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State of Sustainable Business Survey

The BSR 2013 State of Sustainable Business Survey was recently released, taking in perspectives from over 700 corporate professionals providing insight into the current state of sustainable business and future opportunities and challenges in the landscape of business and society. 

This year's results underscore the importance of collaboration among business and external stakeholders to address climate change, among other key issues, to improve sustainability performance. This highlights exciting opportunities for Extension professionals to work with businesses in these areas.

What is "BSR?"

BSR works with a global network of over 250 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 consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Visit for more information about BSR’s more than 20 years of leadership in sustainability.

Executive Summary Results

  • Human rights continues to be the top-rated priority for organizations in terms of their sustainability efforts over the next 12 months.
  • Supply chain and workers’ rights-related issues have been identified as the most important events in sustainable business in 2013, while the most significant developments in 2014 are predicted to be around environmental issues.
  • There is a significant amount of collaboration taking place between BSR member companies and stakeholders on sustainability issues.
  • Challenges in collaborating with governments has implications for climate change and other public policy frameworks.
  • Integration of sustainability into core business functions remains the most important leadership challenge facing business.
  • Sustainability functions continue to have low levels of engagement with key functional areas within their company.

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