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Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions and answers about BSR and membership

FAQ’s About Us

Who are the current members of BSR?

We are a global network of more than 250 member companies, from a range of industry sectors. A full list is available at www.bsr.org/member-list.


Do you share your member contact list publicly?

To protect members' privacy, BSR does not share or rent its mailing list with third-party organizations.


Where can I find details of upcoming events?

Please visit our events page for a list of upcoming workshops, webinars, and networking opportunities. Information about the annual BSR Conference can be found at www.bsr.org/conference.


Does BSR endorse any global standards?

BSR does not establish or promote particular standards in sustainability or in any related issues. This enables BSR to be in an objective position to positively engage with companies.


Becoming a Member FAQ’s

Is BSR membership open to all companies?

We maintain an open membership policy. Any company that expresses the desire to improve its sustainability performance is welcome to join BSR. We believe all companies have areas of their performance that can be improved. As our founders stated, BSR works with “leaders and learners, and most companies are both.”

The integrity of this model is safeguarded by our policy against allowing companies to cite BSR membership as a “seal of approval,” certifying in some way that they have achieved a certain level of performance. As such, we are clear about stating that BSR membership alone does not provide any qualitative assessment of a company’s performance on sustainability.


How does my company or organization join BSR?

Please contact us for further information.


Does BSR offer membership for individuals?

BSR membership is open to companies and organizations only. 


When can my company or organization join BSR?

Membership may be initiated any time.


What are my company's obligations once it becomes a member?

We ask that all members read and adhere to our membership Policies and Benefits, created to protect our members' privacy, the value of membership, and the intellectual property of BSR.

BSR places no other formal obligations or expectations on its members in terms of their policies, practices, or performance. BSR encourages its members to get involved in sustainability through engagement with our staff of experts, participation in projects or collaborative initiatives, attendance at the annual BSR Conference, and participation in other BSR activities and events. We have found that members receive greater benefits by engaging actively, and we also encourage companies to involve multiple representatives, across functions and geographies, in their BSR relationship.


Is membership an endorsement of a company and its sustainability efforts?

We do not endorse or certify companies. We believe that it would be a conflict of interest to certify companies when we have a member relationship with them and often consult for them as well. In addition, we believe that the sustainability agenda is so dynamic that the criteria for certification will—and should—change over time, making it difficult to determine where to “set the bar” for certification. Finally, we believe we can add greater value by focusing on how to improve sustainability performance across the board for business rather than measuring performance.


How much does membership cost?

Membership fees are based on a company's gross annual revenues or an organization’s annual operating budget. Please refer to this chart of our annual membership dues.


Is membership annual or is it one-time?

Annual dues cover 12 months from the date of membership and renews annually in the month your company joined.


Are dues considered charitable contributions?

While BSR is a 501(c)(3) public benefit nonprofit organization, members receive services and benefits in return for their annual membership dues. Therefore, membership dues are not a charitable contribution.


What forms of payment does BSR accept for membership?

BSR accepts payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express), but a transaction fee will be applied. Payments may also be made by check (make payable to "BSR") or wire transfer. Email memberservices@bsr.org for wire transfer details. Membership dues are non-refundable.


I'm writing a check; can I pay for membership in currency other than U.S. dollars?

Payment is only accepted in the currency of the membership dues stated in the membership agreement (normally U.S. dollars).


Who is eligible for Associate membership?

Associate membership is available to companies with annual gross revenues of less than US$1 billion and non-company organizations (e.g., NGOs, nonprofits, and academic institutions). Please refer to the member benefits comparison matrix page to compare Corporate and Associate membership benefits.


Once You’re a Member FAQ’s

What are the engagement options open to me as a BSR member?

Members may choose one of a suite of engagement options as part of their membership. Please refer to the engagement options overview for details.


Where can I learn more about the collaborative initiatives that are included in the engagement options?

Access to and participation in BSR’s collaborative initiatives is a core benefit of BSR membership. Please refer to the collaborative initiatives engagement options overview for details.


How do I find out who my account representative is?

Please contact us at memberservices@bsr.org


How can my company or organization promote its membership in BSR?

Member companies can obtain permission to use BSR's name, logo, and statement of membership by contacting Member Services at memberservices@bsr.org.

Members are free to place BSR's logo, a statement of membership, and/or a link to the BSR site (www.bsr.org) on their website. Members may also use BSR's name and logo on other promotional materials, with approval from Member Services. The use of BSR's name and logo are proprietary and protected by federal law. Membership and use of BSR's name and logo cannot be used as a statement of endorsement.


How do I receive my member login?

Please email memberservices@bsr.org.


I've forgotten my password; how can I retrieve it?

Please use our password reset form.


Can I forward the BSR Insight to someone who doesn't work for my company?

The BSR Insight is for BSR members only and can only be shared/forwarded to member organization personnel. If you know someone who would be interested in the BSR Insight or in receiving more information about BSR, please contact us at memberservices@bsr.org and we would be happy to send out membership information. 


How do I register for and access recordings of Sustainability Matters webinars?

You can find a list of upcoming Sustainability Matters webinars and access recordings of past webinars on our webinar page. Note that a Member Center log-in is required.


How do I post job openings on BSR’s website?

BSR member company contacts can email the job description to web@bsr.org. It will be posted on our sustainability jobs page.