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Blog Archives: October 2012

October 31, 2012

BuzzMachine’s Jeff Jarvis at BSR Conference 2012

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis speaks on privacy and transparency for business at BSR Conference 2012: Fast Forward. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, New Media

October 31, 2012

Where BSR Will Be in November

Julia Robinson , Associate, Communications

With our 20th anniversary Conference successfully behind us, BSR is back to business as usual, although our thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Sandy across the Caribbean and the eastern United States. Read more 

Topics: Events

October 30, 2012

EDF’s Fred Krupp and Mindy Lubber of Ceres at BSR Conference 2012

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp and Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres and Director at Investor Network on Climate Risk, discuss the changing energy landscape at BSR Conference 2012: Fast Forward. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, BSR Conference and Events, Energy

October 30, 2012

Supply Chains Are Connections Between People

Tara Norton , Director, Advisory Services

In all of our discussions about supply chains, we often forget that supply chains ultimately are about connections between people. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Supply Chain

October 29, 2012

Fast Forward to Full Circle: Collaborating to Change Culture

Erika George, Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

Meeting the challenge of resource scarcity and motivating consumers to change behavior will require action. Bringing together the correct set of competencies to take on these challenges could result in even greater opportunities for companies to create solutions and value over the long term. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events

October 29, 2012

USAID’s Raj Shah at BSR Conference 2012

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

USAID Administrator Raj Shah speaks on eliminating extreme poverty through cross-sector collaboration at BSR Conference 2012: Fast Forward. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Economic, Social & Cultural Rights, Food, Beverage & Agriculture

October 29, 2012

Anne-Marie Slaughter at BSR Conference 2012

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University speaks on tri-sector collaboration, foreign policy, and the importance of gender equality in the workplace at BSR Conference 2012: Fast Forward. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Leadership

October 26, 2012

Leontino Balbo Jr. of Native Organic Products at BSR Conference 2012

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

Head of Native Organic Products Leontino Balbo Junior discusses the role of biodiversity on agriculture stability using the example of sugar cane farms in Brazil at BSR Conference 2012: Fast Forward. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Food, Beverage & Agriculture

October 26, 2012

will.i.am and Beatriz Perez of Coca-Cola at BSR Conference 2012

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

Musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist will.i.am and Coca-Cola's Chief Sustainability Officer Beatriz Perez debut Ekocyle—an initiative to inspire new things made in part from recycled materials—at BSR Conference 2012.a Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Media & Entertainment

October 26, 2012

Sustainable Consumption: Thinking Past the ‘Stuff’

Lauren Liecau, Masters Graduate, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

With the global population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, sociologists and biologists alike have increasing concerns about our resource-constrained world's ability to meet future demands. As middle classes grow in emerging markets, questions also have been raised about the validity of consumption as a driver of growth. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Sustainable Consumption

October 25, 2012

What Impacts Sustainability Media Coverage

Cindy Drucker, EVP Weber Shandwick, Social Impact

Change was the topic of Wednesday’s breakout session in which members of the global media debated sustainability. Specifically, panelists discussed what has changed with regard to sustainability in the press over the past 20 years. And the discussion didn’t disappoint. Representatives from major media outlets such as The Economist, The New York Times, Le Monde, Time, and Harvard Business Review talked about how business, politics, and resources impact sustainability media coverage Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Media & Entertainment

October 25, 2012

José Ramos-Horta at BSR Conference 2012

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Former President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste José Ramos-Horta speaks at the BSR Conference 2012. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events

October 25, 2012

Social Finance CEO Tracy Palandjian at BSR Conference 2012

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

Tracy Palandjian, CEO and Cofounder of Social Finance, shares the story of the social impact bond at the BSR Conference 2012. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Financial Services, Philanthropy

October 24, 2012

Opening Remarks by Aron Cramer at BSR Conference 2012

Joyce Sood, Former Digital Communications Manager

BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer delivers opening remarks at the BSR Conference 2012: Fast Forward, reflecting on the progress of sustainability over the past 20 years as well as the opportunities and challenges ahead. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events

October 24, 2012

Do You Like to Go ‘Shwopping’?

Paul Massey, EVP Weber Shandwick, Social Impact

According to Marc Bolland, chief executive of British retailer Marks and Spencer Group (M&S), it’s something we all should be talking about, particularly as we head into the holiday season. During the opening session of the BSR Conference 2012 Wednesday, Bolland reflected on M&S’s work to coin this new term with the goal of sparking consumer engagement in sustainability Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Consumer Products, Sustainable Consumption

October 23, 2012

Celebrating 20 Years of Sustainability at BSR Conference 2012

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

Every year, the BSR Conference provides an opportunity for us to consider how much progress has been made in the past year, and how much more there remains to accomplish. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events

October 22, 2012

The Critical Role of Women in Sustainable Development

Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver

Robert Engleman, President, Worldwatch Institute

All too often, the link between investing in women and achieving sustainability goals is overlooked. Women support families through wage labor, preserve traditional knowledge, maintain biodiversity, and ensure household food security and nutrition. Despite these critical roles, women and young girls continue to suffer the effects of poor healthcare, education, and discriminatory policies. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Women & Sustainability

October 19, 2012

It’s Time to Change: Supply Chain Accountability

Jeremy Prepscius , Vice President, Asia-Pacific
Tara Norton , Director, Advisory Services

We know supply chains can have real problems that impact real lives. We’ve been reminded again of this stark reality with th recent tragic fires in the garment factories in Pakistan that led to avoidable deaths. Sadly though, these stories aren’t new, whether in recent years in Bangladesh, a decade ago in China, back in 1911 in New York City, or any number of incidents in between. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Governance & Accountability, Human Rights, Supply Chain

October 17, 2012

Value Chain is Top Climate Priority and Challenge: BSR/GlobeScan Poll

Ryan Schuchard , Associate Director, Partnership Development and Research—Climate Change

The “BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Poll 2012” shows that climate change remains among the top three sustainability issues for business, with 61 percent of respondents saying that climate is a priority for the year ahead. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, BSR Conference and Events

October 16, 2012

Countdown to Conference: Five Easy Ways to Follow Along

Melanie Janin , Managing Director, Communications

In just a few days, we’re headed to New York to kick off our 20th anniversary Conference, and we’re looking forward to welcoming many of you there. We lined up an impressive array of bloggers to report from the Conference–this year in English, French, and Mandarin--so be sure to check our website often. And whether you’re busy planning your agenda at the event or will be joining us virtually, here are five easy ways to engage as we fast-forward the global sustainability conversation in the coming days. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events

October 12, 2012

A View from Yangon: Opportunities for Responsible Investment

Chris Nolan, Former Associate Director, Advisory Services

A trademark sign of globalization can now be seen at several prominent intersections in Yangon, Myanmar: Coca-Cola billboards. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, Governance & Accountability, Investor Perspective

October 11, 2012

Strange but True: France to Influence Asian Sustainability Reports

Nina Jatana, Former Communications Manager, Asia

The promulgation of a new French sustainability reporting law puts an end to the "mandatory versus voluntary" reporting debate—in France and for foreign companies operating there. Since the law’s passage, BSR has been investigating how certain Asian countries might approach the application of this law, given their different approaches to disclosure—in particular, Japan, China, and South Korea. Read more 

Topics: Environment, Governance & Accountability, Reporting & Communications

October 10, 2012

Dispatches from SXSW Eco: Sustainable Design, Behavior Change, and Clean Energy

Julia Robinson , Associate, Communications

At SXSW Eco's second annual conference, which took place in Austin, Texas, last week, the experts focused on new approaches to sustainability and on how to get beyond words to lasting impact. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Energy, Events, Environment, Sustainable Consumption

October 9, 2012

Why Businesses Should Engage More in Local Governance

Tue David Bak, Former Manager, Partnership Development

Local governance is somewhat of an abstract concept, and usually a topic reserved for academics and civil servants. BSR’s work with member companies in a number of developing countries, however, indicates that companies need to engage much deeper in governance locally in order to be successful in their corporate responsibility and business activities. Read more 

Topics: Governance & Accountability, Stakeholder Engagement

October 8, 2012

How Private Equity is Investing Responsibly in China (Part Two)

Adam Lane , Manager, Advisory Services

In this two-part series, we summarize the discussions and findings from BSR's Beijing roundtable on responsible investment in China. In this second post, we explore how China-based private equity firms are approaching responsible investment. Read more 

Topics: Events, Financial Services, Investor Perspective, Return on Investment, Strategy & Integration

October 5, 2012

Will the Real Ethical Company Please Stand Up?

Andrew Matthews , Manager, Advisory Services

I recently finished Fran Hawthorne’s new book, Ethical Chic, which investigates whether the innovative and leading companies we love do business ethically. I could not help but wonder whether any company is completely ethical. Can a company actually achieve the seemingly elusive ethical label? Read more 

Topics: Consumer Products, Governance & Accountability, Supply Chain

October 4, 2012

Factories and Nonprofits Collaborate to Help Manage Aspirations of China’s Next Generation of Work

Brooke Avory , Manager, Partnership Development and Research

Brooke Avory, Manager, CiYUAN Read more 

Topics: Human Rights

October 3, 2012

How to Foster Cross-Sector Partnerships—Four Lessons from China

Adam Lane , Manager, Advisory Services

BSR strongly believes cross-sector partnerships are crucial to developing a just and sustainable world. For more than 20 years, we have helped businesses listen to and work with their partners to address pressing sustainability challenges. Since the CiYuan initiative started in China two years ago, we’ve been working non-stop to foster more partnerships—particularly between companies and NGOs. Read more 

Topics: Leadership, Philanthropy, Reporting & Communications

October 2, 2012

An ICT Company’s To-Do List on Human Rights

Dunstan Allison-Hope , Managing Director, Advisory Services

Last week, BSR gathered with representatives from information and communications technology companies to discuss lessons learned on applying the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the industry. But the conversation quickly headed in another direction: looking forward to what we need to do next. Read more 

Topics: Human Rights, Information & Communications Technology, Strategy & Integration

October 1, 2012

How Private Equity is Investing Responsibly in China (Part One)

Adam Lane , Manager, Advisory Services

In this two-part series, we summarize the discussions and findings from BSR's Beijing roundtable on responsible investment in China. In this blog, we explore the Chinese landscape for responsible investment. Read more 

Topics: Events, Financial Services, Investor Perspective, Strategy & Integration

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