Impact of China’s Waste Ban is Global

As the world’s largest waste importer, China received more than 7.35 million tons of plastic scraps and 28.5 million tons of mixed paper in 2016, about half of the globe’s total. Coming mainly from Europe, Japan, and the United States through direct or indirect trade via Hong Kong, for decades the products were flushed in China, a country that was willing to take these products, process them, and…

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2018 – The Year Sustainability Goes Strategic

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018; the year that sustainability goes strategic in China. Yes, we know that this may appear to be an overly optimistic view of 2018, and some of you might be wondering what we at Collective Responsibility were drinking over the holiday. But while we were on break reflecting over the work we have done, the conversations we have had, and the regulations we have see…

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Left-Behind Children: The Parents’ Perspective

“I work in a clothing factory in Guangdong. This year after returning home to spend Chinese New Year with my 5 year old son, I found work in Nanchong, the closest city to my home village in Sichuan. But after 2 months, I had to go back to the factory. The salary here is 700RMB lower per month. I can't afford to live closer to home.”                                                              …

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2017 Kohler Hackathon: Who Are the Winners?

In 2016, 30.2% of the permanent population in Shanghai is above the age of 60 (Xinhuanet). It is also estimated that the number of elderly will overtake the number of youths in China around 2020. Aging has become one of the biggest challenges to the quickly urbanizing China. Not only is the government struggling to provide enough beds for senior citizens in public hospitals and senior houses, t…

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LUXEPACK Sustainable Packaging Training

Last week, Collective Responsibility held two training sessions, in Shanghai and Shenzhen, to help packaging manufacturers in China incorporate sustainability into their products through innovations in design, materials and the production process. 60 participants from paper, plastic, and wood packaging suppliers joined the sessions to find out more about the business case for sustainability, an…

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Event Report: Shanghai eWaste Factory Visit

Last week, to understand more about the eWaste issue in China, we have organized a tour to TES-AMM, a eWaste factory in Jiading, Shanghai. 15 guests with an interest in sustainability area from Shanghai and Suzhou joined us for the tour. Opened in 2005, TES- AMM (Total Environmental Solutions Asset Material Management ) has established an Integrated WEEE Management Solutions for recycling e – w…

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Telling Your Sustainability Story Through Social Media

Last Tuesday Collective Responsibility hosted "Telling your sustainability story through social media" forum to discuss how social media can be used to improve transparency in value chains and to engage employees internally and external stakeholders. In this session we will look at how firms should use social media as part of their sustainability strategy – both internally and externally – but…

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The Food Water Energy Nexus and Business

Businesses that rely on food, water, and energy as necessary production inputs are very sensitive and dependent on a robust supply of these resources. As such, they are exposed to risks that need to be carefully managed: physical risks related to the constraints of FWE, which can affect direct operations or supply chain; reputation risks; and regulatory risks. Sometimes the physical risks initi…

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Mars Launches “Sustainable in a Generation” Plan

From supporting marriage equality to climate change, corporations are taking an increasingly prominent public stand on political and societal issues. While the risk of doing so is enough to keep some companies out of the ring, those who decide to take a stand are becoming stronger from the inside out. Decades of academic and market research show that consumer and employee trust, identification,…

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AI and Cities

With 25 megacities, with populations of at least ten million people, currently dotting the Earth, and an expected thirty more coming by 2025, the next few decades will see unprecedented movements of people into the city. Movements that are fueled by the hope for opportunities, but are themselves posing some of the greatest challenges as megacities commonly struggle with issues such as unsustain…

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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: Marketing & Communications Manager Events & Logistics Manager Account Manager Marketing…

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Where Can I Have the Greatest Impact? Entrepreneurship, MNC, NGO, or Government | AsktheCollective 022

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I talk about where individuals can have the greatest impact as entrepreneurs or employees of NGOs, multinational companies, or as government officials. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and SUBSCRIBE! #About the AsktheCollective Series: As a way to engage with you, our audience,…

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Quick Wins, Networking, and Engaging Internal Ambassadors – Roy Zhang | Sustainable Ambassadors 011

  When building up networks of sustainability leaders and innovators, it often takes the progressive action of a single individual to catalyze real change. These individuals are Sustainability Ambassadors, and they have the capacity and the drive to inspire change at any level of an organization – from the new talent to the visionary executive. ABOUT Zhang Hui As the Director of UT…

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Sustainable Leadership and Legacy, Patrick Riley | Sustainable Ambassador 010

In this episode, we speak with Patrick Riley, the former General Manager of Interface China, to discuss the influence of Ray Anderson, the culture of sustainability in China, and leadership. We hope that you will enjoy this episode, and if you do, please remember to like, comment, and share! To learn how to foster similar leaders in your own company, check out our Building a Sustainability A…

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Selling Sustainability Solutions to China: Engagements and Pilots | AsktheCollective 021

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I talk about the scale of China's market for sustainable products and services, and how to leverage stakeholder engagements and pilot projects. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and SUBSCRIBE!   #About the AsktheCollective Series: As a way to engage with you, our audienc…

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