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Blog Archives: December 2009

December 23, 2009

What Happened at COP15

Ryan Schuchard , Associate Director, Partnership Development and Research—Climate Change

What Happened at COP15

As BSR predicted, COP15 came down to hard bargaining between the United States and China, and the event materialized as much less of an end to climate policy than as a beginning. This turned out to be an understatement: no binding commitment was reached, and it is increasingly clear that an effective agreement will take much more than simply another meeting. Read more 

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December 23, 2009

Here’s a Plan B

Ryan Schuchard , Associate Director, Partnership Development and Research—Climate Change

Our global climate agenda may need a Plan B, but if we are to choose the right one, some popular misconceptions need to be clarified. This post was originally published as a response to The Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, “Time for a Plan B,” by Nigel Lawson on 12/21/09. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change

December 23, 2009

Was Copenhagen Really a Failure?

Diane Osgood, Ph.D.

At the risk of being considered a Pollyanna, I don't think that Copenhagen was the huge failure the critics are rushing to proclaim. The Copenhagen process delivered two significant outcomes. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change

December 18, 2009

New Policy to Address Corporate Philanthropy in China

Pei Bin, Former Director, China Partnership Development

Following the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, many state-owned enterprises (SOEs) began writing big donation checks and competing for national media attention. This trend quickly increased attention on corporate philanthropy in China. At the time, companies thought that the more they donated, the more socially responsible they were. Very few people questioned the authorization of SOEs to make discretionary donations. Nobody asked if it was legal for SOEs to use state assets for charitable purposes. And nobody questioned whether SOEs had an obligation to disclose information on the use of their donated funds and their funds' impacts. Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance

December 17, 2009

Corporate Climate Leadership at Copenhagen

Ryan Schuchard , Associate Director, Partnership Development and Research—Climate Change

On my third day at COP15, I presented at the International Emissions Trading Association panel, "Corporate Climate Leadership," where I said that companies should consider three leadership activities: Read more 

Topics: Climate Change

December 16, 2009

Information, Please! The Knowledge Crux at Copenhagen

Ryan Schuchard , Associate Director, Partnership Development and Research—Climate Change

Information, Please! The Knowledge Crux at Copenhagen

I spent half of my first day at COP15 in line, mostly outside, in the cold. But I was one of the lucky ones to eventually emerge inside the Bella convention center. Others waited for six hours or more only to be turned away at the door (if they even made it that far). Read more 

Topics: Climate Change

December 11, 2009

Mountains: The Bellwethers of Climate Change

Ryan Schuchard , Associate Director, Partnership Development and Research—Climate Change

Today is International Mountain Day. And in flat Denmark, the role of mountains is getting more attention as part of the international climate negotiations. Some prominent mountain-oriented activities at COP 15 include: Read more 

Topics: Climate Change

December 11, 2009

Why ‘MSM’ Still Matter

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

Marc Gunther recently posted an excellent entry on his blog celebrating social media as the technology that may save the planet. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, New Media

December 11, 2009

What China’s Emissions Targets Could Mean for Operations in China

Daniel Gross, former BSR staff

In the run-up to Copenhagen, China's announcement of a plan to reduce carbon emissions per unit of gross domestic product between 40 to 45 percent by 2020 received characteristically mixed reviews by the global press and environmental advocates. Noting that China's aggressive target would still result in an absolute increase in emissions, many decried China for not shouldering enough responsibility as the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide. Read more 

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December 10, 2009

Policymakers and Protecting Human Rights in Supply Chains

Cody Sisco, Former Manager, Advisory Services

This week I testified before a joint committee hearing (PDF) of the California State Senate. Three senators, including Senate leader Darrel Steinberg, heard testimony from academics, campaigners, social services providers, business, and fair trade organizations on the role of state government in protecting human rights throughout global supply chains. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Supply Chain

December 8, 2009

Soggy Pork…and Other Climate Change Choices

Marshall Chase , Associate Director, Advisory Services

The world faces some interesting choices in the next few years. As illustrated by the ongoing Copenhagen negotiations, we have to decide whether and how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a wide range of sectors, from energy generation to transportation and beyond. Read more 

Topics: Food, Beverage & Agriculture

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