About NBS

Leadership Council

About the Council
The Leadership Council is a group of Canadian sustainability leaders from diverse sectors whose priorities inform NBS's research agenda.

Advisory Board

About the Board
Our Advisory Board provides strategic guidance on all aspects of NBS.

Topic Editors

About the Editors
Our Topic Editors are academic leaders in their field. They review the world's top scholarly journals to identify the most significant and rigorous sustainability research.



What is NBS?

A Canadian non-profit established in 2005, the Network for Business Sustainability is a powerful and growing network of international academic experts and business leaders. NBS produces authoritative resources on important sustainability issues – with the goal of shaping management practice and research. We connect thousands of researchers and professionals worldwide who are interested in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and who believe in the value of research-based practice and practice-based research.

How We Work

NBS uses its academic and industry funding to commission research on the Canadian business community's top sustainability challenges. We identify the best researchers in the world to study those issues and manage the research process to ensure findings are relevant and actionable for industry. We translate the academic studies into practical planning resources for business and disseminate them at no cost worldwide. Read our 2013 Activity Report.

To date, NBS has produced 11 systematic reviews on sustainability challenges identified by our Leadership Council. These reviews provide the scope for all other work and publications.

Adaptation to Climate Change
Engaging the Community
Socially Conscious Consumerism
Valuing Sustainability
Organizational Culture
Global Supply Chains
Measuring and Valuing Environmental Impacts
Developing Environmental Policy
Decision-Making for Sustainability
Innovating for Sustainability
Business-Driven Social Change
Sustainability through Partnerships
How to Engage in Civic Dialogue


We also host and participate in events that enable sustainability researchers and professionals to exchange research insights and best practices.

How We've Grown

Seven years ago, the Network for Business Sustainability was simply an idea — a vision of research and industry working together to build prosperous economies, healthy ecosystems and strong communities. Today, NBS has grown into a vast network of international academic experts and industry leaders who are shifting the business landscape. From the number of research-based resources we produce each year to the collaborations we develop, NBS is much closer to making our original vision a reality. Learn more about our journey in the timeline below.

NBS Audience

Forward-Thinking Business Leaders

NBS’s target audience is mid- to senior-level professionals committed to sustainable business practice. Operating within companies or within non-profits and consultancies that support companies, these progressive thinkers believe academic research is crucial to making informed business decisions.

Management Researchers

A number of NBS readers are management researchers – professors and doctoral students who appreciate that NBS publications help them keep a finger on the pulse of recent sustainability research.

NBS Web Visitors

More than 7,000 people visit the NBS website every month. The majority of web visitors are from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, India and Australia.

NBS Subscribers

Total: 4,300

  • 61% Managers
  • 25% Researchers
  • 14% Students

Writing for NBS

If you are interested in writing a Research Insight, blog post or article for NBS, please contact Tara Hadler. Also, please see the Guidelines for NBS Contributors.

Academic and Industry Funding

NBS holds $2.4 million CDN in research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Spread over seven years, this academic funding enables us to provide professionals and academics with practical, rigorous management resources free of charge. We also receive approximately $120,000 CDN annually from our industry partners.


Our main office is located at the Ivey Business School (Western University). Our French office is located at the Université du Québec à Montréal.