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Blog Archives: December 2012

December 20, 2012

What Cerberus’ Firearm Divestment Says About Private Equity and Social Responsibility

David Korngold , Manager, Advisory Services
John Hodges , Director, Financial Services

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, headlines in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have focused on the private equity firm Cerberus, a leading investor in the firearms industry. Read more 

Topics: Financial Services, Investor Perspective, Stakeholder Engagement

December 19, 2012

CSR ‘Made in Germany’: Are Voluntary Standards Enough?

Julia Beier , Associate, Advisory Services

European countries are vigorously debating whether or not to regulate corporate sustainability efforts and require non-financial reporting by companies. Although German companies tend to be advanced on environmental performance and other sustainability issues, there is still much resistance in the country to CSR reporting laws. Why the reluctance? Read more 

Topics: Reporting & Communications, Strategy & Integration

December 18, 2012

Top 10 BSR Blogs of 2012

Julia Robinson , Associate, Communications

Looking for holiday-season reading? Consider one of our most-read blogs of 2012. Read more 

Topics: Financial Services, Food, Beverage & Agriculture, Human Rights, Labor Migration, Reporting & Communications, Strategy & Integration, Supply Chain, Sustainable Consumption

December 14, 2012

Understanding ‘Engagement’ for Better Business: A Practical Approach

Jasmine Campbell, Former Manager, Advisory Services

Engagement concepts such as “broad community support,” “social license to operate,” and “free, prior, and informed consent" are fundamentally based on carrying out community engagement, i.e. building relationships. Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance, Human Rights, Philanthropy, Stakeholder Engagement

December 12, 2012

Is Collaboration the Way Forward for the Pharmaceutical Industry?

Cecile Oger , Manager, Advisory Services

While working nearly a decade for a pharmaceutical think tank, I witnessed how great things can be accomplished when the barriers of competition fall. In my experience, collectively finding solutions not only generates recommendations, guidelines and best practices, it also fosters new models and pushes entire sectors towards faster progress. And today, faster progress is what we need to deliver safer, more affordable, and more effective medicine to larger populations. Read more 

Topics: Healthcare

December 10, 2012

Human Rights Day: A Call to Respect Human Dignity

Faris Natour , Director, Human Rights

At last week’s inaugural UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, I was struck by the sheer size of the event—about 1,000 participants—and by the number of companies openly discussing challenges, collaborating on solutions, and engaging in constructive dialogue with stakeholders. Yet, among all the discussions about due diligence, grievance mechanisms, and reporting, it is easy to forget the most important idea behind human rights: the concept of dignity. Read more 

Topics: Human Rights

December 7, 2012

‘War on Waste’ in Hong Kong

Nina Jatana, Former Communications Manager, Asia

The Hong Kong government just announced a war on food waste—vowing to reduce it by 10 percent by 2015. As BSR’s "Waste Not Want Not: An Overview of Food Waste" report highlights that in Hong Kong and around the world, food waste occurs across the many aspects of the food chain—from farm to fork. Read more 

Topics: Environment, Food, Beverage & Agriculture, Food Waste, Governance & Accountability

December 6, 2012

How to Conduct a Social Risk Assessment in China

Chengbo Wang , Director, Advisory Services
Morgan Zhang , Manager, Advisory Services

How to Conduct a Social Risk Assessment in China

A series of violent protests against large-scale construction projects—the proposed oil refinery in Shifang, the garbage incinerator project in Panyu, and the waste discharge plant in Qidong—have attracted enormous amounts of public attention in China. All of these projects have been either postponed or canceled altogether. The protests have been unprecedented, and the Chinese Government is under increasing pressure to curtail the prospect of more violent protests. Read more 

Topics: Local Sustainable Performance, Environment, Financial Services

December 5, 2012

Collaboration 2.0: Openly Innovating Our Way to Social Progress

Jonathan Morris , Associate, Advisory Services

The past 20 years have given rise to technologies that were simply unimaginable before their invention: the internet, high-speed wireless data, global satellite telephone networks, flexible energy grids, solar panels and wind turbines, the mass-market electric vehicle. … The list goes on. And these technologies have arguably brought with them social impact, such as an increased access to information. But have they brought with them social progress? Read more 

Topics: Information & Communications Technology, Stakeholder Engagement

December 4, 2012

Equator Principles III: Helping Banks ‘Get It Right’

John Hodges , Director, Financial Services

Having spent almost a decade at the World Bank advising governments in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America on major private-sector led and financed infrastructure investments, I saw a lot of half-baked projects. In many cases, I often found myself wondering, “Why would a reputable commercial bank even consider funding this project?” Read more 

Topics: Financial Services, Human Rights, Reporting & Communications

December 3, 2012

Where BSR Will Be in December

Julia Robinson , Associate, Communications

As the year winds to a close, BSR is traveling the world for a number of meetings and events. We hope to see you there! Read more 

Topics: Events

December 1, 2012

To Make HIV/AIDS Education More Effective, Start with Empowerment

Racheal Meiers (née Yeager) , Director, HERproject

While in Kenya this month, I sat in on a HERproject training on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for future peer health educators. BSR’s HERproject uses a peer-to-peer training methodology to reach women working in factories and farms in Asia and Africa—to date, we’ve reached more than 200,000 women across eight countries. Read more 

Topics: Healthcare, Women & Sustainability

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