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Blog Archives: April 2011

April 29, 2011

Japan: Tragedy to Turning Point?

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

I arrived in Japan for a week of meetings to find Tokyo more deserted than ever before. Maybe the economy really had collapsed in the wake of the triple whammy of the earthquake, tsunami, and ongoing nuclear accident at Fukushima-Daiichi. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Energy, Environment

April 26, 2011

HERproject Inspires in China and Vietnam

Racheal Meiers (née Yeager) , Director, HERproject

I’ve just wrapped up a 10-day tour of China and Vietnam, including visits to seven factories participating in HERproject with the support of Abercrombie & Fitch, HP, Li & Fung, Marks & Spencer, Nordstrom, and Talbots. Read more 

Topics: Women & Sustainability

April 22, 2011

On Earth Day 2011, Who Will Tell the People?

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

Almost 20 years ago, the journalist William Greider wrote Who Will Tell the People, his account of dysfunctional decision-making in Washington. Greider’s thesis was that Washington officials were preoccupied with perpetuating their own power, with scant regard for the interests of the people they were supposed to represent. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Energy, Environment

April 21, 2011

Sustainable Product Design: Closing the Loop on Plastics

Cody Sisco, Former Manager, Advisory Services

Sustainable Product Design: Closing the Loop on Plastics

Last week I visited an HP service provider’s facility in Thurnau, Germany where plastic inkjet cartridges are collected and where they take the first step toward reentering the materials stream for HP recycled plastic cartridges. Read more 

Topics: Strategy & Integration, Sustainable Consumption, Toxicity & Product Design

April 21, 2011

Jugaad Solutions for Sustainable Design

Virginia Terry, Former Director, Advisory Services

Jugaad Solutions for Sustainable Design

Jugaad is a Hindi term that means clever and resourceful. It describes a way of getting a job done by using easy-to-find materials, typically in collaboration with others. In Western terms, jugaad could be a kind of crowd-sourced innovation that makes efficient use of scarce resources or reused materials to help improve living conditions. Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance, Consumer Products, Human Rights, Strategy & Integration, Sustainable Consumption, Toxicity & Product Design

April 18, 2011

Rebuilding Sustainability Reporting Guidance From the Ground Up—Starting in Chile

Cody Sisco, Former Manager, Advisory Services

Rebuilding Sustainability Reporting Guidance From the Ground Up—Starting in Chile

Should organizations be accountable for the performance of their supply chains? What information should they disclose? The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Working Group on Supply Chain Disclosures met last week in Santiago, Chile, to answer these questions in order to help improve supply chain reporting—which was identified by stakeholders and the GRI board as a weak point in overall sustainability reporting. Read more 

Topics: Reporting & Communications, Supply Chain

April 14, 2011

Technology, Collaboration, and Human Rights: A Slightly Unfair (but Somewhat Useful) Comparison

Dunstan Allison-Hope , Managing Director, Advisory Services

How can companies effectively engage with stakeholders? That was the theme of a recent panel I participated in at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s “Sustainable Corporation” conference. Read more 

Topics: Human Rights, Information & Communications Technology, Strategy & Integration

April 13, 2011

Novo Nordisk’s Blueprint for Changing Diabetes in China

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of blog case studies that look at the sustainability challenges and successes at different pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. For each case study, we’re interviewing a company practitioner to get an insider’s perspective.  We will be publishing these perspectives on a monthly basis and look forward to your comments. If you have a case study that you would like to share, please contact Shivani Kannabhiran at web@bsr.org Read more 

Topics: Healthcare, Stakeholder Engagement, Strategy & Integration

April 5, 2011

The Economic Power of Women

Amaya Gorostiaga, Former Manager, Advisory Services

Women represent the largest market opportunity in the world. Globally, they control US$20 trillion in annual consumer spending, and this number could rise to US$28 trillion in the next five years. According to the Boston Consulting Group survey “What Women Want,” this potential would constitute a growth market bigger than those of China and India combined. Read more 

Topics: Stakeholder Engagement, Women & Sustainability

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