How to Ensure Your Suppliers’ Compliance to Corporate Social Responsibility Laws

As I point out via personal anecdotes in my book From Bogota to Beijing: Development and Life After Globalization, slavery, corruption, and double (and triple) labor standards are commonplace around the world today. However, there are standards and regulations in place to keep companies and their supply chains compliant and mitigate risk.

Are your suppliers compliant? To get the most out of your data and to ensure compliance, Boston Strategies International recommends Assent Compliance’s turnkey compliance and supply chain data services.

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Learn more about the Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption module


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How to Audit Your Suppliers’ Compliance to REACH, RoHS, and Chemicals Reporting Requirements

As I pointed out in my recent book The High Cost of Low Prices, governments are paying closer attention to environmental side-effects of international supply chains. REACH and RoHS are among the most far-reaching and well-known of these regulations.

Are your suppliers compliant? To get the most out of your data and to ensure compliance, Boston Strategies International recommends Assent Compliance’s turnkey compliance and supply chain data services.

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Learn more about the Chemicals Reporting module


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Electrify Europe Conference and Exhibition in Vienna

David Jacoby, President of BSI Energy Finance, will be speaking in Vienna on June 20th at the Electrify Europe conference and exhibition.

Electrify Europe is the world’s first event dedicated to the convergence underway between the power generation and transmission & distribution sectors, driven by digitalization, decarbonization, decentralization and electrification.

He will explain the role that venture capital, private equity, and mergers & acquisitions will play in redefining business models and reshaping the competitive landscape of power generation.

He will be speaking alongside moderator Emmanouil Kakaras, Head of Department Innovation & New Products for Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH, and Pete Davies, VP, Digital Engineering Solutions for Uniper.

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18th Annual Advanced Automotive Battery Conference in San Diego

David Jacoby will be addressing the opening plenary session of the 18th Annual Advanced Automotive Battery Conference in San Diego on June 4th. His address, Navigating the Landscape of Structuring Partnership Agreements, will provide examples of merger, acquisition, and alliance agreement structures that balance risk and reward for all parties.

Venture capital is an integral part of the development of new technologies. The Automotive Partnering Summit is designed for CEOs and CFOs interested in developing partnerships on the path to automotive commercialization, from sensors and software in autonomous cars to advanced battery packs and charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The panel discussions will provide insight into what VCs look for in funding companies and strategies for business development and individual presentations will showcase the latest technologies from early-stage companies seeking funds. In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the symposium is also designed to provide opportunities for one-on-one meetings that will allow for in-depth conversations and next-steps.


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Global Investors Annual Meeting 2018 in New York City

David Jacoby, President of Boston Strategies International, will be attending the Global Investors Meeting in New York City on May 16th and 17th. The Global Investors Annual Meeting is a closed-door program that gathers the world’s leading fund managers, institutional allocators and private wealth investors currently investing and fundraising across the globe. This meeting offers a unique platform to learn from and alongside industry thought leaders.

Panel sessions and Private meetings throughout both days will allow for deepening relationships, developing partnerships and fostering business. This two-day conference will host more than 400 leading managers, investors and other professionals to discuss investment opportunities and new trends in the market.

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Global Leadership Panel at Wharton Alumni Weekend 2018

Global Leadership Panel at
Wharton Alumni Weekend 2018

Saturday, May 12 from 3:00-4:00 pm in F85, Jon M. Huntsman Hall

David Jacoby will be a featured speaker at this year’s Wharton MBA Reunion on a panel discussion on Global Leadership to be moderated by Mauro Guillen, Director of The Lauder Institute and Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management at the Wharton School. The co-panelists will be Laxman Narasimhan WG’93, CEO, Latin America and Europe Sub-Saharan Africa PepsiCo, Inc., and Michelle Tien WG’03, COO, Credit Suisse.

Join thousands of fellow Wharton alumni, family, and friends in 2018! Reconnect with classmates, learn from Wharton faculty, and make new memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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BSI Announces Publication of Landmark Book on Sustainable Supply Chains

BSI President David Jacoby has written another thought-provoking book on supply chain management, The High Cost of Low Prices: A Roadmap to Sustainable Prosperity.

Learn the secrets of international supply chains for familiar products such as coffee, bottled water, gasoline, and electronic devices, and how government policies and business norms around the world have evolved to allow practices that sometimes tolerate or even condone environmental and social mistreatment.

This book directly addresses complex and controversial issues like climate change, carbon taxes, fracking, offshoring, urban sprawl, globalization, income inequality, regulation, corruption, compliance and enforcement, providing an informed basis for mapping the way forward. Rich in facts and deep with first-hand experiences from around the world, Jacoby challenges embedded thinking about growth and progress, convenience, comfort, and quality of life. 

The book proposes a bold and realistic new policy framework that is ground-breaking and achievable for industry, government, and consumers, and supports the plan with achievable metrics, targets, and accountabilities.



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Your Products Have Become Commodities

No matter how sophisticated your products are, your manufactured products are becoming commodities as your competitors integrate manufactured products with services and information to deliver real-time intelligent systems that improve efficiency and effectiveness by orders of magnitude. They measure, monitor, and optimize conditions in the entire system (well beyond their products), which has provided them with a much higher potential price point compared to being “dumb” components. The winner will take market share from the others, and it’s already happening. You are either winning or losing at this game.

Due to the “tunnel vision” that limits most companies’ perspective, an outside vantage point is essential to developing and commercializing smart product-services-solutions. BSI’s approach starts with Value Analysis to determine where value is generated in the broader system in which your components operate. Then we do an External Market Scan to know which smart products your competitors have and are developing. Third, we assess your internal capabilities to determine where your current competences and resources (customers, organization, operational capabilities) can fill the gaps, and where you need to invest in new competencies. Fourth, we help you formulate a strategy for becoming Smarter, and quantify the benefit (ROI, NPV, and financial projections). Finally, we help you plan for implementation by developing an action plan, metrics, targets, and milestones.

BSI leverages its more than 30 years of experience consulting to the largest industrial manufacturing, energy, and supply chain leaders worldwide to help you develop and implement a killer strategy for increasing your value added in today’s competitive global market. You will enjoy higher profitability, delighted customers, marketing flexibility, and the capability to innovate more rapidly than ever before. Are you leading or lagging?


BSI Completes Comparison of Renewable Energy Economics

Boston Strategies International (BSI) recently completed a study of renewable energy costs and value chains for a branch of the Mexican government’s Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático (National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change). BSI compared the costs and value added of environmentally sustainable technologies for the power generation sector (large scale solar, wind and geothermal, vs combined cycle natural gas technology) to support decision-making in environmental mitigation. The study analyzed the principal actors, elements and processes, as well as costs, value added, and barriers to entry attributable to each segment of the value chain, as inputs to energy policy formulation.


The Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático (INECC) produces valuable scientific and technical information on environmental issues and the training of human resources, in order to inform society, support decision making, encourage the protection of the environment, promote the sustainable use of natural resources, and support the Mexican Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources in reading its goals. It aims to be a leader agency in applied environmental research, that develops and promotes scientific cooperation projects that contribute effectively to resolve the major environmental problems of Mexico, and support the conservation and restoration of the environment in the whole country.

Boston Strategies International is a consultancy that compresses lead time and reduces cost in gas, oil, and renewable power supply chains. Clients typically hire us to cope with legislative reform, technologically challenging projects, cost over-runs, strategic diversification, and major capital programs. We build ongoing project management competency and leadership by transferring our knowledge, analytical tools, and data to in-house staff during every engagement.

Contact us for more information on how we can help your organization.

What is Your Plan For the Upcoming Carbon Tax?

Multinational carbon taxation needs to be executed carefully in order to manage the market value impact in the conventional energy sector.

Of the 190 countries that have ratified the Paris Accord will need to tax carbon in order to meet their goal of limiting global average temperature increase to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and 1.5°C from current levels. Forty-two countries have a carbon taxation or emissions trading plan in place, and fifteen of the major countries that currently tax carbon (Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK) are doing so at a rate equivalent to 18% per barrel of oil. The number of countries and their level of carbon tax will increase as these countries are tasked with setting more ambitious targets every five years, developing national climate action plans, and establishing accountabilities for execution.

Carbon taxation will pose an existential threat to some conventional oil and gas companies, and significantly impact power producers. Even if there is a long ramp-up period, few oil & gas companies will be able to handle this level of tax without profoundly restructuring their operations and business portfolio.

Economically, the optimal solution would be to apply the tax quickly enough to incentivize diversification into renewables, but slowly enough to allow fossil fuel producers to adapt. The phase-in period, and the structuring of the tax, will need to be tailored to each region, country, and fuel.

Boston Strategies International’s unique knowledge of oil, gas and power costs at every step in the supply chain can help you evaluate alternative scenarios of operating and capital cost adaptation, as well as alternative structures and time-phasing of potential taxes and mandates that would generate the greatest benefit for your organization. We know how much tax can be passed through, how much cost can be shed, and how much synergy can be realized between various types of conventional and renewable power. 

BSI is your best partner for adaptation advisory. We consult to the largest energy companies, lenders, law firms, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations. We have served national oil & gas companies including Saudi Aramco, PdVSA, and Gazprom; international oil & gas companies such as BP, Total, and American Energy; and power producers such as Vattenfall and Iberdrola. Our analytic tools have helped industry majors reduce cost by up to 30%. In addition, our Principals have written hallmark policy and methodological handbooks, including Optimal Supply Chain Management in Oil, Gas, and Power Generation (PennWell 2012); Guide to Supply Chain Management (The Economist 2009); and The High Cost of Low Prices (Business Expert Press, 2017), and we have been leaders in education at Boston University’s graduate school of business and training through numerous professional associations.

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