Green NGOs was a first step for Apple. Particularly given the fact that Apple was largely unwilling to address the numerous labor and environmental failures taking place over the course of years. And, for others, the fact that A…

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Gaining A Deeper Understanding of Apple’s CSR Standards

In the world of CSR, the issues can be quite subjective.  What is it that firms are responsible for is often a hazy question depending on how far the branches of the tree extend from the roots, and rarely are we able to see all the issues or programs of a single firm.  so, developing benchmarks publicly, and understanding how to view the true level of a firm's commitment to CSR can be qu…

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The Future of Green Business in China

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has released a filming of their recent Event, The Future of Green Business in China. Terry Yosie, President and CEO of World Environment Center and Ye Weijia, head of New Ventures China, discuss green businesses in China. They discuss the work their companies have already done, while anticipating new challenges. At an hour long (16 chapters),…

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Plastic Bags Run Amoke

Seriously.  What is the use of this plastic bags?  It is clearly not strong enough to support the weight should I chose to use the bag as a ... bag, and it is clearly not meant to act as a measure of protection. Is this the result of a food safety law, or is it just another wasted addition to provide buyers with the illusion that they are buying a higher grade product?…

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Greenpeace Tells Monsanto How They Really Feel about GM rice

One of the more interesting groups to follow, no matter where you are in the world, is Greenpeace. Their history of confronting issues is well known, and while some of their tactics might be considered extreme for some, in china their efforts have been targeted, measured, and are done in a manner that I think will help push the environmental agenda in the right direction. The latest successful…

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