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.
Shanghailanders have enjoyed what, on the surface, appears to be a summer of blue skies. In recent weeks, locals have come to affectionately refer to this as G-20 Blue in light of the upcoming summit in the neighboring city of Hangzhou. News articles have also pointed to an improvement in the country’s air situation as a whole, although Shanghai doesn’t seem to be contributing to this trend. I wanted to find out whether G-20 Blue is just a fleeting dream or something we can hope to look forward to more often.
July is the official start of campaign season in the U.S., with both major parties selecting their nominee for the highest office in the land. Across the Pacific, Shanghai’s been holding a little campaign of its own. This one isn’t fraught with plagiarized speeches or missing e-mails. No. This campaign is all about ethics and how to create a society based on the rule of law.