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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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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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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Target Safe Sleepwear Hackathon

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Sustainability: The Next Trillion Dollar Economy

As the challenges of environmental, social, and economic sustainability grow more and more tangible, and calls for action growing more frequent, we would like to invite you to our March 13 event in Shanghai to learn why we see sustainability as the next trillion dollar economy. Through this event, participants will hear from entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors on their work to develop and…

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Textile Waste, Incineration, and Opportunities for Innovation | AsktheCollective 034

In this week's AsktheCollective, we answer a question about textile recycling, and speak to the recent news that H&M and Burberry have been incinerating their textile waste.   A waste stream that we have covered recently as part of our work here in China. Part of the issue, as e have found, is that the process of recycling itself is one where there is a wide range of practices.  Many of whi…

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Sustainability for SMEs | AskTheCollective 031

This week on Ask the Collective, we answer a question about Sustainability for SMEs, and what small to medium sized businesses can do to be more sustainable. A topic I am frequently asked to address at events, and in conversations with friends, and for which there are a lot of options for engagement.   ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective series, is a series bu…

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How Important is Having a Localized China CSR Strategy? | AskTheCollective 030

This week we answer a question from our newest intern, Anais. An MBA student at Jiaotong University, her questions were focused on the alignment between CSR and business, and whether or not firms in China need to have, or benefit from, China CSR Strategy that is unique to China. ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective series, is a series built entirely on answering your ques…

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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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Why Don’t Companies Integrate Sustainability into Business? | AsktheCollective 028

On this episode, I answer the question "Why don't all businesses and companies integrate sustainability into their practices to ensure their long term survival and success?" It is an important question, and we hope that you will gain some insights, and inspirations, from the answer. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and…

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Is CSR Dead? | Ask the Collective 027

This week we answer the question "Is CSR Dead?" It is a question that we have been speaking frequently on lately as many firms look to overhaul their CSR programs, get away from having seperate departments, and are more generally looking to understand the ROI of CSR to the firm as a "non-business" essential. ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective series, is a series buil…

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Overcoming the Obstacles to Sustainability | AsktheCollective 026

For progress to be made in overcoming the obstacles to sustainability, we first must understand what those obstacles are and why they exist. Topics that I have spent a lot of time considering recently as 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…

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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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