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Sustainability Management

We help companies structure a sustainability management approach that mitigates risk and captures emerging opportunities, creating mutual benefit for both business and society.

Sustainability Management Overview


How We Work


We draw on 25 years of experience working with companies and their stakeholders across different industries and geographies. We can:

  • Work with companies to design and implement sustainability strategies and incorporate sustainability into core corporate strategy.
  • Advise on more effective and impactful reporting approaches.
  • Help companies understand and engage stakeholders and build trust, both at the corporate level and in specific geographies or service areas.
  • Advise companies on a raft of new ethics and transparency challenges and help build organizational cultures where integrity and sustainability are core considerations.


Business Benefits


  • Gaining efficiency by helping companies focus on material sustainability issues
  • Building and maintaining trust with stakeholders by engaging and mobilizing employees, customers, civil society partners, and other key groups around areas of strategic focus
  • Communicating the sustainability agenda and impacts both internally and externally
  • Establishing competitive advantage through improved customer insight, product and service innovation, and brand differentiation
  • Taking a more holistic and strategic approach to sustainability, so that it is integrated into core business considerations
  • Establishing meaningful cultures of integrity and meeting tomorrow’s transparency challenges


Capabilities


  • Strategy: We use our expertise to help companies design and execute a coherent, strategic approach to sustainability. We work with companies to incorporate sustainability considerations into wider business strategy and to drive innovation via collaboration, scenario planning, and robust prioritization of risk and opportunity.
  • Stakeholder engagement: Understanding and engaging stakeholders is core to a successful and sustainable business and requires a more systemic, inclusive approach. We can help companies think in fresh ways about who their stakeholders are and how to include them in understanding impacts and managing change.
  • Reporting: We design reporting strategies for companies, enabling them to apply reporting frameworks, communicate meaningful sustainability outcomes and impacts to key stakeholders, and use reporting as a tool to improve sustainability performance.
  • Ethics and governance: Rapidly evolving developments in transparency have presented new challenges for companies in ethics and governance. We can help companies build cultures of integrity beyond compliance, manage the challenges of the new transparency environment, and build stronger and more resilient organizational cultures.

Our Insights on Sustainability Management

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.

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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.

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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.

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Today and Tomorrow: COVID-19 and the Increased Relevance of Corporate Sustainability

Blog

Today and Tomorrow: COVID-19 and the Increased Relevance of Corporate Sustainability

At GlobeScan and BSR, we spend our time working with some of the largest businesses in the world. We wanted to understand both the immediate effect on the sustainability efforts of the companies we work with and also to begin to understand what long-term implications they are anticipating as a result of the pandemic.

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Rising to the Top: Six Big Sustainability Issues Companies Should Watch During COVID-19

Blog

Rising to the Top: Six Big Sustainability Issues Companies Should Watch During COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed our present, and very likely our future. The parts of the sustainability agenda that deliver top-line value, motivate coworkers, and demonstrate to customers that a company is looking after more than short-term financial gain are the things that matter right now.

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Mitigation and Resilience Building: A Response to the COVID-19 Effects

Blog

Mitigation and Resilience Building: A Response to the COVID-19 Effects

More than any crisis in recent history, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the urgency of creating more resilient businesses and economies.

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Sustainability Reporting and Early Lessons from COVID-19

Blog

Sustainability Reporting and Early Lessons from COVID-19

BSR has observed several trends emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and compared them with best practices on reporting. We are sharing these insights here to assist company sustainability teams as they strive to keep stakeholders informed—despite, in many cases, the reality of limited time and diminished resources.

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Wings of Change: A Scenario Realized

Blog

Wings of Change: A Scenario Realized

As we move through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, Merck's Cathryn Gunther offers her thoughts on consequential gifts that might materialize from the crisis, and the role companies can play in making them a reality.

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Sustainability Management Illustrative Client List

  • Adobe
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, Incorporated
  • HP Inc.
  • Micron Technology
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Sanofi S.A.
  • Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

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Collaborative Initiatives on Sustainability Management

Future of Reporting

Future of Reporting

Sharing reporting best practices to improve sustainability performance, enable informed decision-making, and influence the future of the reporting field

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Healthcare Working Group

Healthcare Working Group

Improving health globally through a sustainable and resilient healthcare sector

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Maritime Anti-Corruption Network

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network

Working toward a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large

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Net Positive Project

Net Positive Project

Working for a world where companies drive financial success and create "net positive" impacts by putting back more into society, the environment, and the global economy than they take out

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Meet the Team

San Francisco


Charlotte Bancilhon

Charlotte Bancilhon

Associate Director

Paris


New York


New York


New York


Laura Gitman

Laura Gitman

Chief Operating Officer

New York


John Hodges

John Hodges

Vice President

New York


Tokyo


Jonathan Morris

Jonathan Morris

Associate Director

Paris


New York


Paris


Eric Olson

Eric Olson

Senior Vice President

San Francisco


Paris


New York


Marcela Pinilla

Marcela Pinilla

Manager, Financial Services and Impact Investing

New York


Jeremy Prepscius

Jeremy Prepscius

Vice President, Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong


Victoria Reca

Victoria Reca

Manager, Women's Empowerment

Paris


New York


Paris



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