Richard Brubaker

Founder, Collective Responsibility

Like many who came to China, Rich Brubaker first arrived to seek out career opportunities as China's economy gathered steam. In pursuing those goals he developed market-entry and distribution strategies for firms that were also looking for China-based opportunities.

Soon after arriving in Shanghai, Brubaker developed his first community enterprise, HandsOn Shanghai (now HandsOn China), as a means to promote, develop and manage volunteerism in China. This endeavor soon opened him up to the human side of the economic engine that was fueling China's growth, ultimately leading him to develop platforms that examine issues relating to sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Currently, as the managing director of Collective Responsibility and a visiting professor of sustainability at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Brubaker is focused on building platforms that promote long-term organizational capacity to address the economic, environmental, and social hurdles that China faces as the country's economic growth accelerates.

Brubaker also served as the vice chairman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee with the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai for three consecutive years.

You can follow Brubaker on Twitter @chinaCSR and @greenerchina.

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