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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

A New Era: Optimizing Chinese Industry in the Age of Automation

A New Era: Optimizing Chinese Industry in the Age of Automation

This report details automation and other shifts in Chinese industry and the global supply chains operating in the country, as well as recommendations to prepare workforces in China for the workplaces of tomorrow.


Collaborative Progress: Clean Cargo Working Group 2016 Progress Report

Collaborative Progress: Clean Cargo Working Group 2016 Progress Report

The Clean Cargo Working Group reports on its 2016 activities and progress.


Missing Link: Harnessing the Power of Purchasing for a Sustainable Future

Missing Link: Harnessing the Power of Purchasing for a Sustainable Future

A report by CDP, BSR, and Carbon Trust demonstrates that despite significant greenhouse gas reductions in 2016 across supply chains, companies are not engaging deeply enough with suppliers on climate action—and, therefore, are missing out on significant cost benefits and potential for climate leadership.


The Supply Chain Leadership Ladder

The Supply Chain Leadership Ladder

This working paper introduces the Supply Chain Leadership Ladder, a maturity model for supply chain sustainability programs, which companies can use to develop their program toward deeper impact.


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