Collaborative Initiatives Overview
BSR leads or participates in a range of working groups and collaborative initiatives to address global sustainability challenges faced by companies today.
These forums for engagement meet regularly and allow unique opportunities for competing companies and their stakeholders to work together to maximize their sustainability impact and develop leading-edge, industry-wide solutions.
Bettercoal is a global, not-for-profit initiative established by a group of major utilities to promote the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility in the coal supply chain.
Center for Sustainable Procurement
Although more sustainability data has become available in recent years, companies don't always know how to apply this information to the products they purchase. Procurement managers require methods and guidance that will help them integrate product sustainability data into everyday purchasing decisions.
The Clean Cargo Working Group is a global business-to-business initiative made up of leading cargo carriers and their customers, dedicated to environmental performance improvement in marine container transport through measurement, evaluation, and reporting.
This group focuses on emerging risks and opportunities associated with corporate reliance on, impact to, and revenue opportunities from ecosystem services and environmental markets.
Future of Fuels
With world energy consumption set to rise by around 40 percent between 2012 and 2030, our energy system is changing fundamentally, making companies’ decisions about fuel more complex and important than ever before.
Future of Internet Power
While data centers play an important role in the sustainability solutions made possible through computing, they have significant impacts of their own, driving around 1-2 percent of electricity use in the U.S. Many data center operators have responded with strong commitments to energy efficiency.
Healthcare Working Group
Established in 1999, BSR’s Healthcare Working Group serves as a forum for peer companies to discuss corporate social responsibility issues.
Human Rights Working Group
The UN Guiding Principles have emerged as the global standard for managing human rights impacts in global operations. BSR’s Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) brings companies from several industries together to share best practices and develop solutions to overcome the biggest challenges in implementing the UN Guiding Principles.
Licensing Working Group
The Licensing Working Group brought together licensors and licensees to develop tools and resources to help the industry uphold social and environmental standards, address the root causes behind non-compliance, and ensure that compliance is managed systematically across the entire licensing supply chain.
Maritime Anti-Corruption Network
Bribery and corruption regulation is ever-tightening. Additionally, stakeholders expect companies to play a significant role in addressing the root causes of corruption. Are you confident that your business risks are well-managed and that you are participating in real efforts to confront systemic issues throughout your global supply chain?
Mills and Sundries Working Group
A forum of ten leading apparel and retail companies that work in partnership with their strategic suppliers to jointly achieve fair, safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly working conditions.
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) is a group of major pharmaceutical companies who share a vision of better social, economic and environmental outcomes for all those involved in the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Supplier Carbon Performance
Many companies have started to manage carbon in their supply chains, typically as part of a broader value chain (Scope 3) climate strategy. However, most are finding that going beyond asking suppliers for information to leading them to actually reduce emissions is challenging.
Sustainable Lifestyles Frontier Group
Sustainable lifestyles is the next frontier for business—inspiring, persuading, and enabling consumers into adopting sustainable and ethical behaviors, from what they buy to how they organize their everyday lives.
Sustainable Luxury Working Group
The objectives of the SLWG are to discuss common environmental, social, and governance challenges facing the luxury sector, and to promote transparency, knowledge sharing, and collaboration across common global supply chains.
Sustainable Water Group
The Sustainable Water Group is dedicated to responsible practices around water use and wastewater discharge in global textile and apparel supply chains.