For those of us in the fast-paced, ever-evolving field of CSR and sustainability, there’s a lot of information to keep up with. Here’s a sample of what I’m reading right now:

  • Mining, Water, and Human Rights: Making the Connection
  • Strategic Importance of Green Water in International Crop Trade
  • Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
  • Harrah’s Entertainment’s Environmental Sustainability and Community Engagement Report

Having just returned from some recreational reading over the Labor Day weekend (when I read the much lighter So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell), I was curious to learn what books my BSR colleagues have been reading in their spare time. After all, I find that some of the most absorbing conversations I have with my colleagues take place in the times between meetings, when we’re discussing our families, friends, and the things we’ve seen. The books they’re reading offer another window into their interactions with and reactions to the world around us. Here’s what I found:

  • The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on The Wall Street Journal Guide —Julie Zhu, Communications Assistant (Beijing)
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine —Jeremy Prepscius, Managing Director, Asia (Hong Kong)
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking —Adam Lane, Associate, Advisory Services (Beijing)
  • Exiles in the Secret Garden —Aron Cramer, President and CEO (San Francisco)
  • Get it Right —Farid Baddache, Director, Europe (Paris)
  • I Curse the River of Time -Virginia Terry, Manager, Advisory Services (New York)
  • Rise of the Creative Class —Pei Bin, Director, China Partnership Development (Beijing)
  • Status Anxiety —Amaya Gorostiaga, Associate, Advisory Services (New York)
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers -Wanda Zhao<, Human Resources Associate (San Francisco)
  • The Story of a Marriage —Mark Little, Director, Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Practice (New York)
  • Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Know About Cooking —Laura Ediger, Environmental Manager (Hong Kong
  • Vanity Fair —Daniel Pescatore, Operations Manager (Guangzhou)
  • How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower, The Making of Mr. Gray’s Anatomy, Wolf Hall: A Novel, and The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science —Kin Yu, Staff Accountant (San Francisco)

So for those of you who, like me, are in a subtle state of shock that September is suddenly upon us, keep the memory of summer alive by picking up one of these books. And let us know what you’re reading!