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Building a resilient industrial manufacturing sector

Industrial equipment helps the world build infrastructure, deliver power, and create new products.

Cranes, motors, insulation, raw materials, pumps, chargers, satellites, and tools are ubiquitous in making modern life possible. However, their impact on the global human condition is often underappreciated by society and business leaders.

Strong management of global issues, such as climate, human rights, ethics, and governance, is good business. Increasingly, investors, customers, partners, employees, and other stakeholders are demanding action and transparency to manufacturing’s actions on sustainability issues.

BSR helps companies at the cutting edge of sustainable business to increase their ambitions and become true industry leaders. We also help companies who are just starting sustainability programs to understand and manage complex challenges and turn them into opportunities  by engaging with company leaders and stakeholders to provide advisory services and training, enabling cross-industry collaborations, and generating insights through research and futures thinking.

We’ve worked with more than 50 leading industrial companies, including heavy equipment and light manufacturing, building materials, and chemicals and materials, to assess, manage, and enhance their sustainability performance across the entire value chain, while developing innovative products improving business value along the way.


The industrial sector was responsible for 24 percent of total US greenhouse gas emissions in 2020.


38 percent of consumers around the world “believe businesses should prioritize responsible production and consumption of goods and services.”


The industrial goods sector consumes 54 percent of global energy sources.

How We Can Help

Adding Value to Your Business and Society

We’ll help you translate your sustainability ambitions into actionable plans to achieve business transformation by designing and implementing sustainability strategies that enhance performance and create value for business and society.

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Materiality and issue priority-setting

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Scenario planning and future-proofing priorities

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Sustainability governance design and practice

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Sustainability strategy and implementation

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Human rights policy and assessments

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Identifying and building living wage programs

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Climate strategy

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Reporting and disclosure

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Board readiness

Who We Work With

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Case Studies

Conducting a Climate Risk Assessment through Scenario Analysis

BSR worked with Mercer International Inc., a global producer of market pulp and solid wood products, to conduct a climate scenario analysis.

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Collective Solutions for Meaningful Impact

Our cross-sector collaborative initiatives and partnerships ensure that no company is alone in addressing systemic sustainability challenges. Collaboration is a powerful enabler for companies seeking to transform their businesses, while making a meaningful impact.

Our Experts

Depth of Experience and Knowledge

Our team has extensive boardroom and field experience with industrial companies.

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Adam Fishman

Associate Director, Transformation

New York

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Eileen Gallagher

Director, Climate Change

Hong Kong

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Nina Hatch

Associate Director, Energy, Extractives, Transport, and Industrials

New York

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Paul Holdredge

Director, Energy, Extractives, Transport, and Industrials

New York

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Ogi Kanaya

Associate Director, Financial Services


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Francesca Manta

Director, Membership and Human Rights

New York

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Kayla Winarsky McKenzie

Associate Director, Human Rights

New York

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Roberta Pinamonti

Associate Director


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Beth Richmond

Director, Transformation

New York

Let’s talk about how BSR can help you to transform your business and achieve your sustainability goals.

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