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Blog Archives: October 2010

October 25, 2010

More Safety for Offshore Oil and Gas in Europe

Farid Baddache , Director, Europe, Middle East, and Africa
Farid Baddache, Director, Europe, and Lucas Braunschvig, Intern

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is having a ripple effect on energy companies operating in Europe. The European Union is looking at ways to make existing regulation more stringent for offshore operations. In their recent Communication, the EU Commissioner for Energy says the EU needs “to make sure that a disaster similar to the one in the Gulf of Mexico will never happen in European waters.” This Communication will shape the agenda for a comprehensive regulatory framework set to be proposed in early 2011. Read more 

Topics: Energy

October 21, 2010

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Is Now Law

Diane Osgood, Ph.D.

California once again blazes a new trail and sets an example for the United States and other nations to follow. This week California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a new law that requires retail sellers and manufacturers doing business in California to publicly disclose on their websites the policies and efforts in place to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains. Read more 

Topics: Human Rights

October 15, 2010

Corporate Complicity in Human Rights Violations: Conflicting Decisions in U.S. Courts

Faris Natour , Director, Human Rights

The question of when a company can be considered complicit in human rights violations that are perpetrated by government has always been a difficult one. Now, a new ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit further muddies the picture. Read more 

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October 12, 2010

Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

The economy continues to limp along, and from the debate in this U.S. election season, it seems as though the path to restoring economic vitality is terra incognita. Over the past generation, economic advances have been jump started by fundamental changes: first, globalization, and then the rise of the internet economy. Read more 

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October 12, 2010

FTC’s New Anti-Greenwashing, Good-for-Business Green Guides

Ryan Schuchard , Associate Director, Climate Change

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released its long-awaited draft guidance on environmental marketing. The so-called “Green Guides” tell companies how to prevent misleading customers—and avoid FTC actions against them. Read more 

Topics: Environment

October 12, 2010

Migration in the Middle East: On the Ground in the UAE

Guy Morgan , Director, Advisory Services

On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, I was given the great honor of delivering a presentation on CSR and employees at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. The presentation was part of a seminar sponsored by Eta Ascom Star Group, UAE to look at the issue of mental health among migrant workers in the Emirates and intended to offer insights into what leading companies around the globe are doing to support and protect their employees. The seminar was eye opening for a number of reasons. Read more 

Topics: Labor Migration

October 8, 2010

The Future of Carbon Disclosure

Laura Ediger, Former Associate Director, Advisory Services

At this week’s launch of the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) regional report for Asia (excluding Japan) in Hong Kong, CDP’s Sue Howells showed a video message reflecting on the CDP’s achievements over the last 10 years and what the CDP sees for the future. As with most organizations focused on mitigating climate change, CDP’s view of the future “if we don’t succeed…” was rather grim, with glimpses of not just melting glaciers and increasing storms, but also resource conflicts and armed violence. When the lights came on, though, the discussion focused on the opportunities for improvement in corporate performance. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Environment

October 7, 2010

When Business Works With Women

Racheal Meiers (née Yeager) , Director, HERproject

This Tuesday in London, BSR held a workshop to explore the intersections of women and business in emerging economies and the resulting opportunities and responsibilities for business. As companies expand their operations, improve their supply chains, and grow their markets around the world, sustainable growth will require investments in and recognition of women as consumers, employees, supply chain workforces, and community members. Read more 

Topics: Women & Sustainability



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