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Blog Archives: July 2012

July 31, 2012

Fashion Consumers Want to be NICE Consumers

Susanne LeBlanc, Analyst, Advisory Services, BSR

In the sustainable fashion dialogue, we often hear that the fashion industry and its consumers are simply not ready to address environmental issues. Yet, in reading a recent report published by WRAP U.K. on sustainable fashion consumption, I was pleasantly surprised. Read more 

Topics: Consumer Products, Sustainable Consumption

July 30, 2012

CSO and the KPI

Steve McCoy-Thompson, Former Director of Global Operations

Inside the organization, KPIs are designed to measure internal performance. They measure the productivity of people and machines, systems and processes. CEOs and CFOs take these measures seriously as they guide where and when to invest, as well as where to reallocate or even cut resources. Too often, however, KPIs measure the wrong things, and sustainability is not exempt. Read more 

Topics: Leadership, Reporting & Communications

July 27, 2012

Migrant Workers: Behind the Scenes at the London Olympics

Lindsey Lim, Former Associate, Advisory Services

The 2012 Olympic Games are upon us. Before the spectators converged in London and before the athletes arrived to train, migrant workers came to build infrastructure, harvest food, and prepare hotel rooms. Read more 

Topics: Labor Migration

July 26, 2012

It’s Not the Time for Business as Usual in Myanmar

Chris Nolan, Former Associate Director, Advisory Services

Billed by the Obama Administration as a “framework for responsible investment,” the U.S. suspension of economic sanctions on July 11 opens the flood gates for U.S. companies to join other international competitors in search of business opportunities in Asia’s newest high growth destination. Read more 

Topics: Governance & Accountability

July 25, 2012

Corporate Sponsorship in International Sports Events: Complicity or Leadership?

Alejandra Martin, Former Manager, Advisory Services

We choose to participate in sporting events as spectators, sponsors and partners, but what kind of due diligence are we undertaking both as individuals and collectively? Read more 

Topics: Human Rights, Leadership, Travel & Tourism

July 24, 2012

Trying to Improve Sustainability Performance in Your Supply Chain? Keep Score.

Andrew Matthews , Manager, Advisory Services

Given the clear business case to rigorously measure supply chain sustainability, how can a company build a scorecard? BSR's Andrew Matthews shares insights and five lessons from Pfizer's experience with supplier scorecards. Read more 

Topics: Reporting & Communications, Strategy & Integration, Supply Chain

July 23, 2012

Leading Reporting Practices in China Address Diverse Audience Concerns

Morgan Zhang, Former Manager, Advisory Services

Faced with stricter product requirements and higher expectations from diverse stakeholders including consumers, L’Oréal China produced three reports that focused on increased communication and interaction with audiences in China. Read more 

Topics: Reporting & Communications

July 18, 2012

Do as I Say, Not as I Do?

Rosalind Cohen-Baruch, Former Managing Director, Human Resources

How can we as individuals and as a global profession, make a commitment to looking at our consumption and social sustainability with a critical eye for positive impact and change? Read more 

Topics: Environment, Leadership

July 17, 2012

BSR’s Clean Cargo Makes Ocean Emissions Easy

Jonathan Morris , Associate, Advisory Services

BSR's Clean Cargo Working Group is making it easy for major brands and retailers to calculate their ocean transport environmental footprint. Read an excerpt from a Q&A webinar with Hapag-Lloyd's Erika Sagert and Nike's Dawn Vance held on on July 11. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Supply Chain, Transport & Logistics

July 11, 2012

Adding a ‘His’ to HERproject

Elissa Goldenberg , Associate, Advisory Services

Over the past five years, BSR’s HERproject has reached nearly 120,000 women around the world, equipping them with powerful health knowledge to improve their own lives as well as the lives of their families and communities. And although this impact is quite significant, we’re frequently asked: "What about the men? Wouldn’t they benefit from increased health knowledge and awareness too?" Read more 

Topics: Healthcare, Human Rights, Women & Sustainability

July 10, 2012

HERproject Convening: Building Global Capacity

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

Thirty representatives from local NGOs in eight countries—Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, and Vietnam—gathered for the fifth annual HERproject Convening in Bangkok. Read more 

Topics: Healthcare, Women & Sustainability

July 6, 2012

Global Voices Must Inform Local Action

Jeremy Prepscius , Vice President, Asia-Pacific

The new geographies of sustainability are already hotbeds of innovation and creativity. Their potential can be further optimized by and for global business through investment in insight, people, and corporate practices that align local insight and global strategy. Read more 

Topics: Stakeholder Engagement, Supply Chain

July 2, 2012

Where BSR will be in July

Melanie Janin , Managing Director, Communications

As summer heats up in many places around the globe, BSR staff will be busy attending and hosting various CSR-related events. Read more 

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