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Blog Archives: November 2012

November 30, 2012

Intern to New Hire Journey at BSR

Rosalind Cohen-Baruch, Former Managing Director, Human Resources

During the spring and summer of 2011, Corinna Kester interned at BSR. Our goal for her internship was to provide real life experiences and client interactions with a broad industry overview, very similar to the way our Advisory Services team works every day at BSR. Read more 

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November 29, 2012

Pass or Fail? Game Over for Suppliers

Tiffany Finley, Former Manager, Advisory Services

As hot issues rise and fall within industry supply chains, suppliers have become increasingly targeted and therefore reactive to external pressure—the same trap that their customers have and may still fall into today. This reactive approach further reinforces the concept that change and sustainability must come from outside—be it customer pressure, government regulation, or NGO “name-and-shame” campaigns. Read more 

Topics: Reporting & Communications, Supply Chain

November 28, 2012

China’s Social Risk Reviews: A Tool Not a Burden

Christine Bader, Human Rights Advisor, BSR

Earlier this month, China's leadership announced that "social risk reviews" will be required for all major industrial projects. Read more 

Topics: Energy, Human Rights, Extractives & Mining, Stakeholder Engagement

November 27, 2012

The Winds of Change in Civil Society

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

Dubai is not the most obvious place to discuss the future of civil society. The future of skyscrapers and vanity engineering projects, maybe, but I arrived in Dubai for the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda earlier this month as civil society was under threat in many parts of the Middle East. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events, NGO, Strategy & Integration

November 21, 2012

VERGE: Where Sustainability Solutions Collide

Nathan Springer , Manager, Advisory Services

According to Tony Hsieh, the CEO of shoe company Zappos, collisions create results. “When cities double in size, productivity and innovation per resident increases by 15 percent,” said Hsieh during his plenary address at the VERGE conference in San Francisco last week. VERGE, organized by the GreenBiz Group, is a convergence of systems and technologies in energy, transport, and buildings that takes place through conferences held in several cities around the world each year. Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance, BSR Conference and Events, Information & Communications Technology

November 15, 2012

HERfinance Leverages the HERproject Model to Increase Financial Inclusion of Workers

Chhavi Ghuliani , Manager, Partnership Development and Research

This week BSR launches HERfinance, a collaborative initiative aimed at increasing financial inclusion for low income workers in global supply chains. Like its parent initiative, HERproject, HERfinance brings together partners from various sectors—in this case, financial service providers, multinational companies and their suppliers, and non-profit organizations to educate workers in the supply chain about using formal savings accounts, budgeting, and talking about finances with family members. Read more 

Topics: Economic, Social & Cultural Rights, Financial Services, Women & Sustainability

November 13, 2012

Sustainable Consumption Through Multiple Lenses

Ted Howes, Former Director, Advisory Services

Insight is a powerful tool for understanding sustainability and behavior. Recently, my colleague Joyce Sood and I went out to explore how people in San Francisco are connecting with the notion of sustainable consumption. We came out of the experience with some useful insights on how to connect sustainability to people’s needs. Read more 

Topics: Consumer Products, Food, Beverage & Agriculture, Sustainable Consumption

November 12, 2012

Highlights from the BSR Conference 2012

Eva Dienel , Associate Director, Communications

More than 1,000 people from 32 countries joined us in New York on October 23-26 to push “Fast Forward” on sustainability at the BSR Conference 2012. As people get back to business, it’s a good time to share the ideas and inspiration gleaned from the Conference. And for those of you who couldn’t be in New York, it’s a good time to catch up on what happened. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events

November 7, 2012

The Power of “Why”: Food Safety, Jewelry, and the Human Connection

Kai Robertson

I recently had an interesting discussion over lunch about jewelry and food safety. It took me full circle back to the BSR Conference where I often heard companies state some version of, “Our supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Read more 

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

November 5, 2012

Food Waste in the U.S.: A Conversation with Jonathan Bloom

Raphael Meyer, MBA/MS Student, University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

Given last summer’s heat wave and the food shortages and price increases we can expect as a consequence, I would think that food waste reduction would be as important as ever. I recently spoke with Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, to get his sense for what had changed since he wrote the book, and perhaps not surprisingly, his message was clear: not much. Read more 

Topics: Food, Beverage & Agriculture, Food Waste

November 1, 2012

Platon at BSR Conference 2012

International Photographer Platon shares inspiring photographs and stories of presidents and well known world figures at BSR Conference 2012. Read more 

Topics: BSR Conference and Events



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