Responsible Investment in Myanmar
Since 2012, when the EU and the United States formally lifted sanctions against Myanmar, the country has entered an early phase of political, economic, and social transition. According to some estimates, the country could quadruple the size of its economy over the next 20 years.
Myanmar faces immense challenges at every level of society, from legal reform and governance capacity to vastly underdeveloped infrastructure and systemic corruption. In light of these and other challenges, BSR believes that by investing responsibly, business has an historic opportunity to positively shape the trajectory of Myanmar’s development.
To outline our views on why responsible investment is essential and to explain how this can work, we have collected a series of articles informed by our own work in the country to advance the debate about Myanmar’s development.
BSR In Myanmar
BSR has worked with companies in a range of sectors, including telecommunications, technology, oil/gas, manufacturing, and consumer products, on responsible investment issues in Myanmar—from human rights due diligence and designing sustainability programs to developing cross-sector partnerships. We help companies manage sustainability risks responsibly and better align investment with the country’s broader development.
Our approach includes a broader focus on promoting sustainable development. Activities include:
- Pre-investment due diligence on sustainability issues at national and sector levels.
- Local partner due diligence and capacity-building on environment, social, and governance issues.
Post-investment design and implementation of sustainability initiatives, including identification of local implementation partners.
Following the World Economic Forum’s East Asia meeting in Naypyidaw, we outline the need to forge partnerships to realize greater impact in the lives of the Myanmar people. Read more →
A Responsible Investment Framework
President and CEO Aron Cramer observes the remarkable transition the country is undergoing and provides steps for companies to consider when making an investment. Read more →
We provide a firsthand look at some of the changes sweeping the country and describes the opportunity for responsible investors to play a proactive and credible role in supporting the positive changes and ongoing reform. Read more →
We articulate the need for proactive business engagement and strong international norms in support of the reform effort. Read more →
Together with select member companies and relevant stakeholders, BSR outlines a responsible approach to investment in Myanmar. Read more →
Women and Responsible Investment
Manager Chloe Poynton outlines opportunities to place women at the center of sustainable economic development efforts in the country. Read more →