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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Does Corporate Social Responsibility Give A License to Do Bad? | AskTheCollective 024

In this episode I answer a question about whether or not I think corporate social responsibility (CSR) gives companies license to do bad. It is a question with roots in the recent Freakonomics Podcast Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?  () and the rebuttal by Chris Jarvis on the Engage for Good Podcast Does Doing Good with CSR Really Give Companies, Employees License to be Bad? As…

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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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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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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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Pursuing a Corporate Sustainability Career, Echo Bao | Sustainability Ambassadors 009

In this episode of Sustainability Ambassadors, we speak with Echo Bao, Sustainability Manager at DSM, about how she developed her career in corporate sustainability. A career path that was unexpected at first, but through which her flexibility, curiosity, and ability to engage her business leaders, has allowed her to drive the value proposition of sustainability further in a company that already h…

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3 Keys to Developing a Sustainability Career | Raymond Fang

In this episode of Sustainability Ambassadors, we speak with Raymond Fang, Sustainability Director at Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) about his career in sustainability and corporate social responsibility. A self proclaimed pioneer in the industry, Raymond offers a lot of great insights for the aspiring young professional about the importance of understanding the business case for sustainability, the…

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Green Initiatives, Engagements, Actions, and Impact | Nitin Dani

In this episode of Sustainability Ambassadors, we speak with Nitin Dani, Founder of Green Initiatives to learn about the work that he has done in Shanghai to develop one of the strongest platforms for sustainability minded young professionals to come together, to be engaged, and be catalyzed to act. It is an interview that offers a lot of insights into how he, as a young entrepreneur, had taken…

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Shanghai, Hong Kong or Singapore. Which is Better for Social Entrepreneurship? | AsktheCollective 018

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I talk about whether I would rather be an entrepreneur in Shanghai, Hong Kong or Singapore. It is a question that I answered from my perspective, and in the context of the platforms that I have built, so if you have another view, please share it! As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and…

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Passion, Hands On Experience, and Optimism | Yue Cao

  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 Yue Yue Cao is a young passionate…

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Entrepreneurship & Doing Good in China | Michelle Garnaut

In this episode of Sustainability Ambassadors, hosted at M on the Bund, we speak with Michelle Garnaut, Retauranteur and Social Entrepreneur about her work to build the M Group in China, her work to support the community through a number of initiatives, and finding a balance. It is an interview that we were certainly inspired by, and we hope that you will be too! ABOUT Michelle Garnaut Me…

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Singapore, Sustainability, and Trump Leaving Paris Accord | #AsktheCollective 017

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I answer questions from the voice of #AsktheCollective, Augustine Lee, about what Singapore can learn from China regarding sustainability, and what Trump leaving the Paris Accord means for Singapore.   As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and SUBSCRIBE! #Timestamps 01:04 –…

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Passion, A Business Mindset, and Mentors | Sharon Xiao, UPM

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. In this episode of Sustainability Ambassadors, we sp…

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