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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93% of CEOs see sustainability as key to business success. Here, NBS presents a comprehensive framework to embed sustainability into corporate culture.

Executive Report: Organizational Culture

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NBS presents a framework of best practices and tools to help managers embed sustainability into their corporate culture and incite meaningful change.

Use Your HR Professionals to Foster Sustainable Corporate Culture

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Discover how baking sustainability into your firm’s HR processes attracts better, more motivated talent.

Top 5 Insights from CSR Leaders in 2013

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NBS presents the most popular Thought Leader posts from 2013.

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

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Download(s): 2014 Challenges Report

This report points to critical sustainability issues, providing signposts to best practices and knowledge, to enable long-term success of Canadian business.

ISO 14001: How EMS Adds 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

Top 10 Sustainability Research Findings

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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 year.

Two Kinds of Change Agents – and How to Use Both

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Research shows that it may help to enlist well-connected change agents – and, different types of agents.

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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Download(s): How to Drive Innovation: Guide & Worksheets

Based on decades of top academic and industry research, this small business guide answers the question: How can companies innovate to become sustainable?

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

Three Reasons Job Seekers Prefer Sustainable Companies

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Discover how good corporate citizenship and sustainable business practices attract and help retain top-notch talent for your firm.

Seven Secrets of Family-Owned Firms

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Family firms have stronger relationships with customers, suppliers and community partners than their publicly-traded counterparts. As CSR activities become increasingly important to your company, you may… Read More

Satisfied Employees Boost Your Stock Price

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Studies show being a good employer fosters productivity in your workforce – and drives performance.


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