One major attribute of our work is the capacity to help transnational companies to bring their sustainability approach down to the local context. BSD works, for example, with global companies in the cement sector on local stakeholder engagement, translating a global approach into defined local steps. In turn, local stakeholder engagement is used as an input for the global company's materiality process, aggregating local stakeholder views to their strategy definition process. Again, BSD relies on the AA1000 Principles Inclusiveness, Materiality and Responsiveness.
SMEs AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
In Brazil, we have a long term partnership with Sebrae (Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service), in which BSD provides support by defining market access links for small coffee producer cooperatives to the Fairtrade market. In several instances, BSD has supported visits by producers to their main market exhibitions in the United States. In 2013, a new project was initiated with the objective of including the producer cooperatives in a web-based market access tool which was developed by young entrepreneurs.
NGOs AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES
Since our foundation, we have been working with NGOs and international agencies to foster sustainable development. This experience gives us valuable insights into the challenges faced by developing countries and practical knowledge on the most effective methods to create sustainable impacts. We are well positioned to connect development initiatives with the business world, as we have done in Spain, for oil and gas company Repsol.
Repsol requested assistance from the BSD Spain team in identifying the most suitable NGOs and development agencies with whom they should create strategic alliances for the implementation of their global Corporate Responsibility Plan.
For several years the BSD Switzerland team has been working with governmental initiatives relating to sustainable public procurement, taking advantage of knowledge gained during development of the Sustainability Compass. In Colombia, BSD worked alongside other organizations as well as governmental and private sector entities on the ‘Reconciliación Colombia’ initiative, which aims to provide a network for the integration of victims of regional conflicts (such as displaced people).