BSR logo

Upcoming Events

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

Webinar

 

Event Resources

Members, please login to view the post-event resources.


Date and Time

Wednesday July 8, 2020
2:00 pm-3:00 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)


Location

Webinar


Topics

#Climate Change, #Human Rights, #Inclusive Economy, #Supply Chain, #Sustainability Management, #Womens Empowerment


Webinar recording password: 4I&VN@9J

The social contract—the relationship between individuals and institutions—needs an overhaul. Its structural flaws were already evident before 2020, and recent events including the COVID-19 pandemic and the long overdue focus on racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion have revealed and accelerated those shortcomings in vivid ways that demand action. Business has a strong interest in the creation of a social contract that not only enables economic security and mobility, but also the creation of long-term value, an agile 21st-century workforce, and an environment in which innovative products, services and business models can flourish.

For much of the second half of the 20th-century, the roles and responsibilities of business, government, civil society, and people remained relatively constant and provided vital protections to support healthy and productive lives. But today, people are relying on strained protection systems that fail to keep up with our 21st-century realities. And there is increasing attention on the need to align the purpose of business with essential societal needs, such as the transition to a net-zero economy; a digital economy that sustains jobs, livelihoods, and economic fairness; and the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This webinar will expand on findings from the newly released BSR report, The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract, which focuses on five Principles business can follow to modernize the social contract:

  • Stakeholder Capitalism
  • Skill Development and Career Pathways
  • Economic Security and Mobility
  • Just Transition to Net-Zero GHG Emissions
  • Worker Data Protection

Join us to learn more about how your company can act, enable, and influence to create a social contract fit for purpose.

Can’t join at this time? Register anyway and we’ll send you a recording when the event is over.

Speakers

  • Aron Cramer, President and CEO, BSR
  • Althea Erickson, Vice President, Global Public Policy and Impact, Etsy
  • Laura Gitman, Chief Operating Officer, BSR

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

Reports

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

The time is now for an overhaul of the social contract to address 21st-century realities and needs. A new social contract can deliver long-term value creation that enables economic security and mobility, is genuinely inclusive, and addresses challenges such as the transition to clean energy and the emergence of a digital world.

Read More 


Why Worker Data Protection Should Be Central to a 21st-Century Social Contract

Blog

Why Worker Data Protection Should Be Central to a 21st-Century Social Contract

Data protection is rarely discussed during dialogue about the need for a new social contract. However, the existing social contract was developed in the pre-digital world, not today’s data-rich environment, and a modern social contract must address a whole host of new risks and opportunities arising from how employee data are collected, shared, and used.

Read More 


Why Modern Slavery Risks Should Be Top of Mind for Businesses during COVID-19

Blog

Why Modern Slavery Risks Should Be Top of Mind for Businesses during COVID-19

Through our work addressing modern slavery across supply chains, we have observed an alarming uptick in business actions during the COVID-19 pandemic that may lead to more individuals being forced into conditions of modern slavery, or on the brink thereof.

Read More 


The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

Blog

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

2020 has demonstrated powerfully the importance of a fully functioning social safety net, public health systems, and global collaboration. Reforms to the social contract are clearly needed to protect public health, economic security, and the right of all people to participate fully in society.

Read More 


Access to Grievance Mechanisms and Remedy during the COVID-19 Crisis

Blog

Access to Grievance Mechanisms and Remedy during the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19 has aggravated existing inequalities, with rapidly changing business operating environments requiring fast decision-making based on often imperfect information. There is little doubt that some company decisions will have caused harm to employees, local residents, or customers. Companies will be held to account and asked to rectify these harms and to fulfill their duties to provide access to remedy.

Read More 


Blockchain through the Whole Supply Chain: Traceability Builds Business Resilience

Blog

Blockchain through the Whole Supply Chain: Traceability Builds Business Resilience

Over the past year, The Estée Lauder Companies and Aveda have been working with LMR Naturals by IFF, BSR, and Envisible to establish a blockchain-enabled traceable supply chain that identifies opportunities to deliver sustainability benefits to all the actors in the supply chain. This post is the third in a series documenting the journey of this innovative partnership.

Read More 


Supporting LGBTI People during Pride Month 2020 and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Blog

Supporting LGBTI People during Pride Month 2020 and the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has exposed many of the structural and systemic issues disproportionately impacting vulnerable populations, including people of color, LGBTI people, migrants, and more. As we celebrate Pride Month in 2020, it is more important than ever to recognize the struggles of disenfranchised communities all over the world and the interconnectivity of these struggles for justice and equality.

Read More 


A Human Rights-Based Approach to COVID-19 Decision-Making

Blog

A Human Rights-Based Approach to COVID-19 Decision-Making

BSR has developed three primers on how to respect human rights during the COVID-19 crisis: one for the energy and extractives sector, one for the food, beverage, and agriculture sector, and one for the transportation and logistics sector.

Read More 


Back to Events List