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Research | New Geographies of Sustainability


The global discourse about the role of business in addressing social, environmental, and economic challenges has been dominated to date by Western perspectives about economic development, corruption, transparency, climate change, and ecosystem stewardship, among other issues.

The New Geographies of Sustainability workshop series and research initiative looks to rebalance the discourse by harvesting and bringing to the forefront the perspectives of key opinion formers in Brazil, China, and India.


BSR has been exploring this topic through a series of workshops organized by the UN Global Compact LEAD as part of a project initiated by A.P. Moller-Maersk, Novo Nordisk, and Novozymes, and additional research funded by Novo Nordisk.


Guy Morgan, Director, Advisory Services, BSR

Objective of the Research

  • Understand current and future sustainability challenges facing Brazil, China, and India.
  • Test expectations on the future role of business in addressing sustainability challenges globally and locally.
  • Uncover the evolving dynamics and interplay between business, government, and civil society to address sustainability issues in these markets.
  • The results of this study will be published using the United Nations Global Compact platform in 2012

Dig Deeper

  • Research Report
    This discussion paper asks whether there are specific approaches to corporate sustainability in Brazil, India, and China, and how these approaches may influence global discourse and action.
  • BSR Insight In-Depth Article
    BSR's Advisory Services Director Guy Morgan explores how Brazil, China, and India are redefining corporate sustainability priorities and charting the future of sustainability.
  • Blog Series
    This three-part series asks guest experts from emerging economies for their opinions on the role and future of business in sustainability.

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“Despite China being India’s largest trading partner, India and China have never talked and shared perspectives on common sustainability issues. This has to change.”

Viraf Mehta, President of Partners in Change (India)

“The reward of good corporate sustainability performance by mainstream investors has yet to happen in India—the push for sustainability from investors is still quite marginal. However, this push has also to come from regulators, and the two working together would have greater impact.

Ritu Kumar, Director of the European affiliate of The Energy and Resources Institute (India)

“For the last 20 years the Brazilian Federal Government has put in place robust public policies focused on sustainable growth and poverty reduction. Regional governments are partnering with companies in order to promote more integrated local sustainable development, for example, by improving the quality of the public municipal education. I believe we’ll see more and more inter-sector collaboration in the future.”

Liesel Filgueiras, General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Vale (Brazil)