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Blog Archives: August 2012

August 31, 2012

Where BSR Will Be in September

Julia Robinson , Associate, Communications

With the traditionally “sleepy” month of August behind us (though it didn’t feel so sleepy to us!), BSR is gearing up for a number of appearances and events in September, as we approach our own Conference in New York from October 23-26. Read more 

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August 27, 2012

SEC Rules on Conflict Minerals: Now What?

Marshall Chase , Associate Director, Advisory Services

The release of the SEC’s final rules on conflict minerals reporting last Wednesday marks a milestone for companies, NGOs, investors and others who have been working on this issue for years—in many cases (including BSR’s) well before the conflict minerals reporting provision of Dodd-Frank was written into law in mid-2010. Read more 

Topics: Conflict Minerals, Governance & Accountability, Reporting & Communications

August 20, 2012

The Not So Sweet Truth: Corporate Responsibility and the Obesity Epidemic

Jessica Davis Pluess , Manager, Partnership Development and Research

From the “Oreo Cookie lawsuit” over trans-fat to the ban on Happy Meals in San Francisco to the tax on saturated fat in Denmark, the message is that corporate responsibility, when it comes to health and wellness, doesn’t exist and that only with the help of disincentives (in the form of regulations) are we going to help consumers make healthier choices. Read more 

Topics: Food, Beverage & Agriculture, Healthcare

August 16, 2012

Lessons of Localization: Adapting the Pro Bono Model into China

Ingrid Larson, Intern, BSR

China faces a wide variety of social, environmental, and economic challenges. Solving these in such a large country is a Herculean task, yet one that is urgent for China’s—and the world’s—continuing prosperity. Although China is developing its own solutions unique to its context, it also needs new ideas and expertise from abroad. Read more 

Topics: Philanthropy, Stakeholder Engagement

August 13, 2012

Why China’s Social Sector Can’t Achieve “Collective Impact”

Nina Zhou, Former Communications Associate, CiYuan

The phrase "collective impact"—initiatives that have used centralized resources and process to support a common agenda that pays off for all parties—has become a buzzword in the West, but in China, it hasn’t been well studied. Read more 

Topics: Philanthropy, Stakeholder Engagement

August 9, 2012

Seven Lessons for Effective Cross-Sector Partnerships in China

Adam Lane , Manager, Advisory Services

BSR’s CiYuan initiative recently published the first of many case studies that share key lessons learned from several pilot projects designed to help build cross-sector partnerships to enhance the value of social investment in China. Read more 

Topics: Philanthropy, Stakeholder Engagement

August 8, 2012

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Reporting on Business Travel Emissions

Andrew Matthews , Manager, Advisory Services

The U.S. recently hosted representatives of 15 countries to discuss global solutions for reducing aviation emissions. The private sector should take note, as leading companies more rigorously evaluate their own business travel emissions. Read more 

Topics: Transport & Logistics, Travel & Tourism

August 2, 2012

When Sci-Fi Meets Sustainability: Continuous Radical Transparency

Jeremy Prepscius , Vice President, Asia-Pacific

Preparing for an accelerated science fiction future requires continued investment in corporate sustainability.The promise of the future tech revolution moves consumers even closer to easily seeing and understanding the larger impacts of their choices on themselves, their families, and their societies. Read more 

Topics: Information & Communications Technology, Sustainable Consumption

August 1, 2012

The GRI Misses Some of the Most Important Human Rights Issues of Our Age

Dunstan Allison-Hope , Managing Director, Advisory Services

Sustainability and business will continue to be transformed by ICT, yet the draft G4 suggests that the GRI Guidelines continue to be written primarily for companies that extract and make stuff—and not for companies that are shaping the new global economy. Read more 

Topics: Human Rights, Reporting & Communications

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