BSR has more than 30 years of experience in designing and growing business-led collaborations that successfully create system change in pursuit of a more just and sustainable world.
Our global network of member companies, collaborative initiatives, and grant-funded partnerships ensure that no organization must go it alone in addressing emerging and systemic sustainability challenges.
We focus on ideating, designing, and facilitating initiatives that inspire companies and their stakeholders to engage in collective action, aiming for the changes the world needs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build resilience in communities that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
BSR’s portfolio of over 20 collaborations brings together more than 400 companies, spanning multiple sectors and geographies, to strengthen company performance, coordinate collective action across value chains, and contribute to systemic change towards achieving a world in which all people thrive on a healthy planet.
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How We Can Help
Collaborating for Sustainable Development
BSR invites a wide range of stakeholders to partner with us for sustainable development, including companies, grantmakers, advisors, and partners, including external collaborations and alliances. Apply to join one of our current collaborations or raise ideas on collaborative actions your organization would like to participate in developing.
BSR members and other companies are invited to participate in a wide range of collaborations where you can work with other committed stakeholders to implement impactful solutions to global challenges.
Grantmakers are invited to contact BSR to explore how our collaborative initiatives align with your own strategic priorities and impact goals, and to investigate how financial support can spark high-impact collaborative movements in partnership with the private sector.
Advisors and Partners
Advisors and Partners offer critical perspectives, insights, and expertise to ensure that our collaborations advance systemic solutions to global challenges. Please contact BSR if you wish to learn more about our collaborative initiatives and how you might engage.
BSR believes that thoughtful design is critical to achieving high-impact collaboration. We develop all new collaborative concepts through BSR’s Collaboration IDEAS process, which brings companies together with their stakeholders to ideate, design, and explore collaborative concepts, before accelerating and scaling high impact solutions. Our approach enables us to collectively test, iterate, and prioritize, and to develop a clear roadmap for participants to implement impactful solutions to global challenges.
BSR’s Collaborations thrive on a strong foundation of support from BSR, including premium access to the our issue area and industry expertise in addition to facilitation, administrative, fundraising, and other support services.
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Depth of Experience and Knowledge
Our Collaboration team consists of global experts across multiple focus areas, bringing a depth of experience and knowledge to designing, operating, and facilitating high impact collaborative initiatives.
Sara oversees BSR’s portfolio of collaborative initiatives and advises companies on the advancement of inclusive business models. She currently directs the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking (GBCAT) and the Healthy Business Coalition. She was involved in founding and directing the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition, which advocated for inclusive employment and good job opportunities for vulnerable workers across supply chains.
Previously, Sara worked at Business Call to Action, a multi-stakeholder platform of the United Nations Development Programme focused on inclusive business innovations in support of the Millennium Development Goals, recruiting and advising companies and social enterprises developing products and services to address the needs of low-income populations. She also worked at McKinsey and Company, consulting global companies and development organizations on projects related to strategy, corporate social responsibility, economic development, and philanthropy. Sara has also contributed to social and environmental justice programs in Latin America through the Inter-American Dialogue, the Sierra Club, and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. She speaks English and Spanish.
Sara has a MBA from IE Business School in Spain and a BA in Plan II and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Nicolas leads BSR's incubation of private-sector collaboration, mobilizing the collective power of business to solve some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges. He supervises the financial performance and pipeline of new initiatives in BSR’s collaborations portfolio.
He has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years, engaging multi-company and multi-stakeholder collaborations in pursuit of shared business and societal outcomes globally. Previously, he consulted for companies, governments, and civil society organizations on the positive environmental, social, and economic impacts of their activities. Before that, he was a consultant working on social issues.
Nicolas holds a DBA (ABD) in Business Administration from the École des Ponts Business School, a MS in Economic Evaluation from Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, a MS in Policy Analysis and Management from the New School University, and a BA in Anthropology from Los Andes University. He speaks English, Spanish and French.
Cameron works to convene multinational corporations interested in utilizing collaborations and partnerships to advance industry solutions related to decarbonization, emissions tracking and reduction, and catalyzing climate solutions. He currently manages the Business Alliance to Scale Climate Solutions (BASCS), Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance (SFBA), and Sustainable Air Freight Alliance (SAFA). Cameron also consults on projects related to transportation, climate and Scope 3 emissions, and equity, inclusion, and justice.
Cameron joined BSR as an Associate on the Transport and Green Freight team, where he helped lead multiple collaborative initiatives, including Clean Cargo, SAFA, and Future of Fuels. He also conducted research and consulted on projects across BSR’s areas of expertise.
Prior to joining BSR, Cameron worked with the Port of Stockton on port modernization, the Blue Economy, and low- and zero-emission fuels. He also worked with the Naval Postgraduate School, Ocean Conservancy, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).
Cameron has a MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from the University of South Carolina. He speaks English and Spanish.
Alexandra supports BSR’s Collaborative Initiatives portfolio, facilitating the development and implementation of impactful multi-stakeholder solutions that tackle systemic challenges to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including climate change, economic inequity, and gender inequality. She works across industries, largely within agricultural commodities and consumer products, to drive collective action for supply chain sustainability, responsible sourcing, and ethical trade.
Prior to joining BSR, Alexandra developed global partnerships to foster business transformation, promote responsible business conduct, and scale business action to accelerate progress on the SDGs. Alexandra began her career analyzing trade policy and coordinating international trade and supply chain projects for a global, multi-sector clientele.
Alexandra holds a Master’s in International Public Management, with specializations in Global Economic Policy and Diplomacy, from l’Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in International Affairs and French from the George Washington University. She speaks English, French, and German.
Lizzie supports BSR’s climate and sustainability work across industries with a primary focus on climate change, climate justice, and collaboration. She has also supported BSR’s Collaborative Initiatives portfolio, facilitating the development and implementation of impactful multi-stakeholder solutions that tackle systemic challenges to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Prior to joining BSR, Lizzie worked at Sephora on its social impact and sustainability teams. Lizzie has also accrued a range of relevant experience from work with the US Mission to the EU; with Reconsidered, an environmental and social impact consultancy; and with Hope of Children and Women NGO in Uganda, an initiative that equips refugees with marketable skills through job training programs and entrepreneurial initiatives.
Lizzie holds a BA in Contemporary European Studies and Sustainability Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is fluent in English and German and is proficient in French and Swiss German.
As Director, Collaborations, Charlene develops and implements strategies to engage BSR member companies and other stakeholders in high-impact collaborations for sustainable development. She specializes in building collaborative approaches between consumer-facing companies and their value chains to embed long-term sustainability, build resilience in the face of disruption, and increase equity, inclusion, and justice.
Charlene brings over 20 years of experience in sustainability, systems change, futures, and collaboration. Prior to BSR, Charlene was associate director for sustainable value chains and livelihoods with global sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future, where she directed collaborative system change initiatives in cotton, tea and other commodities, and led strategy projects with partners across the fashion and textile, agricultural and food sectors.
Charlene has an extensive background in futures, including working with the UK government’s futures unit developing and testing strategies across government departments.
Charlene holds an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility from Ashridge Management College (UK), a BA in International Relations from the University of Puget Sound (US), and a Diploma in Organisation Development from Henley Business School (UK).
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