China’s Growing Consumer Waste Challenge

High material use and consumption is synonymous with the development of an economy, particularly an evolving one such as China, which over the last 20 years has focused heavily on the primary and secondary industries to drive growth. However, China’s economy is now changing, it is moving from one of heavy industry to one that is looking to meet the wants of its ever-growing domestic consumers.…

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Resource Sustainability in China

This week,  we kicked off the Beyond Business as Usual luncheon series of the year by hosting a discussion focused on resources, and the need for firms to look across their industry's value chain, align it to the China context, and create sustainable mindsets for how they will plan for, and use, resources as they deliver their products and services going forward. To help bring tangibility t…

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BASF Creator Space Tour

As part of BASF’s 150th anniversary program, Collective Responsibility were appointed to organise a two-day summit on sustainable lifestyles in China, focusing on consumer choices of food, electronics, and textiles. Industry leaders, government associations, NGOs, and students from leading universities gathered to take part to address the current and future challenges in these sectors, and co-c…

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Technology and Social Enterprises

Over the last few years, as I have spent more time studying the impact of social enterprises and looked to understand how to maximize the impact of entrepreneurs who hold an issue of society, environment, or economy at their core, I have begun to understand that the future of social entrepreneurialism is VERY different today than what it will be in 5 years from now. At present, if you take a…

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IBM Technologies. Fixing China’s Fissures

Last year, Jack Ma said in an interview with Charlie Rose that the biggest business opportunities (in China) would be those that fix China's problems, and if you have been following IBM in china they are clearly showing an interest. going back 3 years ago, IBM began working with the city of Shenyang to monitor the city water supply, with the expectation that following the one year monitoring pr…

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Walmart Drives CSR and Sustainability Into Their Core

One of the things about corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives is that the best programs are those that are part of the core operations of the firm, align to the greater goals, and do not require a constant champion.  It is simply embedded into the economics and actions of the firm, and while the firm certainly benefits, the overall benefits are far wider. The Walmart Direct Fa…

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Future of Food in Hong Kong

Seems food is a hot topic these days in greater China, and in reviewing some other materials I came across this presentation by Dr. Guillermo Moreno at Sparks! 2009 Hong Kong event. Unlike many of the other recent posts we have put up, this one is focused on non-terrestrial food sources - the aquatics.. and the first few minutes paint a very grim picture. So what we have done is vacuumed out t…

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Organics in China

One of the more recent Asia Society videos caught my eye, Organics in Asia, as it contained within it several bits on China. The first of which was from Stoneyfield CEO (chapter 2) , who says he spent time in China from '79 - '86 (a true old China hand) who focused on the pure numbers and scale of organics in China.…

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Visiting Shanghai’s Tongchu Organic Farm

Located in Songjiang, Tongchu ‘s farm is about an hour’s drive from downtown Puxi and quite easy to get to. Driving southwest and once you leave the downtown freeways and roads the agricultural fields are suddenly noticeable and a contrast to the other farm areas we’ve visited so far. There are a handful of light industrial factories and we crossed the Huangpu river (which by the way didn’t l…

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A Trip to the Farm. Tony’s Farm

Tony’s Farm is located in Nanhui district and by car is just over an hour from downtown Puxi . It’s a large scale commercial operation with 280 acres of organic vegetables surrounded by other farm and agricultural land. Unlike some of the other organic farms this is a huge project and they are currently building their own moats, or what are best described as moats around the farm to create…

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