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April 9, 2013
As global demand for agricultural products rises, putting further pressure on land, energy, water, and other systems, many companies are seeking to incorporate sustainability into their sourcing strategies. BSR has contributed to a new guide on this very topic—and we need your input.
February 12, 2013
In the agricultural value chain, potential human rights impacts include labor rights, access to clean water and sanitation, resettlement of indigenous populations, and food security. By being proactive in these areas, companies can improve risk management and collaborate for more effective solutions.
December 7, 2012
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.
November 13, 2012
Insight is a powerful tool for understanding sustainability and behavior. Recently, my colleague Joyce Sood and I went out to explore how people in San Francisco are connecting with the notion of sustainable consumption. We came out of the experience with some useful insights on how to connect sustainability to people’s needs.
November 7, 2012
I recently had an interesting discussion over lunch about jewelry and food safety. It took me full circle back to the BSR Conference where I often heard companies state some version of, “Our supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”
November 5, 2012
Given last summer’s heat wave and the food shortages and price increases we can expect as a consequence, I would think that food waste reduction would be as important as ever. I recently spoke with Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, to get his sense for what had changed since he wrote the book, and perhaps not surprisingly, his message was clear: not much.
October 26, 2012
Head of Native Organic Products Leontino Balbo Junior discusses the role of biodiversity on agriculture stability using the example of sugar cane farms in Brazil at BSR Conference 2012: Fast Forward.
September 18, 2012
As part of Walmart's initiative to provide training for 1 million farmers in its supply chain, the company has enlisted BSR's support to design and implement a training program on sustainable agriculture in China. Here's a look at how our project identifies farmers' needs, matches them with experts, and evaluates impact, taking into account unique challenges, crops, soil types, production systems, and levels of management knowledge and skills.