DELIVERING SUSTAINABILITY in China: Forum Highlights

Following our previous events in June and July, where we focused on the development of China’s circular economy, explored the opportunities and challenges to “sell sustainability” in China, through this event we explored the opportunities for brands, entrepreneurs, and innovators to “Deliver sustainability” in the areas of product design, material innovation, and platform sustainability. To hel…

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Selling Sustainability in China: Forum Highlights

Following our June event, focused on the development of China’s circular economy, through this event we explored the opportunities, and challenges, of “selling sustainability” in China. A topic that has grown increasingly important as reports of North American heat waves, and severe flooding in China and Germany, have catalyzed conversations about the impacts of climate change. To help provi…

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Circular Economies in China Forum | Event Wrapup

Following our previous events in April and May, where we spoke about China's  ambitious carbon goals, this month we launched our first of three events on product and process level sustainability. Themed as the Circular Economy forum, we invited distinguished Professor Zhu Dajian from Tongji University, Anders Lennartsson, Country Sustainability Manager from IKEA China, William Yao ​from Alufun…

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Powering Sustainability Forum | Event Wrapup

Following our event in April, China’s Race to Zero, on May 19th, 2021, we invited Andy Klump, Founder of Clean Energy Associates (“CEA”), Peter Cheng, General Manager of Xebec Adsorption, and Yana Hryshko, Senior Sales Manager at JA Solar, to share their insights and experiences in the areas of clean energy with The Collective at our Powering Sustainability Forum. An event focused on the realit…

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China’s Race To Carbon Neutrality: Forum Highlights

To help participants understand China’s Path to 2060 Carbon Neutrality, on April 21st, 2021 we invited Jia Li, Associate Professor at the China-UK Low Carbon College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tong Fun and Peter Chen from CBRE, and Sunny Wang from Interface to speak to The Collective about their vision for the path forward. Neutrality will take a Collective Effort: With over 15 year…

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NGO Profile: Shanghai Make-A-Wish Foundation

Make-A-Wish Foundation Shanghai is a locally registered NGO that is committed to grant wishes for children and youth (age from 3 to 18) with life-threatening illness across China. With limited number of full-time staff, and the focus on serving minor beneficiaries, this 3-years old organization established a strong, and passionate volunteer base to support its causes. To date, Make-A-Wish Found…

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We Are Hiring!

To accomplish the mission and goals that we have set for ourselves, for our clients, and for the community, we are constantly on the look out for people with the passion and tools to solve big environmental, economic, and social challenges, and this month we are specifically looking for: Analyst Consultant Project Assistant Content Development Specialist Research Intern Projec…

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Event Wrapup: Waste & Circular Economies in China

For 30 years, the West has believed that by separating our waste into colored bins they were creating circular economies that would allow us to live a life of fast consumption without worrying about the planetary impact. That as “recyclers”, we were doing our part. However, that fantasy began to unravel last year as a combination of China’s waste ban mixed with images of ocean plastics, brou…

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NGO Sharing | Xingeng Workshop Creative Green Programs

How can we utilize the coffee grounds that we produced on a daily basis? How can we encourage vulnerable groups to be self-sufficient and reintegrate into the society? How can we help urbanite to reconnect to community and nature? Each of these questions is complicated and challenging in itself, however Xingeng Workshop, A local organization founded in 2006 with the mission of supporting sust…

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Executive Site Visit丨Interface Factory Tour “Closing the Loop on Waste”

On July 10th 2019, to get a closer look at how a circular economy might look like in manufacturing industry, we organized a tour to the Interface Factory in Taicang (China) to observe their closed-loop manufacturing process. UB Qiu, the sustainable Lead of North Asia from Interface gave a remarkable presentation about Interface’s journey of moving business beyond usual and later guided the tour…

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Sustainable Consumerism in China Forum

To help our community understand Sustainable Consumerism in China, understand the tools and tactics required to build a successful brand, we have invited leading social entrepreneurs and consumer researchers to speak about their work to understand, and convert, China’s sustainable consumers. For many firms who have invested significant time and resources into building sustainability into their…

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Future of Food and Plant Based Proteins in China

While the challenges and environmental costs of our food and agricultural systems are becoming understood by the mass market, and concerns over food security, affordability, and safety are at their peak, the opportunities entrepreneurs and innovators to deliver innovations in product and process are growing by the day. To help participants better understand the megatrends and business models fo…

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact Assessment

Last Friday, as part of our student program’s initiative, Collective Responsibility brought together a panel of speakers at Shanghai University to discuss corporate social responsibility and social impact assessment. To provide real world insights leaders and seasoned CSR practitioners, we therefore invited Richard Brubaker, Founder of Collective Responsibility, Joy Qiao, Senior Consultant at C…

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Circular Economy in China Forum: Engagement, Innovation, and Scale

Last week,  as part of our “Circular Economy in China” forum, we brought together dozens of young professionals and entrepreneurs to learn and share about current environment, challenges, and future trends of circular economy. To bring tangibility this topic, which is often discussed academically as a critical “path forward”, we invited three speakers, Hannah Carter, Communications & Campai…

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