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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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BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Survey 2016

BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Survey 2016

The eighth 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.

The Future of Stakeholder Engagement

The Future of Stakeholder Engagement

In this report, we argue that stakeholder engagement must evolve from a process too often undertaken merely for the sake of doing it into a strategic priority that integrates stakeholder feedback deeply into all aspects of a company’s operations.

Women’s Empowerment in Global Value Chains: A Framework for Business Action

Women’s Empowerment in Global Value Chains: A Framework for Business Action

This report, written by BSR with support from Women Deliver and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, examines how to create business opportunities that accelerate women's health, rights, and well-being in global value chains.

An Inclusive Sharing Economy

An Inclusive Sharing Economy

This report, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, seeks to catalyze collaboration and promote an inclusive sharing economy, which will unleash new business opportunities that expand access to goods and services for low-income and underserved communities.

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