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March 22, 2013

Microsoft Reports: What ïthe LawÍ Is Asking of Internet Companies

Microsoft’s first report on how it has responded to requests from law-enforcement agencies is a positive move in transparency, building on reports by Google and Twitter. It also poses an important question for society: What is the proper relationship among law enforcement, private companies, and privacy?

#Human Rights #Information and Communications Technology #Reporting and Communications #Sustainability Management

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March 1, 2013

My Wish List for the Information and Communications Technology Industry

Five things the ICT industry can do to shape a sustainable future through experimentation, innovation, and investment.

#Human Rights #Information and Communications Technology

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January 29, 2013

Potential Over Profits: In Conversation With Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs’ Jean-Luc Beylat

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France President Jean-Luc Beylat—who recently spoke at a Grand Débats event at BSR's Paris office—sees the potential for innovation to solve sustainability challenges. But can long-term thinking and fast-paced technology coexist?

#Information and Communications Technology #Strategy and Integration #Sustainability Management

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December 5, 2012

Collaboration 2.0: Openly Innovating Our Way to Social Progress

The past 20 years have given rise to technologies that were simply unimaginable before their invention: the internet, high-speed wireless data, global satellite telephone networks, flexible energy grids, solar panels and wind turbines, the mass-market electric vehicle...the list goes on. And these technologies have arguably brought with them social impact, such as an increased access to information. But have they brought with them social progress?

#Information and Communications Technology #Stakeholder Engagement #Sustainability Management

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December 4, 2012

How Microsoft Did It: Implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Following the UN's endorsement of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the question for Microsoft was not whether to apply them but how. Here's an inside look at the company's four-part approach.

#Human Rights #Information and Communications Technology

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November 21, 2012

VERGE: Where Sustainability Solutions Collide

According to Tony Hsieh, the CEO of shoe company Zappos, collisions create results. “When cities double in size, productivity and innovation per resident increases by 15 percent,” said Hsieh during his plenary address at the VERGE conference in San Francisco last week. VERGE, organized by the GreenBiz Group, is a convergence of systems and technologies in energy, transport, and buildings that takes place through conferences held in several cities around the world each year.

#Information and Communications Technology #Sustainable Communities

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October 2, 2012

An ICT Company’s To-Do List on Human Rights

Last week, BSR gathered with representatives from information and communications technology companies to discuss lessons learned on applying the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the industry. But the conversation quickly headed in another direction: looking forward to what we need to do next.

#Human Rights #Information and Communications Technology

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August 2, 2012

When Sci-Fi Meets Sustainability: Continuous Radical Transparency

Preparing for an accelerated science fiction future requires continued investment in corporate sustainability.The promise of the future tech revolution moves consumers even closer to easily seeing and understanding the larger impacts of their choices on themselves, their families, and their societies.

#Information and Communications Technology

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April 17, 2012

Eco-Rating Electronics Products: Has the Time Come?

In the past several years, the number of eco-labels for products and services has grown dramatically. Nonetheless, easy-to-understand, consistent, and comparable information about the environmental impacts of products is not readily available to consumers. Based on work BSR recently completed in the electronics industry, we examine some of the successes and challenges still to overcome in eco-labels.

#Consumer Products #Information and Communications Technology

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April 10, 2012

Information And Communications Technology: Taking Ethics to the Cloud

Taking Ethics to the Cloud

Cloud computing is one of the most significant trends today, with the potential to redefine the way we think about business ethics and sustainability. Here, we consider how the cloud could affect two of our biggest sustainability challenges: climate change and human rights.

#Climate Change #Future of Internet Power #Human Rights #Information and Communications Technology

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