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Blog Archives: September 2012

September 28, 2012

Where BSR Will Be in October

Julia Robinson , Associate, Communications

BSR is preparing for our 20th Anniversary Conference—taking place in New York from October 23-26, with more than 30 sessions on sustainability and business—but we'll make a few stops before then and host a couple of other events of our own. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Events

September 26, 2012

Trying to Solve Food Loss and Food Waste? The Answer is Local

Guy Morgan , Director, Advisory Services

Piggybacking on the Foodnews Sustainability in the Food Supply Chain Conference held last week in London, my colleague and I facilitated a thought-provoking discussion about food loss and food waste, involving representatives from business, civil society, and government. Read more 

Topics: Food, Beverage & Agriculture, Food Waste

September 24, 2012

Navigating New Terrain in Emerging Markets: Brazil, China, and India

Joe Sellwood, Former Director, South America

The focus of the recent BSR and UN Global Compact LEAD study, “The New Geographies of Sustainability,” sought to answer the question of whether there should be a separate apporach to corporate sustainability in "emerging markets." The answer is most definitely yes. The course and terrain companies must navigate in Brazil, India, and China are different from the challenges companies struggle with in developed economies. Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance, Leadership

September 20, 2012

I Want It, I Want It, I Want It: Sustainability in the Consumer Business Model (Part 2)

Steve McCoy-Thompson, Former Director of Global Operations

How can sustainability play a meaningful role in a business world that caters to a rather base goal: to "deliver what people want?" In short, by seeing the reality as an opportunity. Read more 

Topics: Strategy & Integration

September 18, 2012

Stakeholder Engagement Reporting: Beyond the Checklist

Nathan Springer , Manager, Advisory Services

It is a familiar scene to many: Community relations teams list stakeholders and touch points from the previous year, draft a sustainability report chapter, and check the “stakeholder engagement” box. But while stakeholder engagement reporting has become a familiar part of business, are the results of engagement being reported in a meaningful way? Read more 

Topics: Reporting & Communications, Stakeholder Engagement, Strategy & Integration

September 17, 2012

Recap: #BSRchat on Conflict Minerals and the Final SEC Rule

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

BSR held its first Twitter #BSRchat with our conflict minerals experts Marshall Chase and Sasha Radovich on Friday, September 7. Check out the highlights from the chat. Read more 

Topics: Conflict Minerals, Reporting & Communications

September 14, 2012

Who in the Room will be Retired in 10 Years?

Ryan Flaherty, Former Manager, Advisory Services

At World Water Week in Stockholm, I was like a kid in a candy store. However, the most impactful moment for me came had nothing to do with water, agriculture, sustainability, business, or anything else that I deal with day in and day out. It was a simple question. Read more 

Topics: Governance & Accountability, Leadership, Water

September 13, 2012

I Want It, I Want It, I Want It: Sustainability in the Consumer Business Model (Part 1)

Steve McCoy-Thompson, Former Director of Global Operations

"Deliver what people want" sounds horrible to the ears of many green-hearted people. The core of the consumer business model smacks of short-term pandering to the public or, worse, soulless greed. Read more 

Topics: Strategy & Integration

September 10, 2012

Redefining Leadership: The Political Version

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

This fall, we’re seeing a replay of some issues that have been around for a while: The world’s economy remains on the precipice of disaster, not quite falling into the abyss, but not exactly escaping low growth, high debt, and insufficient employment. Read more 

Topics: Leadership

September 7, 2012

The Changing Labor Context in China: Workers and Collective Bargaining

Jason Ho, Former Manager, Advisory Services & CTI

In 2012, China's manufacturing sector has seen growing labor unrest. Wages have increased because of the scarcity of skilled labor, but tensions between workers and employers are high. Normally, a wage increase would be understood as a positive step, so why does the unrest continue, and how can collective bargaining legislation help? Read more 

Topics: Human Rights, Labor Migration, Stakeholder Engagement

September 4, 2012

Sustainable Fashion Design: Thinking Outside the Index

Susanne LeBlanc, Analyst, Advisory Services, BSR

In the past several years, the fashion industry has faced intensifying criticism about its environmental footprint and has once again reacted both on a brand level, with many brands establishing their own sustainability commitments and strategies, as well as on an industry-wide scale with initiatives such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition or the NRDC’s Clean by Design campaign. More recently, however, sustainability leaders in the fashion industry have begun moving beyond their initial reactive response towards proactively addressing environmental concerns right from square one of the value chain: design. Read more 

Topics: Consumer Products, Sustainable Consumption

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