What the Hell's Happening in China?
And...Why You Should Care
John Pabon, recognized as one of the world's top 100 voices on China, will be visiting from Shanghai for one night only. Join him for an evening packed with on-the-ground insights covering everything from Xi Jinping's New Era, the closure of 18,000 factories, Beijing's eviction of 8 million migrant workers, and what China's new global leadership position means for Australian business.
Still Not Convinced?
We get it. There's a lot of news coming out of China lately and it's hard to separate the signal from the noise.
Check out three key reasons China should be on your radar.
Is your supply chain safe?
This year, China has shut down 18,000 factories and fined 80,000 individuals for environmental non-compliance. That's 40% of the country's factories! This has sent shock waves through global supply chains, leaving executives lost at what to do next. We'll discuss ways to get ahead of this onslaught and ensure your factories stay up and running.
Where does Australia stand in China's New Era?
Given political upheavals the world over, China has now taken its place as the next global hegemon. Nowhere is this more true than in its newfound embrace of sustainable development. John will explain how your business can find its Holy Grail opportunities to position itself for success in this New Era.
Is 800 million new middle class consumers a good thing?
Single's Day just raked in US$26 billion for Alibaba. Right now, business is looking at the potential payday from an additional 800 million Chinese consumers over the next decade. What, though, are consumers looking at? We'll talk through some of the major market trends influencing consumer behavior so that your business is not only profitable but also sustainable over time.
Founder & Chief Storyteller, Fulcrum Sustainability Consulting
John Pabon has spent the past 15 years championing sustainable development and stakeholder engagement, leading the creation of some of the private sector’s most forward-thinking strategic sustainability approaches. For Asia, this has included work as varied as materiality assessments in the transport, apparel, and luxury cosmetic industries, ESG landscaping for jewelry and extractives firms, and the implementation of wellbeing programs impacting nearly half a million supply chain workers in China.
Most recently, John founded Fulcrum Sustainability Consulting. Fulcrum's mission is to work with businesses to make sustainability a market differentiator, reputation manager, and revenue generator. The firm's proprietary approach combines the latest technology in market metrics with sustainability expertise and insights. This forms the foundation for developing campaigns, programs, and strategies that break the status quo, stagnant thinking in the field and drive real positive impact for Fulcrum's partners, people, and the planet.
His previous work includes posts with the United Nations, McKinsey, A.C. Nielsen, and as a consultant with BSR, the world’s largest sustainability-focused business network. Over the past 6 years, he has also chronicled the societal impacts of China’s economic rise in his award-winning blog, John’s Little Green Book. John has been honored as one of the world’s top 100 voices on modern China, is a regular contributor to China-based business magazines, and speaks to an array of global audiences on issues of sustainability and societal change. He also sits on the Australian Chamber of Commerce CSR Committee and the advisory board of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce.