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Blog Archives: April 2012

April 26, 2012

What Actions are Needed to Achieve Sustainable Fashion Consumption?

Cody Sisco, Former Manager, Advisory Services

Over the past several months, BSR and the Danish Fashion Institute have been working toward a “NICE Consumer” framework to drive collaboration on sustainable fashion consumption. To gather ideas, we’ve conducted research, held three webinars, and organized three in-person workshops in Stockholm, London, and Copenhagen. Read more 

Topics: Consumer Products, Sustainable Consumption

April 25, 2012

HERproject: Educating Factory Workers and Company Executives Alike

Marcus Chung, Director, Vendor Compliance and Corporate Social Responsibility, Talbots

HERproject: Educating Factory Workers and Company Executives Alike

With small teams and limited resources, we CSR practitioners must often integrate our work into other departments' business processes to achieve our strategies and objectives. Given that, one of the most important parts of my job is to educate other Talbots departments and colleagues about what I do and why it's important to consider the external effects of our decision-making. Read more 

Topics: Supply Chain, Sustainable Consumption, Women & Sustainability

April 16, 2012

In the Spotlight: Wastewater in China’s Textile Industry

Andy Chen , Associate, Advisory Services

With the rapid growth of China’s economy, textile exports tally about US$212 billion, accounting for 34 percent of total market share. Accompanying this development is (quite literally) an unwanted byproduct: wastewater—approximately 2.5 billion tons annually, according to one report. Read more 

Topics: Consumer Products, Supply Chain, Water

April 12, 2012

Understanding the Plight of the Young Worker in China

Cherry Lin , Associate, Advisory Services

As the Chinese economy continues to develop, new issues have arisen around the relationship between employers and young employees in the manufacturing sector. To understand these issues, the China National Textile and Apparel Council and the Center for Child-Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility came together in July 2011 to examine the plight of young migrant workers in six different factories. The initiative was carried out with support of the Swedish Embassy, and ultimately offered advice for employers to improve management strategies by enhancing communication with young workers. Read more 

Topics: Labor Migration, Supply Chain

April 11, 2012

Does Sustainability Equal Happiness?

Melanie Janin , Managing Director, Communications

The question of happiness really gets people talking. Earlier this week, FastCoExist.com Senior Editor Ariel Schwartz posted a thought-provoking (and heavily tweeted) blog about the World Happiness Report, recently released by Columbia University’s Earth Institute, with a fascinating introduction by Jeffrey Sachs. The report itself is voluminous, and worth reading if you’re interested in what Sachs refers to as “the emerging scientific study of happiness.” Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance, Sustainable Consumption

April 5, 2012

Time to Open the Myanmar Office?

Dunstan Allison-Hope , Managing Director, Advisory Services

When creating corporate human rights strategies, it is common to assess the risk inherent in the countries where that company operates and establish plans to mitigate that risk. An easy part has always been the no-go list—countries such as Iran, North Korea, and Syria are usually best avoided altogether. Myanmar has traditionally been on that list.               Read more 

Topics: Human Rights

April 2, 2012

Where BSR Will Be in April

Melanie Janin , Managing Director, Communications

Here’s a roundup of where BSR staff will be and the events we are hosting this month: Read more 

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