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August 12, 2013
As companies prepare their first conflict minerals filings for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, many may consider pulling out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, fearful of not being able to say they are conflict-free. This isn't the best approach for sustainable development and stability in the region.
August 6, 2013
A recent BSR Paris event with speakers from the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association, Total, and the International Institute for Environment and Development highlighted the need for practical strategies to integrate business and human rights.
July 30, 2013
The notion of "unburnable carbon" is leading investors to consider whether some assets might actually be liabilities.
July 29, 2013
Most global extractives companies no longer view stakeholder engagement as a "nice to have," but rather as a core part of their business-planning strategy and operations. What's needed to make these engagements effective?
July 16, 2013
Better Policy: In this second of our two-part series on U.S. President Obama’s climate plan, we look at how business and government can work together to create a more sustainable long-term energy policy.
July 15, 2013
A Better Portfolio of Fuels: The U.S. president’s climate plan takes an "all of the above" approach to meeting the challenge of global warming. BSR’s Future of Fuels initiative embraces that outlook. In a two-part series, we look at what is needed from business for a more sustainable fuel portfolio, and how business and government can work together to create a more sustainable long-term energy policy.
March 15, 2013
Around the world, communities act as hosts to mining companies. How can these companies treat their hosts with respect and develop partnerships with local peoples to ensure sustainable development? In this blog, we share lessons gleaned from the 2013 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention.
March 11, 2013
As mining activity booms in Latin America, how is the growing middle class and the disconnect between national and local agendas affecting business?
February 13, 2013
U.S. President Obama's State of the Union address made it clear he intends to act on climate change—a good start that will go further if businesses rejoin the effort to promote low-carbon prosperity from the world’s largest economy.
January 15, 2013
Following last week’s look at overall trends in sustainable business in 2013, we share our views on the pressing issues for the extractives industry in the next year—from local social license to operate to changing expectations about human rights.