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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