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BSR Insight Archives: 2011 11

The Future of Fuels

November 29, 2011

The Future of Fuels

Over the past two years, we have seen both the largest oil spill and one of the deadliest nuclear accidents in history, highlighting the costs of satisfying our growing energy demands with current sources and technologies. At the same time, the recession and concerns about national security have made new energy options more attractive, especially if they promise local jobs and supply, whether those be in renewable sources such as wind and solar, or “unconventional” fossil fuels in the United States and Canada.

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Implementing a Living Wage Program

November 22, 2011

How to Start a Living Wage Program

Earlier this year, BSR Advisory Services Manager Roger McElrath outlined some of the trickier issues with offering a living wage—beginning with how to define it, who is responsible for ensuring that it is defined, and the role of the company. In that article, McElrath argued that a fundamental part of any company’s CSR efforts should be ensuring that the wage level is adequate to support, at minimum, the purchase of basic necessities.

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The Sustainability Opportunity in Product Obsolescence

November 15, 2011

The Opportunity in Product Obsolescence

Today, products with titles like “2.0” follow closely on the heels of their 1.0 predecessors. Often, these products are retired before they have reached the end of their functional life, which can promote environmental degradation through resource consumption, pollution, and waste. Whether the driver for such obsolescence is technological progress, consumer taste, or company strategies to increase sales, these effects are the same.

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Reflections From the BSR Conference 2011: We Have the Will—and the Power—to Act

November 8, 2011

Reflections From the BSR Conference 2011

Last week’s BSR Conference 2011, which drew more than 1,000 people from 37 countries, was a whirlwind of inspirational addresses, practical advice, and the exchange of new ideas.

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Doing Business in a Changing Asia

November 1, 2011

Redefining Leadership

As you read this week’s newsletter, we are just about to kick off the BSR Conference 2011. Many of you may even be gathered with us in San Francisco to explore the trends, challenges, and opportunities in sustainable business.

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