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Blog Archives: June 2012

June 29, 2012

Five Best Practices in Human Rights Reporting

Chloё Poynton , Manager, Advisory Services

A year ago this month, the United Nations Human Rights Council endorsed new Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Many companies are beginning to incorporate the Guiding Principles into their human rights strategy but have been left wondering how best to report on their activities. Read more 

Topics: Human Rights, Strategy & Integration

June 28, 2012

Has Progress Been Made on Due Diligence for Conflict Minerals?

Sasha Radovich, Former Manager, Advisory Services

I was recently in Paris at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), helping to facilitate the third meeting that they, with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), hosted on the due diligence efforts that companies are implementing on conflict minerals. Read more 

Topics: Conflict Minerals, Supply Chain

June 27, 2012

Under Pressure: The Chinese Media’s Role in Holding Business Accountable

Yating Shen , Associate, Advisory Services

The Chinese media is playing an increasingly important role in the disclosure and reporting ofenvironmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in China. In order to understand this trend, the impact on Chinese listed companies, and what this means for investors, BSR researched media reporting of ESG news on 100 Chinese companies. Read more 

Topics: Governance & Accountability, Leadership, Media & Entertainment

June 26, 2012

Has Everything Changed, or Has Nothing Changed?

Melanie Janin , Managing Director, Communications

BSR has spent the past 20 years working with business to create a just and sustainable world. Watch and share our video to help us achieve our mission. Read more 

Topics: Leadership

June 25, 2012

When It Comes to Sustainability Reporting, Does the CEO Letter Matter?

Andrew Matthews , Manager, Advisory Services

Recently, I surveyed CEO letters from award-winning sustainability reports by Nike, Coca-Cola, Vodafone, Marks and Spencer, HP, and GE. In the past, I used to gloss over such letters when doing reporting research, but this time I hoped to understand whether these letters enhance reports. What separates a good CEO letter from a mediocre one? What does a good CEO letter achieve, if anything? Read more 

Topics: Reporting & Communications

June 22, 2012

The New Geographies of Sustainability: The Wholesome Power of Enlightened Business

Bharat Wakhlu, Resident Director, The Tata Group, New Delhi

Linked to a BSR initiative, this three-part series asks guest experts from emerging economies for their opinions on the role and future of business in sustainability: Enlightened companies today understand that society can grow wholesomely when they act responsibly. Read more 

Topics: Economic Development, Leadership, Strategy & Integration

June 21, 2012

The New Geographies of Sustainability: Building a Well-Off Society in China

Gefei Yin, Vice President, China WTO Tribune; Director, International Research Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, Peking University, Beijing

Linked to a BSR initiative, this three-part series asks guest experts from emerging economies for their opinions on the role and future of business in sustainability: The vision of a well-off society involves pushing society onto a path to development that includes the growth of production, an affluent life, and a sound ecosystem. Companies can play a unique role in achieving the above vision. Read more 

Topics: Economic Development, Governance & Accountability, Leadership

June 20, 2012

BSR at Rio: 20-20 Visions

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

This week’s twin summits, the G20 in Mexico and the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil, tell us a lot about how the world works—or more precisely, how it is not working. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Environment, Leadership

June 19, 2012

The New Geographies of Sustainability: The Role of Business in Indian Society

Vasanthi Srinivasan, Chair, Corporate Governance and Citizenship, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Linked to a BSR initiative, this three-part series asks guest experts from emerging economies for their opinions on the role and future of business in sustainability: While in a meeting with senior government officers, I posed the question, "What has changed in the government in the last decade?" Among the many changes they mentioned, engaging with the private sector for public-private partnerships emerged as a significant area of opportunity and concern. Read more 

Topics: Economic Development, Leadership, Strategy & Integration

June 18, 2012

BSR at Rio: The Perspective from Brazil on Future of Fuels

Joe Sellwood, Former Director, South America

As government representatives gather to discuss the future of sustainability at Rio+20, there’s no dodging the fact that world energy demand is rising rapidly and that this growth will put unprecedented pressure on our planet. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Economic Development, Energy, Environment

June 15, 2012

BSR at Rio: The Future of Fuels

Eric Olson , Senior Vice President, Advisory Services

When is a gallon just a gallon? Almost never, it turns out—at least if one happens to be talking about the total life cycle impacts of transportation fuels. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Energy, Environment

June 14, 2012

BSR at Rio: To Brazil and Back Again—A 20-Year Human Rights Journey

Alison Colwell , Associate Director, Advisory Services

I will have the opportunity to return to Brazil, my place of birth, for the Rio+20 Earth Summit almost 20 years since I was there last. As an American, Canadian, and Brazilian, I will be a part of the global community descending on Rio, also two decades since the first Earth Summit. Read more 

Topics: Human Rights, Leadership, Strategy & Integration

June 13, 2012

Carbon Emissions Trading in China: Opportunities in the Domestic Market

Fengyuan Wang , Manager, Advisory Services

In China’s latest Five-Year Plan, the national government set a target to reduce energy consumption per unit of GDP by 16 percent, and to reduce carbon intensity by 17 percent from 2010 levels. One part of the wider plan to tackle climate change is to have a pilot carbon emissions trading system in place in seven regions, by the end of 2012. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Energy, Supply Chain

June 13, 2012

BSR at Rio: Doing Our Part, or What to Look for in Rio

Eric Olson , Senior Vice President, Advisory Services

As the BSR team prepares for what promises to be an inspiring--as well as bewildering and possibly frustrating--week in Rio, I find myself reflecting on questions that have weighed on BSR as we (like the Rio process itself) mark our 20th anniversary: What have we in the field of corporate responsibility accomplished, where have we fallen short, and what can we learn from both? Read more 

Topics: Leadership, Strategy & Integration

June 12, 2012

Increasing Impact and Enhancing Value through Corporate Philanthropy

Cammie Erickson , Manager, Partnership Development and Research

At last week’s Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) 2012 Corporate Philanthropy Summit, I had the opportunity to attend the “Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leading Corporate Philanthropy” breakout session. Based on a report from the Council on Foundations, the session presented many ways that corporate giving professionals can take steps to make their work more strategic and catalytic. Read more 

Topics: Philanthropy

June 12, 2012

Caring for China’s ‘Left-Behind’ Children

Yating Shen , Associate, Advisory Services

According to a report by China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the 253 million migrants who left their rural homes in China for urban jobs left behind 58 million children, 40 percent of whom were under the age of 5.   Read more 

Topics: Human Rights, Labor Migration, Supply Chain

June 11, 2012

Trends and Tips for Successful Foundation-NGO Partnerships in China

Min Bao , Manager, Partnership Development and Research

Trends and Tips for Successful Foundation-NGO Partnerships in China

This blog is the third of three in a series on Social Innovation Week in China: Foundation-nonprofit partnerships are still in their infancy in China, which means there is often a mismatch of resources. Five tips for successful partnerships. Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance, Leadership, Philanthropy

June 8, 2012

Corporate-NGO Partnerships in China: Fostering Employee Volunteer Programs

Brooke Avory , Manager, Partnership Development and Research

Corporate-NGO Partnerships in China: Fostering Employee Volunteer Programs

The second blog in a series of three on Social Innovation Week in China: Employee volunteering is growing in popularity in China and is a straightforward way to engage staff in community programs. Five tips for companies on how to establish employee ownership and increase engagement with community programs Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance, Leadership, Philanthropy

June 7, 2012

Innovation for Sustainability in China’s Nascent Nonprofit Sector

Adam Lane , Manager, Advisory Services

Innovation for Sustainability in China’s Nascent Nonprofit Sector

The first blog in a series of three on Social Innovation Week in China: As the government retreats from providing social services and seeks new ideas to solve many intractable problems, nimble and efficient nonprofits will need to utilize the resources of companies to develop sustainable solutions and replicate them in order to make a difference in a country as large as China. Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance, Leadership, Strategy & Integration

June 6, 2012

Better Protection for Women Workers In China

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

New regulations in China provide female workers with better job protection and longer periods of maternity leave following the birth of their children. Read more 

Topics: Economic, Social & Cultural Rights, Human Rights

June 5, 2012

Myanmar: Asian Tiger or Resource-Rich Failing State? Business Will Have a Say

Chris Nolan, Former Associate Director, Advisory Services

As business considers investing in this long-isolated nation, it must realize that it has a direct role in whether Myanmar is the next Asian tiger or another resource-rich failing state exploited for its natural resource wealth and cheap labor. Read more 

Topics: Civil & Political Rights, Economic Development, Energy, Financial Services, Human Rights, Information & Communications Technology

June 4, 2012

Success in Rio? That’s For Us to Decide

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

The Rio+20 Summit on sustainable development is still weeks away, and yet many already have proclaimed the event a failure. That verdict is based on outdated assumptions about the nature of change. In fact, a 21st century success in Rio remains possible. Read more 

Topics: Governance & Accountability, Leadership

June 1, 2012

Where We’ll Be in June

Julia Robinson , Associate, Communications

BSR will be on the road in June, attending a number of events and hosting a few of our own. We hope to see you there. Read more 

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