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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Sustainability Ambassador & Innovator Drinks March 2021

As a sign of our appreciation for the work that the community of Sustainability Ambassadors and Innovators has been engaged over the last years, we were excited to host our first 2021 Sustainable Ambassador & Innovator Drinks in Shanghai last week.. Something we did regularly prior to COVID, the gathering has a single goal: bring together the community of sustainability professionals, entrepr…

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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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Young Professional Forum: Sustainable Consumerism in China

For many firms who have invested significant time and resources into developing products where sustainable attributes are central to the offering, or have launched entirely new business units meant to deliver a sustainable solution, the market has proven difficult. Time and time again, consumers and stakeholders alike, will indicate a preference for supporting brands who are “more sustainable”,…

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Executive Breakfast: China’s Sustainability Consumers

For many firms who have invested significant time and resources into developing products where sustainable attributes are central to the offering, or have launched entirely new business units meant to deliver a sustainable solution, the market has proven difficult. Time and time again, consumers and stakeholders alike, will indicate a preference for supporting brands who are “more sustainable”,…

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Young Professional Forum: The Future of Food Sustainability in China

With nearly 800 million urban consumers, the topic of food sustainability has been a great concern for many as the middle class have high quality standards.  In China, r 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 better understand the challenges, and the opport…

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Executive Luncheon: Future of Food Sustainability in China

On May 17, 2019, Collective Responsibility (CR) brought together 20 executives together to learn about the work of David Yeung, Founder of Green Common, and Elaine Siu, APAC Managing Director of the Good Food Institute, to learn about the Future of Food Sustainability in China. To open the event, Richard Brubaker, founder of Collective Responsibility, provided some insights into the research an…

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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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Waste2Wear Executive Luncheon: Circular Economics and Materials in China

The topic of this month’s luncheon is the development of China’s Circular Economics and Materials. It is a topic that has gained a lot of attention overseas over the last few years, however in China as we have seen through the recent import waste bans, disposable plastic bags, and industry park levels, there are a lot of trends that are growing in important. In terms of this, CR provided the…

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Sustainability Ambassador Appreciation Reception

Yesterday, we were excited to host our second Shanghai Sustainable Ambassador Appreciation Reception. An event to celebrate the work of sustainability professionals and business leaders who are looking to drive sustainability through their business, participants had a chance to network and share ideas over relaxed drinks and delicious hors-d’œuvres. The guests were a group of passionate and…

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Hacking Chemical Safety of Consumer Products!

The unprecedented speed at which science and technology are advancing has resulted on the development of numerous household chemicals that have slowly become indispensable to people. On the long term, the unsafe use, storage, and disposal of these chemicals may pose a threat to human and animal health. In fact, places like China have seen a rising number of hospitalizations of thousands of chil…

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Interview: Inside the Inclusion Factory

Be it a physical or intellectual challenge, China today is home to more than 80 million individuals living with a disability, many of whom do not have the right to work and have a job. The exclusion of such a large number of people from traditional work is a challenge that the government has already taken up through the development of a quota system and tax breaks for employers who hire more inclu…

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