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Blog Archives: January 2013

January 31, 2013

Why Company Collaboration on Shipping Emissions is Increasingly Significant

Jonathan Morris , Associate, Advisory Services
Angie Farrag-Thibault , Associate Director, Transport and Logistics

Leading global companies are setting ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions from their logistics networks. How can collaboration play a role in more sustainable ocean shipping and transport? And how can companies understand and manage their environmental impacts? Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Collaboration, Transport & Logistics

January 30, 2013

Managing Corporate Performance in an Era of Expanded Disclosure

Sissel Waage , Director, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

BSR’s new report reviews the "state of play" in the domain of emerging ecosystem services analytical tools. Read more 

Topics: Ecosystem Services, Environment

January 28, 2013

The Rise of Reporting in China: How State-Owned Companies Can Dig Deeper

Chengbo Wang , Director, Advisory Services

In May 2011, the State-Owned Assets and Administration Commission mandated that all Chinese State-Owned Companies (SOEs) publish an annual corporate social responsibility report in an effort to increase their competitiveness. What can SOEs do to ensure a strategy beyond the reporting process exists? Read more 

Topics: Reporting & Communications, Supply Chain

January 25, 2013

Supply Chain Carbon Management: From Disclosure to Better Performance

Ryan Schuchard , Associate Director, Climate and Energy

According to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s latest supply chain report, there remains a significant gap in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions between multinational corporations and their suppliers. What is the reason for this gap? And what are the opportunities to close it? Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Supply Chain

January 23, 2013

Solving Problems the Civil Society Way

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

As the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 unfolds in Davos, it will be clear that civil society is essential to solutions on every single question being debated—from water scarcity and human rights to economic opportunity for young people. Read more 

Topics: Collaboration, Local Sustainable Performance, BSR Conference and Events, Economic Development

January 22, 2013

Davos 2013: The Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future?

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

The World Economic Forum's 2013 annual meeting is kicking off amidst ongoing global economic stagnation. Will leaders in Davos be able to deliver sustainable solutions to accelerate progress? Read more 

Topics: Collaboration, Leadership

January 21, 2013

Focus on Cairo: Sustainable Urban Growth Amid Transition and Uncertainty

Raj Sapru, Former Director, Advisory Services
Julia Beier , Associate, Advisory Services

The latest in our series on sustainable urban growth explores what this looks like in Egypt, where a dramatic political landscape makes partnering with government a challenge. Read more 

Topics: Collaboration, Local Sustainable Performance, Women & Sustainability

January 18, 2013

How Heineken and Maersk Line Are Reducing Their Environmental Impact Through Collaboration

Jonathan Morris , Associate, Advisory Services

Not long ago, it might have been seen as counterproductive for a company to set logistic supply chain goals based on improving its environmental performance. But two of today’s leading companies, Heineken and Maersk Line, have revealed a change in the business climate. Read more 

Topics: Collaboration, Environment

January 17, 2013

A Second Term for President Obama: Four New Steps for Four More Years

Aron Cramer , President and CEO

Four years ago, Barack Obama assumed the presidency amidst expectations that, in retrospect, were clearly unrealistic in light of the historic problems engulfing the world’s economy. As he begins his second term, the question is: What comes next for climate change and the broader sustainability debate in Washington? Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Leadership

January 16, 2013

The Future of Fuels: Michael Levi on the Politics of Energy

Ryan Schuchard , Associate Director, Climate and Energy

At a recent event, energy expert Michael Levi pointed to the need to expand domestic fuel supplies and curtail fuel consumption to strengthen political will to combat climate change. BSR’s Future of Fuels helps companies understand the impacts of their transportation fuel systems in this new and unconventional energy setting. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Collaboration, Energy, Transport & Logistics

January 15, 2013

The Power of Collaboration

Sasha Radovich, Former Manager, Advisory Services

Collaboration is essential in sustainability progress, but it can be very difficult to get it right—even for those working in the field. In the first in a series on collaboration, we share the lessons learned from our working groups and cross-sector partnerships. Read more 

Topics: Collaboration, Leadership

January 14, 2013

Four Ways to Promote Sustainable Consumption

Eva Dienel , Associate Director, Communications

BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer, GoodGuide Cofounder Dara O’Rourke, and Weber Shandwick Executive Vice President of Energy, Cleantech and Sustainability William Brent explore what it will take to reduce the impacts of what we consume—and to consume less. Read more 

Topics: Sustainable Consumption

January 11, 2013

Grounded? Sustainability and Business Travel

Andrew Matthews , Manager, Advisory Services
Ryan Schuchard , Associate Director, Climate and Energy

Business travel is one of the fastest-growing areas of carbon emissions and a major sustainability impact for companies, but there has been too little progress to address the issue. BSR is proposing a new collaboration among major travel buyers, airlines, and other partners to establish guidelines, metrics, and partnerships for more sustainable business travel strategies. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Transport & Logistics

January 10, 2013

The Great Lifestyle Frontier

Inspiring, persuading, and gently coercing consumers into “green” and ethical behaviors is the new frontier for business. And while we have a growing body of evidence on how businesses can change behavior, questions of why, who, and where still remain. Read more 

Topics: Sustainable Consumption

January 9, 2013

Climate Resilience on a Warming Planet

Julia Robinson , Associate, Communications

Recently, experts have released startling information signaling the new normal of our warming planet. How can we make communities, cities, and companies more resilient? Read more 

Topics: Climate Change

January 8, 2013

Where BSR Will Be in January

Julia Robinson , Associate, Communications

BSR staff will attend a few events in January, including the World Economic Forum. Read more 

Topics: Events

January 6, 2013

Sustainability in the Oil, Gas, and Extractives Industries: A Conversation with BSR Senior Advisor Nick Wood

Jeremy Prepscius , Vice President, Asia-Pacific

BSR's new Senior Advisor Nick Wood, a former Shell International executive who will focus on the global oil, gas, and extractives industries at BSR, shares his thoughts on the industries' sustainability challenges and opportunities—and why companies need to give up some control to get it right. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change, Local Sustainable Performance, Energy, Extractives & Mining

January 3, 2013

Get Out of the Matrix Cage: Six Tips for Making the Most of Materiality

David Korngold , Manager, Advisory Services

The materiality matrix can be a lockbox for good intentions that never see the light of day, or the tool that propels a company's sustainability strategy. Read more 

Topics: Materiality, Strategy & Integration

January 2, 2013

Is It Time for an Asian Sustainable Development Fund?

José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Former President, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Asia now has the money, resources, and know-how to take the lead in reversing environmental damage, ensuring sustainable development, and securing the welfare of its people. Read more 

Topics: Economic Development

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