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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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Jun

27

June 27, 2012

Under Pressure: The Chinese Media’s Role in Holding Business Accountable

The Chinese media is playing an increasingly important role in the disclosure and reporting ofenvironmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in China. In order to understand this trend, the impact on Chinese listed companies, and what this means for investors, BSR researched media reporting of ESG news on 100 Chinese companies.

#Ethics and Governance #Media and Entertainment #Sustainability Management

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Jun

4

June 4, 2012

Success in Rio? That’s For Us to Decide

The Rio+20 Summit on sustainable development is still weeks away, and yet many already have proclaimed the event a failure. That verdict is based on outdated assumptions about the nature of change. In fact, a 21st century success in Rio remains possible.

#Ethics and Governance #Sustainability Management

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Nov

8

November 8, 2011

Is Business Ready for Hypertransparency?

#Ethics and Governance #Sustainability Management

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Aug

16

August 16, 2011

Sustainability: What’s Quality Got to Do With It?

The total quality movement is three times older than CSR, but there are a lot of similarities—and opportunities to collaborate that could lead to more progress for both fields.

#Ethics and Governance #Supply Chain #Sustainability Management

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Apr

26

April 26, 2011

Boards and Sustainability: A Look Ahead

In part two of his series on CSR at the board level, BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer offers his perspective on how board engagement on sustainability is likely to evolve in the years ahead. Part one of his series covered board roles and responsibilities, structure, and how the composition of the board influences the company’s approach to sustainability.

#Ethics and Governance #Strategy and Integration #Sustainability Management

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Apr

19

April 19, 2011

CSR in the Boardroom: The Board’s Role in Advancing Sustainability

As more company leaders recognize sustainability as a strategic imperative for business, the question of how boards guide their companies’ approach is also growing in importance. In the first of a two-part series based on our work with several member companies—as well as our recent paper for the UN Global Compact—we offer our latest thinking on board roles and responsibilities, structure, and composition. Next week, BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer will offer his perspective on where we should go from here.

#Ethics and Governance #Sustainability Management

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