BSR works with its global network of nearly 300 member companies
to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through partnership development
, and cross-sector collaboration
BSR was founded in 1992 by a group of entrepreneurs and businesses who sought to create an organization that could help companies act in a more responsible manner.
The founders wanted to fill a gap between business organizations that had yet to embrace corporate responsibility, and advocacy organizations that promoted corporate responsibility but did not yet have the understanding of business to enable change in that community.
Our mission is to work with business to create a just and sustainable world.
Membership, Partnership Development, Publications, and Conference
Why is BSR a non-profit organization?
BSR’s not-for-profit status symbolizes the fact that we are a mission-driven organization, and it provides additional credibility with both member companies and the wide range of stakeholders with whom we work. Our not-for-profit status also strengthens our ability to receive funding from foundations and public-sector organizations for grant-supported work that is central to our mission. Finally, the not-for-profit status ensures that we invest all of our earnings to further develop the organization, enabling us to pursue our mission.
What core issues does BSR focus on?
We believe that a holistic approach to sustainability is best.
Throughout our history, we have advocated for companies to adopt comprehensive sustainability strategies, addressing the topics that are most relevant to them, and with an appreciation of the many links between individual issues.
Within that model, we focus our activities on four broad set of issues: environment, human rights, economic development, and governance and accountability.
Where is BSR headquartered?
After our early launch in Washington, D.C., we moved our headquarters to San Francisco, which remains our largest office in terms of staff and the home of BSR’s President and CEO.
Our management team is spread across our locations in Hong Kong, New York, Paris, and San Francisco to provide a truly global perspective on the business of sustainability.
BSR currently has offices in San Francisco, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Copenhagen, and São Paulo, with staff and representatives working in San Jose, Costa Rica, Shanghai, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.