Topic: Organizational Culture

How can organizations build durable, enduring cultures of sustainability?

Sustainability initiatives are often led by a few key individuals - and typically people in leadership positions. What happens to the company's sustainability culture when those key individuals leave?

NBS conducted a systematic review of the world's best management research to determine how companies embed sustainability in their corporate cultures. The resulting report is a how-to-guide for executives that answers the following questions:

  • What tools or practical devices help embed sustainability in organizational culture (e.g. organizational design, incentives systems, etc)?
  • Which of these practices are most effective? What is the relationship between them?
  • What can be learned from the safety movement, which is now a core element of most extractive and manufacturing firms' corporate cultures?
  • How can we measure our progress towards a culture of sustainability?

Read Stephanie Bertels' new report Embedding Sustainability into the Culture of Municipal Government, which promises to help municipal change agents advance sustainability in their organizations and become role models for others in the community.

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Systematic Review: Organizational Culture

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This systematic review synthesizes the entire body of research on organizational culture. ... Read More »

Executive Report: Organizational Culture

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This report designed for executives and senior HR managers represents a framework for embedding sustainability in organizational culture. ... Read More »

Culture 2.0: Four Ways to Make Sustainability Part of Everyday Practice

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When NBS released the “culture wheel” in 2010, managers hailed its insights. But, they wanted more. The culture wheel, developed by Dr. Stephanie Bertels as […] ... Read More »

Sustainability Inspires Innovative Approaches to Making Money: New Research from MIT

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New research from MIT suggests three things your company can do to generate profit from sustainability activities. Findings are based on a 2012 survey conducted […] ... Read More »

Use Your HR Professionals to Foster Sustainable Corporate Culture

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Human resource (HR) professionals play an important role in improving a firm’s social performance and can help integrate sustainability initiatives across the firm, according to […] ... Read More »

Top 5 Insights from CSR Leaders in 2013

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In NBS’s Thought Leader Forum, world experts on sustainability issues offer guidance on sustainable business models for the 21st century. Here are 2013’s most popular Thought Leader […] ... Read More »

Simplifying Complexity: The 8 Sustainability Challenges for Canadian Business in 2014

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Download(s): 2014 Challenges Report

Each year, the Network for Business Sustainability convenes our Leadership Council to discuss and debate the most critical issues limiting sustainable development: in organizations, value […] ... Read More »

ISO 14001: How Environmental Management Systems Add Value to Firms

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Many firms use ISO’s 14000 standards to support various aspects of environmental management.  ISO 14001, specifically, describes a framework companies can use to set up […] ... Read More »

The Top Sustainability Research Findings of 2013

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Want to start 2014 with a win? Make better business decisions immediately with our list of the 10 most popular research findings of the past […] ... Read More »

Two Kinds of Change Agents – and How to Use Both

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Are you attempting to implement a cultural shift towards sustainability in your organization? Research shows that it may help to enlist well-connected change agents – […] ... Read More »

SME Sustainability Challenges 2013

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Download(s): SME Challenges Report 2013

For the second consecutive year, this report identifies SME-specific challenges, while highlighting the contributions of small firms towards sustainability. This year, NBS’s SME Council brought […] ... Read More »

How to Drive Innovation

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Based on two decades of the world’s best academic and industry research, this guide answers the question: How can companies innovate to become financially, environmentally […] ... Read More »

Climate Change Innovation: 5 Recommendations

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Responding to climate change requires innovation. Dr. Ann Dale and Rob Newell of Royal Roads University provide five tips for companies seeking innovative ways to […] ... Read More »

Building Public Trust, One Board Member at a Time

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This article is part of a series examining how business leaders are driving real change by working with their industry associations to develop industry-wide sustainability […] ... Read More »

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