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Supply Chain | Inside BSR | Human Rights | Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Inside BSR: Q&A with Cecilie Jørgensen

Inside BSR is our monthly series featuring BSR team members from around the world. This month, we connected with Cecilie Jørgensen, a Manager based in Copenhagen.
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Climate Change

Transform to Net Zero: The Case for Circular Chemistry

Despite national climate pledges, we urgently need to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C. While a growing number of businesses have targets in place to reduce their energy dependence and switch to clean energy sources, there is a blind spot in the race to zero: embedded carbon.
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Technology | Human Rights

Harnessing the Power of Data to Combat Human Trafficking

Last week, Tech Against Trafficking (TAT) brought together technologists, nonprofits, academics, governments, and policy-makers from 60 countries in a virtual event to celebrate the close of its second Accelerator and discuss how tech advancements can be used to combat human trafficking.
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Technology | Human Rights

Advancing Human Rights in the SaaS Sector

BSR worked with a group of SaaS companies to conduct a sector-wide human rights assessment of the SaaS sector focused on the use of B2B services and are publishing the report today. This assessment identifies the SaaS sector’s salient human rights risks and outlines ways in which SaaS providers may impact human rights—as individual companies, as a group of companies, or as a sector.
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Collaboration

Advancing Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration: Four Governance Models for Business

Increased collaboration between business leaders, academics, and politicians is critical for driving impact in sustainable development. We share our framework to help guide companies on governance structures that respond to the specific needs of each partnership.
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Women’s Empowerment | Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Bridging the Supply Chain Gender Gap through Digital Training

HERessentials, a tablet-based learning app for workers and managers, started as a response to the COVID-19 crisis, but it has the potential to build digital capabilities for all workers. We share three key recommendations for businesses considering how to set up digital training in supply chains.
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Human Rights | Financial Services

How the Financial Sector Can Help Accelerate Access to Remedy

Despite the best efforts of governments and businesses to protect and respect human rights, there is clearly still a need to ensure people harmed by economic activities are able to raise issues and have them addressed.
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Human Rights | Financial Services | ESG

Transforming Finance: Priorities for Progress in Advancing Respect for Human Rights

The time for human rights-respecting finance is now. Our new report elaborates on the call to action set out in the UNGPs 10+ Roadmap for Financial Institutions, highlighting key areas where progress is needed to tackle global challenges and contribute to new systems grounded in respect for human rights.
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Healthcare

Four Ways to Advance Mental Well-Being in the Workplace

What does an effective workforce mental health program look like? BSR’s Healthy Business Coalition, in partnership with One Mind at Work, identifies key aspects of such a program.
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Human Rights | Healthcare

Navigating Emerging Ethical Issues: Lessons from Bioethics, Tech, and Human Rights

A human rights-based approach provides a strong foundation for addressing ethical issues. Based on our work with healthcare and tech companies and expertise in applying human rights frameworks to businesses’ ethical challenges, we share insights on best practices for managing emerging ethical issues in a corporate context.
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Human Rights

Rapid Human Rights Due Diligence During Political and Armed Conflict: A Business Response to Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine raises significant questions for business and illuminates the impact that its actions can have during times of political and armed conflict. To help business respond, BSR has updated its rapid human rights due diligence tool to help with quick decision-making in this context.
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Inside BSR

BSR at 30: A New Strategy for Impact

As BSR celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, we see opportunities to achieve our mission like never before, in a world that is facing many urgent challenges.
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Technology | Human Rights

A Human Rights Assessment of Meta’s Expansion of End-to-End Encryption

Meta commissioned BSR to undertake a human rights assessment of extending end-to-end encryption across Meta’s messaging services. We share some of the assessment’s key points.
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Human Rights | Financial Services | ESG

Bridging the Human Rights Gap in ESG

ESG as a framework does not sufficiently capture harms to people or guide decisions that take human rights into account. How can the business and human rights framework help close gaps and increase opportunities in current ESG practice among financial actors?
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Human Rights

Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive: Seven Recommendations for Business

The European Commission recently released its long-awaited Proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence. We share seven practical recommendations for companies on how to prepare for the upcoming requirements.