Measuring Our Impact
BSR’s mission is to work with business to create a just and sustainable world, and we believe we can achieve our mission only when the unique skills and resources of all sectors—business, civil society, and government—are aligned toward that goal.
Further, we believe our role is to catalyze change within business by integrating sustainability into strategies and operations, and by promoting collaborative solutions to systemic global challenges. We do this through consulting projects with individual companies, collaborative initiatives bringing together multiple companies and stakeholders, research, and events, including the annual BSR Conference.
Throughout our history, we have sought to understand our impact via member feedback, independent project evaluations, and internal discussion and debate. This year, however, we undertook enhanced efforts to understand and measure our progress in terms of real changes in the world, and this section outlines our approach, as well as our early insights about the impact we are having.
Through our efforts to evaluate more systematically how our work is contributing to the achievement of BSR’s mission, we have increased our internal focus on impact, established a stronger platform for dialogue with our member companies and other partners about impact, and delivered deeper insights that help us improve our efforts and increase our impact.
What follows is an overview of our new Outcomes and Impacts Framework, which is informing how we measure our impact and apply the lessons we learn. This section of the BSR Report is an initial effort to share our findings and our thinking.