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Mar

25

March 25, 2013

Networks for Building a Sustainable Hong Kong

During a recent Hong Kong dinner event, companies and government addressed the challenges businesses face in promoting sustainability in the city through long-term, impactful changes.

#Ethics and Governance #Sustainability Management #Sustainable Communities

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Dec

7

December 7, 2012

‘War on Waste’ in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong government just announced a war on food waste—vowing to reduce it by 10 percent by 2015. As BSR’s "Waste Not Want Not: An Overview of Food Waste" report highlights that in Hong Kong and around the world, food waste occurs across the many aspects of the food chain—from farm to fork.

#Environment #Ethics and Governance #Food Beverage and Agriculture #Sustainability Management

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Oct

19

October 19, 2012

It’s Time to Change: Supply Chain Accountability

We know supply chains can have real problems that impact real lives. We’ve been reminded again of this stark reality with th recent tragic fires in the garment factories in Pakistan that led to avoidable deaths. Sadly though, these stories aren’t new, whether in recent years in Bangladesh, a decade ago in China, back in 1911 in New York City, or any number of incidents in between.

#Ethics and Governance #Human Rights #Supply Chain #Sustainability Management

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Oct

16

October 16, 2012

Five Traits of Sustainability Leaders

A new report from BSR, Changing Consciousness, and Executiva examines the "sustainability leadership competency gap"—the important traits and characteristics for sustainability that are not accounted for in traditional definitions of leadership.

#Ethics and Governance #Sustainability Management

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Oct

12

October 12, 2012

A View from Yangon: Opportunities for Responsible Investment

A trademark sign of globalization can now be seen at several prominent intersections in Yangon, Myanmar: Coca-Cola billboards.

#Ethics and Governance #Financial Services #Sustainability Management

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Oct

9

October 9, 2012

Why Businesses Should Engage More in Local Governance

Local governance is somewhat of an abstract concept, and usually a topic reserved for academics and civil servants. BSR’s work with member companies in a number of developing countries, however, indicates that companies need to engage much deeper in governance locally in order to be successful in their corporate responsibility and business activities.

#Ethics and Governance #Stakeholder Engagement #Sustainability Management

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Oct

5

October 5, 2012

Will the Real Ethical Company Please Stand Up?

I recently finished Fran Hawthorne’s new book, Ethical Chic, which investigates whether the innovative and leading companies we love do business ethically. I could not help but wonder whether any company is completely ethical. Can a company actually achieve the seemingly elusive ethical label?

#Consumer Products #Ethics and Governance #Sustainability Management

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Sep

14

September 14, 2012

Who in the Room will be Retired in 10 Years?

At World Water Week in Stockholm, I was like a kid in a candy store. However, the most impactful moment for me came had nothing to do with water, agriculture, sustainability, business, or anything else that I deal with day in and day out. It was a simple question.

#Environment #Ethics and Governance #Sustainability Management

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Aug

27

August 27, 2012

SEC Rules on Conflict Minerals: Now What?

The release of the SEC’s final rules on conflict minerals reporting last Wednesday marks a milestone for companies, NGOs, investors and others who have been working on this issue for years—in many cases (including BSR’s) well before the conflict minerals reporting provision of Dodd-Frank was written into law in mid-2010.

#Conflict Minerals #Ethics and Governance #Reporting and Communications #Sustainability Management

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Jul

26

July 26, 2012

It’s Not the Time for Business as Usual in Myanmar

Billed by the Obama Administration as a “framework for responsible investment,” the U.S. suspension of economic sanctions on July 11 opens the flood gates for U.S. companies to join other international competitors in search of business opportunities in Asia’s newest high growth destination.

#Ethics and Governance #Sustainability Management

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