Sustainability & Storytelling: Telling the Story of Waste | Adam Minter

In this episode of the Sustainable Ambassador Podcast, we speak with author Adam Minter about his experience telling the story of waste and sustainability. About Adam Minter Adam Minter is a columnist with Bloomberg Opinion, where he writes about emerging markets, technology, waste, and other topics. From 2002 to 2014, he was based in Shanghai, where he covered the trans-Pacific trade in recyc…

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The Growth Opportunities for Sustainable Leaders & Leadership | Harco Leertouwer

About Harco: “Harco J. Leertouwer leads the team responsible for the business in Continental Europe and is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Harco brings in a wealth of executive search and international business growth experience, having been a Director of Michael Page in Germany and Managing Director for Badenoch & Clark Germany and the Netherlands. Before joining Acre, Harco set up his own…

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Protecting Human Rights & Delivering Social Impact | Anne-Roos Wasser

In this episode, I speak with Anne-Ross Wasser about the work she is doing as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Dutch Foreign of Ministry Affairs to monitor, support & protect the rights of LGBTQI+ communities around the world. Through it, we speak about her passion for human rights, career path as a diplomat, and some of the unique opportunities (& challenges) that she sees to delivering social…

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Leaving Corporate to Save the Sharks | Andrea Richey

About Andrea: For the past 30 years, Ms. Richey has lived in Hong Kong and worked for a wide variety of corporate and NGO entities. Since 2015, she has worked and volunteered for the Hong Kong Shark Foundation in many capacities, most recently as the Executive Director raising awareness about shark conservation and educating people to stop eating shark fin soup and all shark products. Befor…

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Putting Costa Rica on a Sustainable Path | José María Figueres

In this episode of Sustainability Ambassadors, José María Figueres, Former President of Costa Rica, speaks with Rich about putting Costa Rica on the path to sustainability in the 1990s. The conversation starts with WHY he saw sustainability as an opportunity for his country, and from there HOW he developed strategy, aligned stakeholder, and measured success. Timestamps: 00:30 - Welcome to…

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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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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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NGO Profile: Blue Ocean Association

Ocean conservation is one of the major themes of environmental protection, but there are very few non-profit organizations in China that focus their efforts on this topic. Shenzhen Blue Ocean Environmental Protection Association is one of the very few, and we recently had the opportunity to speak with the Executive Secretary of Shenzhen Blue Ocean, Mr. Ma Haipeng to learn more about their work.…

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Circular Economy in China

ABOUT EVENT As China’s cities struggle to manage the exponential growth of urban waste streams, the need for the circular economy in China to provide a business model that incentivizes the investment in waste management systems and resource efficiency is clear. Through this event, participants will hear about the potential for entrepreneurs and young professionals about the opportunities to de…

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ZhongGu Charity: Giving Computers A Second Life in Rural China

According to the report of The Global E-waste Monitor 2017, only one-fifth of the 44.7 million tons of e-waste generated worldwide was recycled in 2016. In China, which generates the most e-waste by volume both in Asia and in the world (7.2 Mt), is estimated that by 2021, and the total amount of e-waste will dispose of more than 52.2 million tons. With the economic growth and the rapid upgradin…

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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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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: Business Development Director Sustainability Analyst If you seen an opening that excites you, and t…

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Shanghai Food Packaging Guidelines Announced

Last week, as part of a continued process to address the growing waste problem that China’s urban waste systems are facing, the Shanghai government announced a new food packaging guidelines focused on reducing food packaging waste. A problem that has grown with changes in urban lifestyles, which are often convenience focused, the soaring food delivery industry brings huge amounts of plastic pac…

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