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July 3, 2013

Five Tips for Successful Employee Volunteer Programs: Lessons from China

At BSR, we support collaborations between companies and NGOs to combine skill sets and expertise to solve development and sustainability issues. Based on our experience with a project in China to close the digital divide between rural and urban students, we offer five tips on how to foster successful employee volunteer programs.

#Information and Communications Technology

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July 2, 2013

Information And Communications Technology: The Future of Internet Power

The Future of Internet Power

Internet data centers represent up to 2 percent of electricity in the United States and form a major component of internet companies' carbon footprint. A new BSR initiative with Adobe, eBay, Facebook, HP,, and Symantec is exploring the next climate frontier.

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

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June 18, 2013

Take That, Cynics! As Companies Detail PRISM Involvement, Transparency Proves Its Value

For years, some major tech companies have published voluntary law enforcement reports, which have been criticized for methodological shortcomings. Following revelations of the PRISM program, however, these reports have played a critical role in shaping and informing the debate on government surveillance in the digital age.

#Financial Services #Information and Communications Technology #Reporting and Communications #Sustainability Management

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June 17, 2013

Information And Communications Technology: A Collaborative Approach in Myanmar

A Collaborative Approach in Myanmar

In the frenzy to invest in Myanmar’s economic development, companies can work together to tackle some of the country’s biggest challenges.

#Information and Communications Technology #Travel and Tourism

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June 13, 2013

In the Era of PRISM, ‘Knowing and Showing’ on Human Rights

As public scrutiny of U.S. government surveillance tactics grows, BSR has been reflecting on the corporate responsibility and ethics issues at stake—and how these issues extend beyond the information and communications technology sector.

#Consumer Products #Ethics and Governance #Information and Communications Technology #Sustainability Management

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March 27, 2013

What the New Telecommunications Human Rights Principles Mean

Telecommunications companies have published new guiding principles for human rights, freedom of expression, and privacy. What does this development mean?

#Human Rights #Information and Communications Technology

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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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