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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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BSR Report 2015

BSR Report 2015

Our annual report provides information about our people, our impact measures, and our footprint; we believe we should embrace the principle of transparency as it relates to our own activities.

Addressing Workers’ Rights in Engineering and Construction: Opportunities for Collaboration

Addressing Workers’ Rights in Engineering and Construction: Opportunities for Collaboration

In this report, we explore the challenges that construction and engineering companies share when it comes to workers' rights, provide recommendations for ways forward, and assess the feasibility of a collaborative group to address the issues. The working paper was conducted with funding from Humanity United.

The Paris Agreement: What It Means for Business

The Paris Agreement: What It Means for Business

This new report, written by BSR in partnership with We Mean Business, explains the mechanisms of the Paris Agreement on climate change, how they are already affecting businesses, and how companies can seize the immense opportunities that the agreement unlocks.

Women Deliver Report Consultation: Women’s Empowerment in Global Value Chains

Women Deliver Report Consultation: Women’s Empowerment in Global Value Chains

We are seeking feedback on this working paper, which examines how to create business opportunities that accelerate women's health, rights, and wellbeing in global value chains. The paper will be revised and re-released following this open stakeholder feedback process.

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