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The BSR Review is published six times a year, with each issue focusing on a different topic. BSR Members will automatically receive a copy by email. Non-members can subscribe by sending a request to BSR Membership Team.

July 25, 2012

Getting Ready for Regulation

More than two years after “the conflict minerals law” appeared as part of the U.S. Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is likely to finalize supply chain reporting regulations on August 22 for products containing tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold. At the same time, events in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo—the region that is the focus of the law—continue to evolve, with the Congolese government taking steps to enforce mining laws intended to prevent the illegal trade of conflict minerals. However, a rebellion among army troops in the region has emerged, funded in part by this illegal trade.

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Topics: Conflict Minerals

May 23, 2012

Unlikely Partnerships for Lasting Change

In her opening remarks last month at the Global Impact Economy Forum in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about the importance of “innovative alliances,” which she said inspired her to establish the Office of Global Partnerships. “We needed to tear down the silos that prevented us from working creatively and smartly together,” she said. “We needed to facilitate and scale up the impact economy. And we needed to make it clear that we were over the separation mentality that for too long has guided our efforts.”

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March 21, 2012

Water and Business: Opportunities in Stewardship

Although we live on a water-covered planet, only 1 percent of the world’s water is available for human use—the rest is locked away in oceans, ice, and the atmosphere. And yet this 1 percent must help feed, clothe, and provide energy for 7 billion people. Our challenge is clear: How can we stretch our shrinking supply of water to satisfy the needs of the additional 2 billion people who will join the planet by 2050?

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Topics: Water

January 11, 2012

Advancing the Sustainability Agenda Through Information and Communications Technology

The information and communications technology (ICT) industry is in a unique position to advance the sustainability agenda. With an annual spend of around US$2 trillion and a growth rate faster than other industries, the ICT sector is becoming a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and e-waste. It has also contributed to lesser-known negative social impacts such as poor working conditions in some factories, slavery, child labor, and other human rights abuses.

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Topics: Environment, Human Rights, Information & Communications Technology, Strategy & Integration, Supply Chain, Toxicity & Product Design

October 12, 2011

The Future of Sustainability Reporting

We stand at a significant juncture in the development of sustainability reporting. Many companies are integrating sustainability issues into their annual financial reports, and the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) recently published proposals for a new framework that has the potential to re-shape corporate reporting for the 21st century. At the same time, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is embarking on a process to create the "G4" version of its Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, while an increasing number of regulators around the world are putting new disclosure requirements in place.

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Topics: Reporting & Communications

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