Sustainability news often comes out of China at a trickle. This past month, it’s been a deluge
I’m walking through a factory in the southern province of Guangdong. Little beads of sweat run down my back as I try to concentrate through the early summer heat.
China likes to top lists – world’s tallest observation deck; world’s fastest train; world’s largest population. In October, China topped another list – world’s least charitable country.
Today, Reince Priebus announced that the Trump Administration would make climate change denial its official policy. As leaders in Beijing wake up to the news, they must be having their own Thanksgiving. It’s not that they wish ill on the American people. It’s just, well, a dream come true.
As I head out to the airport, I want to break from tradition this week and talk about something happening outside China. Global private- and public-sector leaders are gathering in New York to discuss the future of sustainability at BSR16. The Conference is asking participants to "Be Bold" and shake up the widespread complacency in many places, including China. These lessons can no doubt help the vanguard.
According to the American Heart Association, about 30% of Americans can administer CPR. In China, that number is closer to 1%. This was the inspiration point for China's first certified B Corp, First Respond.
Why now? For years, experts have foreshadowed a time of great growth for social enterprise in China. A 2012 UBS report noted, “…40% of China-based respondents rated the emergence of social entrepreneurship as the most highly-anticipated trend.” Only recently, though, has this actually come to light.