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March 22, 2013
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?
March 1, 2013
Five things the ICT industry can do to shape a sustainable future through experimentation, innovation, and investment.
January 29, 2013
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?
December 5, 2012
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?
December 4, 2012
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.
November 21, 2012
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.
October 2, 2012
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.
August 2, 2012
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.
April 17, 2012
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.
April 10, 2012
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.