She-economy & Sustainability in China

Although International Women’s Day 2018 (Mar 8) has already passed, we believe it’s never too late to celebrate women’s achievements and examine the push forward of gender equality in the context of China’s sustainable development. With the theme for 2018’s International Women’s Day being #PressForProgress, we wondered if #IWS has lost its meaning in China as there seems to still exist such a low…

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China’s Waste Ban and its Implications for the International Community

Background on the Issue As China took the lead in manufacturing, the reliance on raw materials opened the door to a new business: the waste trade. For many years, the system made sense; China exported inexpensive consumer goods to places like Europe, USA, and Japan. Shipping containers from these nations made their way back into China filled with recyclables. Chinese manufacturers could turn t…

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Event Report: Industry 4.0: AI and the Supply Chain

On Tuesday, Collective Responsibility hosted its monthly Executive Luncheon focused on Industry 4.0: AI and Impacts on Supply Chain.  This invitation-only event brought together a range of business leaders who are interested in understanding how the opportunities and challenges of transitioning to an industry 4.0 economy requires them to re-calibrate their business models. Richard Brubaker, Fou…

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Event Report: Sustainable Ambassador Appreciation Reception

This week, we were excited to host our first Shanghai Sustainable Ambassador Appreciation Reception. An event meant to celebrate the work of sustainability professionals and business leaders who are looking to drive sustainability trough their business, participants had a chance to network and share ideas over relaxed drinks and delicious hors-d'œuvres. A group of individuals, that we began…

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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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Food-Water-Energy Nexus in China: Challenges and Opportunities

Moving towards an ever increasing urban world and the pressure and strains that richer more expectant consumers place on the worlds resources put our ecosystem and ability to provide for the populations at risk. The food-water-energy nexus is at the centre of this considered development. The three areas are intrinsically linked and underpin almost all areas of human consumption and activity. Th…

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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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Sustainability, Innovation, and Action | #AsktheCollective 015

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I answer questions about environmental sustainability, business innovation, and individual action. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and SUBSCRIBE! #Timestamps 00:22 - As environmental issues are increasingly emphasized by government, and environmental protection is formalized,…

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Shanghai “Telling Your Sustainability Story” Workshop

Following on from our Beijing session last week, on May 23rd we hosted 25 communications, PR, and sustainability professionals in Shanghai to a workshop titled Telling Your Sustainability Story to help them better understand and anticipate how to better build social capital with their stakeholders.  The session was led by presentations from PT Black, Senior Director of Brand Experience and Plannin…

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Beijing “Telling Your Sustainability Story” Workshop Recap

While firms are successfully developing sustainability initiatives in China, the "telling of their sustainability story", which is the communication of these initiatives – whether internally or externally – is often overlooked. And yet these stories can lead to a culture of volunteerism, encourage innovation, build a brand, and drive market share. The purpose of the May 18th executive works…

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Sustainability, and Scaling China’s Progress to Africa | #AskTheCollective 010

In this episode, we answer questions about the point at which people will start to care about sustainability, and what are the lessons that Africa can take from China to tackle the environmental impact of international investments. As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, gain some new insights, and possibly help catalyze you to take your next step! If you enjoyed it,…

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Collective Responsibility Executive Luncheon Series (Re)Launches This Month!

At Collective Responsibility, we believe it is our mission to help organizations and leaders move from a position of awareness of challenges to building organizations that are in the best market position to deliver solutions.  It is a process that we requires education, and authentic engagement, but more than that for the movement from inspiration to action happen, we know that our platform needs…

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Globalization, Sustainability and Making Progress in China | #AskTheCollective 009

Welcome back this week's episode of #AskTheCollective, where we answered two questions. The first on the impact of the globalization and free trade on sustainability, and whether it has exacerbated the environmental, economic, and social challenges faced, and the second question focused on the progress that we have seen in China. As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, g…

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From China to India: Scaling Sustainable Solutions

Early this year, I took a flight from Mumbai to Shanghai - which included a five-hour, pollution-related delay in Delhi. During the whole time in the air, it was only over the Himalayas that I saw the Asian continent getting a respite from the consequences of industrial activity, localized burning, and energy consumption. India: The Next "China" India is now well-documented to follow in Chin…

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衣食住行 – New Innovation in China’s Basic Needs

Globally, China is often portrayed as the bad guy when it comes to environmental degradation and harm. While this is not without substance, and in many areas China is lacking far behind the world leaders, a growing public consciousness and the identification of opportunity is leading innovators to tackle the problems with business solutions. In this post, we outline areas of development and innova…

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