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How We Work


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


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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Redefining Sustainable Business: Management for a Rapidly Changing World

Redefining Sustainable Business: Management for a Rapidly Changing World

This report provides a guide for sustainability practitioners to create resilient business strategies, governance, and management so that their companies are fit for a disruptive world.

Financial Needs of Garment Workers in India

Financial Needs of Garment Workers in India

This report examines the opportunity to expand financial inclusion for women in India’s garment sector by increasing women’s access to and use of mobile financial products and services.

Private-Sector Collaboration for Sustainable Development

Private-Sector Collaboration for Sustainable Development

This report, published in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, identifies the key success factors of collaboration for sustainable development and provides guidance to business leaders on preparing for participation in impactful collaborations.

New Models for Sustainable Procurement

New Models for Sustainable Procurement

This paper explores recent developments and best practices in supply chain transparency, supplier engagement, and responses to shifts in trade and globalization.

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
  • 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