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Human Rights Insights: Trends from the Human Rights Working Group’s Spring Meeting


In March and April 2019, BSR’s Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) held its first round of meetings for the year in New York, London, and Tokyo. Established in 2012, HRWG is a collaborative initiative designed to help companies implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), bringing together approximately 40 companies from across sectors. In addition […]

MAJOR RISK OR ROSY OPPORTUNITY: Are companies ready for climate change?


This report analyzes responses from companies to CDP’s questionnaire in 2018 and focuses on what companies are reporting about the risks and opportunities they may face from climate change and its potential financial implications. With 2017 and 2018 seeing significant losses from extreme weather incidents in parts of the world, as well as rapid technological […]

Out On a Limb: The State of Corporate No-Deforestation Commitments & Reporting Indicators that Count


While nearly 500 global companies have made commitments to no-deforestation with varying degrees of specificity, only a handful disclose their quantitative progress toward achieving them and eliminating tropical forest loss from their commodity supply chains. Many hundreds more are still exposed to deforestation risk, and have yet to set public commitments or take specific actions […]

The Supply Chain Leadership Ladder 2.0


Across industries, managing companies’ supply chain sustainability has become increasingly important. Leading companies recognize that supply chain sustainability programs create value through mitigating risk, increasing resource efficiency to find cost savings, driving innovation through supplier collaboration, and more. The Supply Chain Leadership Ladder is a maturity model that BSR has developed for companies to evaluate and evolve their approach to supply […]

Five-Step Approach to Stakeholder Engagement


In 2019, the landscape of digital communication, international agreements and investor expectations makes stakeholder engagement more important than ever: Digital and social media amplify voices of the public, including civil society organizations; international agreements such as the UN Guiding Principles and Sustainable Development Goals have been established and globally accepted; and investors are significantly more […]

Get US There: The Ceres Strategic Plan


In The Ceres Strategic Plan, we explain who we are, whom we work with and how we create change. We share plans to address four global challenges: climate change, water scarcity and pollution, inequitable workplaces and outdated capital market systems. And we also lay out our plans for growing and strengthening Ceres in order to fulfill our […]

Investor Primer on Non-Compliance Protocols: Ending Deforestation at the Source


Supplier non-compliance protocols are an essential part of a risk management plan for companies with exposure to commodities. Yet a lack of consensus on how to engage non-compliant suppliers has stalled many companies’ implementation of no-deforestation commitments. An absence of clear protocols to deal with non-compliance will continue to allow product produced on deforested land […]

The Role of Investors in Supporting Better Corporate ESG Performance


Investors and their membership organizations have played an active role in shaping corporate behavior on ESG issues, but there is still a lack of comprehensive information about what outcomes can be expected from various investor influence strategies such as dialogues with company management, shareholder proposals and proxy voting, divestment and public policy engagement. Ceres and […]

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