Ethics v.s. Business Goals

This Thursday, we hosted another talk on “Ethics versus Business Goals” at Donghua University as we continued with the Sustainability Speech Series. Two speakers were invited to give a presentation: Richard Brubaker, Founder of Collective Responsibility and an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS); and Amy Sommers, Chief Representative of…

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance: The Future of Energy APAC Summit

In November, Bloomberg New Energy Finance held its first APAC Summit on the future of energy, covering three main themes: trade, technology, and the transition to a lower-carbon energy system. It was attended by industry, finance and policy thought-leaders, with Collective Responsibility having the opportunity to participate. Here are some of the insights from the first day: China’s new normal:…

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China’s E-Waste Challenge

In this post, we continue our insight into the areas of the consumer waste framework in China. Last week we addressed the packaging industry and here we focus on the developing e-waste stream.  By 2020, about 60% of the population in China will live in cities, with 300 million additional residents expected to move into China’s urban centers by 2030. With this population shift comes a dramatic c…

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China’s Reliance on Coal is Unsustainable

With the recent news that China’s domestic coal consumption was understated by up to 17%, a renewed debate has begun about China’s data quality and ability to keep its commitments to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHGs). A debate that is only intensified by the fact that China has been trying to proactively position itself as a leader at the World Climate Summit in Paris. For us though,…

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Weekly Round Up: Al Gore the Fund Manager, China Understates Coal Consumption, and Exxon to Face Justice

With so much going on in the realm of sustainability, leadership, and innovation, and only a limited amount of bandwidth for professionals in this space, we have created this weekly post to highlight articles that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability. If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in t…

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Packaging Waste – 5 opportunities for sustainable development

On Monday, we addressed the rise of China’s consumer waste industry. One stream outlined was packaging, an area of waste that is facing challenges along its supply chain. Here we delve deeper into the topic outlining the challenges and opportunities. Synonymous with consumer goods, packaging represents a particular waste stream that, given greater affluence and purchasing power, will grow. Pack…

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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 from one of heavy industry to one that is looking to meet the wants of its ever-increasing domestic consumers. But what ha…

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SwitchMed Connect 2015 Roundup

SwitchMed is a current UNEP & UNIDO initiative that supports and connects stakeholders to scale up eco and social innovations in the Mediterranean (Southern Europe, Middle East, and N.Africa). As part of this initiative, SwitchMed Connect 2015 was the first annual gathering of these stakeholders, including leading start-ups and entrepreneurs, industry agents, policy and financial institutions,…

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Sustainability, Leadership, and Innovation at Nanjing Hopkins

This Wednesday, Richard Brubaker, Founder of Collective Responsibility, was invited to give a presentation to students at Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC), where he addressed the importance of sustainability, leadership, and innovation Kicking off his presentation with an explanation of how he understands sustainability, and why sustainability is never really about “saving the polar bears”, he spen…

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Developing Cities with Low Footprints

This Monday, we continued our Sustainability Speech Series by hosting an event on the topic of “Developing Cities with Low Footprints” at East China Normal University. To help students to gain a better understanding about the topic, we invited Fabien Pfaender,Associate Professor at Université de Technologie de Compiègne; Tom Ford, Practice Area Leader, Planning & Urban Design at Genlser, to…

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Building Sustainability Strategies for China

This Thursday, we continued our Sustainability Speech Series by hosting a talk on the topic of “Foreign enterprises: Building Sustainability Strategies in China” at Shanghai University. To help students gain a better understanding about the topic, we invited Charis Yang,General Manager of Vendor Compliance & Sustainability at Li & Fung; Super Wang, Supply Chain Sustainability Manager fo…

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Sustainability and Leadership with UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Joined by 90 MBA students from Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of Northern Carolina who came to Shanghai this September for their summer immersion program, Richard Brubaker, Managing Director of Collective Responsibility and Visiting Professor of Sustainability, from the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), was invited to speak on sustainability in China and share his 15 y…

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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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BASF Creator Space Creatathon

As part of BASF’s 150th anniversary program in Shanghai, BASF will host a transportation-focused creatathon aiming to improve the awareness of carbon footprints of urban transportation among the public. The event belongs to a wider series of all-inclusive co-creation activities worldwide to reach out to our customers, suppliers, employees, science communities and relevant public. BASF'S CREAT…

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The 6 “Re” Steps of 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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