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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