New Report: Food Waste Management in China

“Many food waste treatment companies come to us, hoping to apply for the sale permit of fertilizers reprocessed from food waste. However, because there is no existing standard on such fertilizers now, we cannot issue any permits and [food waste treatment] companies cannot sell them to anyone. I think the absence of an official market will be a big challenge for those treatment companies.” — Shangh…

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Textile Waste, Incineration, and Opportunities for Innovation | AsktheCollective 034

In this week's AsktheCollective, we answer a question about textile recycling, and speak to the recent news that H&M and Burberry have been incinerating their textile waste.   A waste stream that we have covered recently as part of our work here in China. Part of the issue, as e have found, is that the process of recycling itself is one where there is a wide range of practices.  Many of whi…

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3Big Ideas, China’s College Vegetarians, and Emptying the Seas

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 news to highlight articles that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability. 3 Big Ideas to Achieve Sustainable Cities and Communities - With more than 4…

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Weekly News: Recycled Plastic is BS, Hong Kong Wildlife, and Private Equity Struggles to Do Good

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 news 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 let us know in…

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Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Podcasts

Over the last few years, as reading has taken a backseat to video, a large number of awesome podcast channels have begun to spring up.  Many of which offer excellent insights, or interviews, on topics of sustainability, social innovation, and entrepreneurship. The below is a list that we have put together, knowing full well that there are many others.  Which we invite you to list in the comment…

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Weekly News: Water Wars, Responsible Consumers, and Sustainable Fashion

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 news to highlight articles that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability. Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic Water Wars Will Be Fought - This article is…

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Sustainability for Small & Medium Size Businesses | AskTheCollective 031

This week we answer a question about what small to medium sized businesses can do to be more sustainable ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective series, is a series built entirely on answering your questions, and through that provide a different level of value to the community of those interested in sustainability or building business models to solve the challenges faced…

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Collective Responsibility’s News Roundup: Communicating Bad News, Plastic Bans Don’t Work, and LEGO Windmills

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 news 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 let us know in…

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How Important is Having a CSR Strategy for China? | AskTheCollective 030

This week we answer a question from our newest intern, Anais. An MBA student at Jiaotong University, her questions were focused on the alignment between CSR and business, and whether or not firms in China need to have, or benefit from, strategic CSR. ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective series, is a series built entirely on answering your questions, and through that provi…

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Weekly News Roundup: Soybeans, Waste Management, and Leadership

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 news 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 the comm…

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Do Chinese Firms Invest in CSR & Sustainability? | AsktheCollective 029

This week we answer we answer a question about whether or not Chinese firms are investing in CSR (and sustainability), and if so, how are their programs different than Western MNCs ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective series, is a series built entirely on answering your questions, and through that provide a different level of value to the community of those interested in…

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Why Don’t Companies Integrate Sustainability into Business Practice? | AsktheCollective 028

On this episode, I answer the question "Why don't all businesses and companies realize that sustainability must be incorporated into their practices to ensure their long term survival and success?" It is an important question, and we hope that you will gain some insights, and inspirations, from the answer. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to li…

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Is Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR) Dead? | AsktheCollective 027

This week we answer the question "Is Corporate Responsibility Dead?" It is a question that we have been speaking frequently on lately as many firms look to overhaul their CSR programs, get away from having seperate departments, and are more generally looking to understand the ROI of CSR to the firm as a "non-business" essential. ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective…

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Overcoming the Top Three Obstacles to Sustainability | AsktheCollective 026

Over the last few months, we have been fortunate to be engaged on a number of what we consider to be “best in class” projects.  Projects where the opportunity to help our clients change their systems, be it reduce waste or deliver a new product to the market (that solves big problems).  Each of these had the support of executives and teams who were engaged on the issues of sustainability, were com…

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China’s Plastic Ban and Getting Beyond Beach Cleanups | AskTheCollective 025

With China’s recent “plastic ban”, the recent National Geographic Magazine cover, and reports of brands banning straws, the story of plastic is one that is becoming more widely understood in China, and it is the focus this episode of AsktheCollective where I answer the questions of one viewer who would like to know more about China's recent plastic ban, what other regulations are coming, and when…

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