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Blog Archives: February 2012

February 28, 2012

A Sustainability Compass for Ocean Issues

Laura Ediger , Associate Director, Advisory Services

Last week at the Economist World Oceans Summit in Singapore, it was widely noted that oceans don’t get much attention, perhaps in part because we humans are (now) a highly terrestrial species. But the topics were clearly relevant to the humans in attendance, who ranged from representatives of conservation NGOs, to leaders of small island states, to people from companies like Google, Tiffany & Co, Shangri-La Hotels, and Electrolux, and ocean-oriented businesses such as Maersk Line, APL, Norpac, and China Fishery Group. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Ecosystem Services, Environment, Water

February 27, 2012

Guiding Social Investment in China

Brooke Avory , Manager, Partnership Development and Research

In honor of International Corporate Philanthropy Day, which is led by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, I want to highlight the state of corporate philanthropy in China.    Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance, Philanthropy

February 24, 2012

Learning the Right Lessons From the Apple Story

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

A decade ago, Apple made a splash with its “Think Different” advertising campaign. Today, with Apple in the headlines concerning labor conditions in its supply chain, it’s time for all of us to think different about how to improve the lives of the millions of workers making the products that drive our global economy. While it’s tempting to point to particular companies as the core of the problem, the reality—and the solutions—are much broader and much more complex. Read more 

Topics: Consumer Products, Human Rights, Leadership, Supply Chain

February 24, 2012

HERproject Partner Profile From Bangladesh: Awaj Foundation

Amaya Gorostiaga, Former Manager, Advisory Services

Note: This is the third blog in a three-part series highlighting the impact of HERproject in Bangladesh. The first blog explored impacts within and beyond factory walls through the stories of HERproject peer educators. The second blog shared a participating brand’s perspective on health and business impacts she has seen, and this blog profiles one of our NGO partners. Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance, Supply Chain, Women & Sustainability

February 23, 2012

Playing by the Numbers for Sustainable Consumption

Vijay Kanal, Former Director, Information and Communications Technology Practice, Advisory Services

From the popularity of Robert Parker's wine scoring system to Consumer Reports’ products rankings, consumers love numerical scores. The reason is simple: They help buyers make informed decisions. Read more 

Topics: Consumer Products, Information & Communications Technology, Sustainable Consumption

February 17, 2012

HERproject: A Perspective From Primark

By Libby Annat, Senior Ethical Trade Manager, Primark

Note: This is the second blog in a three-part series highlighting the impact of HERproject in Bangladesh. The first blog explored impacts within and beyond factory walls through the stories of HERproject peer educators. This blog shares a participating brands’ perspective on health and business impacts she has seen, and the third blog profiles one of our NGO partners. Read more 

Topics: Consumer Products, Supply Chain, Women & Sustainability

February 15, 2012

Sharpening the Terms of the Debate About the Sustainable Consumption of Fashion

Cody Sisco, Former Manager, Advisory Services

Every once in a while, something magical happens to transform a boring conference call into an inspiring debate. Last week, the Advisory Group to the NICE Consumer project (a group that represents Marks and Spencer, H&M, Vivienne Westwood, WGSN, and PPR) met virtually to officially kick off the project, and the mix of industry experience, visionary thinking, and critical questions were explosive. Read more 

Topics: Consumer Products, Sustainable Consumption

February 15, 2012

February 14, 2012

Talking to HERproject Heroes in Bangladesh

Racheal Meiers (née Yeager) , Director, HERproject

Note: This is the first blog in a three-part series highlighting the impact of HERproject in Bangladesh. This first blog explores impacts within and beyond factory walls through the stories of HERproject peer educators. The second blog shares a participating brands’ perspective on health and business impacts she has seen, and the third blog profiles one of our NGO partners. Read more 

Topics: Women & Sustainability

February 10, 2012

Sustainability Frames of Reference in New Economies

Guy Morgan , Director, Advisory Services

We all know there is no “one size fits all” approach to corporate sustainability. Management of sustainability is a function of local market dynamics, socioeconomic conditions, national history, and cultural contexts, among other factors. Indeed, the frames of reference for sustainability are dramatically different around the world. Read more 

Topics: Leadership, Strategy & Integration

February 8, 2012

How ESG Works in Private Equity

Virginia Terry, Former Director, BSR

At a recent New York event that BSR co-hosted with Morrison & Foerster and Private Equity International, speakers from BSR, KKR, The Carlyle Group, Morrison & Foerster, and Generation Investment Management discussed how to integrate ESG considerations into the private equity lifecycle. With its long-term investment horizons and its ability to work directly with portfolio companies to improve performance, private equity is ideally suited for ESG investing. Ultimately, thoughtful management of ESG issues is critical to the success of long-term private equity investment. Read more 

Topics: Financial Services, Strategy & Integration

February 8, 2012

Conflict Minerals and Global Trends in Responsible Sourcing

Sasha Radovich, Former Manager, Advisory Services

Note: This is the third blog in a three-part series highlighting the critical issues that risk getting lost in the rush to implement due diligence on conflict minerals. Our first blog discussed the local impacts of supply chain policies. The second blog focused on the importance and relevance of local labor and environmental issues outside the conflict. Read more 

Topics: Conflict Minerals, Supply Chain

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