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Since its founding at the BSR Conference 10 years ago, the EICC has grown from a handful companies to nearly 100 businesses representing more than US$2.6 trillion in revenues, and its influential code of conduct is the information and communications technology industry's standard for practices related to ethics, labor, health, safety, and the environment.
Dell wanted to improve the lifecycle sustainability impacts of its notebook computers. Through its own work gathering lifecycle data from suppliers, as well as involvement in collaborative initiatives, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s PAIA (Product Attribute to Impact Algorithm) and The Sustainability Consortium, Dell had already identified the hot spots and other critical impacts that must be addressed to substantially improve the sustainability of notebooks.
Vodafone, the world's second-largest mobile operator, engaged BSR to help align its human rights strategy with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
BSR worked with the Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica to assess its human rights impacts, risks, and opportunities in each of its 16 operating regions.
CTIA—The Wireless Association commissioned BSR to investigate the benefits of wireless technology for the environment and society and to provide insights on the risks and challenges of widespread adoption.
In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where armed conflict has claimed more than 5.4 million lives over the past 15 years, militant groups controlling most of the region's mines use the trade in tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold as important sources of funding. At the same time, this trade—which feeds into complex supply chains for products ranging from cell phones and cutting tools to jet engines and jewelry—is an important source of income for a million people in the region.