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December 4, 2012
Having spent almost a decade at the World Bank advising governments in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America on major private-sector led and financed infrastructure investments, I saw a lot of half-baked projects. In many cases, I often found myself wondering, “Why would a reputable commercial bank even consider funding this project?”
November 29, 2012
As hot issues rise and fall within industry supply chains, suppliers have become increasingly targeted and therefore reactive to external pressure—the same trap that their customers have and may still fall into today. This reactive approach further reinforces the concept that change and sustainability must come from outside—be it customer pressure, government regulation, or NGO “name-and-shame” campaigns.
October 11, 2012
The promulgation of a new French sustainability reporting law puts an end to the "mandatory versus voluntary" reporting debate—in France and for foreign companies operating there. Since the law’s passage, BSR has been investigating how certain Asian countries might approach the application of this law, given their different approaches to disclosure—in particular, Japan, China, and South Korea.
October 3, 2012
BSR strongly believes cross-sector partnerships are crucial to developing a just and sustainable world. For more than 20 years, we have helped businesses listen to and work with their partners to address pressing sustainability challenges. Since the CiYuan initiative started in China two years ago, we’ve been working non-stop to foster more partnerships—particularly between companies and NGOs.
September 18, 2012
It is a familiar scene to many: Community relations teams list stakeholders and touch points from the previous year, draft a sustainability report chapter, and check the “stakeholder engagement” box. But while stakeholder engagement reporting has become a familiar part of business, are the results of engagement being reported in a meaningful way?
September 17, 2012
BSR held its first Twitter #BSRchat with our conflict minerals experts Marshall Chase and Sasha Radovich on Friday, September 7. Check out the highlights from the chat.
August 28, 2012
More companies today are reporting on their human rights policies, risks, and management approaches, yet there is little guidance on how best to do this reporting. BSR's four key questions will help companies align their approach with sustainability reporting guidelines and with the UN Guiding Principles' emphasis on company due diligence.
August 27, 2012
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.
August 1, 2012
Sustainability and business will continue to be transformed by ICT, yet the draft G4 suggests that the GRI Guidelines continue to be written primarily for companies that extract and make stuff—and not for companies that are shaping the new global economy.