Sharing Ideas with China a Must


Note: In honor of Social Venture Network’s 25-year anniversary, the network is inducting 25 of its most innovative and influential leaders into its hall of fame Nov. 13 at Gotham Hall in New York City. To recognize these sustainable business pioneers, SVN’s news program, ‘Sustainable Solutions,’ is interviewing the hall-of-famers to celebrate their accomplishments and learn what more needs to be done. Read the whole series here.

When Wayne Silby first invested in China Environment Fund 12 years ago, he remembers people questioning the intelligence of his decision. Now, China Environment Fund is the “go-to” clean-tech fund in China leading investments in clean energy, jobs and community development.

It’s impacts like these that the founder of $15-billion investment management group Calvert Investments says drives him to steadfastly work in China, a calling he’s followed for 15 years to support the country’s finance, business and political sectors in growing their economy in ways that care for all.

“I spend a lot of time in China, and I’m proud of that because if we don’t help communicate some of the things we’ve learned, and share our values with the Chinese, then we become a moot point,” says Silby, who co-founded Calvert Social Investment Fund, one of the earliest mutual funds dedicated to socially-responsible investments in 1976.

“It’s a big force emerging on the world, and we have a responsibility to share what we’ve learned with them.”

The co-founder of Social Venture Network (SVN) and Investors’ Circle does this in a number of ways. He is the founding chairman of Synato, which now has a staff of more than 20 focused on corporate social responsibility consulting in the world’s second largest economy. He is also an adviser to the policy arm of the Chongchinq government, and was an adviser to the China Environment Fund, of which Calvert was a founding investor.

He also served as an adviser to the activities of Grameen America in China and produced a documentary in Chinese on microfinance.

According to Silby, China looks to the major platforms of the West, which have an opportunity and obligation to express their ideas. By sharing successes and innovation for social good, Silby says China is able to interpret and adopt the ideas within their own context.

Silby most recently presented at a philanthropy conference in China to a room full of high-net worth investors, encouraging them to use their investments, and not donations, to do social good. It was one of many gratifying moments for Silby, who is thrilled to see these concepts embraced in China.

For his work in pioneering impact investing and socially responsible business, Silby is being inducted into Social Venture Network’s Hall of Fame Nov. 13. He is one of 25 SVN leaders recognized as part of the network’s 25-year anniversary celebrations.


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Vicky P.
Vicky P.4 years ago

Yeah, right. Sharing with China is not a must, everything is outsourced, the people working for these corporations are basically treated like slaves, they are abused and tossed around, not treated like humans. In spite, some of them have put lead in the products, and god knows what else

al steedman
al steedman4 years ago

Actually, China is possibly the most efficient recycling centre in the world. Every garbage bin, large, small, or even just a bag sitting outside your door is checked continually (as in 24/7) for reusable materials. (They can be passed on for a pittance, but due diligence can probably just about amount to a living wage.) Anyway, it keeps a lot of stuff, which would simply be dumped in the US, out of landfills. Nothing is wasted!
Maybe your iPad contains elements of my garbage. Very likely :)
Now that's recycling!

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley4 years ago

China--why China? Sounds like you're already out-sourcing, Mr. Silby.

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Toby Seiler
Toby S.4 years ago

"counter-desertification technologies" = trees.

Toby Seiler
Toby S.4 years ago

Go to the US Patent Office in DC and watch (I estimate) 30 Asian countries taking patents and all the research that goes with them for the cost of a copy, and you MAY decide...we are already "sharing" with China.

Since we pay big $$$ to get those patents and disclose every aspect of an invention, taking them with the blessing of our government for $.10 seems very generous. In an "information based economy", paying (as in the cost for attorney and filings) to give away technology is a reason jobs will NOT be "made in America". Yes...very generous indeed.

Angela N.
Angela N.4 years ago