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Vodafone: Respecting Human Rights in the Digital World

Vodafone: Respecting Human Rights in the Digital World

Vodafone, the world's second-largest mobile operator, engaged BSR to help align its human rights strategy with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Topics: Civil & Political Rights, Economic, Social & Cultural Rights, Human Rights, Information & Communications Technology, Labor Rights | July 2013 | Read more

Telefónica: Assessing Human Rights Risks and Opportunities

Telefónica: Assessing Human Rights Risks and Opportunities

BSR worked with the Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica to assess its human rights impacts, risks, and opportunities in each of its 16 operating regions.

Topics: Human Rights, Information & Communications Technology | May 2013 | Read more

International Finance Corporation: Identifying Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment in Trade Zones

International Finance Corporation: Identifying Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment in Trade Zones

BSR conducted research on women’s economic empowerment opportunities in eight key markets and made recommendations for solutions to barriers currently limiting that empowerment. The IFC is now implementing the recommendations in Bangladesh.

Topics: Women & Sustainability | March 2013 | Read more

Western Union Summit: Addressing Education Needs and Creating New Business Opportunities

Western Union Summit: Addressing Education Needs and Creating New Business Opportunities

Education has the power to improve both individual and community well-being, helping regions become more competitive economically, reduce poverty, and support democratic activities. Yet even though the UN has identified universal primary education as one of the eight Millennium Development Goals, approximately 61 million school-age children are not enrolled. An additional 71 million are not enrolled in secondary school.

Western Union has 510,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories, reaching tens of millions of customers worldwide. Many are un-/under-banked and live in the communities where education is a particular challenge. Western Union asked BSR to help design and facilitate a process that would allow the company to engage with external experts to identify solutions for educational needs that also could potentially grow its business.

Topics: No topics for this entry | November 2012 | Read more

Levi Strauss & Company: Improving Worker Well-Being in the Workplace and Community

Levi Strauss & Company: Improving Worker Well-Being in the Workplace and Community

Too often, supply chain compliance programs fall short of ensuring that worksite-based improvements meaningfully improve workers’ lives. Top-down requirements to raise wages, reduce overtime, or reduce chemical exposure, for example, cannot sufficiently address the myriad challenges workers face to raise their standard of living, improve their health, or enhance their access to professional-development opportunities.

As a leader in supply chain innovation that is committed to improving workers’ well-being, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO) saw an opportunity to address this challenge. In early 2011, the company committed to creating a new strategy for its existing supply chain labor program, and enlisted BSR to help determine how the company could improve workers’ lives beyond the factory walls.

Topics: No topics for this entry | October 2012 | Read more

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