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Research

Robust research to advance business action on the world’s greatest challenges

Overview

Our Goals

With a focus on robust evidence and actionable insights, BSR’s experts investigate emerging issues and generate solutions for business to build a just and sustainable world. Through our research, we aim to shape and advance the debate, bridge the gap between corporate sustainability theory and practice, and provide high-quality information and analysis on key sustainability issues.

Our Approach and Methods

We combine primary and secondary research, drawing from credible sources, emerging analysis, and original insights from our vast network of project participants and member companies, as well as BSR’s deep experience working on sustainability challenges around the world. By tapping global and local business, government, and civil society networks, our research is informed by diverse perspectives and unique collaborations. To ensure high quality and objectivity, all of our in-depth reports undergo a rigorous internal and external peer review process.

Research Offerings

We maintain high standards of excellence to ensure that all of our research products are grounded in fact and independent analysis. Our research offerings include reports, working papers, and briefs, and we conduct three types of research:

  • Custom research to inform company strategies
  • Public research funded by BSR to advance knowledge on cutting-edge issues and trends
  • Public research funded by civil society, business, academic, and government partners to inform actions and policies on critical environmental and social challenges

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Reports

BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Survey 2017

BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Survey 2017

The ninth annual BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Survey provides insights into the world of sustainable business and aims to identify common perceptions and practices of corporate sustainability professionals.


Women’s Safety in the Workplace Toolkit Guide

Women’s Safety in the Workplace Toolkit Guide

This is an introduction to a new toolkit that provides guidance for companies seeking to strengthen their policies and activities that prevent and address sexual harassment.


Empowering Female Workers in the Apparel Industry: Three Areas for Business Action

Empowering Female Workers in the Apparel Industry: Three Areas for Business Action

This business brief proposes three areas where apparel companies can build from a strong foundation to better drive improvements in outcomes for women workers and promote women’s economic empowerment around the world.


Big Brands, Big Impact: A Marketer’s Guide to Behavior Change

Big Brands, Big Impact: A Marketer’s Guide to Behavior Change

This report highlights findings from a recent study that explored how companies can trigger behavioral shifts that enable more sustainable lifestyles, grow demand for more sustainable products, and create business value.


Our Supporters

  • Avery Dennison
  • Avery Dennison Foundation
  • Bloomberg
  • BNY Mellon
  • British Consulate, Guangzhou, China
  • Cisco
  • ClimateWorks Foundation
  • European Climate Foundation
  • Fung Foundation
  • Fung Group
  • GE Foundation
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  • IKEA Foundation
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Levi Strauss Foundation
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands
  • The Oak Foundation
  • Novo Foundation
  • PACE
  • Packard Foundation
  • Primark
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • UKaid
  • United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
  • University of Cambridge
  • U.S. Agency for International Development - Global Development Alliance (GDA)
  • U.S. Department of State
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • We Mean Business