The New Climate for Ever-Evolving Technology


By: John Hodges, Managing Director, BSR and Patrick Browne, Director of Sustainability, UPS

BSR Conference 2019: Hubert Joly, Executive Chairman, Best Buy Co., Inc.

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In August 2019, the Business Roundtable declared that the purpose of business is to serve all stakeholders, not just shareholders. This fit in well with the vision of purposeful leadership that Hubert Joly had promoted during his time as Best Buy's CEO.

BSR Conference 2019: Simone Niven, Group Executive, Corporate Relations, Rio Tinto

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The mining industry is undergoing change and transition. After nearly 150 years in this industry, Rio Tinto is still looking for ways to break new ground in sustainability.

Simone Niven, Rio Tinto's Group Executive in Corporate Relations, discussed the company's three strategic priorities, the importance of transparency, and the need to collaborate with communities and governments during her plenary speech at the BSR Conference 2019.

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BSR Conference 2019: Roald Lapperre, Vice Minister for the Environment, Netherlands

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Climate change is a global and complex challenge. Ambition at both national and international levels is necessary, as well as cooperation between the public and private sectors.

BSR Conference 2019: Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose

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The BSR Conference 2019 took place this past November in the city of San Jose, and one of the conference's plenary speakers was the city's mayor, Sam Liccardo. As mayor, Liccardo has big plans for San Jose, from upgrading its energy technology to ensuring better access to education. He shared the importance of achieving these goals via collaboration, with the private sector and with other mayors, during his speech on the plenary stage.

COP25: National Governments Fail to Seize the Day, but Business Climate Action Continues


By: Aron Cramer, President and CEO, BSR

As we enter the decisive decade of the 2020s—when significant steps towards decarbonization have to happen if we are to stave off the worst impacts of climate change—the 2019 UN climate conference in Madrid, COP25, was a poor jumping-off point.

A Human Rights Review of the Facebook Oversight Board


By: Dunstan Allison-Hope, Managing Director; Michaela Lee, Manager; and Joanna Lovatt, Associate, BSR

Facebook makes decisions to take down, leave up, or restore content every day, and some of these decisions can be very challenging, with strong arguments for either removing or leaving up the content. Many users can disagree with these decisions, and millions are appealed each year.

BSR's Top Sustainability Insights of 2019


By: Maria Bennici, Communications Coordinator, and Aimee Louise Bataclan, Manager, Communications and Marketing, BSR

As 2019 comes to a close, we are taking a moment to look back at the news and initiatives that shaped the year. The most popular blog posts and reports BSR published this year show reader interest in a variety of topics, from collaboration to climate change, that are sure to impact sustainability strategies for the decade to come.

Some common themes we saw across our most read content of the year were:

Human Rights Day 2019: BSR Reflections on the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights


By: Francesca Manta, Manager; Aude Ucla, Manager; Céline da Graça Pires, Associate; Jenny Vaughan, Human Rights Director (BSR)


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